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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...


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sonos Sings A Song To iPhone Owners With The S5

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.sonos.com/s5demo

"We designed the S5 around an iPhone app. With the exception of Griffin and a car radio headset, there aren’t really many other 3rd party CE manufacturers building devices around an iPhone app. We made a decision a 1 ¼ ago to not only build a free iPhone app, but develop the perfect product to marry to an iPhone app."

If you are one of those rare people who own an iPhone or iPod Touch, and you have some coin to spare, you might want to look into Sonos' upcoming ZonePlayer S5. Sure, Sonos offers other wireless music solutions for your home and even has an existing iPhone app to control their systems, the S5 is designed to make the experience easier. Sonos has a great thing going with really great hardware, and their setup for piping music around the house is sickeningly nice, but as a non-iPhone user, I'm feeling a bit left out. Sure, I hear that the iPhone is getting popular these days, and I am sure they want to emphasize their flashy new app, but not even a word of whether it can also be controlled through a browser, another phone (Android, WinMo, WebOS) or a remote (Harmony) is a bit depressing. Do people really carry their phone around with them absolutely everywhere that this makes sense?


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