Pros Sound quality, easy wireless setup, endless music and solid construction (I'm sure I forgot something, plusses too numerous to post!)
Cons Price but as the saying goes you get what you pay for!
Summary I have been wanting the Sonos system since I first saw it several years ago. I make a very modest salary and could never afford it as it is quite pricey but then Best Buy had a special buy 2 S5's and get the zone bridge for free so I decided to take the plunge; I used my Best Buy card and got 0% financing for 18 months as well! The setup for basic system I have (2 S5's and a zone bridge) was beyond simple, install the setup disc in your computer, plug in all componets connect zone bridge by ethernet to router and literally press a couple of buttons on the componets and your set- took all of 10mins! As one reviewer said on another site it took him longer to take it out of the box! The one negative I posted was the price but just save up believe me you wont regret it.
Pros Like the multiple controllers - use iPad, CR200 and Windows interfaces
Like access to iTunes and internet radio and Pandora
Like ease of setup and ease of use
Like price point
Cons Wish they would add facilities to see/search more data about tracks (year, performers) and dynamically generate playslists as Sooloos system does (noting that Sooloos costs 5-10 times more). Also wish SONOS accepted high resolution audio 24/192.
Summary SONOS freed my music from CDs on the shelves by making it easily accessible by artist, album or song via iPad, or Sonos controller. I love the ability to see and move between multiple versions of songs, of multiple songs by artists or contributing artists. And on top of that access to internet radio stations and Pandora - I'm listening to much more music than I did before SONOS - and wife likes and uses SONOS as well.
Pros All my wife wanted to do was play her music on the stereo which was a challenge because of the kluge configuration of DVD, CD, laptop, cassette devices and switches. She was not happy! Listen Up Sound in Denver recommended the easy to use Sonos.
Cons Maybe the price, but considering all that it does, we are very pleased.
Summary This system is addicting. We now have two zones, one un-amplified connected to our old Sansui amplifier and one amplified in another room. The hand-held controller is intuitively easy to use and allows the selection of our personal music collection, Napster and all of our favorite radio stations. I'm sure we have not begun to scratch the surface of what this system can do. We love that we can move the amplified unit into any room in the house depending on what we have going on. We have tossed out the old AM/FM tuner, cassette player and turntable and replaced it all with the Sonos and an internet connection. My wife is thrilled and that is what really counts. She can finally listen to whatever she like whenever she likes. That make me happy!
Pros Speaker sound is good for wireless speakers.
Cons All music must be digitally stored.
Must be expert in Sonos, Media Player and iTunes software.
Summary I already had a whole house system and all I really wanted was the ability to change CD tracks from the control panels. Our audio/video/media system vendor recommended changing out the system to a Sonos. BIG MISTAKE He sold me up the river.I forgot to say that my system is very large and over three floors. There are 11 zones.
I have thousands... literally thousands of CD's and in order to listen to them on the Sonos, I must have them on my running computer or a hard drive I have that's dedicated to the Sonos. I've yet to figure out how to use iTunes without my computer system running.
Also, if I want to listen to a CD, then, I must change it to digitally stored music. That, in and of itself, can be a pain as not all CD's upload correctly. Out of the 100 or so I've loaded, I have 6 sitting on my desk that don't upload correctly at all. I can't even manually fix them. Until I figure out how to digitally convert them, then, I can no longer listen to these CD's through my whole house system.
This is a good system for those who:
-digitally store their music
-don't have large CD collections
-or-have the time to convert all their CD's to digital storage
-have the time to make sure they are proficient with Media Player, iTunes, et. al.
So, I just blew $15,000 converting my whole house system and I'd change it all back if I could.
Updated on Feb 29, 2012
Consequently, I must have controllers on each floor. If you buy one of these systems, just use existing computers/tables/phones to control it. At worst, buy tablets for the locations where you want control.
This system would be best for someone who is just beginning to set up a 'whole-house' system instead of converting an existing one.