Sonos is a US technology company based in California. It was founded in 2002 with the intention of transforming home sound for the digital age across the globe. The company’s mission statement summarizes this best: to offer all music on earth. You can find sonos offers available on the Sonos Direct website. Transforming home sound is done by filling all rooms in a house with high fidelity (HiFi) sound. Over the years, a number of components have been added to Sonos products making them flexible and popular. Sonos also offers technical support for their products for as long as you own them.
The Sonos wireless sound system works by integrating components through your home WiFi network. Using WiFi rather than Bluetooth to achieve wireless connection means the system has more flexibility. Flexibility is on several fronts: being able to sync speakers in different rooms to the sound system as WiFi has a further reach than Bluetooth; streaming music from your phone without interruption during phone calls; and pure and uncompressed audio as WiFi has more bandwidth for uptake by the sound signal.
Setting up Sonos is easy. Control of the whole system is via an application available for windows, iOS and android. The app will walk you through the setup process prompting you to enter the WiFi password and then press the sync button on the speaker to add a speaker to the system. The app also allows you to assign different speakers to different rooms in the house and configure the sound each speaker produces accordingly.
Configuration of the speakers is done using Trueplay, a room-correction technology. Trueplay allows you to calibrate a speaker using test tones and sweeps depending on its location in a room and the orientation of the room such that the end sound produced is not obstructed or compromised. Calibration ends up with the speaker automatically adjusting bass and treble to achieve the best possible sound. This is an optional feature and default settings can be reverted to. Currently Trueplay is only available on the Connect app on iOS but plans are underway to make it available on both windows and android platforms. Amazon’s intelligent personal assistant, Alexa, has also been incorporated by Sonos. Using Alexa, you are able to make the sound system play a lullaby for example on the speaker in the baby’s room on a simple voice command.
Sonos speaker range
In 2004 Sonos launched their first products: the CR100 controller and the amplified ZonePlayer ZP100. Over the years they have added to this list with the Sonos Play:1, Sonos Play:3, Sonos Play:5 for your music and the Sonos Playbar, Sonos Playbase and Sonos Sub for your TV.
The Sonos Play:1 has great sound and is quite affordable. This mini home speaker goes for under $199. It has a sealed architecture, custom designed to withstand high humidity. The speaker is not IPX rated meaning it is not water proof. It should not be exposed to direct contact with water. This speaker is not big, about the size of a bag of sugar which allows it to fit into any space. Should you not want to use it as a stand alone speaker you could add it as a rear surround speaker to an already existing sound system.
The Sonos Play:3 goes for under $299. It is a mid-size home speaker that is rectangular in shape. Its shape makes it versatile as it is able to fit in a short and wide or tall and narrow space. It has all the features of the Sonos Play:1 and additional deep base produced by its rather impressive bass radiator. It can be mounted on a stand or a wall. This speaker is not IPX rated just like the Play:1 and should not be exposed to water directly.
The Sonos Play:5 is a big home speaker which goes for under $499. The speaker produces detailed high quality sound with deep bass and has ultra-responsive touch panel controls for operation. Though it is much more expensive, its articulate performance makes it worth the money. This speaker is also not IPX rated just like the Play:1 and Play:3 and should not be exposed to water directly.
The Sonos Playbar, the Sonos Sub and the Sonos Playbase each go for under $699. The Playbar synchronizes via WiFi to the Sub and 2 Play:1s to achieve a 5.1 surrounds speaker system. The Playbase also synchronizes via WiFi to the Sub and 2 Play:1s to attain a 5.1 surrounds speaker system. The Playbar works with your existing TV remote. The Sub has zero cabinet rattle meaning you can play loud music without buzz interference. The Playbase has a flat top onto which you can perch your TV so long as it weighs 35kg and below.