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December 9th, 2009
Visit our showroom to see the Sonos Multi-Room Music System powered by SonosNet 2.0 wireless mesh network technology. The revolutionary Sonos system is a true wireless system, with each main system component only requiring a power cord. Browse your iTunes library, skip tracks on Pandora, and stream thousands of songs quickly and easily with touchscreen remote controls, the free iPhone/iPod Touch app, or the free desktop manager. The more ZonePlayers and Bridges you add the better your system gets, enabling independent source, track and volume controls; the zones can also be linked together for seamless audio playback throughout your home or venue.

Wireless Mesh Network

Every ZonePlayer serves as a repeater that pushes your music to where ever your system components are located: bedroom, kitchen, basement, backyard -- if there's a signal you've got music. The mesh network uses sophisticated MIMO technology and multiple antennas and radios to boost signals, and unlike simpler access points, the mesh network will route data to the best node to ensure inteference-free performance. And since the mesh network uses its own AES encrypted peer-to-peer network, your internet bandwidth is not disturbed regardless of your Sonos system's size or complexity: once the data gets into the mesh network it uses the Sonos system, not your broadband connection. But don't worry, each system component automatically configures itself, meaning no manual setup or networking know-how is needed.

Sonos ZonePlayers

The heart of the system is the ZonePlayer. The ZP90, ZP120 and S5 are ZonePlayers. Each is designed to make listening to music easier and more enjoyable: the Sonos system is all about freedom and control.
  • S5: is a high-performance wireless music system with 5 speakers powered by 5 dedicated digital amplifiers for crystal-clear, room-filling sound. Just plug it in wherever you want music.
  • ZP90: connects directly to your home theater receiver, stereo system and more, so you can instantly add music to the audio equipment you already own.
  • ZP120: has a built-in 55W per channel digital amplifier. Just add speakers to bring superior audio quality to any room.

Sonos ZoneBridge and Sonos Controller

Having access to your iTunes library and virtually unlimited choice of streaming internet music is useless unless you can harness that power with control. And what if you want to have wireless signals in a particular room but not necessarily audio? Sonos has you covered there, too:
  • ZoneBridge: is a wireless product that can be used instead of a ZonePlayer to set up your wireless Sonos system. If your house doesn't have Ethernet wiring or your router is in a room where you don't want music, connect the ZoneBridge to your router to instantly activate the SonosNet wireless mesh network. The ZoneBridge can also be used as a wireless extender to increase the range of your system and expand the Controller's wireless coverage.
  • Touchscreen Controller: a wireless, handheld Controller with a 3.5" full-color VGA display and ultra-responsive touch screen. Pick it up or touch the screen and it's instantly on, ready to play your music. You can quickly find and play all your music and control all your ZonePlayers with the touch of a finger. And dedicated Mute, Volume and Zones buttons get you to the functions you use most. Sonos Controllers are not tied to a specific ZonePlayer, so you can use any Controller to control the music - and the volume - in every room of the house. The Sonos Controller 200 provides instant access to your personal music library stored on your computer, plus thousands of Internet radio stations and the most popular online music services. And, it comes with a Charging Cradle so it's always ready to go and easy to find.
  • Desktop Controller (installed on a computer): for Mac or PC is free software that's included with every ZonePlayer. It offers almost all of the functionality as the handheld Sonos Controllers, and allows you to control your entire system from any desktop or laptop computer in your house.
  • iPhone/iPod Touch app: a free application that turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a full-fledged Sonos Controller. Plus, it fits in your pocket so you can carry it with you all over the house.

Music Sources

You've got the system, you've got the party going, now all you need are the tunes! Sonos can access your personal music files on your iPod, iPhone, MP3 player, computer, NAS (network attached strorage) device, internet radio stations, and can play a variety of free and paid music services. Wow!
  • Personal Library: MP3 (compressed), WMA (compressed), AAC (MPEG4), iTunes, Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, Flac (lossless), WAV (uncompressed), AIFF (uncompressed).
  • Internet Radio: access thousands of free internet radio stations, ranging from the softest classical music to the hardest rock, with news, sports, talk and everything else between. Search for specific stations or browse the genres with ease.
  • Music Services: AmazonMP3, Audible, Classical.com, eMusic, iTunes, Last.fm, LiveDownloads.com, Napster, Pandora, Rhapsody, SIRIUS Internet Radio, Walmart and Zune Marketplace.

System Setup and Quality

If all of this sounds like a nightmare of complexity, rest assured that setup is a breeze -- and it sounds great, too! You'll probably have more trouble setting up your DVD player than this amazing wireless music system. That's because all you need is a high-speed broadband internet connection, a router and two fingers: 1. Connect one ZoneBridge or ZonePlayer to your broadband router. 2. Add more ZonePlayers wirelessly. Wherever you want music. 3. Wirelessly control all your music and all your rooms from the palm of your hand. As I mentioned earlier, each component configures itself automatically, so there's no SSID's to memorize, no passwords to write down, no frustrating channels to set -- just plug in, push the two buttons, and hit play. And if you're wondering about sound quality and performance, just think about traditional radio and your modern broadband connection: radio signals are powerful, capable of going through walls and floors, and the incredible speeds and reliability of wireless technology means high-quality music comes through without skips, echoes, buffering and other frustrating symptoms of old technology. Plus, the SonosNet mesh technology network is AES encrypted, keeping problems out and the music on. So if you want to have a true wireless audio system, the Sonos system is the only way to go. By choosing Sonos you can stop worrying about your iPod dying because it can stay in its dock and you can control music from the other side of the house. You can stream Pandora or catch up on the latest news and sports without having to log into your computer or run upstairs to the TV. Nice night? Grab the S5 and head outside. All without having to run expensive speaker cables, extension cords for tables full of equipment, and gives you the power to decide what zones gets which music at what volume level. Stop standing around tiny iPod docks, stop having your buddy run inside to change a scratched CD, just "go Sonos" and live life wirelessly.
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