AUDIUM / Visonik
Telephones, Sound and Sound Systems
Franklin Telephone Company was founded in 1959 to operate telephone systems in and around 19 counties in Mississippi and is still privately owned and operated by native Mississippians. Franklin Telephone Company prides itself on keeping up with the latest technology to provide our customers with the best quality service available. In this short article, we hope to share with you a short history of telephony, but also some of our thoughts on optimizing sound systems in an establishment.
The Beginnings of the Phone
Alexander Graham Bell was the first to be awarded a patent for the electric telephone by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 1876. The Bell patents were forensically victorious and commercially decisive. That first patent by Bell was the master patent of the telephone, from which other patents for electric telephone devices flowed.
Telegraph exchanges worked mainly on a store and forward basis. Although telephone devices were in use before the invention of the telephone exchange, their success would have been impossible with the structure of the contemporary telegraph systems. Prior to the invention of the telephone switchboard, pairs of telephones were connected directly with each other. This was cumbersome, to say the least. Thankfully, the invention of the telephone switch sped up the process, and modern telephone systems were born.
Improving the Sound Systems
However, the invention of the telephone influences much more than communication devices between people. The telephone revolutionized the entire concept of sound systems, and of course, over time, it became clear that the sound systems were getting better. The entire affair about sound systems became its own business, as sound design can become an important part of an establishment, such a discotheque or a casino.
Casinos thrive on the atmosphere, and music plays a huge part in that. Unfortunately for operators, traditional casino sound system designs are often a losing gamble. The traditional approach involves a series of high-powered amplifiers driving a chain of 60 to 70 speakers, with the goal of providing even audio coverage across the entire gaming floor. With separate sections for slot machines and table games such as poker, blackjack, craps and more, each gaming area has a unique atmosphere and different audio requirements. The music near the poker tables needs to be much quieter than the slots area since the poker players need to concentrate and communicate clearly during games.
One sterling example of upgrading a casino with state-of-the-art digital LED and LCD monitors is in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Casino Arizona at Talking Stick Resort. CCS Presentation Systems, a leading provider of audio-visual systems solutions to business, schools, churches, casinos and more, outfitted over 1,000 speakers and 100 displays spread throughout the casino. What impresses the patrons the most is that you can get full, in-your-face concert sound and still stay within your preferred level limit, which we cap at 100 dB. Everyone has been thrilled with the performance of the system.
Of course, when you say sound systems in casinos, everyone thinks about huge, spacious and luxurious resorts. Hundreds of displays in the facility are fed by a giant video matrix delivering HD quality video throughout this mega-sized facility. The facility also has a state of the art sound system powered by the latest digital signal processing technology. It is a good bias to have, after all.
Also, remember that audio systems don’t need to be up on the walls. Sometimes, a mere smartphone will do. How you might ask. AudioFetch enables your casino to broadcast local audio to customers’ smartphones and tablets, ensuring anyone can hear what they want, wherever they are in your venue. This is just perfect for smaller venues.
Of course, with advancements to sound, there come issues. The majority of Americans love playing slots games, which is evident by the ratio of these machines per person. In fact, it has the highest ratio of slot machines per person around the world with one for every 114 people. As technology advances, playing these games has become a lot easier through online casino sites.
Considering that the slots tend to be the pastime of the elderly, obnoxiously loud sound systems can present a considerable challenge to the casino owners. That is why a lot of the elderly are slowly attempting to play the slots from the quiet of their own home. It is a feasible approach, and that is an approach many are willing to try.