What is Sonos?
First things first, what is this system, and what does it do? Sonos is a wireless speaker system that you can use to bring music to your entire house or office. You can control what you hear through the speakers with an app on your phone or software on your computer. You can play your own locally stored music, or the music service of your choice, and you can split your system up into zones and play different things in different rooms.
The Play:1 is the little baby speaker of the Sonos family, it’s small and portable (although not battery powered), great for apartments and small spaces. And when you set it up, you can configure it to be just a single speaker on its own, or part of a set in a space.
In our conference room we have a big TV that we use for presentations and video conferencing, but we wanted it to have awesome sound, as well. The Sonos Playbar mounts right onto our TV stand and gives us great wireless sound.
We love the look of this subwoofer – even though you might put it under your desk, it’s really a speaker you want to show off. The drivers face each other and provide a really nice, deep bass sound.
We both have the Play:3 in our offices, and just one gives great sound, although you can mix and match with other speakers or the subwoofer for an even better effect. They all play together very well.
Another step up is the Sonos Play:5 – we recommend this one above the Play:3, because it really does give you more than $100 worth of better sound. It can also take a wired connection with Ethernet cables in case you want to set them up that way.
Maybe you’ve got some special speakers that you want to use with the Sonos system. That works! At the Geek House we have KEF Ci Series speakers built into our ceiling, and driven by a Sonos Connect:Amp. We were a little skeptical about how this would work – but the sound is AMAZING!
The Sonos App
The app gives you command of your entire system, with control of every speaker on the network. It’s super-simple to set up, and great for setting up grouping, so people in different rooms can listen to different music. And Party Mode gives you every speaker on the network playing from the same source. You can even set Sonos to be your alarm clock and wake you to your favorite music through the speaker system!
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