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Thursday, January 20, 2011

In The Zone - The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 System

Posted by Matthew Shanks in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

Product Category: Wireless Music System
Manufacturer: Sonos
Where to Buy: Amazon [USA, Affiliate], Future Shop [Canada]
Price: $448 USD (Amazon), $480 CAD (Future Shop) - ZonePlayer S5 & ZoneBridge Bundle
System Requirements: Windows PC or Mac with internet and router for home network access
Specifications: White or black, speakers include 2 tweeters, 2-3" mid-range drivers, 1-3.5" woofer, powered by 5 dedicated Class D digital amplifiers.

Pros:

  • Extremely simple set-up and operation;
  • Impressive audio performance;
  • Allows whole house audio distribution with additional ZonePlayers;
  • ZonePlayers can be synchronized or play different music in different zones.

Cons:

  • More expensive than many iPod docks;
  • Desktop Controller Software isn't as polished as it could be and has some issues with iTunes libraries;
  • Cannot play protected music songs, unless upgraded through iTunes.

Summary: The ZonePlayer S5 is a standalone wireless audio system that is very simple and intuitive to set-up and operate. Its audio capability is impressive and it performs its purpose extremely well - quickly and easily accessing and controlling your computer's music collection, Internet radio and music services. Using the ZonePlayer is a very different experience than using an iPod dock, and once you have used it, you will never want to go back. Read more...


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