Couple of weeks back I was asked if I would like to receive a Sonos music system for testing and reviewing purposes. This sounded like music to my ears and I gladly accepted the offer as I had always been curious to uncover if it would be something for my household.
On first sight, I immediately fell for the Sonos’ design, its described user friendliness (as the installation would not take up a lot of time, 10 minutes or so with unpacking, …) and various possibilities.
The Sonos’ advantage is its “Plug & Play” characteristic and well, after having unboxed and connected everything, this turned into Plug & Pray for a while as a couple of small hiccups stood in my way No worries though as it mainly was due to a missing part on my end and the distance I wanted to bridge with the Zone Bridge player being placed up in our attic. Once this was solved nothing but groovy beats all night long!
Now Sonos is one of the leading developers when it comes to wireless multi-room music systems and I have experienced first hand why this is the case with the Sonos. This all-in-one wireless music system is controllable with an iPhone, iPod touch or the Sonos Controller (which we also had delivered). Easy & extremely practical I must say.
The Sonos leaflet states a couple of things. I though I ought to break these down to their bare essence, judging them with what I exerienced:
Room-filling sound is one of those elements and I must say that the five integrated speakers and five dedicated digital amplifiers really do provide crystal-clear audio that filled the entire area with music.
Unlimited music from iTunes and the Internet is what I really like as the Sonos gives you instant access to millions of songs and stations, including your personal music library stored on your computer, hard drives, … And because Sonos connects directly to the Internet, you can access a world of music directly without ever turning on your computer.
Music streaming services are in hands reach as you can connect with music services like, Last.fm and Deezer (depending on the country you live or register in). Together with Internet Radio (Laidback Radio off course!), this makes the Sonos great, as there is no computer required to access these streams. Just pick up your controller of iphone/ipod and you’ve filled the room with fresh tunes which is extremely nice in the morning.
Your music library is also accessible, whether your music or iTunes collection is stored on a PC, Mac or external NAS drive. Here I did experience some troubles, files that could not be accessed/read together with streaming issues (breaking up sound) at time.
Everything can be controled with an iPhone or iPod touch. Just download the free Sonos Controller app and, choose the music you want and control the volume in any room from anywhere. bare in mind that a remote seems necessary in my eyes as it makes it so easy and everything accesible everywhere at any time. It also seems more logic to by an ipod touch instead of the wireless handheld Sonos Controller as it gives you more possibilities besides controlling the Sonos.
Wireless expandability is probably one of the final great aspects when considering Sonos as you can easily add more systems wirelessly without changing everything.
To be perfectly honest, I love having the Sonos at home and would suggest it to anyone who can spare the extra ca$h as it isn’t the cheapest sound system/solution. For that reason I must admit that in my specific case I would be able to provide more or less the same musical possibilities for my ground floor with a significant lower budget as its totally wired for sound. Speakers have already been installed into our kitchen & bathroom ceiling and two separate speakers are mounted in the sitting/dining area and all are connected on separate channels. That being sais though, it would never be as easy as the solution the Sonos offers me.
Will have do some more in-depth testing the next days of course but for now this transmission is out of the air.