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A Woman in a Man's World? Hi-Fi Edition

Not too long ago I was someone completely unaware of the Hi-Fi term and industry. Music has been a main important thing in my life but my knowledge only consisted on putting on my earphones and playing my favorite music on my iPhone or computer, which sounded relatively good for me.

Yet, I didn't know that there could be something more, something that will improve my experience of listening to my favorite music in the best quality possible.

I met Michelangelo a few months ago and right away he talked to me about Volumio. I would be lying if I said I understood about Hi-Fi and Volumio after the first conversation with Michelangelo. Oh no... it was a new world for me and took some time to understand what this audiophile world was about.

Before I go deeper into this matter, let me introduce myself. My name is Monica, I am currently part of the Volumio team and I am a woman.

When I joined Volumio, a whole new experience began. I was very intrigued so I've learned about the Hi-Fi industry, who is an audiophile and what an audiophile seeks. The importance of high-quality sound reproduction and how this enhances somebody's daily life.

But... how have I never found out about this before? If music is something I am passionate about and I listen to it everyday, why shouldn't I enjoy it to the maximum as well?

Are we getting enough room in the hi-fi community?

After doing some research while working in Volumio, I noticed something peculiar: only 10% of Volumio's users are women. Even when I go online and search something related to the hi-fi industry, I see that mostly men are the ones part of this community. The million dollar question is: Why?

Today, we can say there are many fields, such as audio and technology, that are elements and needs for both male and female, and whatever comprises this field it should be targeted to all of us. Also, being fair enough, women of all ages have better hearing frequencies than men, isn't that say something?

Women enjoy to listen to music as much as any men. And as a woman, being part of this community but also working in it, made me wonder what we should do about it. I'm glad I decided to join Volumio because it showed me a bunch of interesting and powerful ideas in this industry that keeps growing. Also it demonstrated how I can enjoy what I like to do the most in an advantageously way, and what better time to share it now and encourage more women to join the community and let the women already interested in it, to be part of it. 

We must expand the hi-fi image and communication

I know out there we will find many women interested as soon as they learn about the Hi-Fi community. Believe me, the past 10 years I studied and worked in the fashion industry and now, this new world opened to me with so many new experiences that fortunately keep my enthusiasm high everyday. We are just missing a little communication pointed towards the female audience, to bring out the curiosity and the chance to explore the countless attributes that the audio industry can offer.

Today, I can see most of the communication goes towards the middle-aged men who has the most expensive hi-fi, resulting of an useless stereotyping that does not help the community grow. Should we start changing the face of Hi-Fi?

Based on my personal experience, if it wasn't for Michelangelo I would probably still be unfamiliar about Hi-Fi and everything that consists of. Therefore, my goal is for you and I to invite and encourage the women in our lives to experiment the feeling of listening to any audio in a bit-perfect quality.

At the end of the day we all love music, and we all deserve to enjoy it to the max. 

So, what do you think we can do to change the image of the Hi-Fi industry and give more room to women? Write me in the comments, I would love to hear your opinion!

Let's make this community more diverse! :)


The Contemporary Volumio User Interface is Out!

It is important to keep updated with everything that's going on, right? Here at Volumio we believe refresh is always good, this is why we are thrilled to announce the new Volumio’s User Interface update. We are always working to keep Volumio updated, fresh and of course, with a good-looking design where you can easily know your way around. The principles we follow for the new version of Volumio is to maintain the concept and attributes that defines Volumio and adding the features we believe can be of great use from existing music players, in order to improve our core and give the user more flexibility. 

This updated Volumio version, or what we like to call it, the Contemporary Volumio UI is released with an elegant design, both for the desktop and mobile version, that will give the users a more clean and organized layout. We've been working these past few month to improve the main concept of Volumio in this new version, giving the user an easy-to-use software. Many thanks to Christopher, Bence, Agnes, John and Jackie for the awesome contribution, this UI is the result of their joint effort.

Let see how the Contemporary Volumio User Interface looks like: 

Volumio desktop version

The bottom bar is the main feature of the new version, while browsing through every page on your Volumio, you can see the current audio playing and control it from there without having to go to the main page.

 

Setting menu volumio
The new design is simple and clean, giving your Volumio a more organized design while browsing through the menu.

 

Volumio desktop version

The left menu can display the integrations or plug-ins you use, becoming an easier way to access it.

 

setting menu

In the playback zone column bar, you can easily change and control the devices in just one click.

 

main page volumio

Keeping the existing structure of the classic Volumio version but adding a few features to keep it an easy-to-use and intuitive design.  

 

And now let's take a look at the mobile version...

mobile version volumio

Bottom bar available while browsing in your music library

 

mobile version volumio

Clean look while going through the menu

 

mobile version volumio

Elegant design on the playback page

 

mobile version volumio

And the playback zones view...

 

How do you like it so far?

This new version is available to ALL Volumio users. It's free for all, just update it and you'll get it right away.

To enable the Contemporary version of Volumio It's super easy, just update to the latest version (Volumio 2.712) and by default the contemporary design will be applied on the UI.

Take a look around and see all the new perks of using the Contemporary Volumio UI, and if for whatever reason it does not work for you, do not worry because you can change back to the Classic version, just go on settings, appearance, and on the bottom of the page you can change the User Interface Layout Design.

Your opinion matter to us! Give us a feedback about it, we want to know what works for you, what doesn't and needs to be improved. Just let us know here in the comments!

And last but not least, be on the lookout for more news, we are currently working on new features and improvement so prepare for more surprises, this new update is just a glimpse of all the things coming out soon!

Enjoy!


Volumio Primo Turns One!

Times flies so fast! The Volumio Team can’t believe that a little more than a year ago we introduced you to Volumio Primo, the complete Audiophile Music player and Streamer designed and manufactured by our team and partners.  The Primo is, in our intentions, the complete package for the audio lover, providing elegance, simplicity and high-quality, both on the outside and inside. 


Volumio Primo device

All photos courtesy of Lorenzo Chiccoli, follow him on Instagram

 

When we launched Primo, even though every feature was carefully thought-out, this was to us more of an experiment than anything else. Our goal was to understand if there was an interest for Volumio branded products. You can then imagine our surprise when we saw Primo's first batch of 20 units go sold-out in less than 20 hours. Not even in our wildest dreams, we could have imagined that.

And our surprise kept on growing in the following months when we could not get the pace of incoming orders (you might have noticed, that Primo has been regularly unavailable in the first months... luckily we now know how to plan production a little bit better...). Our first year of Primo has been literally a rollercoaster of emotions: the joy of seeing it so appreciated by customers and the struggle to learn how to effectively distribute a product worldwide (keeping customer support and satisfaction as high as we could).

There was so much to learn: from logistics management to customs and duties calculations, production planning, certifications, packaging design, supply-chain, distribution agreements. Luckily, in the process, we met and worked with several great partners from production, to logistics, retail distribution and legal advice that helped us achieve what we wanted. So, it's really fair to say that Primo would not have been possible without the help of our partners.

And most important, Primo's biggest success is the satisfaction of our customers. So we want to say thanks to everyone that believed in us getting, reviewing, trying and listening to Primo.

But enough talking from us. We think that the best way of celebrating Primo's first anniversary is by letting who tried it speak for it: we feel so proud about the reviews and comments, from the minimalist compact box design to the functionality in both hardware and software, the Primo has been reviewed as an all-in-one solution for the audiophile.

We received high praises from big members of the HiFi community, from John Darko saying that Volumio Primo is a "very good sound streamer both digitally and analog-wise and a nicely made product", to Hans Beekhuysen telling the "Primo offers very good sound quality and build quality for the money." 

Audiophile streamer device - Volumio Primo

AVGuide.ch expressed that “The Volumio Primo is an excellent streaming/player software in a modest device with outstanding sound characteristics and a neat GUI with many possibilities". Primo has been reviewed as being an easy-to-use device, any music lover can get and use their Primo. According to Digiphonix, Volumio Primo is "an exciting and pleasant product, especially for a first time user of a networked streamer device, someone seeking a good music source that can grow with their audio gear acquisitions over time and also, for the avid listener that already makes use of lossless music files and streaming."

The Volumio Primo was created to give three main fundamental properties every audiophile should enjoy: the sound quality, the practicality and the wide range of features, all by using best audio hardware combination made of the ASUS Tinker board S and the ESS ES9028Q2M DAC.

To this regard, AV Forums has described the Volumio Primo as “a seriously impressive product that comes enthusiastically recommended.” As well as HiFi Choice saying that “When you consider the flexibility and outstanding sonic performance on offer, the Volumio Primo looks like a very attractive option at the price.”

 

Volumio Primo connectivity

It's called Primo not only because of the Italian meaning "first", being the first of its kind created under Volumio qualifications, but also because Primo means "of top quality or importance". Volumio's purpose is to give our community that, the uppermost experience.

We are kindly grateful to you, because with your help, Volumio Primo came to life and now, according to all the reviews, it is one of the top HiFi music player streamers in the market. Needless to say, this gave us the strong motivation to keep on bringing new products to life (the next of which will be Motivo... ). We have many new products in the works and we are uttermost excited for the future ahead of us.

So, once again: thanks to everyone who made it possible. Thanks to anyone who's listening to music with Primo. Thanks to anyone who talked about it. Thanks to anyone who believed in it. Thanks to anyone who waited impatiently for it.

And... thanks to anyone who hasn't got it yet but will do it now.

Happy birthday Primo!


The Volumio Driver for ELAN Home Control System is Finally Here!

Ladies and gentlemen, shall your 2020 start with another great news. As you know, we believe that Volumio should allow you to listen to your favorite music in the way you prefer, from the control point you prefer. And on this matter, we were missing on something big: Home Automation Systems. Until now. 

That's why we partnered with Innovo, a world-class company that develops home automation drivers and apps (make sure to follow them on Instagram @inn.ovo) to create the Volumio ELAN Driver, a driver you can integrate with ELAN Smart Home Control & Automation System, and control your Volumio from there. All your house managed and controlled in one system, and now your favorite Hi-Fi music player as well.

This is the first of a series of Drivers coming for the most important Home Automation Systems. Crestron, Control4 and RTI will follow later this year.

But first, if you haven’t heard about it, what’s a home control and automation system? It is basically having a smart home, where you can control and manage pretty much anything you have in your house, from small things such as windows and lighting to all your entertainment devices as well as home security. 

 

ELAN Home Control System

ELAN is one of the top companies that provides intelligent and personalized home automation systems to stay connected to your home through their control remotes, touch panels and keypads or if you are outside your home, you can control everything from your own tablet or mobile phone and, on top of that, it’s easy to use.

Your music, movies, sports and TV are at your command via a sleek remote, tablet or convenient touch pad in any room. Your security system, climate, lights, garage door, and more are all under your control from your smart devices in any location. The ELAN Entertainment and Control Smart Home System brings this power and convenience to you—personalized to your lifestyle. - ELAN Home Control System

Volumio can now be added as one of the top features you can have through your ELAN controller with the new Volumio ELAN driver.

Volumio ELAN Driver

While there are many advantages of acquiring the Volumio driver to your ELAN controller, the most important we should mention is that our Hi-Fi system is compatible to Elan’s control system, meaning you can listen to all the good music with all the attributes MyVolumio offers, including the hi-res streaming services TIDAL & Qobuz. 

Also, you can manage easily your Volumio Primo with the Volumio driver for your ELAN controller system. With an user interface nice and simple in its use, you can listen to great music at home and have full control of your Volumio Primo and all its features, from browsing, navigation and playback functions.

Now your Volumio player can integrate smartly with an ELAN control system. The Volumio Elan driver makes your life easier by using with the standard Elan Media control to give you a familiar interface, as seen in the video above, providing you an excellent music playback environment in any part of your home.

Now it's time to add the new Volumio ELAN driver to your smart home system to have a full entertainment experience at home.

If you are a dealer, you can get your first copy for free, and later ones can get with a substantial discount. Contact us with your dealership details to receive your promo code before purchase.

 Get your Volumio ELAN driver here

Enjoy!