There are many electronic devices that can give you the ability to stream music from your devices to a speaker wirelessly. However, a lot of them are only meant to be portable, and as such don’t give you the best audio quality. Well, Sonos is an option that can give your all of the above to add some great audio experiences at home!
The idea is that the Sonos Bridge will act similarly to a router, creating its own “Hi-Fi” system that connects to all of the other devices in the Sonos line. This system is more reliable than a standard Wi-Fi connection, and provides fantastic audio quality to your speakers.
Now, in order to get sound, you need to have other devices from Sonos. A Connect or Connect:Amp will connect to your existing speakers (the Amp giving more powerful audio) and make them wireless. Along with the Connects are the Play:1, Play:3, and Play:5, with bigger and better sound as you rise in number. Lastly are the Playbar and Sub, which as you probably guessed are a soundbar and subwoofer. The Playbar and Sub can be connected to your TV as well as play music wirelessly.
The connections available are vast, being able to be controlled by Mac, PC, Android, or iOS devices over WiFi. The services that can be used are also quite large, and include Rhapsody, Google Play Music, Rdio, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Slacker, SiriusXM, Songza, or even connecting to your computer’s library. Basically, you can play any song in the world on this system.
The quality of materials used by Sonos is outstanding! They have fantastic aesthetics and could almost look like decor for a home. My personal favorite for looks is
the Sub, with a very intriguing design (though I don’t actually own one of these). As far as the Play series goes, they are very solid pieces weighing a lot more than you’d think, so it’s quite stable while being compact. The Connects are the only products I’m not too fond of for the design category, as they are white, so anything that gets on it will show.
The sound quality is also great, with very clear highs, mids, and lows in every one of the products I’ve tested, which includes the each Play series speakers, Connect (though sound will vary based on your speaker), and the Playbar. I was especially surprised by the Play:1, being that it’s so small compared to the others in the Play line, as it was able to deliver some of the best sounds I’ve heard from speakers. The Play:3 and Play:5 are even better with deeper bass tones and consistently great vocals.
Of course, it’s difficult to know what I’m talking about without actually hearing it for yourself, so I suggest you check it out for yourself, but I can say from my experience, I’m very impressed with what I’ve heard!
The Sonos system is fairly easy to setup, requiring you to press two buttons on each added device to get it to connect to the overall system. To add services, just find which one you want to add on the app, login with your existing credentials, and you’re good to go. As with all technology, not everything goes according to plan, though, so luckily they have good customer service that can help guide you along.
Once you have everything setup, the hard part is over. Just download the apps on the corresponding devices, and you’re good to go! To play a song, search for an artist, title, or album, and Sonos will search through each connected service, whether it be Google Play, Rhapsody, or something else, and choose to play it now, next, or just add it to the queue. Want to create a playlist? Sonos can save playlists, too, so you can have the ultimate party with automated sounds. One of the coolest features, I think, is that you can have the option to play a different song in each room when multiple people are home and want to listen to their own songs, or if you’ll be all around the house, pick one song or playlist to play synchronized in each room you want it to. Once you’ve played around with the app, you’ll get the hang of controlling it fairly quickly, as they made it very easy to use.
Now, I know I’ve talked up Sonos a lot in this review, and that’s because it’s a great system. However, there are still some issues that can be quite annoying. The biggest issue is that randomly the system will not connect with your phone or other device. I’ve tried reconnecting the speakers, checking for updates in the apps or system, and re-downloading the app, but nothing seems to work. After a while (usually a couple hours), it will start working again. I’m not sure if this is just my system of if it’s a problem all over, but it’s quite a nuisance, and it will happen usually once every couple of weeks (so it’s not too often). My only other complaint is that when an update is released for their app or the whole system, you HAVE to update; it’s not an choice given to you. So, if you just want to listen to music, you’ll have to wait for the update to be done, which granted usually only takes a few minutes, but it can be a bit annoying either way.
Overall, I think Sonos has done a fantastic job in creating a good system that’s easy to use, looks great, and sound fantastic. I think any music-lover would want this system in their house and I highly recommend it if you’re considering purchasing it.