Sonos Brings Wireless Mesh Home Audio - Controlled by iPhone
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Using your iPhone as a remote
has been done, but a company called Sonos
has integrated iPhone into its whole-house wireless sound system... and on top of iTunes control, adds internet radio and Napster, Rhapsody, Pandora, last.fm and Sirius to the options at your fingertips.
The Sonos ZonePlayer 120 is a five-speaker system – two tweeters, two 3” mid-range drivers, and one 3.5” woofer - each individually powered by its own dedicated amplifier. The ZonePlayer 90 is a speakerless unit with analog, optical and coaxial digital audio outputs that can connect to your existing sound system With a wireline connection to your network, the ZonePlayer will connect to all other remote units wirelessly. Alternatively, a $99 wireless Zone Bridge will allow ZonePlayers to be located anywhere in your house. The remote units form a mesh network, allowing zone coverage of multiple rooms without using a your WiFi bandwidth.
The system comes with a dedicated controller, but also offers a free iPhone/iPod touch app allowing you to control the network from your phone. Output can be customized for individual units, or a stream from your iTunes library or any one of five online music services (provided, of course, that you have a subscription) can be played on all units in the house.
The sound system itself is fairly sophisticated with its use of wireless mesh, but the iPhone integration brings an importantly innovative piece, allowing you to manage a complex set of digital sound sources using the intuitive interface of your iPhone.