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Sonos Wireless Speakers: Better Than Flying Cars

by Chris Moore

Sonos Wireless Speakers: Better Than Flying Cars

Whole Home Audio Made Easy

Wireless speakers have been around for a while, but they have rarely offered a satisfactory, high quality solution. Older systems used radio frequency (RF) technology that was prone to interference and limited range. Sonos changed all that in 2002 with the introduction of their simple yet powerful wireless speakers. Their vision to “fill every home with music and make listening a valued experience again” is becoming a reality as many homes and businesses implement their products for a custom wireless audio solution.

How It Works

The Technology
Sonos uses a secure, AES-encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network named SonosNet™. This network does not replace your existing Wi-Fi network but works alongside it. The innovative SonosNet design allows individual Sonos speakers to connect to each other by simply pushing a button. As you add more speakers to your home, the network is enlarged, providing you with whole house coverage. Expand your system up to 32 different rooms in the home. TECH TALK: All Sonos Speakers will communicate wirelessly to an existing 2.4GHz home network supporting 802.11b/g technology. You will need to hard-wire at least one Sonos speaker to your router if your network is only 56Hz or 802.11n.

The Music
Content is king with Sonos. They claim the ability to "Stream all the music on earth" with their product. Sonos can access music files from any computer on your home network and is compatible with iTunes. In Fact, users can play music from their iPod, iPad, or iPhone direct to their Sonos speaker without any wires or stream directly from Amazon Cloud Player. Sonos is compatible with a wide variety of music formats including MP3, AAC+, Apple Lossless, WAV, Amazon Cloud, WMA, iTunes, Audible, Flac and more.

In addition to music you own, there are a number of music services available once you own your Sonos gear. Many of these services are free, but some do require a fee.

Smartphone Controlled
Controlling your wireless system has never been easier with the free Sonos control app. Once downloaded to your PC, MAC, iPad, iPhone,iPod Touch, or Android device, users have complete control. After turning on a speaker, they can select from Sonos music services or play a song from their library. If multiple Sonos speakers are in the home, then each room works independently and can play different music. For those family gatherings or parties, users can link all zones so all Sonos speakers will play the same content without delay or echo.


Sonos Components

This device has a built-in amp and can power most passive bookshelf speakers effortlessly. If you already have speakers in a room and would like to link them to a Sonos system, this is the device you’ll need. Simply connect 1 pair of speakers to this device with regular speaker wire and plug the CONNECT:AMP to an electrical outlet.

For rooms with an existing stereo or home theater system, simply link the CONNECT to your existing AV receiver with a digital or analog cable and it will link you existing gear to the Sonos network and streaming audio. This component does not have an amplifier or speaker connections and is designed to work with an existing amplifier or home theater system. It does have an auxiliary input, however.

Extend the range of your wireless network and overcome interference with the Sonos BOOST. WiFi dead spots will be a thing of the past after connecting this accessory. Inside of this extender are three antennae that broadcast 360° simultaneously. Place this accessory at the edge of your existing WiFi range to enjoy expanded internet access, streaming and more flexible Sonos speaker placement.


Sonos Speakers

Don’t let its small body fool you. The Sonos PLAY:1 may have a compact footprint, but it will put out big sound into any room in your home. Use it as a rear speaker for surround sound or place on a tabletop for amazing sound. Because it’s moisture resistant, it’s safe to use in the bathroom or by the hot tub. Stream all the music in the world to your home and control it all from your mobile phone!

Small yet powerful, this speaker can be placed vertical or horizontal for placement ease. A bass radiator emits low notes while dual mid-range drivers and 1 tweeter fill in the rest. Have full control over the sound with bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls. Place this in any room, plug into a wall socket, and you’re in business.

This second generation speaker can provide wireless audio to a single room or integrated into an existing whole house Sonos whole home system. Inside the newly redesigned cabinet are six speakers powered by six digital amplifiers for optimal sound. Intended for larger rooms, this loudspeakers can be used individually, as a stereo pair or integrated into a wireless surround sound system. Accessing streaming music, internet radio or your favorite service like Spotify is easy using the Sonos control app on your tablet or smartphone. With Trueplay room calibration, your music will sound better than ever!

Add incredible Bass to any room with the addition of the Sonos SUB. Setup is complete with a push of a button as it links to other Sonos speakers in the room. Two force-canceling speakers offer deep sound with zero cabinet rattle. Because of its slim cabinet, it can be placed anywhere in the room or slipped under the couch.

Designed for movie and music lovers alike, the PLAYBAR has 9 speakers to flood your room with “huge waves of epic, full-theater sound for TV, Web, Movies and Video Games.” Place this speaker bar under your TV or hang it on the wall with the optional wall bracket.


Sonos Accessories

Wall Brackets, Ceiling Mounts And Speaker Stands
Do you love the idea of wireless speakers but have nowhere to place them? Flexson has a wide variety of wall brackets, ceiling mounts and speaker stands to help place your new loudspeaker. Many of these innovative brackets have full articulation to help you direct the sound exactly where you want it. Hanging the PLAYBAR under or over your wall mounted TV can be a snap or get your SUB off the floor and out of the way. Whatever Sonos product you have, Flexson offers a strong, easy to use mount that’s custom made for your wireless speaker.


The Rundown

Up to 32 rooms, zero wires, and unlimited music content that can be installed quickly. Use your existing speakers or purchase Sonos speakers if you’re starting from scratch. Stream different music in each room or link all zones to play the same song. Control music, volume, power, bass, and treble in all the zones from a smart phone or tablet or from your MAC or PC. Since there are no wires, take the system with you when you move to a new house. Discover the freedom, flexibility and versatility that is offered with Sonos products today.