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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best purchases I have ever made, November 10, 2009
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I have debated buying the Sonos system for several months mostly due to price and also in part wondering if it could truly live up to the claims and reviews. I am fairly technical and am usually an early adopter, although have at times, been disappointed with other purchases not working quite as well as advertised. I am thrilled with all aspects of my Sonos purchase and cannot believe how easy it was to set up and the sound quality. I received it about an hour ago, and in minutes, had the Zone Bridge connected to my router (since the router is kept hidden in a closet out of sight) and then the S5 ZonePlayer set up in my living room. I can now stream my iTunes Library from a Time Capsule (NAS) and listen to streaming music from Pandora, Last.fm, Sirius and more. Plus, as a transplanted Minnesotan in New York, I can save my favorite local stations from MN and listen to them here as if I were at home. The music is flawless, crystal clear and I would never know it is from the internet- no stutters, gaps or delay. This is one product that has surpassed my expectations completely. The only downside I can see will be now wanting to buy another S5 for my bedroom.
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Initial post: Nov 19, 2009 1:31:00 PM PST
S. Westley says:
thanks for all the feedback - i have been eyeing this system for a while but was nervous with the cost as well as the nature of change in the a/v world. 2 questions for anyone that may help:

1- reliance on router - my place is on 3 levels and i can get spotty signal reception depending on where i am online at home - will this be an issue with this system.

2- i plan on inserting the s5's into my ceilings in 3 zones - wil this be anissue for sound quality, can this fill a large room ? think 20 foot ceiling in a loft that is 40 ' by 20 '...

any comments appreciated.

thks

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 5:27:59 PM PST
S. Westley says:
thanks for all the feedback - i have been eyeing this system for a while but was nervous with the cost as well as the nature of change in the a/v world. 2 questions for anyone that may help:

1- reliance on router - my place is on 3 levels and i can get spotty signal reception depending on where i am online at home - will this be an issue with this system.

2- i plan on inserting the s5's into my ceilings in 3 zones - wil this be anissue for sound quality, can this fill a large room ? think 20 foot ceiling in a loft that is 40 ' by 20 '...

any comments appreciated.

thks

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2009 10:57:50 AM PST
C. Douglas says:
I'll try to answer based on my experience, but you may wish to give Sonos a ring to ask them as well too. Re #1, keep in mind the wireless mesh network sonos uses does not run through your wireless router, it uses a Zone Bridge to beam music wirelessly if you don't have the S5 directly (wired) connected to your router. I would look into the tech specs on Sonos' site to check on distances between units, etc. My guess is that if you have a Zone Bridge at router and a series of S%s through the house, they would extend Sonos' network. #2 the sound quality is excellent and powerful and I could likely blast my neighbors out if I wanted to (being in a high rise). Sound wise it would be fine I think, the aesthetics of it in the ceiling though I am not sure about. Each unit would need an electrical outlet and as they are somewhat heavy would need solid support.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2009 5:43:55 AM PST
I don't have an S5, but for permanent sound in such a big room, I think you'd be better off for sound quality (esp stereo separation) getting one of the older Sonos units and running wires from it to actual speakers. Maybe the in-ceiling speakers if looks are important. We did something like this on a porch (Sonos is in basement, wires run through walls to two decent outdoor speakers) for great sound.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2009 9:51:50 AM PST
I would definitely recommend using one of the standard amped units like the ZP100 or ZP120 for such a setup.. I recently did a Sonos install where all the rooms in this new house had the white, in-ceiling speakers being described. We had all the wired rooms wired to a closet full of ZP100's. It works great. Fantastic six zone setup. I really think this is your best option.
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