"SONOS PLAY:3 and the SONOS BRIDGE"4.5 starson by Billy-And-Smith
Pros: Great sound & build quality
Extremely easy and fast to setup
Software/app is very intuitive and user friendly
Flexible in use and integration
Cons: Not cheap
Summary: Not a lot can be said that hasn't been said already about what a great system this is for getting music off your media player or PC out to where you want it. I've had the Sonos 3 and a SONOS BRIDGE for about a year and it's one of the best things I've ever purchased.*Edit
We have a modest house - about 2800 square feet with a pretty open first floor - and this thing puts out such a good sound you can hear the music in nearly any room in the house. It doesn't have a big booming, cloudy sound, like from an old boom box, but it's also not weak in the lower ranges. I can play anything from electronic to jazz to classical clearly and loudly (as loud as the wife will let me) and it sounds just great. I'm still amazed at what a great sound profile this thing can put out, and then I think I haven't even tried out a Sonos 5 yet. That's going to be my next purchase.
A lot of people still don't realize what you really need to get this up and running, so let me clarify. I've got all kinds of networking going on in my house, especially when it comes to moving, saving and playing media files. This is dead easy, but I can see where the novice user might get a little confused.
The Sonos 3/ 5 are great SPEAKER systems, really, for your music, especially if you don't need, or don't have the space for, a full stereo or a bunch of larger speakers. The way to get your music to a Sonos 3/ 5 is to hook it up to your network so it can play tunes off your computer or other media device, like your NAS. The Snos 3/ 5 themselves will require an ethernet connection to your network router (or switch) so you can send tunes to it with the Sonos app for PC or Mac (or Android or iPhone). The Sonos 3/ 5 can do wireless, but not the typical wireless you might have in your wireless router/ AP at home. If you want to use the wireless capabilities for the Sonos, you have to invest in the Sonos Bridge, but it's well worth it.
The Sonos Bridge also needs an ethernet connection to your home network, but if you get one hooked up, the bridge itself will allow you to stream all the music you own plus anything off the internet. (You can still stream internet stuff to your Sonos 3/ 5 by themselves, but your home computer has to be on with the Sonos app running to do that.) Plus, if you get more than one Sonos in the house, the bridge makes it much easier to manage all of them together or separately. The bridge also makes it easy to put the speakers anywhere in the house and get music to them, like out in the garage or the backyard. You just need power for the speakers and you're set.
Overall a great investment, especially if you've got all your music in one place like the hard drive of you computer and especially if you've got a smartphone you already use for everything.
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Updated on Sep 1, 2013
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