I’ve recently discovered that I really enjoy listening to music while I’m cooking. Much of this was because I found a new local radio station that I liked. Much of their typical playlist includes old country and rock and roll such as Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Since my radio was a bit old and the reception wasn’t all that great I decided to check out some of the newer options out there.
No Wires is Better
I quickly discovered that things have drastically changed since the last time I looked at music systems. The last time I bought one was when the mini-stereo systems had first come out at the Circuit City electronics chain. That store is now completely gone, but my mini-stereo system has lived on.
After digging around on the Internet for a few minutes I discovered the Sonos system. From the looks of system and the reviews they get I thought this looked like the perfect system for my home. It would allow me to have music in three rooms without running any wires between them. This would include the kitchen, the living room, and the master bedroom.
The Sonos System
While Sonos does have a pretty big product offering, I was able to quickly pick out what I wanted based on the type of music I generally listen to, and how big each room is. For the kitchen I decided upon the Play1. Our kitchen isn’t huge and I don’t generally listen at loud volumes so I figured this smallest of the three units would be sufficient.
In the living room I went with the Play5. This unit is a bit bigger and has a good bit more bass response than the Play1. Our living room is big and has high ceilings. Anything smaller probably wouldn’t have been able to deliver enough volume to produce the quality of music that we wanted.
For the master bedroom I opted for another Play5. Our master bedroom is quite large and the bathroom is attached so I wanted something that could play loud enough to be heard in both rooms. I like to play music fairly loud in the bedroom when I’m getting ready for work each day. The Play:5 is perfect for this application.
The most amazing thing about the Sonos system is the simplicity of installation and setup. You can configure the system from a PC or from a smartphone. It took me about 20 minutes to get all three units up and going. You basically get one of them connected via hardware to you Internet connection. Then you connect the wireless units to that one with the press of a button on each device.
Then you just tell the system which room is which. Now you’re ready to start configuring the music services. If you have a large collection of CD’s on a wireless storage device you can quickly setup the Sonos controller to access all of this music. It will also connect to just about every online music service known to man. This of course includes Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, and about a dozen more.
The app can be used from a smartphone, tablet, or your PC. It is just about the most intuitive control app I’ve ever seen. Even my parents have been able to learn how to use it in no time flat.
Now when I want to listen to my favorite music I simply open up the Sonos app and I’ve got my favorite Johnny Cash music at the tip of my fingers. The total investment in equipment was about $1,000. While that is certainly not an insignificant sum, I feel it is money well spent since I now basically have a whole house audio system.