updated 09:40 am EST, Thu January 27, 2005
Sonos Digital Music System
Sonos today announced that its has begun shipping to pre-order customers in the United States. The Sonos Digital Music System is dubbed "the first and only" multi-zone digital music system with a wireless, full-color LCD screen controller that lets consumers play all their digital music, all over their home, and control it all from the palm of their hand. The company says it expects that all pre-orders will be filled within 10 days. Sonos is offering an introductory bundle of two Sonos ZonePlayers and a Sonos Controller for $1,200 with additional ZonePlayers available for $500 and additional Controllers for $400. It is now available for purchase online and will be offered at consumer electronic retailers across the US over the next several weeks.
The Sonos Digital Music System is comprised of two stylish components: the Sonos ZonePlayer, a networked audio player that distributes, plays and amplifies music in any "zone" in the home, and the Sonos Controller, a wireless handheld device with a full-color screen which allows the user to access, customize and control the music anywhere in their living environment.
The ZonePlayer delivers sound through a powerful and compact 50 Watts/channel amplifier with component-quality audio specifications. The ZonePlayer can access and play a wide variety of music formats, including MP3, WMA, AAC (MPEG4) and WAV, stored on a PC, Mac or Network Attached Storage (NAS), and comes bundled with customizable Internet Radio stations. Built-in wired and wireless capabilities provide the consumer flexibility of installation on any type of network.
The intuitive Controller, designed with a full-color LCD screen and touch- sensitive scroll wheel, provides users with flexible control of playback--either synchronously playing the same song in every room or playback of different songs in different rooms. Users can also queue-up favorites for future play or use the built-in random play option. The high resolution LCD shows what is playing in any zone at any time, including album art when available. Sonos says it will distribute the product internationally later this year.