Up close with the Sonos Controller 200
Posted 14 August 2009 - 05:30 AM
Posted 14 August 2009 - 06:22 AM
The AppleTV handles the living room, my old iPhone (I also have a 3GS...no wonder I'm poor) is docked to my Wave Radio in the bedroom, the office is serviced by my iMac, and the Express is a roamer for anywhere else with a boombox.
It doesn't do zone music, which I personally don't need, and my only remote control when using Airfoil is my 3GS using Jaadu VNC, but for most of the time when streaming iTunes and using Remote, it's a great poor man's Sonos, especially since I didn't buy any of this for the sole purpose of streaming.
It's like getting that free towel, 'only in boxes of Breeze'....
Posted 14 August 2009 - 06:28 AM
I bought a couple of used AE units on eBay and paid the $25 for the Rogue Amoeba software. I've also got an Apple TV. In addition, Airfoil also includes Airfoil speakers which can turn any computer into a streaming device and that includes your iPhone/Touch.
I even paid Pandora $36 for higher quality, commercial-free streaming.
I have to say the Sonos unit is very attractive and at $500 I might have jumped. $1000 buys a new Macbook.
Posted 14 August 2009 - 07:10 AM
I completely understand that $1,000 is a lot of money for a music system and the Sonos is absolutely not for everyone, but an AirPort Express setup even with AirFoil and an iPod touch or iPhone really isn't in the same league.
In this single setup you've got your iTunes library, Pandora, Last.fm, terrestrial and internet radio, line-in, and, optionally, Rhapsody, Napster, and Sirius. The fact that Sonos treats Rhapsody and Napster as if they were local sources (meaning that you can put this content into the same playlists as your iTunes music and it just plays) is incredibly powerful. Controlling everything from a single application or hardware controller is just as powerful.
I have the gear to put together an AE setup as some have described and it's horribly clunky in comparison and, in the end, can't do everything Sonos does.
Posted 14 August 2009 - 07:29 AM
Fair enough. :)
I'm mostly reacting to the expected "Why would you do this when an AirPort Express does the same thing for 1/4 the price!?" argument. (Which I understand that no one has offered here. Just being preemptive for when that moment arrives.)
Posted 17 August 2009 - 08:15 AM