August 05, 2008
| by Arlen Schweiger
Looking for whole-house music without tearing down your walls to run wiring? Got a Pandora or Rhapsody account and want it streamed to more than just your computer speakers?
Sonos has been giving us affordable wireless multiroom music for a bit of time now, and today it’s announced new amplified and non-amplified ZonePlayers, a new bundled package for a cost-effective starter system, and also an added perk of more than $200 in DRM-free music offers.
The new ZonePlayer 120 (ZP120) and ZonePlayer 90 (ZP90) both feature SonosNet 2.0, the latest version of Sonos’ wireless mesh network technology that lets you ship music to any room and not have to cut into those walls or run wires through ceilings.
The ZP120 features a quality, small-footprint class D amplifier so you can simply hook it up to speakers in whatever room you choose, without requiring much space. It doles out 2x55 watts per channel at 8 ohms, and retails for $499 on its own, as well as being part of the $999 Sonos Bundle 150 (BU150) package.
The ZP90 hooks into any existing audio system you have in place, so you can receive your wireless music signals—whether they’re stored or streamed—and rock out in whatever room you do your main listening. It’s $349 as a standalone purchase, and is also sold as part of the BU150.
Speaking of the Sonos Bundle 150, that nifty new $999 package will get you a ZP90, a ZP120 and a Sonos Controller 100 (CR100)—with its easy-to-navigate user interface—and you’re on your way to unleashing a bunch of music. If you add another ZP120, you’ve got three rooms covered with only $1,500 out of pocket. You can add a pair of Sonos speakers to bump the $999 bundle up to $1,149.
Need some more tunes? Sonos is pitching in its new Software 2.6, which will include more than $200 in DRM-free music offers, and support music collections up to 65,000 tracks. Among the music offers are three albums (one classical, one jazz and one world) from Classical.com, 50 downloads and an audio book from eMusic, and 10 full DRM-free MP3 concerts from LiveDownloads.com.
Call it icing on this tasty audio cake.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.