Background music system: reliable, high-quality
Many companies use streaming audio over the internet for their background music. Streaming audio has its disadvantages, though. The internet is like our road network. Most parts of the day you can achieve respectable speeds on it, but during rush hour you will experience glogs and delays. With streaming audio, that means: interruptions in the sound. Not quite what you want in your premises.
Compuphase has developed a solid state player for background music: the DM440. This player uses an SD card for storage. At a scheduled time, it fully independently downloads playlists and the associated audio tracks from a server, to subsequently play these during the opening hours. The significant advantage of this player are a high availability and a professional sound quality. The internet connection is not used while playing music; network access is only needed for downloading new playlists and audio, and that can be scheduled during the hours that you are closed.
If you still rather stream audio, we recommend... the DM440. The DM440 supports Shoutcast/ICEcast streams (pull streaming) and RTP streams (push streaming) at all bit-rates. When the stream connection is lost, the audio playback switches automatically to the SD card. The player keeps monitoring the stream and switches back to it when it becomes available again.
The DM440 reports its status continuously to a server. Hence, the user or administrator is always up to date on the status of the music. An incident in the playback process can be sent to one or more users via sms and/or email. By means of this server, you can adjust the configuration of the player with a smartphone or tablet: volume, interval of commercials, etc. Nota Bene: you adjust per site and/or per player! So rather than collectively per customer, which is your only choice with stream audio. In addition, the DM440 includes an automatic volume control (compressor/limiter) that evens out volume differences between tracks and recordings, plus crossfading of the tracks, based on the volume envelope of the tracks being crossed. Furthermore, it is possible to insert up-to-date news or traffic information in the playlist. A detail, but an important detail, is the proprietary operating system what we have developed. Security is designed in; this operating system is not prone to hackers, viruses and other hazards that bombard us through the internet.
If you currently use music scheduling software to generates playlists for your customers, you can keep doing it that way. By the clever use of a so-called script on the DM440, it is easily adapted to use the output that you are already generating.
We can offer you the DM440 for €475,– with 5 years warranty! Since you need nothing else than server-space (for the nightly updates), the monthly costs are extremely low, especially in comparison with streaming audio. If you wish, we can provide full service for the audio players; you can concentrate on the music, we make sure the devices play and stay up to date.
The advantages at a glance:
- No glitches in the audio.
- High audio quality (no limitations on bit rate).
- Highly customizable to customer requirements.
- No network/internet load during opening/office hours.
- No monthly fee for streaming.
- Very easy to manage and service.
- Encryption of the audio tracks using a strong cypher (128-bit key).
- Integrated repair-mechanism (corrupted or deleted files are restored via the internet connection).
- Price per player €475,– including 5 years warranty.
Please contact us for a demonstration at your company.