Pros Setup was easy and flawless. The remote control is the NICEST interface i've seen for accessing digital music. Sound quality is superb.
Cons I really can't think of any, other than that it is expensive.
Summary I have a large digital music collection and I'm a fan of internet radio. I've tried several solutions to have this music easily accessible via my stereo. Began with Motorolla SimpleFi, which was OK, but couldn't handle a big collection or internet radio. Then did a laptop plugged in to stereo, but that limited my laptop use (couldn't do e-mail and listen to tunes at same time). Then I tried Roku Soundbridge, which was pretty nice, but I had issues with it and my home network that I couldn't resolve. Have had my Sonos for about a week and can NOT say enough good things about it. I never thought i'd spend this kind of money, but is is SO worth it.
Pros Access all your music with no computer on. Rhapsody eliminates need to buy or own CDs. System is totally out of sight except for handheld WiFi controller.
Cons Software for Mac not as complete as for thePC yet. The Remote does not have a beeper you can beep from your computer when you leave it somewhere and can't find it
Summary This is the way it should be done. The quality of the product is obvious the minute you plug it in. The WiFi range is better than my Apple WiFi. The documentation is VERY clear. The Help website is strong for a product only one month old. I can find and access my music easily, and it sounds great.
For years I have used CD Jukeboxes for my hundreds of CDs. Keeping the jukeboxes up to date as to which CDs were where is a job that fell behind. Soon all 1000+ CDs will be on a LaCie Network Attached Drive and I will be able to find everything by album, artist, track, etc. - just like an iPod. This info goes in automatically when the CD is loaded onto the hard drive - album artwork too.
I have had 2 ZonePlayers and 1 Controller for a month and am ordering more to put them throughout the house.
Pros Very Cool Controller And Easy To Set-Up And Operate
Cons The System Is A Little Pricey
Summary I received my Sonos introductory bundle from Amazon on Friday, set it up in about three hours, and impressed my friends with it during a dinner party on Saturday with music in the living room and out on the patio. While it is not cheap, it works flawlessly. I have my music stored on a Buffalo Technology LinkStation Network Storage Center (HD-H120LAN), which is connected to my Linksys router (WRT54GS). I configured the first ZP100 ZonePlayer via the wired Ethernet connection that was plugged into of the WRT54GS router ports. After configuring it, I then disconnected the wire and connected the ZonePlayer to my wireless network via a Linksys Ethernet Bridge (WET54G V1.0). With the first ZonePlayer working on my wireless network, I moved it from my home office to the living room, and quickly set-up the second ZonePlayer player that came in the introductory bundle. I hooked this second ZonePlayer up to the speakers on my patio. As I have both a desktop and a laptop at the house, I installed the Sonos desktop controller software on both computers so that I can control the system and rip additional CDs to my Buffalo LinkStation from either computer. The Sonos system works great, and my new wife can operate it with no problems so she loves it too.
Pros Product is easy, super easy to install
Cons They need a version with an amp Even with the discount on the 2nd unit.
Summary All in all a great product. The only draw back is an option for a unit without an amp. While obviously less costly it would also sit atop a receiver than the fully loaded versions.Updated
This is so much better than standard wireless 802.11b. Originally thought the bridge enabled AC power as ethernet network when in fact it does so wirelessly.
I was going crazy with Apple Airport interuptions. No more. Also looking into rechargeable battery issue as being able to move from room to room or outside without ac power for an extended period of time. MOre to come....
Pros The iPod like Controller. The system takes your iTunes Playlists and lets you play them in any room in the house. Party mode that lets you play the same song in all rooms at once. Easy.
Cons It's not cheap. They don't have any in stock!
Summary I bought one of the introductory bundles to get 2 rooms of music. The set-up really took a few minutes. The system automatically found all my iTunes tracks and playlists and showed them on the really nice handheld color iPod like Controller.
I was really skeptical that a new product from a new company would work well the first time. I asked the Sonos people again and again about their return policy. They kept saying "No questions asked but no one has taken us up on it"
I must say I can see/hear why now. When I got my iPod I couldn't believe how much music I was listening to. The same is true at home now. My wife and I lay in bed and pick 5, 10 or 20 songs to fade away by. It's like magic. I've ordered another bundle to put music on the deck and in the kitchen.
That Sonos Controller will change your relationship with your music.