The Sonos ZoneBridge 100 connector will make a Sonos Digital Music System cheaper for some households.
The Sonos Digital Music System, introduced in 2004, is a well-designed, generally reliable way to stream music from devices (including PCs and hard drives) on your home network to multiple rooms. But it's also expensive.
The Sonos ZoneBridge 100 connector, however, will make a Sonos system cheaper for some households.
Until now, a Sonos system consisted of ZonePlayers (normally two) – networking devices that output music to your receiver or to a set of speakers – and the Controller, a remote with a 3in LCD that looked like an overgrown iPod. You control your music either through the Sonos software that you install on your PC, or via the Controller.
But the system isn't completely wireless: one of your ZonePlayers must have a wired connection to your router to stream music from your PC or networked hard drive; this leaves one unwired ZonePlayer to be placed elsewhere in the house. If you wanted to stream music to additional rooms, you had to pay at least a couple of hundred 1uid for each extra ZonePlayer – a lot of money if you just wished to listen to music in a room other than where your router resides.
In that instance, the new Sonos ZoneBridge 100 is a better choice. It doesn't output music, but instead serves as the wired connection to your router, and it costs only £89.
Our experience with a Sonos system that included a Sonos ZoneBridge 100 was a little spotty. A few times during our two weeks of testing, the bridge lost its connection to the ZonePlayer we were using in our test centre (about 50ft away), and we then had to re-establish the connection to the player. That took only a minute or two, but was still a hassle.
Also, a number of times the music just cut out for 30 seconds or so, then came back on its own.
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