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New services in sight for Caithness

Newly established audio / visual specialists Caithness Sight & Sound have made a strong impact in their first months of trading, offering unique services to commercial and domestic clients throughout the far north region.

Based in John O’Groats, founder Simon Stevens established the business with the aim of bringing services to Caithness previously only available in more central locations.

Following the renovation of popular Thurso restaurant and live venue Y Not Bar & Grill, the team designed and installed a six speaker wireless system making the venue the very first completely wireless live music venue in the Highlands. Sound can now be adjusted effortlessly to suit the venue’s needs, such as ambient music in the dining area or amped up for a night of entertainment in the performance area.

“The important thing was to make the system flexible and easy to manage for Y-Not, as they cater to a variety of clientele from pensioners to hen parties,” said Simon.

Delighted with the new facility, Y-Not owner Isla Mackay said: “The sound quality is amazing! The big difference you first notice is the dynamic range of the system and being able to hear elements of songs you just didn’t know were there when listening on other speakers”

At the opposite end of the spectrum, a second project saw the Caithness SAS team explore how the systems they offer can be adjusted to benefit the environment, aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of a client building an eco-home.

“This was a real challenge for us,” said Simon. “Modern technology tends to be plugged in to a mains power source, either permanently with speaker systems or televisions, or for charging purposes as with mobile devices. We had to look at ways we could reduce the number of individual devices relying on mains sources without compromising on usability or function.”

As a solution, Caithness SAS came up with a unique system which they have named HDER (High Definition Every Room). This system utilises distribution hardware alongside any hardware that employs a HDMI cable; Satellite TV receivers, games consoles, Blu-ray players or streaming devices.

The system allows you to select up to 4 rooms for the source material to be distributed to, such as a games consoles in two different bedrooms or a Blu-ray player to screens in all rooms simultaneously. All can be controlled from any individual room, reducing the need for up to eleven devices being plugged in to a mains source and a reduction of up to 180Kw per month in power usage.

For more details of the wireless sound systems, HDER management or any of the other Digital Signage and media services, search Caithness Sight & Sound on Facebook or contact Simon directly via caithness.sas@btinternet.com / 07885 720332.