Now let’s just talk a bit about how this works. Firstly, it can work a ton of different ways. We don’t have enough server power at Unplggd.com to go into it all. Secondly, it comes with software for your desktop which connects all the different parts of the system together and its quite easy to use. It has access to your music on your computer, stations on the web, and auxiliary inputs.Next you have what they call a “Zonebridge” (above- surrounded by a wicked radial blur and below- sans blur) which is kind of like the glue that holds it all together if you have an extensively accessorized system. This hooks up to your wireless router NOT via your computer. You get that? It just plugs into your router without touching your computer. The “Zoneplayer 90” receiver needs to be hooked up to an amplifier... ...and the “Zoneplayer 120” has its own 55x2 amp in it to power your or their speakers. There really is much more that we are not mentioning here like the “subwoofer out” port and ethernet hookups for wired play and “optical out” and “coax out” and *wheez* “RCA in”. Essentially, these two items receive the music wirelessly from the Zonebridge (if you have one) and pump it mercilessly into either speakers or amps.
The Sonos Loudspeaker SP100 also came with the package so we were able to test these out. We hooked them up directly to the Zoneplayer 120 for some high powered… power. These are great speakers and dovetail nicely with the 120. It can prolly be assumed they were engineered for each other so no wonder. Oh- and they’re magnetically shielded if you still have an old tube type TV, dinosaur.
Finally, the Sonos Controller: As if all of this flexibility weren’t enough, you are also able to navigate the entire network wirelessly! You can go out in the backyard and BBQ while having control over the level and content of the speakers outside (and inside if that makes you feel more powerful). Pretty much everything that you see in your desktop software package is accessible from the controller. It is a good size to carry around the house with you and is just about ipod-easy to use.
Then, depending on how many speaker systems you have hooked up, you can have up to 16 different inputs and 32 outputs. Yoou can even hook up another pc/mac to it to use its wirelessness for the internet. That is just sick. Shame on Sonos. They should have waited years to introduce such flexibility, and only after thousands of irritated [torchbearing] customers demanded it.
A negative: It doesn’t play large/dense music files really well wirelessly. We recorded a number of LP’s into WAV files- the entire side of an album at once. We then tried to transmit this over the air and chugga chugga, not too easy. Now- we are talking about 250MB files so maybe that just isn’t fair, but we were looking for limitations, and we found them. Depending on what is going on atmospherically, there can sometimes be hiccups in the playback even with small files but very not very often.
You get the feeling that a company with the R&D resources (thankfully not the organizational prowess) of Microsoft put the Sonos Bundle 150 with Loudspeakers together. You just can’t imagine how many surprises this thing has for you. You should probably go out and get one of these systems going because you can seriously do everything with it and it will completely integrate almost everything you own. This is really what you have been waiting for.