If you have music on your computer and/ or iPod and have dreamed of playing your tunes in any room you choose without having to install wiring, the the Sonos Connect Amp is for you. This little box of 21st century wireless streaming technology has revolutionized our enjoyment and access of music at home. So, how does it work? Hook up your unit to your router using a RJ45 patch cable, or if this is not convenient buy the optional Sonos BR100 zone bridge, connect a pair of speakers, whiz the CD-ROM containing the setup software in your PC or Mac and then start to enjoy your music anywhere in the home you choose to place your unit and speakers. If one of your rooms already has an audio system, you can save money by purchasing the ZP90 instead, which has the same functionality but without the power amplifiers of this unit. The on board 55W class D amplifiers have plenty of power to match whatever speakers you care to connect, and the sound quality is superb. There are inputs availble to connect sources not on your network such as a TV, or your PC headphone output, or even a CD or DVD player. Radio streaming is one of the best features , allowing you to listen to BBC2 or any station in the UK or around the world - you can store your favourite stations at the touch of a button of course. Music streaming from Spotify, Napster (paid subscription of £10 per month) Deezer, last.fm are all available, so virtually any tune on the planet can be accessed . You can add up to 32 zones in a single installation, making it suitable for the largest of properties, but if you have a more modest home, a single zone will convince you of the systems ability, and you will find yourself adding additional zones before too long! Over the summer I added a zone in the garden with weatherproof speakers, it has proved to be a great way of relaxing outside and at parties. The Sonos CR200 is a great way to control your unit and for those with an iPhone or iTouch, you can download a free app from the iTunes website to offer identical control functionality via your beloved Apple. A must for music lovers with their music collections stored on their PC, Mac or NAS drive and a fantastic way to share your music with the rest of the family. It is highly recommended.
Model wireless music system Power output 55W into 8Ω x 2 Input connections 1 pair stereo line in
2 x ethernet RJ45
Output connections 1 x subwoofer
2 pairs spring loaded speaker terminals
Supported audio formats Compressed MP3, WMA (including purchased Windows Media downloads), AAC (MPEG4), Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, Flac (lossless) music files, as well as uncompressed WAV and AIFF files. Native support for 44.1kHz sample rates. Operating systems supported WindowsXP SP2 or higher, Windows Vista™, Mac OS X v10.4 and v10.5, Network Attached Storage devices supporting CIFS Wireless connectivity SonosNet 2.0, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network Power requirements 100-240V ac, user configurable Network bridging Additional ethernet port on rear allows access to internet Front panle controls Volume +, volume -, mute Dimensions W x H x D 185 x 89 x 207mm Weight 2.3kg