Sonos Digital Music System Review
- ZonePlayer includes 4-port switch
- Wireless color LCD Controller w/auto backlight
- Automatic subwoofer detect with 80Hz crossover
- Super easy setup
- ZonePlayer includes 2x50 watt amplifier
- Extensive user manual with excellent instructions & help topics
- Fanless, silent design
- Very few controls on actual ZonePlayers
- Sonos speakers could benefit from the use of a dedicated subwoofer
- No included dock for Controller and difficult-to-open DC adapter connector cover
- No digital audio output
I've utilized several music server systems in my tenure at Audioholics and have built and rebuilt several HTPCs to boot. As such, I've developed a feel and opinion for what makes many of these systems stand apart from the others as well as for which features are important. The Sonos Digital Music System, in a nutshell, is one of the more progressive and user-friendly systems I've seen. There are several reasons for this:
- The system sets up in 3 easy steps, and adding additional units takes a whopping two steps
- Sonos assumes you can get or acquire digital files to use as source material, and gives you Internet radio if you can't.
- It is small, attractive and simple so that it can fit anywhere with ease
- It is wireless, yet can utilize its own network, not requiring you to have an existing 802.11g network.
- It utilizes a wireless color LCD Controller.
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