Pros Ipod for the rest of us
Cons do not believe the hype about ease of setup
Summary I do not mean to rag on Sonos, but like everything else in this life nothing is easy and so it is with this system. If you do not believe me, read their forum. Yes the system is as they say, very smooth, very sleek, and it does what they say but at what price. It has taken me three days to set up what was promised to be an easy and smooth installation. Now if you have minimal needs and one room wired, then go out right now and buy it but for the rest of us, some planning and reading first is advised. By now, the rest of us are rapidly moving to wireless connection and although Sonos touts its capabilities forewarned is forearmed. Again read the forum. I never could get the system to function wirelessly but fortunately in the forum someone recommended(see I am not the only one) buying a Netgear XE102 adapter-you will need a minimum of two and treating the zoneplayer as if it was plugged. Then too the wireless controller was unbelievably difficult to connect to the system(took at least ten tries) and then when I was about to give up it connected by itself. I can't explain how I did it but I am not changing anything for fear of ruining the connection. Then too the support may be there but not for me. I have sent them three requests for assistance but have yet to receive a reply except to tell me that they are sorry that I am having trouble. Send us more info and we will investigate. I did but they have not responded. It is a moot point now and the system does work but I cannot explain how it did. Before you spend what they want make sure you have a fair amount of spare time to devote to connecting the system if you have a halfway complicated computer system and a fairly large house. You will not regret it and READ THE FORUM for very valuable information. You may think I am being negative but when I finish this I am planning to go to my local dealer and buy another ZonePlayer. I am a glutton for punishment and it is a good system.
Pros Works as advertised, and better; Rhapsody; easy set up; it just works, period!
Cons Rhapsody menu/searching can be cumbersome at times.
Summary I recently purchased this bundle, with the intention of buying an additional ZP80 to hook into my existing stereo system. After a week of use, I decided I never want a stereo or CD player in my house again, and promptly sold my Sony receiver and 400 disc changer on eBay! Good riddance to those bulky components (makes the wife very happy as well - which helps justify the cost at least a little).
This is very possibly (according to my wife as well) the coolest and best gadget I've ever purchased (or used for that matter). Friends and family are astonished at how cool this system is, and how fast and easy it is to operate.
The Rhapsody subscription is a must, as you may find you don't need to purchase many CD's any longer (most are on their service, and ready for instant access). I've made a habit of saving my favorite artists/albums in Rhapsody, and accessing them is about as quick and easy as accessing the music on my PC. As their collection is so big, it can be a bit cumbersome searching for specific music, although it is generally intuitive to use.
The zone-linking feature is very cool, and great for parties or background music synched (to the nano-second - truly amazing) througout the house. This system is addictive - you will want one for every room in the house.
I have one ZP100 with a pair of Polk M10's, and another in the living room with a pair of Bose 301's and a Sony subwoofer (kept that from my old system), and the sound is great on both ZP's. All that without a stereo, just a ZP and some speakers!
One last point. It is amazing how FAST this system works. The second you hit play, music starts playing, even if it is being streamed via Internet. I truly have no idea how the system is so fast and responsive, but it is.
Pros Very easy setup, Nice remote
Cons Does not support music purchased on iTunes, a small delay on the remote. has problem with some 2.4 gh phones
Summary Works great and I am very impressed. Setup is a snap with the hardware and software. 3 small things that keep it from the perfect 10.
1. iTunes purchased music does not work with system. (not their fault, Apple will not licence to anyone)
2. At times there is a slight delay on the remote which makes the wheel a bit hard to use. Not that big of a deal but annoying.
3. Cordless Phones may upset the Sonos system. I called customer service and was told that 2.4gh cordless phones may disrupt the signal. Pannasonic phones more than others.
All in all, a great way to get that music out of your computer.
Pros Awesome interface, works with Rhapsody
Cons Addt'l zone players are too expensive, can't listen to RealAudio or WMA streams such as BBC
Summary This is a must have toy for your digital home. I listen to music a lot more since I've purchased this device because it provides such convenient access to my whole library of music, plus with Rhapsody service, I can play just about any song I can think of!
Pros Opens Digital Music To Entire House--Easily
Cons Communicator Connection
Summary I've owned the Sonos system for 3 weeks and love it. We now listen to our music collection anytime from any zone. Even my partner, who is always wary of my tech toys, said that the system was "cool" and "easy to use." It's easy to set up, though installing a Network Attached Server to hold all of our music required tech support. I've had problems with the wireless communicator but Sonos customer service has been prompt and helpful. Finally, technology that works!