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Popular industrial-grade audio player now triggers relays and outside devices automatically

Boston – May 23, 2021 – Technomad announces a new contact closure option for the company’s popular Schedulon automatic audio player. To be released July 1, the new feature allows users to easily control external devices with the Schedulon as well as trigger playback events with external contacts. The contact closure option provides eight pairs of contacts on the rear of the chassis. Each set of contacts can be set as an input or an output trigger, and each closure can be programmed independently, while still maintaining the stand-alone functionality of the unit.

“With the Schedulon, our goal has always been to create a product which is both highly configurable yet simple to program. When developing the new contact closure feature, one goal we had was to keep that ease of use, even while expanding the capabilities of the unit,” said Technomad Vice President Rodger von Kries. “The new contact closure option is still easily configured using a modern web browser and does not require the Schedulon to be connected to a computer to operate on a schedule. The operator also won’t need to read a 200-page manual to get the unit up and running, thanks to the user-friendly web interface.”

The output contacts can be programmed for triggering on the same variety of schedule parameters as audio playback events, including date, time and day of the week. Schedule events can be set to both play an audio file and trigger an external device simultaneously. It also includes an extremely accurate onboard real-time clock chip for precision. Input triggers can play both single audio files as well as audio playlists, similar to the knob playback feature of the unit.

For a preview of the user interface and to get more info, please see Schedulon 4.0 Automatic Message Player

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Vernal Loudspeakers from Technomad Welcome Christmas Spirit to Norwood

While the holidays were anything but traditional in 2020, a recent installation of Vernal speakers from Technomad welcomed the season in style to the city square in Norwood, MA. The city of Norwood wanted to share music throughout its city square and park, and Parsons Audio recommended the Technomad Vernal as a great weatherproof option. The speakers now ring with Christmas carols, holiday, and light classical music for all to enjoy.

Parsons Audio is a leading dealer in professional audio products in New England, Florida and beyond. Parsons also offers expertise in installation and ongoing customer support and has successfully installed a variety of Technomad products for clients.

“The city and its residents are really happy with the speakers and sent us a video on the first snowy day with Christmas carols playing as the snow swirled around,” said Roger Talkov, managing partner for Parsons Audio, based in Wellesley. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback about these compact speakers that work great no matter what the weather conditions.

Norwood, “the town everyone returns to,” also hosts “Carillon Concerts on the Common,” which feature church bells and music in addition to other summer concerts and outdoor music.

The Vernal line of ultra-compact, full-range speakers from Technomad is peerless in performance and design. Built for permanent outdoor installation in all climates, the speakers account for higher ambient noise levels in the great outdoors to produce clear sounds through state-of-the-art low-frequency drivers.

The smallest speaker in the Technomad MP Series, the Vernal is 9 by 6 by 6 inches and only weighs 8.5 pounds, making for easy installation. Available in 14 colors, the speakers include dual-mode operation and can be wall- or yoke-mounted.

In addition to the compact speakers, Parsons Audio has also installed Technomad’s Carillon systems and the Schedulon Automatic Audio Player, among other local sound installations. The world’s best outdoor PA systems have been made in Massachusetts since 1995.

With a 25-year legacy, Technomad continues to make all of its products locally in Deerfield, Mass., and work with clients across the globe, including Disney, Universal Studios, the U.S. military and many more. The world’s first truly weatherproof professional-grade loudspeakers are recognized for their quality, durability and performance.

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Technomad Loudspeakers Make a Splash in Georgia

While the pool environment—with water, humidity, chlorine, and abundant ambient noise—can be challenging when it comes to speaker installation, Auburn AV turned to Technomad for a recent natatorium installation at a boarding school in Tallulah Falls, Ga.

Auburn AV CEO John Crawford chose a mixture of Noho and of Vernal speakers from Technomad to provide clear distributed audio across the school’s pool deck, bleachers and viewing balcony. Together, the compact speakers provide two-way, full-range and weatherproof loudspeakers for events, swim meets, music and more. To minimize the effect of the venue acoustics, each area is zoned so speakers can be turned on and off as best suited for each event.

Crawford selected the speakers because they “are rugged and reliable in an area where it is tough to provide quality audio. They were the best fit for our needs and their technical service is great,” he said.

Ideal for sport and performance environments, Noho speakers are Technomad’s flagship product, with sleek design and a rotationally molded shell with outstanding acoustic properties. The three-layer WeatherTech grill protects the weatherproof driver from moisture and the elements. Noho speakers are available in 14 colors with the option of wall or pole mount.

The Vernal line of ultra-compact, full-range speakers from Technomad was developed for permanent outdoor installation in all climates. The speakers account for higher ambient noise levels in the pool environment to produce clear sounds through state-of-the-art low frequency drivers. Designed for easy installation, the Vernal is the smallest speaker in the Technomad MP Series. Also available in 14 colors, the speakers include dual-mode operation and can be wall- or yoke-mounted.

With locations in Auburn, Ala., and Ayden, N.C., Auburn AV is known for its high-quality installation, design, production and rentals of audio, video and lighting.

“This project featured a relatively small pool deck, which makes maintenance a real challenge,” Crawford added. “We wanted something that could withstand direct contact with pool water while providing quality audio and an extended service life.”

Making products locally in Deerfield, Mass. for more than 25 years, Technomad supports clients across the globe, including Disney, Universal Studios, the U.S. military and many more.  The world’s first truly weatherproof professional-grade loudspeakers are recognized for their quality, durability and performance.

For more information about Noho and Vernal speakers or other solutions from Technomad, please visit https://www.technomad.com/.

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Western Massachusetts Manufacturer Exports Audio Innovations to the World

You might be surprised to learn that one product that is frequently out of sight but is in our ears, is made right in the heart of Western Massachusetts.  Technomad, the manufacturer of the world’s best outdoor PA systems, makes all of its loudspeaker lines in Deerfield, MA.  Not only are they made locally, but they are made sustainably.  Technomad harnesses the heat from the sun to mold the variety of speakers that they offer.

First to develop truly weatherproof, military-grade, full-range audio systems in the 1990s, Technomad speakers are currently used by notable government entities, sports stadiums, and popular theme parks.  Technomad offers American made innovation that is exported around the globe.  These US made loudspeakers and PA systems can be found in Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Latin America, and Ethiopia to name just a few of the installed locations.

Available in 14 colors to suit most any environment, the loudspeakers are also rugged and weatherproof.  Boasting audio clarity that Technomad customers require, the exceptional loudspeakers are made from a unique flight case manufacturing technology called roto-molding that was developed and first put into service in 1954.  The roto-molding process produces a very lightweight, incredibly durable and almost indestructible, one-piece military specification, ATA rated shell. This shell is impervious to water, sand, salt, temperature, mold, mildew, condensation, chemicals, insects, UV radiation, acids and other damage. 

Technomad has long been associated with sustainable manufacturing, producing durable, weatherproof MilSpec loudspeakers using recycled plastic. As a result, Technomad loudspeakers are often specified in AV projects with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements.  In 2016, Technomad teamed up with LightManufacturing LLC, which developed a unique patented method of molding plastic with solar heat. The company’s unique Solar Rotational Molding (SRM™) systems eliminate greenhouse gasses associated with traditional rotational molding while reducing manufacturing costs — an unusual combination in a world that equates ‘green’ with unaffordable.

 

 

 

The loudspeakers are often accompanied by the patented waterproof PowerChiton amplifier, an entirely sealed, high power, networkable amplifier that can be installed anywhere.  The coupling of the ruggedness, sustainability and audio-quality make these systems ideal for public areas like towns, theme parks and stadiums as well as in military installations.

For those customers in need of a more portable solution, the company invented the DragonFly and FireFly portable weatherproof battery powered PA systems that offer unmatched power and fidelity in a light compact package that is also fully weatherproof.

Another innovation from Technomad that is a perfect pairing with their loudspeakers is the Schedulon media player.  Initially created for government and military clients, now all of the company’s customers can have access to automatic playback from an internal clock, a built-in web-server for remote control operation and configuration, and a quick access knob for emergency use. The Schedulon has many practical applications by customers, including use in hospitals for automatic messaging and lullabies, used by townships for ambient music, sounds and announcements, and remote park systems for public safety announcements.

Technomad is so confident in its cabinets (and after 43 years of active military service and subsequent military specification approvals, one would assume so), it backs them with a ten-year unconditional warranty.

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A Web-Tour of our Favorite Stadiums

Summer is in full swing, but Fall’s coming.  In a little pre-celebration of our busiest time of year, we thought we’d give you a tour of some of our favorite stadium audio installations.

An Amazing Stadium in Ethopia, near the Red Sea. Quite ‘far from home’, an array of Noho Ci loudspeakers provide excellent sound for this world-class soccer and aquatics venue.

Tacoma Washington Historic Stadium. Installed right on the salt water of the Sound. Technomad weatheproof loudspeakers sound great while withstanding extreme coastal environments. Click for photos, a map, and more.
French Soccer Stadium On the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea! Click for install photos and current weather.
Jamsil Olympic Baseball Stadium, Seoul Korea seats 30 thousand fans. Click for photos and a view from space.  Multiple Technomad stadium loudspeakers deployed.
Alvin Texas High School Stadium, a great install right near the Gulf Coast – with all the heat and rain that implies. Click for photos and the current weather (hot) in Alvin.
Harvard University – four Technomad Noho C loudspeakers, mounted high on lighting poles at opposite sidelines at the center of the multi-purpose field.  This easily blanketed the bleachers, sidelines and fields with crisp, clear audio for the first soccer game of the season..
An install at a university much older than the USA.
Stadium Home Videos and Comments – some great video footage of Technomad stadium installs, and comments from the folks who put them in. Let us know if you’ve got photos to share of your install.
Wildcat Stadium – super example of a Scoreboard PA system, where the loudspeakers are mounted on the scoreboard and powered by a PowerChiton waterproof amplifier.  Wireless or wired signal comes from the pressbox.

Want to upgrade a stadium of your own? Check out our Weatheproof Turn-Key Stadium PA Systems, with complete packages for facilities of any size. We’ve built the world’s best outdoor audio systems since 1995.