Sonos introduces a smaller, sexier, …all-in-one player

Posted in Hardware,News by Ruslan Ulanov on the July 21st, 2011

Sonos PLAY:3

Sonos has just announced a new model in its acclaimed and best-selling line-up of multi-room connected audio players – PLAY:3. It’s smaller and sexier then PLAY:5 model. And, what might be most important, at  $299 MSRP, it’s cheaper than any other Sonos player out there. With increased competition from Apple, and soon Google Android@Home, the price of entry into multi-room audio should drop even further.

PLAY:3 is a full-featured model with capabilities comparable to it’s larger PLAY:5 brother, but, as the model name suggests, loosing a couple of speakers (one tweeter and dedicated bass driver replaced with a radiator) compared to latter.

Like its peers, PLAY:3 still requires Sonos Bridge ($49) or another hardwired Sonos Zoneplayer for wireless playback of networked media. The PLAY:3 has minimalistic design with only volume buttons on the body of the player. But its playback could be remotely controlled from any iPhone, iPad, Android, or PC, MAC on the same network.

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Sonos ZonePlayer S5

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the October 19th, 2009

SonosSonos, the premier manufacturer of easy to use and set-up multi-room music system, has announced a new product called Sonos S5 ZonePlayer.

It features 5 speakers (two tweeters, two 3″ mid-range drivers and a 3.5″ woofer), each powered by a dedicated Class-D digital amplifier, auto-detecting 3.5mm audio line-in and a headphone connection that mutes speakers when headphones are plugged in.

Sonos controllers

Sonos controllers

There’s no manual controls on the box other than Volume and Mute buttons, but ZonePlayer S5 could be controlled by the standard $350 Sonos LCD touch screen remote, by iPhone Controller application (available for free from Apple AppStore) or from the desktop software.

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Discover new music… for FREE

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the May 26th, 2009

In my iTunes I have a smart playlist called “Never Played Songs”. I usually sync this playlist with iPhone to listen “on the go” or while in the car. At times it (pleasantly or not) surprises me with the kinds of music I have in my collection. And while at home I tend to listen mainly to my favorite albums or Internet radio stations, it’s nice to be able to discover new artists and new music styles on occasion.

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Sweet Sonos Bundle Deals

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the May 6th, 2009

If you were ever dreaming of that hi-end multiroom audio experience in your home, now is the good time to jump on this Amazon offer.

Sonos ZP90/CR100 Bundle

Sonos ZP90/CR100 Bundle

For a limited time only and while supplies last Amazon could save you up to $200 off Sonos ZonePlayer and Controller bundles. To sweeten the deal they will also drop in FREE Super Saver Shipping AND a $5 worth of MP3 downloads.

Now, doesn’t that sounds like music to your ears?

When it comes to multiroom audio, Sonos is a solid choice, and it comes with tons of free music too. Beyond your own MP3 collection you have a choice of 25,000 Internet radio stations plus Pandora, Last.fm, Sirius, Napster and Rhapsody.

And by the way, Yes, you can control these systems from your iPhone/iPod Touch. Sonos gives its iPhone app for free and there are a few other alternatives available in the AppStore as well.

Don’t delay, remember it’s a “while supplies last” sale, and at under $600 a bundle they are not going to last for long.

Turn your iPhone into a Sonos controller

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the October 28th, 2008

Yes, that’s correct, now you can save yourself $399.00 by turning your iPhone (or iPod® touch) into a full-fledged Sonos Controller. All you would need is a free iPhone application.

“It uses the familiar touch-screen interface and fits in your pocket so you can carry it with you all over the house.”  It lets you control what music is playing in every room in your house (provided you have ZonePlayers installed in all those rooms). The interface looks great and the volume controls allow you to set different volume levels in different rooms.

It also offers support for the most popular music services such as Best Buy™ Digital Music Store, Last.fm, Napster®, Pandora®, Rhapsody® 3.0+, SIRIUS® Internet Radio, and downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks.

The application is getting rave reviews, so if you own a Sonos system, go update your Sonos System Software to version 2.7, and then download the free Sonos Controller for iPhone application from the Apple’s App Store.

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