But it’s expensive. This thing goes for $350. You can get an iPhone for less. It made me think that Sonos was out of my price range. I was wrong.
After I broke everything down, all the options and the associated costs and then factored in quality and ease of use, Sonos wasn’t that expensive for what you get.
A ZonePlayer 120 (zp120) was a pretty good base to build from. It has a 55w digital amplifier, wireless streaming, built in music services, analog input for the record player, speaker posts, a subwoofer out and a free app for controlling it all with an iPhone.
|Sonos ZonePlayer 120|
|Sonos iPhone App|
If I purchased an additional ZonePlayer S5 with it’s built-in speaker, I could pipe music in to anywhere in the house I plugged it in.
|Sonos ZonePlayer S5|
An added bonus was the way it instantly connected with all of the various computers in the house. I haven't figured it out yet, but I'm certain I can get my TVs into it somehow.
What sealed the deal was the quality. I stopped by a Best Buy to listen to one and it sounded surprisingly good for something so compact.
- Sonos ZonePlayer 120 for the main unit: $450
- S5 to listen in another room: $400
- iPhone Remote Control App: Free (cha-ching)