In a brief interview today with Sonos, following a press release announcement, we found out a lot of great information. First off Sonos is great news for the audiophile on a budget. Sonos of course makes components for $15,000-$20,000 in home audio installations but their entry point for a really great device is $349 and their top selling device is in the $699 range and includes a solution for multi room server audio over their “mesh network” without breaking the bank.
In a nutshell what Sonos does is connect to your PC or Mac via router and then it sets up it’s own “mesh network” to deliver audio wirelessly to the other sonos components like the Sonos S5.
The Sonos Controller for Android puts your entire music library, internet radio, and audio sources in the palm of your hand. Control the source of your music, title, artist, internet feed and more with the feature and graphic rich user interface in their Android app. Also Android users can search for music by artist, title or track using a voice search.
The Sonos Controller for Android can also be used in conjunction with the proprietary Sonos Controller and the Sonos Controller for iPhone and iPad. The Sonos Controller has a lot of the same functions as the mobile apps, it’s great for times when you have company and want to pass around the controller without giving others access to your phone.
“Sonos’ mission is to fill every home with music,” said John MacFarlane, CEO, Sonos, Inc. “We are thrilled to bring the joy of music to the homes of Android fans worldwide.”
In addition to serving up your music library Sonos connects directly with the internet giving you access to over 100,000 internet streams, radio stations and podcasts. Anything, anywhere like Pandora, Rdio, Slacker, SiriusXM and more.
Sonos will be demoing all of their mobile controllers next week at MWC.