03. 03. 2009
Sonos - Wireless Sound System
I've tried quite a few wireless systems and liked them all for different reasons but the new Sonos is the best of the best. Easy to set up; seemless delivery; almost unlimited expansion and since it doesn't depend on your home network, no bandwidth problems. For $950 for the "beginning" Bundle, it had better be.
Key to it's success is the wireless mesh network called "SonosNet" which delivers range and performance required of a multi-room music system. And you can control the system from any room in the house.The remote control’s range is 50 to100 feet, but it doesn’t have to be within range of all your players, only one, since each player is also a relay station to the other players.
Syncing your computer is simple - the software leads you through syncing your computer with other Zone devices quickly and easily. With a controller that works like the desktop program, you get the hang of it pretty quickly. Unlike other systems, it relays almost instantly so you can be listening to two Zoneplayers within earshot and the song is prefectly synched. No echoes, no delays. The "Queue" feature gives you the ability to make an "on-the-go" playlist which is a great feature. If it's radio you want, Sonos also allows you to play local and distant radio stations as well as the genre of music you prefer if you don't have a particular station in mind. The charging cradle makes charging the controller a snap and also has a wall mount for that perfect location in your home.
Best yet, Sonos just added iPhone application which works as seamlessly as everything else in the bundle and is a great addition to the kit. One thing you need to know before you drop a bundle on the "Bundle" is that you're going to need plenty of extra speakers. But it's worth it.
$990 for the "bundle" at Sonos.