It used to be that having your favorite tunes available throughout your home required an expensive whole-house sound system. Today, however, we have a number of cost-effective ways to distribute music throughout your home using your home network. You'll be able to access not only your own music library, but a myriad of Internet radio stations from around the world as well as subscription music services such as Rhapsody and Napster. A whole world of entertainment is literally at your fingertips!
If you have an iPhone, iPod or other type of MP3 player, you already have music stored on a hard drive. Chances are you also have an Internet connection through which you have downloaded songs and/or metadata (artist, song titles, genre, etc.) for CDs you have ripped to your computer. Having these basic elements in place makes it pretty simple to add the ability to play your music in other rooms of your house…
With a Sonos system, for instance, you don't even need to have a wireless network already set up, as Sonos creates its own. It delivers unlimited music, superior wireless and incredible control so you can fill a room or your entire house with music. All you need is an Internet connection and a router to get started. Then set up your system without wires or hassles, and pick a room, pick a song, and touch play!
To set up a Sonos system, you just attach a ZoneBridge or Zone Player to your router, and then add Zone Players in any room where you want music. There are three types of Zone Players: The Sonos ZP90 hooks right into your receiver, amp or powered speakers; the Sonos ZP120 has its own amplification, so you can just plug in a pair of speakers; and the Sonos ZPS5 has its own built-in speakers for an all-in-one solution.
Sonos' own CR200 Controller is a great touch-screen remote that makes it a snap to access your favorite songs, subscription sites and Internet radio stations.
Now is a great time to get a Sonos system, as you can save up to $99 with these Sonos combo offers.
Sonos also makes a really cool app for your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad — and now Android-based phones, too — which turns them into a full-featured controller!