Pros + Super easy to setup
+ Easy to use and is very functional
+ Sleep and alarm clock features
+ Touchscreen controller is great
+ SONOS wireless network works very well
+ Access to music is easy
Cons - I wish the contoller batteries lasted longer when out of the cradle
Summary When we built our house, we installed speakers throughout (~45 speakers counting indoors and outdoors), but (long story short) we never setup a sound system. So, we've had these speakers in the ceiling with nothing coming through them. I've wanted to setup whole house audio for a long time, but wasn't sure what to use. I'm the type that researches and researches before I buy, and I've been researching this for a couple years, but I couldn't get comfortable with a solution. I've looked at SONOS a couple times, but just wasn't sure. I finally pulled the trigger and bought SONOS. To give you some background on my house, it's a 2-story with about 5,000 SF of conditioned space. I have a central closet with all my phone, TV, network/Internet and other communications wiring. I've heard so many concerns about setting up SONOS with a central closet such as mine, but it's really worked out great. I initially thought about trying to minimize the number of SONOS ZP120 units (to save money) by utilizing other amplifiers and volume controllers and I'm so glad I didn't do that. It was a little more expensive to have SONOS everything, because it resulted in more SONOS zones (i.e., more SONOS ZP120s), but I have no regrets. It's really just amazing how easy this is to use, how much music you have access to, and how well everything works together.
We setup 12 zones. 11 of the zones are ZP120 and one zone is an S5. The 11 ZP120s are in the central closet. The S5 is in the study and I also put a ZP90 wireless bridge upstairs near an outside wall to extend the wireless signal (to the upstairs and the outdoors). I have 5 CR200 controllers (we keep one in the kitchen area, the bedroom, the study, and each of my kids has one that they keep in their bedrooms (both kids are under 10 yrs old and they have no trouble using SONOS)). Each of their bedrooms is a separate zone so they can control their own music.
SONOS changed our lives. My wife thought I was crazy installing SONOS, but she's told me on several occasions that she really likes SONOS and loves having music in the house. My kids are also enjoying it. The TV now spends more time 'off' and the SONOS replaces it with music. How many times do you have the TV on in your house for 'background noise'? Yep, that's what we used to do. We now listen to music in the morning, afternoon, during dinner, etc. It's great. We primarily use SONOS to stream Pandora (Pandora Basic comes built into SONOS). I was introduced to Pandora through SONOS and it's just great. Everyone in the family has separate Pandora 'lists' so we can each listen to our own music.
The reason I like SONOS so much: (1) the time from arrival to setup is very short (it's super easy to setup), (2) it's easy to use and is very functional (my young kids use it), the linking and separating of zones is simple and you can transfer your music from one zone to another (by going into Zone Group for the zone that's currently playing the music you want to transfer, selecting the zone your going to (e.g., Kitchen) and de-selecting the zone you're in (e.g., Study)), (3) the sleep and alarm clock features (you can fall asleep to music and wake to music or a SONOS chime) (4) the touchscreen controller is great, (5) the SONOS wireless network works very well, and it's easy to extend the network with a ZP90 wireless bridge if you need additional coverage, (6) the access to music is easy (Pandora, music stored on your hard drive, local radio, etc.), (7) SONOS' ability to modify the administrative settings on your PC or firewall on the fly to make everything work (it prompts you for permission before doing this), (8) it's easy to add additional SONOS components and you can rename them to what you want (e.g., I renamed the standard SONOS 'Bedroom' to include my kids names), (9) the 'crossfade' option so you can have the next song start just before the prior song finishes to create continuous music (not sure if this only works in Pandora, but you can disable this feature if you don't like it).
I simply can't say enough about this product. It has surpassed my expectations. We've gone from a house with 45 speakers doing nothing, to a house brimming with music and a family (including young kids) enjoying music.
If there are two things I wish were different they are: I wish it were less expensive ( but I honestly I wish everything were less expensive - SONOS is a good value for what you get and if you will buy this ZP120 I suggest you have to check for best deal before you decide at: sites.google.com/site/musicplayerdeals/sonos-zoneplayer-120 ), and I wish the contoller batteries lasted longer when out of the cradle (but I'm guessing it takes a lot of battery power to drive the color touchscreen on the controller). These are very minor nits. I love it!
Pros Easy setup, infinite choices for music, great sound quality, great versatility, sleek minimalistic appearance.
Cons Somewhat high initial upfront cost. The amps get a little warm.
Summary The major grip people have with Sonos is the expense and while on paper that may seem like a hard pill to swallow, in reality the difference may not be so stark, especially for a whole house audio setup. If you want to run a whole house audio system, you can easily expect to spend $1000 or more to get up and running and you won't have anywhere near the versatily or ease of setup as you do with Sonos. I have 4 Connect:Amps and 1 Connect driving our 5 zone home audio. Total setup time took less than 1/2 hr. No need to hire an A/V pro to setup.
My wife was skeptical at first given the up front cost but now all she does is rave to me about how this was the best decision we made regarding our new house. She uses it everyday. We use it at night when we go to sleep, we use it to wake up to in the morning, during parties, drinking coffee and reading the news, etc... Everyone is so amazed that we can control everything with the touch of our smartphones.
Sonos also opened up our world to the infinite number of music choices out there. That is how we learned about sites like Songza, Wolfgang Vault, MOG, iHeart Radio etc...The best thing is we can continue to expand the system with Play3 and Play5 systems (for kids or guest rooms for example).
If you can afford it, I think it is worth the little extra cost. The great thing is, you can design your Sonos system however you want with the various components to meet your needs and budget.
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Summary Try sonos its great enough !
Pros - Easy, easy, easy to install vs other systems that require special connectors and programming
- Amazing iPad application that allows me to control the system without an additional remote control
- Allows you to listen different music in multiple rooms at
Cons - Works best when a home is hardwired and has multiple ethernet outlets
- You need the space for multiple zone boxes
Summary I was looking for a multi-zone system that was simple and cheaper to install and use vs the higher end systems like Nuvo. This was the answer to all my prayers and everyone that has seen this in my house wants to buy one now... Just an amazing purchase!!!
Pros Use to work good with no problems with my iPOD Touch. Connected it up with no problems, four SONOS Units 2 x Zone Player 90 and 2 x Zone Player 120 with over 8,000 songs.
Cons If you have an iPOD and iPAD2 App controlling your SONOS and you receive an App upgrade SONOS has a sync problem. What ever device receives the App upgrade first is ok, 2nd device on more than five occurances brought the entire system down.
Summary If you are Computer Savy the system is OK but if you are not I would not recommend SONOS. Appears that lately they are having lots of App upgrades and each one for me is taking one hour to complete as I have four SONOS components and for the system to recongnize each component you have to sit at your PC and go touch each SONOS device during the upgrade so you have lots of running back and forth from your PC to the SONOS units. When you have four untis that's alot of time especially when it does not work on the first try (like if often does). Latest upgrade I lost a Zone and had to unplug the unit for five minutes to reset it and it also reset my decktop.
Bottomline: I knowing what I now know I would look for a more stable music system with a higher degree of quality on the software that is used to manage the system.
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