Month: February 2018

Coffee Connection and Music

Coffee Connection is a nonprofit community focused on well-being that specializes in ecological and organic coffee. They opened their doors in the year 2000, and since then they have become a key meeting spot in Westside, Los Angeles. Inspired by the 14th-century Mediterranean and Western European coffee shops that were traditionally a meeting place for artistic and intellectual people, Coffee Connection provides a space for socialization and study. As a nonprofit organization, Coffee Connection is actively involved in the well-being of their community. They are focused on serving quality coffee at an affordable price, keeping in touch with other local businesses, and creating an environment that helps gather neighboring families together with events like the Westside Kids summer movie series. The right music helps them create an environment that melds with the community and is enhanced by the special aura that comes from the Westside Vineyard Church right next door. That perfect coffee time playlist Like many other SoundMachine users, their first contact with us was after having a sound system upgrade to SONOS that …

ISE 2018 – Amsterdam, Netherlands

This year, more than 80,000 visitors showed up to say “hi” at Integrated Systems Europe’s (ISE) 15th edition, celebrated in Amsterdam. Although it’s one of the rainiest cities in Europe, the weather remained sunny for this huge gathering of tech-based professionals. ISE is usually a quite Eurocentric event: many American integrators don’t attend this event because others like CES or CEDIA are closer, so they can’t justify the travel costs. A Commercial Integrator magazine survey revealed that 79% of interviewed Americans were not attending this year, reinforcing the idea that this is an event more oriented to the European market, with mainly international players (or those open to the European market) attending. Having one of its two main offices in Barcelona, SOUNDMACHINE attended the event in an attempt to expand its frontiers in the European market. It’s usually a good time to reinforce ideas on what’s important for the industry, instead of making a lot of advances with new releases. In fact, we haven’t seen any significant or groundbreaking announcement at this ISE, but it …