Sound Machines

In our store experience, the most popular and effective sound machines are made by the Marpac Corporation right here in the USA. The sound machines by Marpac include the most popular and  highly rated Dohm DS and its counterpart, the Dohm SS. The DS and SS designations are simply meant to stand for Double Speed and Single Speed respectively. I have talked to many people over the years that who have been helped by using the SleepMate lineup of sound machines as an aid in sleep.

The Dohm DS sound machine by Marpac produces a clean, pleasant fan-like sound of rushing air by using an actual electric motor to spin a fan wheel inside the case. The most notable difference between Marpac mechanical sound machines and others is that they don’t loop.  Looping refers to playing a short recorded segment of sound over and over in a constant loop. the Dohm sound machines don’t loop and this is important since if you can detect looping in white noise machine, it can prove to be a real distraction. The Marpac Dohm sound machines are all quality made in the USA and the superior quality is apparent when compared to cheaper models made in China. The Dohm produces its fan-like sound with a small motor. This rushing air sound has proven to be pleasing to most people who try it.

Mirage Hologram Image Maker

A great gift idea for the young or old inquisitive mind is the Mirage Hologram Image Maker.

The Mirage hologram maker is actually a precision optical projection instrument that is manufactured to tolerances of millionths of an inch to assure that the object you display as a holographic image is faithfully and realistically recreated. In fact, schools and universities use the Mirage to demonstrate the principles of three-dimensional real holographic imagery.

Simply place any small item in the bowl of the 9″ Mirage Hologram Maker such as the little plastic pig that comes with the mirage and the holographic image appears in the air over the bowl! You can look closely at it and see fine detail – you will swear the image is solid until your fingers pass right through it.

Salida Colorado Vacation Room Rentals

We are offering vacation room rentals in our home located right in the town of Salida, Colorado on D Street, Salida, Colorado. Salida has an unimaginative street naming convention; numbered streets in one direction and lettered streets in the other direction; on the plus side, it does make navigation easy. Our Salida Vacation Room Rental is located between 12th and 13th on D Street.

With these Salida Colorado Room Rentals you have access to shared common areas including a full bath, a fully stocked kitchen and a common living/dining room with TV, Direct TV and DVD player. All our rooms are fully lockable, clean, convenient and safe. Located right in the town of Salida, Colorado, close to restaurants, shopping, the Arkansas River, a World Class Kayak Park, hundreds of miles of single track bike trails, the best backpacking and angling in the world and only 20 minutes from Monarch Ski and Snowboard area.

Kids are gone off to college so, we are renting the front half of our house which consists of 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, a living/dining room and shared fully stocked and equiped kitchen.

This Salida Colorado Vacation Room Rental provides 3 Bedrooms which are available either as single rooms or in any combination.

Single Room Rentals rates as shown on each room page or Rent the entire 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, living/dining apartment for $120/night; $700/week. Call or email us to set this up.

No hidden fees: No cleaning fees, No single night fees, No credit card fees. Just the required sales tax of 7.9% and $2.50 lodging tax applied per room per night.

Three easy ways to reserve your Salida Vacation Room:

1. Use the Order Button from each room page Aspen RoomColumbine Room or Monarch Room. Include your reservation dates in the Comments after checking Availability.

2. Phone or text our cell at 719-207-3409

3. Email us at

Salida Room Rentals Amenities:

  • Only 20 minutes to Monarch Ski and SnowBoard Area
  • Clean and comfortable with all linens provided
  • Living/Dining Room with tile and oak floors
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Wireless High Speed Internet Access
  • Shared Kitchen Facilities
  • Off Street Parking
  • Direct TV, DVD Player
  • Quiet, Safe Neighborhood
  • Convenient in-town Location

Best Baby Sleep Sounds

If you have ever raised a baby, I bet you have noticed that your baby fell asleep better and stayed asleep longer under certain conditions. Namely when there was a soft mechanical hum in the background. Many experts agree that the best baby sleep sound is a soft fan-like mechanical hum. Maybe you noticed that your baby fell asleep quickly and easily while driving in a car, or when you had an air conditioner running or when you were vacuuming. Did you notice that when the air conditioner shut off or you turned off the car or when you finished vacuuming, your baby woke up? My theory is that in deep silence the babies hearing picks up the slightest sound in the surrounding environment and startles awake but with a smooth gentle background noise such as a fan, the sound that would ordinarily startle the baby awake gets masked out resulting in better baby sleep.

There are a whole plethora of baby sound machines on the market and many of them are quite well executed and do a fine job and offer many different baby sleep sounds. But my recommendation would be to try the Marpac Sleep Mate 980A as your first choice. Why the Sleep Mate? First off, it is the simplest device with no choices or decisions or experimenting required; the Sleep Mate only makes one type of sound. Secondly, the Sleep Mate makes a real sound as opposed to a looped recording of a sound that is played through a speaker like almost every other baby sound device. Thirdly, the Sleep Mate produces a soft smooth mechanical hum that experience tells us is the most effective at inducing baby sleep. The Sleep Mate 980A actually makes its fan-like mechanical sound with a motor but unlike a fan there are no fan blades to worry about and no air blowing around.

If you want to try a baby sound maker different than the Sleep Mate, I would recommend the Marpac TSC-330 as my second choice. The TSC-330 produces a simple rain like sound that is especially soothing to babies. The sound is played through a speaker but it doesn’t go to real loud volume to protect the sensitive hearing of a baby. The sound produced by the TSC-330 can be altered with slider switches to sound more like a waterfall or ocean waves which are also highly recommended baby sleep sounds.

Decision Tree to Help Pick Your Best Sleep Sound

Here is an interesting idea for cutting through the bewildering array of sleep sounds and sound machine models. Here is a simple decision tree that by answering a couple questions, will guide you to a sleep sound that best matches your priorities.

Water Right Coiled Hoses

The people at Water Right Coiled Hoses have years of experience in coiled hose design. From calculating tubing diameters, coil ratios and tail lengths, to wall thickness, burst pressure and tensile strength, Water Right understands it all. You can find Water Right hoses at this retailer.

Before buying just any cheap, China made, coiled garden hose, consider these questions.

  • What is the life expectancy of the hose?
  • What is it made from?
  • Is the compound used drinking water safe?
  • What is the burst pressure?
  • What is the flow rate?
  • What tail lengths come on the coil?
  • How completely does the coil rebound after use?
  • Does the hose have UV ray (sun) protection?

Experience proves that not just any Polyurethane compound should be used to make quality, long lasting coiled garden hoses. Only top quality, drinking water safe, Ether-based Polyurethane is used to make a Water Right Coil hose product. Why is this important? It’s because products that are made from substantially less expensive compounds like Ester-based Polyurethanes and PVC fillers are not designed for long-term use with water and are not drinking water safe. Cracking, hydrolysis, tube-splitting and ultimately tube failure usually follows within very short periods of time, generally ranging anywhere from as little as 6-12 months. Ether-based products will generally last for 5-10 years or more. (This data comes from detailed lab testing results provided by independent plastic tubing manufacturers and chemical compound manufacturers such as Dow Chemical, BF Goodrich and others.)
Quality Components: The next equally important step in making a quality product are the parts and components used in the coiled hose. Water Right starts with specially machined brass parts to guarantee leak-free connections rather than using cheaper plastic fittings; then they install pressure sensitive nylon clamps surrounding the fittings that ensure solid leak-free connections to the hose that never come off; and lastly Water Right instalsl high-density rubberized hose kink guards over these clamps on both ends of the hose to eliminate any possibility of the hose collapsing or kinking to a closed position when pulled taunt from the faucet.

Sound Oasis S-650-01 Sleep Machine

I want to talk a little about one of the best white noise sleep machines that gets very little attention; the Sound Oasis S-650-01 Sleep Machine. What are the qualities that help the Sound Oasis S-650 rise above the competition? You can find Sound Oasis machines like the S-650 at our store.

1. The overall sound quality is better that most, featuring extra long, high fidelity sounds for exceptional sound realism.

2. You can change sound themes by simply inserting a new sound card containing 12 new and different sounds.

3. You can get a special tinnitus sound card if that is a problem you are wanting to address.

4. Has a superior omnidirectional reflective speaker that delivers rich, deep sound.

5. Has a backlit alarm clock that lets you wake to a buzzer or any sound.

6. Has a gradual off volume reduction feature, a headphone/speaker pillow jack, a one-touch off/resume button.

Featuring clinically proven sounds from world renowned doctors and authentic nature sounds, the Sound Oasis S-650-01 Sleep Machine blocks out irritating noises, helps circumvent tinnitus discomfort and creates a soothing atmosphere so users fall asleep easier, get higher quality sleep and enhance concentration.