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Colour Sound – speakers that shine in the strangest places

Sound Leisure is launching a new range of speaker solutions at this year’s PLASA Focus show, which is being held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds this week.

Colour Sound is a range of LED-lit flat panel speakers that add a unique and colourful solution to all types of venues, including clubs, arcades, gyms and retail outlets. The output of a Colour Sound speaker radiates through 360 degrees meaning that it can be placed in all sorts of places that a traditional speaker would not be able to service.

“Not only is Colour Sound very attractive to look at, it is also supremely flexible,” says Sound Leisure Managing Director Chris Black. “It can be hung from high ceilings and placed in other difficult and unconventional spaces that used to defy the capabilities of most speakers on the market. We are expecting a high level of interest at PLASA for this fun new range.”

Colour Sound is available now from Sound Leisure in a multitude of colours to suit any décor.


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Wooden faced, steel cases to house some rather expensive articles. LED lit and a very expensive lining that preserves the exhibits and prevents tarnishing

Museums : Lotherton Hall

One of the main aspects of SLRetail is the work that we carry out for Museums. This includes the design, manufacture and installation of bespoke furniture, discreet interactive audio devices and creative work.

We were privileged to be invited to Lotherton Hall near Aberford, Leeds last night for the opening of their new fashion gallery and the launch of the “Age of Glamour” exhibition. A fabulous exhibtion that harks back to 50’s Glamour and the retail outlets such as Marks and Spencer that evolved on the Leeds high street to supply the latest fashions to the ever increasing number of wealthy residents in and around the city.

Whilst walking round the beautiful house we began to realise how much work we had actually undertaken over the past few years, below are just a handful of projects that we have been involved with, ranging from interactive telephones that provide archived sound bytes of life in the old house, cabinets for the education side of Lotherton’s work and interactive tables. If you are ever close to Lotherton Hall we fully recommend a trip to this wonderful house and its grounds.


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Carlton Estates “big Wheel”

SLRetail was asked by exclusive London estate agency Carlton to create a working big wheel model for their shop window. The wheel, instead of “cars” would have mounting systems to slot the latest properties on offer. The wheel was to be nearly 7ft tall and motorised.

No problem.

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PJ Morgan 70s tv window installation

Sound Leisure’s Special Project’s department has completed a bespoke installation for a leading estate agent in London.

The customer wanted a retro 1970s theme for its renovated shop; to incorporate a replica 1970s style TV screen, a table and even some books and imitation wallpaper to hold photo frames. The installation housed a 32inch high brightness screen and media player, which can be used to display promotional material.

“This is the second installation we have completed for a London estate agent. The client wanted something that was eye-catching and unique. They had seen work that we have previously completed for another estate agent and asked us to come up with a 1970’s theme for their recently renovated shop. The final design and installation look out of this world and the customer is delighted,” said Sound Leisure Managing Director Chris Black.

The design team worked alongside the client to come up with a visual impact that would envoke the feel of the 70’s. Everything from the 70’s lettering, lazer cut from white acrylic and mounted on “standoffs” to  the orange curves of the bespoke table – measured exactly to fit in the small confines of the shop window.


Sound Leisure’s special projects team and the SL Retail division maintains a unique position among some of Europe’s best-known retailers, creative agencies, architects and shop fitters as a developer and manufacturer of innovative audio and video solutions for the retail, leisure and exhibition sectors.  The 70s Style TV was designed and built in house at Sound Leisure. Inside a media player running from a compact flash card allows easy update of the content.


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Carlton Estates Rocket 88 property display.

Sound Leisure were recently approached by London based estate agents Carlton to produce a custom Rocket 88 Jukebox for their shop window in Islington. This, of course, would not be a problem,this is the sort of request we deal with all the time here at Sound Leisure. Something our skilled engineers can build in their sleep. Then they told us their plan. This was not to be a jukebox in the regular sense, a standard box that we could customise using different colours and specifications to make it unique. This jukebox was going to be something different entirely, it wasn’t even going to play music!

The difference with the Carlton Rocket 88 was that instead of the 80 disc CD mechanism usually found in all our CD jukeboxes, an automated 20 page “flip style” picture display would take its place. The design was actually similar in style to the title rack systems that display the track listings on our jukeboxes although it was to be large enough to hold A4 sheets showing the latest properties available in the area.

The display mechanism would automatically flip through the pages, pausing for an allotted time before flipping to the next page, allowing the public outside the window to see the properties to rent or buy. When the mechanism reached the end of the pages it would flip back again.

In addition to the display mechanism the Rocket would feature an aluminum cast Carlton logo on the front grill and custom artwork for the marquee.

For more details on the Rocket 88 Classic jukebox visit:

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“Talking windows” and classic jukeboxes push festive sales

“Talking windows” for top retail stores and classic juke boxes have ended 2010 on a high note for Leeds‐based electronics specialist Sound Leisure. The firm’s retail arm saw increased sales, thanks to orders from leading stores such as Harvey Nicholls and Hamley’s for point of sale attractions, including “talking windows” technology allows surfaces such as windows, walls, ceilings and dining tables to be transformed into sound transmission boards.

Managing director Chris Black says: “Increasing interest from the major stores has grown sales for our loudspeaker solutions and interactive audio devices at point of sale, including “talking windows” in all the Harvey Nicholls stores and Hamley’s. “This has also been a record year for delivering our classic juke box models to people’s homes, with prices starting at around £4,500, which maybe suggests that people look back fondly when the going gets tough.

“Increased home sales of the classic boxes added £250,000 to our 2010 turnover, largely due to our growing reputation for building British and providing the best quality retro juke boxes on the market. With half‐year figures ahead of last year, we’re encouraged that our new diversifications should push us beyond the previous annual turnover of £6.5 million.”

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Boris Becker visits the Barclays Hospitality Suite at the ATP Finals 2011

Barclays kiosk

In late 2011 SLRetail, Sound Leisure’s Retail division, completed the development and manufacture of 3 ‘Contactless Payment’ donation kiosks for Barclay Card, the global banking and financial services company.

The 3 month project involved the custom development of kiosks, software and contactless payment solution, enabling Barclays VIP guests attending the ATP tennis tournament at London’s 02 arena to make charitable donations at the venue while and try out a ‘Contactless Payment’ experience. The software development included a client facing, interactive touch screen interface which enables guests to select and view video content about each charity, select an individual charity to donate to, then make the donation using Contactless technology.

Sound Leisure first demonstrated Contactless Payment technology in 2010 when a prototype solution was integrated in to the VHub digital jukebox platform, launched in January 2011. Since that time, the company has established itself as a leader in the ‘Contactless Payment’ field and is currently working with several high profile companies and brands on ‘Contactless Payment’ related developments. The Barclaycard ATP project is just of a number of ‘Contactless Payment’ developments completed by Sound Leisure for the banking company in the past 12 months.

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FX Leisure keeps folks runnin’ with SLRetail install

Following many years of close collaboration with FX Leisure Sound Leisure has completed installation of a Jukebox and AV equipment at their latest Gym. The use of a video Jukebox to allow Patrons to exercise whilst listening and watching their own choice of music through the high end audio installation and  32″ Bubble LCD screens has worked particularly well through out all the FX leisure sites. With more new builds on the way soon we are looking forward to installing some of newer innovations such as the “Talkie Tiles” that act as a loud speaker, but look like a ceiling tile!

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