wireless whole house Music System
the explosion of popularity in MP3 and other digital music devices,
serving up audio throughout your home seems like the logical next step
in the evolution. Having all your stored music and features like
internet radio accessible through a user friendly control device, and
being able to distribute various audio sources throughout your home is
easy to accomplish with Sonos.
CDs have been converted to a music library using FLAC and stored on a
central hard disk, the Infrant ReadyNAS, a task that took
project behind me, I connected the Sonos to the network, configured the
NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive and multiple zones, created a few
playlists on the Windows based Sonos Desktop (it's easier this way than
on the handheld controller,
believe me), and I was in business.
of the Box
point to note, there are two types of the ZonePlayer, with and without
amplifier. The ZP80 without amp is connected to receiver or
pre/pro using Toslink, Coax, or Analog L+R. The first box in the
chain needs to be connected to a wired a network router/switch, the rest
will piggyback to that and use their built-in WiFi to communicate with
each other. If you're not keen on running wires throughout your
home, or just can't, this is the heart of Sonos system which works as a
WiFi repeater to cover wider areas. The ZP100 amplified
ZonePlayers are designed for non-powered speakers.
Reliability? Nearly bulletproof.
Sonos handheld controller is a wonder, it kicks on when it senses
movement, and firmware updates can be done from the handheld device via
the internet as they become available. The Sonos Desktop software
which can be run from any computer on the same network, is useful for
functions that can get tedious on the controller, but it's not necessary for
everyday use of Sonos.
tagged files with the cover art added to the same directory will be
displayed with all information on the handheld controller. The
controller is full featured, able to set zones, connect to internet
radio and music services, and the ipod like joggle makes it simple to
navigate. Top notch design wins Sonos the highest kudos from
about the latest addition to the Sonos, Pandora internet radio, I can't
say enough good about the service. Rhapsody,
another service available on the Sonos allows you to sign up and peruse
their whole on-line catalog. Create a playlist from your favorite
artists and store on the Sonos for playback.
ability to move the ZonePlayers around (within range of the wireless, of
course) allows flexible placement anywhere where there is power.
Each zone can play different songs, or you can join the zone to play the
inputs allow for listening to other devices from one location throughout
all zones. Make sure to set the auxiliary input to un-compressed
audio format if you want to avoid sound delays.
and solid performer, the Sonos is easy to love. Whether it's the
easy WiFi setup or the killer navigation of the controller, Sonos simply
kicks butt. I've installed outdoor speakers, indoor in-walls and
in-ceilings, and have my main unit hooked up to my home entertainment
system. They all share stored music on a NAS drive, and I can
route audio sources from one room to another with ease. All this
with bare minimum wire connections, the time involved setting up the
Sonos is trivial. The design and usability of the Sonos can't be
emphasized enough, it's well thought out and executed.
controller for iPhone!
The Sonos Controller for iPhone™ is a free application that
turns your iPhone (or iPod® touch) into a full-fledged Sonos
Controller. Plus, it uses the familiar touch-screen
interface and fits in your pocket so you can carry it with
you all over the house. Best of all, you can download it for
free on the App Store in seconds. Just grab your iPhone and
simply touch the screen to pick a room, point and flick to
pick a song, and then hit play. Grouping zones and searching
tracks has never been easier. You can mix and match
Controllers (CR100, Desktop Controller and Sonos Controller
for iPhone) for maximum flexibility. Or get started with
Sonos using the iPhone you already own and one or more
ZonePlayers spread throughout your house.
had it in your mind to add a distributed music system into your home,
but didn't want the chore of wiring, Sonos is a no-brainer. I
can't sing enough praises of Sonos' feature-rich music system, even if I