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Robert A Lambourne, Nicholas A J Millington: Method and apparatus for controlling multimedia players in a multi-zone system. Sonos, Joe Zheng, August 4, 2009: US07571014 (396 worldwide citation)

Techniques for controlling zone group and zone group characteristics such as audio volume in a multi-zone system are disclosed. The multi-zone system includes a number of multimedia players, each preferably located in a zone. A controller may control the operations of all of the zone players remotel ...


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Nicholas A J Millington: System and method for synchronizing operations among a plurality of independently clocked digital data processing devices. Sonos, Hanley Flight & Zimmerman, July 31, 2012: US08234395 (307 worldwide citation)

A system maintains synchrony of operations among devices that have independent clocking arrangements. The system includes a task distribution device that distributes tasks to a synchrony group of devices that perform the tasks distributed by the task distribution device in synchrony. The task distri ...


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Robert A Lambourne: Controlling and manipulating groupings in a multi-zone media system. Sonos, Hanley Flight and Zimmerman, July 9, 2013: US08483853 (152 worldwide citation)

In general, techniques of controlling a plurality of multimedia players in groups are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a mechanism is provided to allow a user to group some of the players according to a theme or scene, where each of the players is located in a zone. When ...


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Robert A Lambourne: User interfaces for controlling and manipulating groupings in a multi-zone media system. Sonos, Hanley Flight & Zimmerman, October 16, 2012: US08290603 (109 worldwide citation)

In general, user interfaces for controlling a plurality of multimedia players in groups are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a user interface is provided to allow a user to group some of the players according to a theme or scene, where each of the players is located in a ...


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Robert A Lambourne, Nicholas A J Millington: Method and apparatus for adjusting volume levels in a multi-zone system. Sonos, TechLaw, Robert J Irvine III, November 19, 2013: US08588949 (79 worldwide citation)

A multimedia controller including a processor, the controller configured to: provide a user interface for a player group, wherein the player group includes a plurality of players in a local area network, and wherein each player is configured to playback a multimedia output from a multimedia source; ...


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Jonathan P Lang, David L Oster: System and method for operating a sensed power device over data wiring. Sonos, Carr & Ferrell, December 26, 2006: US07154381 (67 worldwide citation)

According to the present invention, a power source delivers power to a networked device over network cabling (e.g., Ethernet cabling) in one of two modes: a low power mode and a high power mode. The power source begins delivering power at a low power level in the low power mode, and switches to a hi ...


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Nicholas A J Millington: Systems and methods for synchronizing operations among a plurality of independently clocked digital data processing devices that independently source digital data. Sonos, Hanley Flight & Zimmerman, April 16, 2013: US08423659 (62 worldwide citation)

In a system for distributing data, distribution device is configured to distribute timestamp, offset and source location information for a digital data stream to an execution device, and the execution device is configured to seek digital data corresponding to the received information. The execution ...


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Nicholas A J Millington: Systems and methods for synchronizing operations among a plurality of independently clocked digital data processing devices that independently source digital data. Sonos, Hanley Flight & Zimmerman, Mark W Triplett, December 27, 2011: US08086752 (59 worldwide citation)

In a system for distributing data, distribution device is configured to distribute timestamp, offset and source location information for a digital data stream to an execution device, and the execution device is configured to seek digital data corresponding to the received information. The execution ...


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Nicholas A J Millington, Michael Ericson: Systems and methods for synchronizing operations among a plurality of independently clocked digital data processing devices without a voltage controlled crystal oscillator. Sonos, Hanley Flight & Zimmerman, February 5, 2013: US08370678 (58 worldwide citation)

Exemplary systems and methods include a distribution device that maintains a dock rate and distributes a series of tasks to a group of execution devices. Each task has a plurality of samples per frame associated with a time stamp indicating when the task is to be executed. The execution devices exec ...


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Steve F Holmgren, Jonathan P Lang, L Dexter Bates, John L MacFarlane: Method and apparatus for automatically enabling subwoofer channel audio based on detection of subwoofer device. Sonos, Joe Zheng, September 7, 2010: US07792311 (53 worldwide citation)

Techniques for processing input signals in accordance with an output configuration are disclosed. According to one aspect of the techniques, a module implemented in a sound reproducing device is configured to determine whether a sound in the input audio source can be reproduced properly through spea ...



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