Non iPhone/iPod Touch users
Yeah Parkerk - we're looking at other wireless platforms for sure. When - can't say for sure, but not this year. As Peter mentions, there are other controller options (a dedicated CR200) and a controller for PC or Mac. Stay tuned.
Thanks for that Peter.
Thomas - Sonos
I personally feel they did a bad job of marketing on the announcement. Every one I show it to thinks it only works with the Sonos App on an iPod Touch or iPhone.
After verification on the forums it works with any of the Sonos controllers just like the Sonos App works with any of the players.
The marketing guys obviously wanted to present this in the iPod Dock market somewhere along the line. But have actually confused a lot of both new and existing customers.
The day it is released here in France I will order at least one and probably 2. I can't wait...
Thanks for the information. I look forward to the new wireless platforms so I can jump on the Sonos band wagon (finally).
I was thinking that even a web portal that plays well with web-kit devices could be an easier fix in the mean time. Anyways, thanks again.
Hey Derek - good feedback. With this new product, we had to make a decision - market it in the traditional Sonos way - as a bundle/multi-room, etc. Or, market it as a new product that works really well with one of the hottest mobiel platform on the market right now. As you know, the S5 (and all Sonos products) are intereoperable and always will be. Thanks again for the feedback!!
Keep it coming!!
Thomas - Sonos
Something like this:
I was überexcited....
From unboxing to getting the thing to work perfectly took all of 10 minutes. Instant gratification. I plugged it in to the Ethernet and I plugged in the electricity. I went to Sonos on my iPhone clicked on add zoneplayer, pressed the Vol+ and the Mute buttons simultaneously on the box, gave it a name and it worked.
I chose some music and it played immediately. Just for fun I went to my other controllers (CR-100, PC & Mac) and the S5 was there in each one. I tried controlling the S5 from each controller and it worked perfectly.
From a user's perspective it was wonderfully pleasing. The thing is incredibly easy to get to work and to use.
From a gadget geek's perspective it was a bit frustrating: there's nothing really to fool around with. Plug it in, it works and it does what it's supposed to do. No tweaking, no configuring. Plug it in and it works. Boring. ;-)
I'm going to listen to it, with various types of music, for a day or two before giving any verdict on the sound quality. But for the moment everything works as expected: wonderfully.
The CR-200 works within the SONOS parallel high-speed mesh wireless network (802.11n) which may end up having a greater range than the home wi-fi router.
Each added bridge or player becomes member of the proprietary parallel 802.11n wi-fi network and effectively expands the mesh.
One component (bridge or player) needs to be hard-wired (rj-45) to a router in order to set up the SONOS working environment.
iPhone or iTouch require wi-fi whose range can potentially be shorter than the SONOS 802.11n mesh whose range keeps growing with each piece added.
In other words, for large homes the CR-200 remote makes sense and is a direct high-speed access to the mesh
IMHO, SONOS marketing should highlight those points.