Technology is helping to drive business growth

At Thinker Ventures, in addition to helping businesses grow and prosper through marketing and visual design, we are now also offering different technologies for business 'spaces':

Managed digital signage

Voice-over-IP phone systems

Internet network hardware

Audio/visual for conference, board and meeting rooms

A little about Spaces at Thinker Ventures, 317 W. Jefferson in downtown Rockford and yours truly...

Thanks- Doug

p.s. Look for our special opening night celebration coming soon...

Grado headphones

I've been asked by several people lately to recommend headphones under $100 for home listening. I recommend any models from Grado Labs. They perform well, look good and their open air design allows for a much better, airier sound.

Forget, earbuds. They are crap. Get a cool set of cans from Grado Labs...another benefit- the company is based in New York and they still manufacturer their products there. Family owned for decades and some of their higher end headphones are still built by hand. 

You gotta love their retro look too. 🎧

ToneAudio online mag and the upcoming Axpona Audio Show

Hi everyone- 

I thought you might like the online audio mag, ToneAudio. If you register with ToneAudio online you’ll receive this free each month in your inbox!

Also, there is a very cool high-performance audio show each April at the Westin Hotel in Rosemont, IL.  It's a great show and highlights performance audio from over one hundred manufacturers. Brands that we sell such as Peachtree Audio, Paradigm, Anthem, Audioengine, MSE Audio and Yamaha are scheduled to show as well. Axpona is April 21-23- you can learn more and purchase your tickets at Maybe I'll bump into you at this year's show.


New (old) vinyl

The Windham Hill Sampler of New Electronic Music- Soul Of The Machine

Who says vinyl is expensive? I found this mint vinyl copy at Half Price Books for a buck. The high quality sound and pressing sounds clear, dynamic and balanced with a nice lower bass register (all typical of Windham Hill Records releases). This was released in 1987 and on the back of the album jacket they remind us that this release is "available on CD and BASF chrome cassette". A mellow collection of keyboard and electronic artists so if you like this style of music be sure to pick up a copy for yourself if you stumble across one. If I can find this on CD I'll pick it up for sure.

Sonos product announcement regarding Spotify

We are reaching out to our customers in regards to a recent update Sonos rolled out in early December, 2016. Sonos software release 7.0 included some improvements that Spotify has made to the music experience on Sonos that has resulted in better reliability and will ensure the best listening experience moving forward. These improvements include the exciting launch of full control of Sonos from the Spotify app. 

The majority of Sonos owners who use Spotify have already successfully updated their system to 7.0 or higher. However, we wanted to give you a heads-up that beginning February 28th, 2017, Spotify users on Sonos who do not update to the latest Sonos software 7.0 or higher will no longer be able to use Spotify on their Sonos. This change could impact any unauthorized Sonos integrations in terms of Spotify functioning on those systems. Endorsed partner integrations that have updated to Sonos software 7.0 or higher will not be impacted. 

Any Sonos owner who has already updated their system to Sonos software 7.0 or higher is not impacted by this, but we wanted to communicate with you in advance so you can help all of your customers update to the latest Sonos software to ensure they can continue enjoy listening to Spotify on their Sonos. 

Here is a link to the full release notes of Sonos software 7.0


Paradigm Persona- now available thru Hear More Music LLC

Paradigm Persona CES 2017 Innovation Award Honoree

Paradigm Electronics Inc., international leader in speaker design and manufacturing, today announced that it has been named a CES 2017 Best of Innovation Awards Honoree for the Persona™ 9H. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

Persona is a showcase of vanguard materials and Paradigm's most advanced audio technologies, all entirely Crafted in Canada. Engineered to "take on the persona" of the audio performance, each speaker virtually disappears behind an unprecedented level of realism and transparency.

"We are extremely proud that Persona 9H has been recognized in this way," said Paul Grove, SVP Global Sales and Marketing for Paradigm. "Persona is truly a halo product line for Paradigm and celebrates all that we've achieved over the past 34 years."
Persona 9H features hybrid technology with Truextent® pure beryllium tweeter and midrange drivers. Two powerful onboard amplifiers deliver 1400W RMS of clean, continuous power even at lifelike performance levels. Adaptive PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) optimizes amplifier efficiency and smooths supply variations, for instantaneous reactions and reference-quality performance with bulletproof reliability. The 9H also contains an inverse differential midrange drive unit and advanced dual voice coil systems.

The powered woofer section of the Persona 9H Hybrid includes exclusive Anthem Room Correction (ARC) Technology. ARC measures low-frequency sound output in the room and compares it to optimal response curves that account for spatial anomalies. The advanced algorithms of ARC then effectively remove these anomalies, leaving only the ideal standard: realistically blended, natural-sounding bass performance, in any listening space.

The complete Persona Series is comprised of seven models: Persona 9H Flagship, Persona 7F, Persona 5F, Persona 3F, Persona B, Persona C and Persona SUB. The entire Persona Series is available in four premium automotive finishes: Vanta High Gloss Black, Harmony High Gloss White, Aria Metallic Blue, and Sonic Metallic Silver.

The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA™), the producer of CES 2017, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

Products chosen as CES Best of Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market. Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, unique/novel features present and how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace.