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Sonos debuts CR200 touchscreen controller

updated 10:00 pm EDT, Mon July 27, 2009

Sonos CR200 controller

Sonos on Monday unveiled the CR200, its latest multi-room system controller. The device diverges from the button-based layout of the company's other controllers, instead utilizing a 3.5-inch color touchscreen as the primary interface. The display offers 640x480 resolution and capacitive technology for improved response and accuracy compared to a resistive screen found on many other devices.

With the new onscreen keyboard, users can enter terms to search through their personal libraries or content such as radio stations, podcasts and SIRIUS satellite radio channels. The interface also presents additional information such as album art and artist information, while listing what music is playing around the home. A motion sensor automatically wakes the CR200 when it is picked up, or users can touch the display. Along with the visual interface, the device also provides buttons for commonly-used functions such as mute, volume and zone selection.

Sonos chose to house the controller internals with an anodized aluminum shell, while the back panel is covered with a layer of rubber to protect surfaces and improve grip. The lithium ion battery is claimed to last for approximately five days, although it is replaceable to avoid downtime.

The CR200 is now available with the Charging Cradle 200 for $350. Customers can also purchase the Sonos Bundle 250 which includes the ZonePlayer 90 and a ZonePlayer 120 for $1000.






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  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    unfortunately

    touch-based controllers SUCK. It forces you to focus all your attention onto the remote to do the simplest thing.

    It's not too bad for this particular remote, because it only for music, but for the 'V' part of A/V equipment, you want to stay focused on the device, not switch your attention between the device and the remote. If the remote has buttons, you can use the remote without having to switch your focus.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    IF...

    You focus IF you can remember where the buttons are and what they're for. The button layout for remotes is usually atrocious. I especially like the miniscule, unreadable labels!

    Only HALF the keys on my Sony Blu-ray remote are illuminated! I think the fact that the entire thing is illuminated would make it MUCH easier in some respects.

    Too bad the iPhone and iPod touch don't have a 640 x 480 screen!

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