Pros Easy setup, great design, simple operation
Cons Price. Single-purpose controller/remote
Summary I'm building a new house and when I looked into a "whole house" audio system, the wiring and equipment made it prohibitively expensive. Even though this is an expensive digital music system, it's cheaper than the alternatives and gives me more flexibility. Would be great if they expanded the controller to become a full system remote.
"Capable but easy"on by bill.weir
Pros Great UI, transparent resource location
Cons Unconvincing iPod wheel, poor included power adapter
Summary I'm someone who spent many hours putting together a MythTV box to listen to all my mp3 music from my living room, etc. I also use Rhapsody to stream music all day, every day. So when I found Sonos could aggregate all my music *and* Rhapsody too I needed to give it a try.
It's a score. I think even spouses will like this.
It has a great UI and sharp color screen.
It's not possible to do the rich album/artist/etc searches you can do from the Rhapsody UI so you need to do that on the computer and add them to your library, but once you've done this the music appears in your Sonos controller just like your mp3's - as if you'd bought it.
Regular MP3's in your library don't show album art on the controller but Rhapsody content does. So I added all my mp3's into the Rhapsody app and now album art appears for my mp3 collection too. Score again.
Also Pro: You can serve multiple, different streams from the same Rhapsody account - if you prefer, streams can be synchronized in party mode throughout the house. The controller wakes up when you move it. The controller works for MP3s located on a network server even if the Sonos desktop software is not loaded. You can listen to internet radio stations. It is spdif audio capable (also has RCA). Oh, and it's wireless. I could go on...
Cons: The iPod wheel looks right but the response speed doesn't quite work - it's too slow, and unconfigurable. Plugging in the supplied power adapter requires dexterity - you're going to decide to buy the cradle too so count on another $70.
Pros Handles my entire CD collection of 300+ CD's
Cons Expensive, wish it did the same thing for my movie collection
Summary I've had the Sonos a few months now and it is Awesome. I've burned my entire CD collection to an HP Media Vault (500GB) in Loss-Less format and it performs flawlessly. It's like having a jukebox with all your music on it but better because you can listen to different CD's from the same collection in different rooms at the same time. Having a NAS is great too because you don't need to have a computer powered in order to access music. Recommend ZP80 with the Digital Optical cable to keep everything digital.
Pros Great sound, great functionality, user friendly
Cons None to speak of
Summary Not only does this product work extremely well, but also the customer service is absolutely outstanding. It is far and away the best customer service I have ever experienced, hands down. Questions by e-mail are answered promptly and thoroughly, and questions by phone are are handled by knowledgeable and helpful reps. This product is worth every penny (and probably more).
Pros Great user interface and easy setup
Cons very expensive!
Summary We are big fans of Sonos. Set up is a snap and it has a great UI. We get much more mileage out of our music collection, which help me justify the exorbitant price tag.