Review: Sonos Multi-Room Music System 2.7
Posted 21 November 2008 - 01:40 PM
Posted 21 November 2008 - 02:52 PM
Posted 21 November 2008 - 03:53 PM
For the other bit that made me laugh - streaming different music to different zones. How is this in any way productive? Yeah, I can sit in my office and listen to Michael Jackson while in the other room play some Jay-Z? Doesn't make much sense to me.
Posted 21 November 2008 - 05:28 PM
I view the "problem" with not playing Itunes DRM as an Apple-caused problem not Sonos. To my knowledge, Apple has not licensed anyone to be able to play this DRM music.
Posted 21 November 2008 - 05:41 PM
What, because Apple won't let other devices play its purchased content? Seriously? So you'd knock Toast because it can't burn movies purchased from the iTunes Store to a DVD? Or Apple's own Logic because it can't slice and dice purchased content into samples? Hell, my iPod won't play the purchased content I have from the Zune Store. Should it lose a star for that too?
This is Apple's issue, not the third parties. And to judge those third parties on issues they have no control over is silly.
Posted 21 November 2008 - 05:45 PM
You read the section on Why Not Remote, right? Compare and contrast what each can do.
If you live in a small space, not very. But use your imagination. You live in a bigger space, you'd like to listen to Music A in your office, your wife would like to listen to Music B in her office, your kid would like to listen to Music C in her bedroom.
You don't see that as productive? You want to try that with your iTunes library and 3 AirPort Express units?
Posted 21 November 2008 - 05:59 PM
One way Sonos has exceeded my expectations is by continuing to add cool features, and content with no further expenditure on my part. This has worked to their advantage in that I am a loyal customer, and have added zone players to expand my system, and will continue to do so.
Posted 21 November 2008 - 06:57 PM
That's a good point. Prior to my testing -- just hearing about it -- I thought it was possible to get close with iTunes, a couple of AirPort Express Base Stations, and an iPod touch or iPhone with Remote. As I said in the review, I'm keen on the Remote application -- it's particularly good with the Apple TV -- but after living with the Sonos for awhile I realized just how powerful and compelling it is.
Posted 22 November 2008 - 06:54 AM
I do not disagree that it feels bad that they are a small company being bullied by Apple and the Labels and making very hard to compete, but Again Apple has shown they do not need to tie their music to the iPod because they make the best of the best in both regards. For now apple tv plus airport express is the best of the best. Later, competition may improve both products. Lets hope...
Posted 22 November 2008 - 07:17 AM
The rating is not about Sonos trying, it's about them succeeding. You may feel that Apple and iTunes is the best of the best, but in the case of a flexible mutli-room music system (which, again, is what I reviewed), Apple and iTunes is second best to what Sonos offers.
Again, read what the Sonos system can do that Apple can't:
Support for FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, and WMA
Support for subscription music services Rhapsody and Napster
Support for last.fm and Pandora
Support for streaming terrestrial radio stations
Multi-zone playing with different music in each zone
Combining local and streaming music in a single playlist
If you actually use these features (and I do, as do many people who have real enthusiasm for playing scads of music around their homes) this is an impressive list of features. And beyond just the features, all this stuff works together remarkably well.
Again, I've used this stuff. Before doing so I was nearly convinced that Apple's solutions -- Remote app, iTunes, AirPort Expresses, Apple TV -- were just as good. After spending a couple of weeks with the Sonos system I now understand I was wrong. Were you to try one yourself, you might have a similar revelation.
Posted 22 November 2008 - 08:29 AM
Second, for my existing collection, I used Fairplay to remove the restrictions.(Counting Macs in my home, along with each Mac running Windows via Parallels which counts as 2 machines, I'm way over the 5 machine limit, which is absurd these days). I don't "share" music, it's strictly for my own use.
Would it be nice to not have to do this? Of course. But to me it's a small trade-off.
My last point is I think Sonos is analogous to Apple vs. PC for this type of device. Sure PC's are "cheaper" to buy for similar specs, but use a Mac for a while and try going back to Windows!
Posted 22 November 2008 - 08:41 AM
For my purposes, even without stripping DRM, it's no big deal as I can have Rhapsody play the tunes that are restricted in my iTunes library.
Posted 22 November 2008 - 08:54 PM