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Lode Audio Server

The Lode LA4 is a revolutionary multi room audio system enabling playback of high quality audio to any room in a property all controlled from your mobile device or home automation control system. Built on Lode’s patented LodeNet™, audio can be played synchronously throughout the property without the issues of interference, delays and outages experiences by many wireless based audio systems. The LA4 is able to deliver audio streams from your iTunes library, internet radio and streaming services all at the touch of a button.

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Lode Audio Server LA4 (Front)

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Lode Audio Server LA4 (Rear)

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LA4 Key Features
  • 4 Zone System
  • Stackable up to 32 Zones
  • Configurable Music Services
  • Lode’s Favourites
  • Lode’s Mobile Apps
  • Control System Integration
  • High Definition Audio Playback
  • LodeNet™ audio-over-ethernet
Media
  • 4 Zones of Airplay
  • Rdio
  • Spotify (Beta although fully functional)
  • Internet Radio
  • SoundCloud
  • Local Music Library Integration
Hardware
  • Single Milled Brushed Aluminium Finish
  • (2) rack ears (Included)
  • 4 x RCA (outputs) RCA Leads not included
  • LAN Connection (Input)
  • 120 – 230v IEC Power Supply
Control
  • Lode IOS app (IOS 7+)
  • Lode Android app (Android 4.2.2+)
  • Crestron Integration
  • AMX Integration

 

Note. LodeNet™ uses IPv4 multicast, please do not attempt to install this product unless your network equipment is able to perform multicast filtering or IGMP snooping. Please read the installers notes prior to purchasing or installing a Lode Product.

Update, our latest firmware released in Feb 2015 removes the need for multicast. Multicast can still be used where needed as a configuration option.
LodeNet™

Lode’s proprietary LodeNet™ protocol enables synchronised, high definition and low latency audio-over-ethernet playback.

Lode Currently supports audio playback from music service providers & local content, stayed tune for Lode’s audio input matrix coming later in 2014.

Recommended Streaming Service

Lode is proud partners with Rdio™, with their superior music catalog, market leading functionality and respect for the music industry, we believe are the best music service providers in the world.

30,000,000+ songs, ITunes Matching, Available in over 60 countries, shazam integration, personalised radio.

For more information, please visit www.rdio.com.

Product Roadmap

The Lode Audio server is built specifically for the custom install market, we care about what you guys want and need from a platform. Let us know what features are important to you and we will prioritise their development based on demand.

Features
Digital Outputs
92%
1 Zone Unit
87%
Line Inputs
75%
Audio Baluns
62%
Built in Amplification
32%
The above list is updated weekly

Airplay Line Inputs 1 Zone Unit Digital Out Builtin Amp 

Others not listed above:

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Control System Integration
Control4
82%
RTI
71%
Savant
70%
URC
31%
Bitwise
12%
The above list is updated weekly

Others not listed above:

Your Email:

 

 

 

We don’t just enjoy music, we are passionate about it. The Lode Audio server allows users access to a huge catalog of over 30,000,000 tracks powered by Rdio all at a superb quality of 320 kbps AAC.

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Sire for Sonos

Sire for Sonos – Control System Integration

Ever wanted to fully integrate Sonos into your custom install solution? Well now you can with Sire for Sonos. Sire acts as a bridge between Sonos and your control system, be it Crestron, AMX. Sire provides a simple command line API providing you with two way communications to your Sonos environment.

We have designed and developed a robust hardware solution to overcome this age old problem. No more flaky drivers that promise much and deliver little, Sire for Sonos provides both stability, scalability, robustness and performance for you Sonos integration.

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Sire for Sonos SS1

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Sire for Sonos SS2

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Currently Supported Devices

  • ZP90
  • ZP120
  • Connect
  • Connect Amp
  • Play S5
  • Play S3
  • Play S1
  • Play Bar
  • Sub

Currently Supported Services

  • Play from Sonos network share
  • Player Zoning
  • Transport Controls
  • Sonos Favourites
  • Queue Management
  • Search Available Sources
  • Spotify Integration
  • TuneIn Integration
  • Pandora Integration (US only)
  • iHeart Radio
  • SiriusXM

Additional Features

  • Album art caching
  • Album art redirection
  • Album art resizing
  • Track progress configurations for frequency
  • Configurable music services
  • Character set encoding support
  • String length management for Crestron
Note, the SS1 and SS2 are functionally the same with no limitations on the SS2, it is just a smaller form factor.

 

 

Purchasing

Lode products can only be purchased by authorised installers.

To request to be setup as a Lode Audio installer and get access to pricing and further information on our products.

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Resources

Lode Audio Server

For all documentation, software and control system drivers, please click below.

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Sire for Sonos

For all documentation, software and control system drivers, please click below.

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Support

Support for all Lode products can be reached either by email or telephone. Please see our contact details below.

Email

support@lodeaudio.com

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 3327 2990

 


 

FAQs

Lode Audio Server

Taking advantage of Lode’s LodeNet protocol, the Lode server can scale to as many zones as your network bandwidth can handle without the need for a matrix. The caveat to this, is that the iOS and Android apps will start to struggle with functions like Grouped Volume control when more than 32 zones of audio are present.

The Lode server will present an Airplay zone per output. This means that if you have eight zones of audio, Lounge, Kitchen, Master Bed, Patio, etc…. When opening your iOS device’s Airplay options, you will see an Airplay receiver for each room.

The Lode Airplay implementation is an AirPlay bridge, using the AirPlay protocol to connect your AirpPlay device into LodeNet. This provides much lower latency audio playback over Airplay than other AirPlay devices.

As per the installers notes, please do not use the Lode server in a network that cannot filter multicast traffic, it simply will not work and will cause performance issues on the network.

The Lode server simply requires multicast filtering or IGMP snooping support to function correctly. Most mid range routers and managed switches will support these features. The question should be reversed, what you shouldn’t use is a £20 router provided by your ISP as it is very likely that multicast filtering and IGMP snooping aren’t supported. When investing in a multi room audio product, it is worth investing a fraction of the spend on a decent router or switch.

 

Sire for Sonos

Sire communicates with Sonos using UPNP so your network must support UPNP for Sire to be able to work correctly. Most routers and switch combinations will work, however some higher end business grade networking equipment will experience issues if the network is not configured correctly.

To configure your network correctly for Sire and Sonos, firstly ensure all the Sonos boxes on the network are hard wired. We then recommend that you disable the WiFi on all Sonos boxes installed on the network. This can be done by obtaining the IP address of the Sonos box and using the following URL to turn off the WiFi http://sonos-box-ip:1400/wifictrl?wifi=persist-off.

The reason this should be done is to overcome Spanning Tree issues that can be created by Sonos. Sonos routes traffic internally from the Mesh to the LAN to enable controllers to be able to communicate with Sonos boxes that are connected on the LAN directly. This can cause issues with some managed switches as packets from the Mesh network are presented to the LAN. As the Mesh is not the same routed network as the LAN, switches may drop these packets as they have no awareness of the source MAC address, as it is not connected to the LAN and is the MAC of the WiFi network adapter in the Sonos Box. By disabling the WiFi you are disabling the Mesh and forcing Sonos to route all traffic via the LAN. We could get more technical here and discuss BPDU packets and device mappings, but to be honest, it’s just simpler to disable all Sonos WiFi and remove the issue if presented.

You will also find that disabling the WiFi for Sonos boxes on a wired network will have extra benefits as WiFi channels are not tied up in the property.

  • ZP90
  • ZP120
  • Connect
  • Connect Amp
  • Play S5
  • Play S3
  • Play 1
  • Play Bar

Sire will support up to 32 zones of Sonos. You should be aware that much like other devices added to your control system, the more zones you add the more the control system has to do. Sire for Sonos makes is possible to deploy up to 32 zones, as all of the Sonos processing requirements are offloaded to the Sire unit, leaving the control system with a simple CLI.

We will do our best to release updates as quickly as possible to ensure that there are no issues with Sire and Sonos integration, however it is worth checking the Lode website to see what version of the Sonos firmware is currently supported before applying updates.

We should also mention that in the two years of the products life, numerous Sonos updates have been released and we have been unaffected by all updates.

It is not the recommended for Sire for Sonos. The intention of the product is to support unified control of all aspects of the home through a single control system. However, if you just can’t live without it, there are no compatibility issues.One word of warning is that the Sonos control application can, on occasion, force a firmware update that may not be compatible with the installed Sire for Sonos firmware. For compatible Sire for Sonos Firmware support, please visit the downloads area of the website.
Sire for Sonos exposes a clean lightweight CLI (command line interface) API to any control system wishing to communicate with it. The Sire unit takes it’s commands from the CLI over a TCP socket and in turn sends commands and queries to the Sonos system on the LAN. All information responses are also fed back to the control system via Sire’s CLI making two way communication simple.
Yes, the Sire system does support album art, in fact we go a step further. The Sire system will collect the album art, resize it to a smaller and more manageable, yet configurable size. Cache it. Provide the CLI with a tiny URL, reducing network traffic and ensuring control system string length sizes are not breached. Typical album art is originally 800 x 800, and the touch panel probably only displays a 200 x 200 image. Resizing and caching the image makes the wider system perform much better. All this is configurable within the Sire for Sonos configuration web page.

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