As an avid music lover I’m a little embarrassed to say that I’ve been living without a dedicated audio system for years now. I am currently limited to listening to music via an iPod, a computer or an Xbox. With a makeover of our living room on the horizon I thought I would take this opportunity to sell my wife on including a Sonos System in her design plan. Below are 6 reasons why I think the Sonos Wireless HiFi System will work for us:
- Small footprint. We have a very small house overflowing with 2 adults, 2 young children and 2 large dogs. We just don’t have the space for a standard setup with a receiver and bookshelf or floor standing speakers. At 8.50 x 14.40 x 4.80 in. We should be able to find the room in our living room for the PLAY:5.
- Kid friendly. Ok, the actual components themselves may not be kid friendly, but their size and lack of wires makes this system a lot more practical with kids in the house. The system can be positioned in a safe place or easily moved to a safe place when not in use.
- Zones. Additional systems can be added to create zones throughout the house. Zones can be set up to play different songs or we could play the same music throughout the house. We enjoy entertaining and often find our guests in 3 separate zones throughout our place; living room, dining room and our patio. The Sonos System would allow us to deliver audio to all of our guests regardless of where they choose to hang out. Multiple zones will also be useful during “play dates”. Children’s music can play for the kids while the adults can enjoy some Raffi free listening pleasure.
- Easy access to my entire library…and more. Currently, I have my entire music library on my desktop. I then have a subset of my library on my iPod and a larger volume stored on an external hard drive. I then move these devices throughout the house as I want to listen to music. Keeping my smaller libraries current is a pain. Via my router the Sonos System will provide me access to my entire library. It will also allow me to stream music from music services and radio stations available online.
- Wife approved aesthetics. The Sonos components look clean, simple and can easily get lost in a room. This should be an easy addition to negotiate into our living room makeover. A pair of 4ft tower speakers, not so much.
- There’s an app for that. I love/appreciate the fact that I will be able to control the entire system from my iPhone (or an Android device). This is especially useful with multiple zones. I can barely function when the TV remote goes missing, I can’t see myself moving between zones to change the playlist.
So, there you have it, 6 reasons I think the Sonos System would be a great addition to our home. I believe we would start with a Play:5($450), Wireless Bridge($60) and Play:3($330) as our initial system. Without the bridge one of the systems would need to be connected to our router via an Ethernet cable, so the bridge will provide us with some flexibility in placing the primary zone.
I do have a couple reservations with the system. I am concerned about sound quality at higher volumes with such a small system. I have also had poor experiences with accessing my library over the network with other systems. The audio has been very slow to access and has been choppy even though the network seems very efficient for other tasks such as online gaming.
I’ll be sure to update this entry with my actual experience if and when I get my hands on this system. Please share your experience with the Sonos System or other wireless audio solutions you are aware of in the comments section below.