18 Nov Sonos Music: Behind the Revolutionary Wireless In-Home System
The Sonos music system is a new and simple way to distribute audio throughout your house wirelessly. With a Sonos multi-room music system, you can stream Rhapsody, Pandora, Sirius XM, and over 100,000 Internet radio stations, as well as your iTunes or digital music library, all throughout your house, without wires. Here’s how it works: A music box – in the Sonos system, a Zone Player 3 or Zone Player 5 – is linked to a music box router. The router, in turn, feeds the Sonos Bridge, the transmitter for the music system. The Bridge transmits the music and Sonos audio you select to speakers throughout the house. You control the system with your Smartphone, Tablet, or with a Sonos remote control.
The Zone Player 3 contains 3 separate Sonos speakers with individual built-in amplifiers driving them. It is perfect for the office, kitchen, bedroom, or wherever you want music. A Zone Player 5 is for larger rooms and contains two tweeters for high frequencies, two midrange speakers for middle frequencies and a built in subwoofer for low frequencies. Each of the five speakers has its own individual “green” amplifier. Sound quality is better when multiple speakers are powered individually.
You can also connect an existing home stereo or home theater system to a Sonos system with the Zone Player, adding access to an almost infinite amount of music choices. The Zone Player 90 receives the signal the Zone Bridge is transmitting and sends it to the existing home theater or stereo system. The Zone Player 120 is similar, except that it has a built-in amplifier. It is perfect if you have a pair of home stereo speakers and nothing else. The ZP 120 receives the signal the Sonos Bridge is transmitting, directs it to an internal amplifier (rated at 55 watts/channel) which then powers your speakers.
No wonder so many of our customers at PAC-NJ, northern New Jersey’s source for audio video and home theater equipment, are asking for Sonos. It gives you an almost infinite choice of music, has no wires to run, and virtually no installation is required. The only setup needed is to let the system know what music services you subscribe to. And if you move, your entire investment moves with you easily.