I've been looking around for a while for a way to wire up my home for sound, without all the wires. I hadn't been satisfied with the options, partly because of the high prices. Then I met Sonos' Play:1.
The little brother to the wireless speaker company's Play:3 and Play:5 speakers packs a big sound in a small package. And thanks to its littler price tag and a new promotion that lasts through the end of the year, you can now hook up a room in stereo sound for just under $400.
Sonos is ranked third behind Bose and Jawbone in the U.S. wireless speaker market, which represents about 8 percent of the $8.4 billion annual market for audio equipment including headphones, according to research firm NPD Group. But Sonos offers a sound system that other manufacturers such as Samsung and Bose are only starting to imitate.
Sonos streams music over the Internet, or from your computer, using your home's Wi-Fi network . After plugging in its Bridge adapter to your router , you can then plug in as many speakers as you want to power outlets throughout your home, and they are all linked wirelessly. Pairing two speakers in one room creates a stereo effect and you can listen to different things in different rooms. Each speaker is both a Wi-Fi receiver and transmitter, creating a mesh network that allows even owners of large homes to place speakers into every nook and cranny far from the central hub. All of this is controllable from an app on your mobile phone, tablet or computer.
The Play:1, which launches Monday, has heft like a big pickle jar and weighs 4.08 pounds. That's about a pound and a half lighter than the Play:3, which is more bread-loaf size; and 5 pounds lighter than the Play:5, which is about as big as a bread box. The Play:1's compact body fits snugly on top of a counter or bookshelf and gives off a very large and well-defined sound with plenty of bass and crisp-sounding high notes.
The Play:1 costs $199, the Play:3 costs $299 and the Play:5 costs $399. The company is throwing in the $49 Bridge for free during its promotional push, so the entry-level price of outfitting a room with two speakers in stereo sound has fallen to $400 from what would have been $650. To me, that's a big deal. (continued...)
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Posted: 2013-10-24 @ 12:45am PT
This looks really cool however the PRICE doesn't. I recently bought the Bitmore e-Storm Bluetooth Wireless Water-Resistant Portable Speaker for just £50 ($75) from their website. It has a really cool design, amazing features, awesome sound quality, ultra portable and water-resistant too. Another cool feature which i havent seen in any other portable speakers is the microSD card support....so the speakers itself wud act as a MP3 player. Btw this has a volume control on the speaker which also acts as a Music control buttons. Design wise its has won a reddot design award too....Just luvin it!
Posted: 2013-10-19 @ 11:36am PT
Sonos does not use the home wi-fi. It uses its own wireless mesh network hence the robustness of the solution.