The Sonos digital music system may provide the whole-house what iPod delivered to individuals, your music your way, no compromises. Place up to 32 of Sono’s ZonePlayers throughout your home attach speakers to each, rinse and repeat as many times as you like and viola instant networked music throughout the home. The 10.2 x 7.2 x 4.4-inch boxes will establish a wireless network for distributing, playing, and amplifying digital music.
The Sonos ZonePlayers can handle MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and Internet radio files. You’ll need to connect the first ZonePlayer to the computer or hard drive where your music is stored. The system works with Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, or a network-attached storage drive. It also has inputs for connecting an iPod or CD player. A proprietary 54-Mbps wireless network lets you either treat each room as an autonomous zone or group them. With the remote, you can route different songs to different rooms or sync up the same song on multiple players and have it play in perfect harmony throughout the house.
The Sonos CR100 Controller has a 3.5-inch backlit color LCD and a scroll-wheel for navigation. Use it to browse even the largest of libraries quickly and see what’s playing in each room. Also, access libraries from up to 16 PCs or Macs. It’s as easy to use as an iPod. Inside each ZonePlayer is a 50-watt-per-channel stereo amplifier. Unlike most computer makers delving into audio, Sonos has paid close attention to the amp’s circuitry for cleaner, clearer audio. It also features a subwoofer-out jack for a little extra bottom-end.
[Sonos Digital Music System: ZP100 ZonePlayer, $499 each; CR100 Controller, $399; two ZP100s and a CR100 bundled, $1,199 from www.sonos.com]