A Wireless Sonos Sound System could be what you are looking for if you want to be able to listen to music anywhere in the house without an iPod and a set of headphones. In the past,some logistical problems would come up if you wanted to listen to your entire music collection anywhere in your home (for those of us not inhabiting a studio apartment, anyway) without involving a serious amount of wires and cables trailing under doors and up stairs, or spending a fortune on a home installation system.
So, of course the rise of digital and computer based musichas made it easier for portability of your audio collection but it wasn't until the wireless revolution introduced the idea of streaming from a range of devices to speakers around the home using a wireless connection, and much to user's joy, there was no compromise on sound quality.
Of course there are different brands and ways to do this, a wealth of different products and technologies, but Sonos has always been at the forefront of these brands; carving out a niche as a mass market mainstream solution.
Sonos is an American Company, founded in 2002 with the simple aim of transforming the home sound system for the Digital Age. It has released products and software designed to 'fill every room' of the home. The key appeal lies in flexibility and functionality. If you're considering adding a wireless sound system to your home, here are five facts about the works of Sonos which may just help you to make your decision.
It All Starts with One Single Device.
Sonos works by connecting one single device to your homenetwork, to play music. You can use online or local sources, before adding more devices (up to a maximum of 32, so there is more than enough for all the family to get involved) that all connect using a secure wireless mesh network entitled Sonosnet.
Zone Player: Game Changer
Major success came to Sonos just two years after their launch. Back in 2004 they released the amplified Zone Player ZP100 and CR100 controller and haven't looked back since. Year after year they have remained innovative with new products to expand and enhance the listening experience in the home,advancing with technology to add streaming devices to their systems.
Two Main Types
There are two main types of players in the Sonos System, all in one Zone Players such as the Bridge or Play 1 and CONNECT – branded products that can turn existing audio equipment into a Sonos Zone. Sonos has a range of compact speakers, (Choose Play 1, 3 or 5 depending on needs) that can be controlled wirelessly from any room in the house.
Use With your TV
A subwoofer (loudspeaker) and a Sonos enabled sound bar have also come into the market for usage with your television. In Sonos' own wordsthey hope to 'crash the home theatre party' with the Sonos Playbar that connects to your TV via a single optical cable, offering the same simple set up that we have come to expect from Sonos products.
The optical connection will automatically pass all the audio from your TV via a single optical cable, offering the typical simple set up youget with all Sonos products. It passes on audio from your TV to the playbar regardless is the sound comes from a set top box, Blu Ray player or a games console.
If you are short on space, the Playbar can be used on its own to improve the sound from the TV or in amalgamation with other Sonos products for the ultimate home cinema experience. A Playbar can be placed in three positions; laid on its side, under the TV or for wall mounted set ups, onthe wall above or below the screen, there is a space effective storage solution for even the most cramped of spaces.
Customise Your Playlist
As well as your own digitally stored music collection, whichcan be streamed from a Network Attached Storage Device (NAS) Sonos comes with amultitude of services, to let you customise your playlist and explore new or forgotten music. These include Spotify and Last.fm. We recommend Spotify Premium for £10 a month (unlimited songs on demand from your mobile and access to pre made playlists) all of which can conveniently be controlled from your Smartphone,iPad or iPhone.
Surely now you should be convinced of the power of Sonos, if not a little overwhelmed. As leading AV Installers Liverpool, Audiolux can fitand show you how to use a Sonos system of your choice. We will help you select exactly the right product for your budget and requirements so you can enjoy your new sound system as soon as possible.