First we get customized cabinets for Sonos speakers from Leon; now two integrators and MIT engineers have launched Netonos Note to integrate Sonos with doorbells and receivers, and to play whole-house announcements.
The product launched on Kickstarter May 20 at 8:00 a.m. ET, with a goal of $80,000 for development costs and the first production run. Early supporters can buy a unit for $199 but it’s expected to ship in Q1 2016 for about $399.
Note looks like a Sonos Connect, stacking elegantly on the network controller to supply automated control of a surround receiver’s power on and off, source selection and volume control, eliminating the need for multiple remotes.
In addition, it serves as a poor man’s (or rich man’s as the case may be) doorbell chime and intercom. Simply wire the doorbell to the Note (each doorbell requires one Note) and record your tone.
The trigger will pause any selected Sonos zones and then restore the music upon a button press.
Over the network, users can push announcements through the system as well, either audio files or text messages that are converted to speech.
Controlling Receivers, Storing Zone Groups
That’s not all. Note can control most common A/V receivers as well—Denon, Marantz and Yamaha receivers manufactured in the last three years—via Ethernet, RS-232, IR or 12-volt trigger.
A Sonos player can automatically control the receiver’s power switch and input settings based on Sonos system events such as play and pause.
Finally, Note lets you create groups of zones and then store them for easy recall, for example, a “downstairs” group. No need to recreate your groups every time you want to link multiple zones.
Netonos co-founders Bob Weiner and Andy Stevens both studied engineering at M.I.T. Weiner has been an integrator in Norwalk, Ct. for the last decade developing advanced iPad interfaces (including Sonos integration) for RTI and Crestron systems.
The company launched a Kickstarter funding campaign on May 20. You can check it out here.
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