Sonos http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/all en-GB Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 gadgets and presents for music lovers http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadgets-and-presents-music-lovers/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The perfect presents that&#039;ll give your muso friends a melodic, memorable Yuletide </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pump up the volume!" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-1.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>They ensure the Christmas carols are played in lossless WAV format and own Driving Home for Christmas on limited edition tinsel-rimmed vinyl.</p> <p>So what do you buy for the audiophile that has everything? We&#39;ve rounded up a selection of Christmas gift ideas for music lovers that&#39;ll have them rocking around the Christmas tree.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flexson VinylPlay (£330) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not many people know that it&rsquo;s possible to hook a turntable up to a Sonos system and have vinyl playing in every room of your house. Well you can. But you can&rsquo;t use any old turntable; it needs to have a phono stage to provide the necessary power in the absence of a proper amp. Flexson&rsquo;s VinylPlay has just that built in, plus an analogue-to-digital converter and all the cables required to plumb it into a multiroom system or a pair of powered speakers, so you can be up and running on Christmas morning. Just add records.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="https://www.flexson.com/stores/single_product_view.do?pubID=8595&amp;itemID=903497" target="_blank">Flexson VinylPlay</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Flexson VinylPlay" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-flexson-vinylplay.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonos Play:1 (£150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&rsquo;t let the Play:1&rsquo;s diminutive dimensions fool you, it&rsquo;s actually our favourite of Sonos&rsquo;s standalone speakers, with a big, poised sound, simple setup and operation, and a hefty build that belies its size. It&rsquo;s a shame it&rsquo;s not portable but when it sounds this good it&rsquo;s impossible to give it grief just for its three-pin plug. Buy two and you can even have stereo sound.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simplyelectronics.net/mainproduct.php?pid=24295" target="_blank">Sonos Play:1</a>&nbsp;here&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos Play:1" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-sonos-play-1.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Arcam MiniBlink (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a beard that big it&rsquo;s pretty obvious Santa Claus was the original audiophile, so he&rsquo;ll be more than happy to deliver a digital-to-analogue converter on Christmas morning. Especially one with aptX flavour Bluetooth. Plug it into your hi-fi and the music streamed from your phone will sound better than the crackle of bacon cooking on a Sunday morning. It won&rsquo;t smell as good though. Sorry.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="http://www.sevenoakssoundandvision.co.uk/p-11770-arc-miniblink.aspx" target="_blank">Arcam MiniBlink</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Arcam MiniBlink" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-arcam-miniblink.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AiAiAi TMA-1 Stones Throw (€200) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Home to J Dilla, Madlib and other indie hip-hop heavyweights, if any record label deserves its own pair of headphones it&rsquo;s Stones Throw. These minimalist TMA-1s have the label&rsquo;s logo embossed on the ear cups and a fetching purple cord, meaning they look as good as they sound, plus the cable comes with an integrated mic and music controls.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aiaiai.dk/store/headphones/tma-1-stones-throw" target="_blank">AiAiAi TMA-1 Stones Throw</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/gift-guides/christmas-gift-guide-2014-12-gadget-gifts-apple-fans/feature" target="_blank">Christmas gift ideas for Apple fans</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="AiAiAi TMA-1 Stones Throw" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-aiaiai-tma-1-stones-throw.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cambridge Audio Minx Go (£100) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not be the most exciting design but that should mean the Minx Go won&rsquo;t clash with the new Christmas jumper. Battery or mains powered it takes tunes from a phone over Bluetooth and is more than capable of squeezing them into all corners of a decent-sized room, with NFC built-in for out-of-the-box pairing. Just keep it away from the Christmas carols.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.richersounds.com/product/wireless-docks,-speakers-and-portables/cambridge-audio/minx-go/camb-minx-go-whi" target="_blank">Cambridge Audio Minx Go</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cambridge Audio Minx Go" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-cambridge-audio-minx-go_0.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ArtVinyl (£40) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both a storage solution and a neat way to display your favourite record, these frames allow easy access to their 12in contents so you can show off your impeccable taste and keep the place nice and tidy.</p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://artvinyl.com" target="_blank">ArtVinyl</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="ArtVinyl" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-artvinyl.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flava Flav Action Figure (£20) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Being a music-lover doesn&rsquo;t automatically mean you have to be precious about it. And nothing says &lsquo;I know how to let my hair down&rsquo; like a 12-inch high poseable figurine of Public Enemy nincompoop and renowned clock-fancier Flava Flav. Especially as he comes with a choice of headgear. Yeah bwoy.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fishpond.co.uk/Toys/Mezco-Toyz-Rap-Stars-Action-Figure-Public-Enemys-Flava-Flav-Public-Enemy/0696198335026" target="_blank">Flava Flav Action Figure</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Flava Flav Action Figure" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flava-flav-action-figure.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roberts Stream 93i (£145) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A whole globe&rsquo;s-worth of music accessed via a small, shiny box, the Stream 93i sounds a whole lot bigger than it looks. And if you get bored of listening to EVERY RADIO STATION ON THE PLANET there&rsquo;s DLNA streaming available plus support for Spotify Connect.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.go-electrical.co.uk" target="_blank">Roberts Stream 93i</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-gadget-gifts-ideas-photographers/feature" target="_blank">Christmas gift ideas for photographers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roberts Stream 93i" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-roberts-stream-93i.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> B&amp;O BeoPlay A2 (£300) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While many Bluetooth speakers are beige anonyboxes, you can always rely on Bang &amp; Olufsen to put the effort in. The A2 has a hint of World War 2 field radio about it, with a leather strap for carrying it (which you&rsquo;ll probably need over the course of its 24-hour battery life) &ndash; though its aptX Bluetooth is bang up to date, giving you top-notch streaming quality.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="http://www.beoplay.com/products/beoplaya2?gclid=CO-o-NKPh8ICFcrKtAod2WkA-Q#buy" target="_blank">B&amp;O BeoPlay A2</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;O BeoPlay A2" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-bang-and-olufsen-beoplay-a2.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kate Koeppel Design Record Dividers (from £150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Keeping your vinyl organised is part of the joy of owning it in the first place. Do you alphabetise? Colour code? Sort by genre? You alphabetise, obviously, and you do it with the help of Kate Koeppel&rsquo;s Record Dividers. Available for both 7in and 12in collections and with a choice of typefaces, these wooden organisers will sort you right out.</p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://shop.katekoeppel.com/products" target="_blank">Kate Koeppel Design Record Dividers</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kate Koeppel Design Record Dividers" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-kate-koeppel-design-record-dividers.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony MDR-EX650AP (£46) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For many, spending more than about &pound;25 on a pair of headphones that they&rsquo;re likely to lose or break within weeks is akin to throwing pound coins in the sea. So spend it for them instead. These Sony in-ears sound great, come with a remote and mic, and feel more expensive than you&rsquo;ll pay for them, which means everyone&rsquo;s a winner.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.accessoryjack.com/sony-mdr-ex650ap-ex-monitor-in-ear-headphones-for-smartphone-brown.html" target="_blank">Sony MDR-EX650AP</a> here</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony MDR-EX650AP" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-sony-mdr-ex650ap.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Personalised Favourite Song Soundwaves Print (£25) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unless you&rsquo;re a sound engineer most songs look broadly similar when you convert them to soundwaves, so even if your favourite tune is Paul McCartney&rsquo;s Frog Song, if anybody asks you can pretend it&rsquo;s Jet or Live and Let Die or something much less embarrassing instead. Just hope they don&rsquo;t check the title printed underneath.</p> <p><strong>Buy a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/houseofyve/product/personalised-song-soundwaves-print" target="_blank">Personalised Favourite Song Soundwaves Print</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gifts-those-constantly-faraway-look/feature" target="_blank">Christmas gift ideas for campers, wanderers and explorers</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature">All of Stuff&#39;s best Christmas gift ideas</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Personalised Favourite Song Soundwaves Print" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-soundwaves-print.jpg?1418215023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadgets-and-presents-music-lovers/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas 2014 Gift Guides Headphones Hi-Fi & Streaming Sonos Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:32:12 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429303 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos and Deezer Elite will massage your eardrums with streaming High-Resolution Audio http://www.stuff.tv/deezer/sonos-and-deezer-elite-will-massage-your-eardrums-streaming-high-resolution-audio/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Streaming speakers to deliver pin-sharp tunes with French music service </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos and Deezer Elite will massage your eardrums with streaming High-Resolution Audio" alt="Sonos and Deezer Elite will massage your eardrums with streaming High-Resolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos-family.jpg?1410452930" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Streaming music services are convenient &ndash; but for vinyl-bothering audiophiles like our chums at <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi</a>, the compression of digital music formats is like nails on a chalkboard.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonos streams Hi-Res Audio with Deezer Elite </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/deezer/sonos-and-deezer-elite-will-massage-your-eardrums-streaming-high-resolution-audio/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/deezer/sonos-and-deezer-elite-will-massage-your-eardrums-streaming-high-resolution-audio/news#comments Deezer Hi-Fi & Streaming Sonos Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:11:28 +0000 Stephen Graves 1447218 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos ditches the wires with latest software update http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-ditches-wires-latest-software-update/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonos has released software update 5.1, which removes the need for the first speaker to be connected to a router </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos_wireless.png?1409844599" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sonos has released a software update which turns the multiroom music system into a true wireless set-up.</p> <p>Until now, Sonos users had the laborious task of either connecting the first speaker to their network router or buying a separate Sonos Bridge to do the same job.</p> <p>But now, thanks to update 5.1, those days are over.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sonos has been planning to go fully wireless for some time and had already released a beta for some users to test back in April.</p> <p>Previously, a Sonos system required the first speaker to be hardwired, with the rest of the speakers then creating their own &#39;mesh&#39; network rather than clogging up your home Wi-Fi. The Sonos Bridge allowed the first speaker to be moved away from the router, but ultimately still involved using wires somewhere and taking up valuable Ethernet ports on your router.</p> <p>With the 5.1 update, any speaker within a Sonos system - whether&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review">Play:1</a>; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play3/review">Play:3</a>; Play:5 or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos-playbar/review">Playbar</a>&nbsp;- can be set-up for wireless playback via the Sonos app for smartphones and tablets.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sonos says most home Wi-Fi networks should be able to support a multiroom system, but for those with weaker connections you can still use a Bridge, or go for one its new Sonos Boost units. This works in much the same way as the &pound;40 Bridge, but is a much beefier version and will cost &pound;80 when it arrives in the next few months.</p> <p>Users who want a 3.1 or 5.1 Sonos system will still need a Bridge to connect a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-reveals-sub-wireless-subwoofer/news">Sub</a> and/or a pair of rear surrounds.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature">The best new albums on Spotify so far this year</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-ditches-wires-latest-software-update/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Sonos Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:26:19 +0000 Max Langridge 1446443 at http://www.stuff.tv SoundCloud joins the Sonos gang http://www.stuff.tv/music/soundcloud-joins-sonos-gang/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, you can now access the social music streaming service through your Sonos set-up... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sonos set-up" alt="The Sonos set-up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sonos_app_family_0.jpg?1405062712" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sonos has signed up SoundCloud as part of its seemingly never-ending quest to integrate every music streaming service in the world.</p> <p>As of today, Sonos users will be able to access the music-discovery-and-sharing platform through its various apps, giving them access to SoundCloud&#39;s many millions of tracks.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The service joins the likes of Spotify, Google Play Music, Deezer, Napster, Rdio and The Hype Machine in the Sonos gang, and will initially be available in beta form.</p> <p>SoundCloud plays host to thousands of unknown artists as well as established bands, podcasts and more; with 12 hours of music added to the service every minute, there&#39;s certainly no shortage of content to listen to.</p> <p>The new addition comes just a few weeks after&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news">Google Play Music was integrated</a>, also in beta form, and a few months after Sonos launched its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/new-sonos-app-brings-universal-search/news">Universal Search&nbsp;</a>function - enabling users to search for tracks across all of the services, and create playlists containing music from a variety of sources.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news">Google Play Music comes to Sonos</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/music/soundcloud-joins-sonos-gang/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Music Sonos Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:45:57 +0000 Marc McLaren 1441650 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Play Music comes to Sonos http://www.stuff.tv/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yep, the best music streamer around just got better... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Play Music on Sonos" alt="Google Play Music on Sonos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sonos-google-play-music-001.jpg?1397184564" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Somewhere, there&#39;s a top Sonos exec with a list of streaming services missing from the platform. Well that list just got one shorter, because Google Play Music has now joined the ever-expanding Sonos family.</p> <p>As of right now, if you&#39;re a Play Music user with a &pound;10/month All Access account you&#39;ll be able to stream directly to any Sonos kit in your setup in one of two ways.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news#comments Google Hi-Fi & Streaming Sonos Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:00:48 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435198 at http://www.stuff.tv Musaic's multiroom audio controls your smarthome, too http://www.stuff.tv/musaics-multiroom-audio-controls-your-smarthome-too/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turn down the lights and hold on tight, we gonna listen to Barry White all night ahhhh yeah </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mmmm, we gonna do it (music streaming) in every room" alt="Musaic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Musaic01HS_0.jpg?1395547135" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Hey, why is it suddenly much dimmer in here?</strong></p> <p>Because we&#39;ve got Musaic, baby, and Musaic be the food of love. You see, when a man loves a woman, and vice versa, there comes a time when he and/or she must put on something sexy - some Barry White or Teddy Prendergrass, maybe a little Prince, maybe some Serge Gainsbourg. Perhaps a little soft electronica, whatever floats your loveboat. And then that man and that woman must turn down the lights, maybe turn up the heating a little bit.</p> <p><strong>And...?</strong></p> <p>And it used to be that this was a complicated, multi-stage process, before Musaic came along, but not any more. You see, this British-designed multiroom music system works like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review">Sonos</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jongo/pure-jongos-now-play-nice-spotify-and-every-other-music-streaming-service/news">Pure&#39;s Jongo system</a>, but it takes things a little further. Because it incorporates open-source AllJoyn tech, it can also link up to other Internet of Things devices, like connected dimmer switches and smart heating. You see what I&#39;m getting at, don&#39;t you?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>You mean you can have your Musaic dim the lights and turn up the heat whenever you put some sexy music on?</strong></p> <p>You&#39;re beautiful when you demonstrate an understanding of wireless interconnectivity. But that&#39;s not the only reason to get excited about this Shoreditch startup; Musaic also plays uncompressed 24-bit audio (using your home Wi-Fi network) and works with iOS and Android, laptops, tablets and so on. It works with a whole bunch of streaming services, too, including Grooveshark, Napster and Rhapsody, although Spotify is noticeably absent. There are two players, the &pound;160 MP5 and the &pound;230 MP10, both of which will play from different sources or join in multiroom chorus. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/musaic03_0.jpg?1395547135" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So why&#39;s it next to a duck?</strong></p> <p>The duck is filled with romantic-smelling potpourri. You can <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1112831839/musaic-wireless-hifi-music-system-your-music-your">preorder Musaic on its Kickstarter page</a>, but the duck is, sadly, not for sale.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">MORE HOT STUFF HERE</a>, YOU SEXY THING&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/musaic02.jpg?1395547135" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/musaics-multiroom-audio-controls-your-smarthome-too/feature#comments Hot Stuff Pure Sonos Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:15:03 +0000 Will Dunn 1434107 at http://www.stuff.tv New Sonos app brings universal search spanning every major music service http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/new-sonos-app-brings-universal-search/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And you can try the beta version now on Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos app controller" alt="Sonos app controller main" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sonos_app_family.jpg?1395196789" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&#39;ve got a Sonos music streaming system at home, you&#39;re already a lucky so-and-so.</p> <p>Now your life just got even better - because the multiroom maestro&#39;s new app introduces universal search.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos app controller beta" alt="Sonos app controller beta" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sonos_app_search.jpg?1395196789" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/new-sonos-app-brings-universal-search/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/new-sonos-app-brings-universal-search/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games Hi-Fi & Streaming iOS apps Sonos Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:27:02 +0000 Marc McLaren 1433886 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: Sonos Play:1 is our Music Gadget of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/music/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-8-best-music-gadgets-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wireless was the way to go in 2013, and the mighty mini Sonos Play:1 was the most talented streamer of all </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: Sonos Play:1 is the best music gadget of the year" alt="Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: Sonos Play:1 is the best music gadget of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Play1WhtAngleAwardLogo.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today&#39;s home and mobile music gadgets have had to change to reflect and fit in with our desire to access all of our music anytime, any place, anywhere.</p> <p>They&#39;ve had to learn to stream from numerous music sources in numerous formats, but one thing&#39;s stayed constant: great sound is still great sound. Out of all the fantastic audio products that emerged in 2013, one particularly dinky player from Sonos stood head and shoulders above the competition...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Sonos Play:1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;ve bought into the Sonos universe you&#39;ll be over the third moon of Saturn to hear of the &quot;1&quot;, the latest and dinkiest addition to the multi-room music system. One &quot;1&quot; is impressive, but when integrated into the bigger Sonos picture as part of a multiroom system or stereo pair, it&#39;s an absolute corker of speaker. It&#39;s capable of streaming from just about any music source, being controlled via Android or iOS and filling a room with real hi-fi sound, despite its meagre proportions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review">Read the review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos Play:1" alt="Sonos Play:1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sonos1.JPG?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: UE Boom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The UE Boom&#39;s beer can dimensions pack a rechargeable battery that can keep going for up to 16 hours, merrily parping out tunes from your phone over a wireless Bluetooth hook-up. It&#39;s splash proof and can be paired with a second Boom for increased sonic power, making it ideal for festivals and travelling party people.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ultimateears.com/en-gb/boom">Urban Ears UE Boom</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="UE Boom" alt="UE Boom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/UEBoom.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Libratone Zipp </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A rather more luxurious approach to portable music, the Zipp comes with a replaceable, unzippable fabric cover (Zipp, see?) and four hours of sumptuous off-grid sonics. You can feed it with a 3.5mm cable, via USB, AirPlay for Apple gear or with the help of the Libratone app for quality wireless transmissions from an Android phone or a computer without the need for a Wi-Fi network.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio/travelling-tunes-five-best-wireless-portable-speakers/feature">Read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Libratone Zipp" alt="Libratone Zipp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LibratoneZipp.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: B&amp;W Z2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Primarily designed for Apple users, the Z2 is little cracker, filling rooms with music streamed via AirPlay or from a physically docked Lightning generation iPhone or iPod Touch. Sound is surprisingly big from such a compact unit, with a quick, snappy response.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bw/bowers-wilkins-z2/review">Read the review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W Z2" alt="Bowers &amp; Wilkins Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BW-Z2.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Denon Ceol Piccolo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Denon&#39;s next-gen micro hi-fi discards the CD player and instead focusses on more forward-looking features, such as 24-bit streaming, a remote control app and AirPlay for wireless playback. Teamed up with decent speakers it makes a superb living room music system.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/denon/denon-ceol-piccolo/review">Read the review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Denon Ceol Piccolo" alt="Denon Ceol Piccolo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/denon-ceol-piccolo-review_0.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Sony SRS-BTM8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Incredible value at around &pound;60, Sony&#39;s portable speaker has the power and control to knock out tunes at a fair whack. While others at this price range struggle with anything even resembling bass, the Sony has all the frequencies covered, and its Bluetooth streaming is made even easier by its &quot;tap to pair&quot; NFC feature.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bluetooth-speaker-system/sony-srs-btm8/review">Read the review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony SRS-BTM8" alt="Sony SRS-BTM8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-SRS-BTM8-review.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As flexible as a worm at a yoga class, the Minx Air 200 is a home-based speaker that produces a big sound from wired or wireless sources, including internet radio. Stream to it from your phone, via Ethernet or hook it up to other hi-fi gear via the RCA connections. Oh, and it sounds really chunky too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio/cambridge-audio-minx-air-200/review">Read the review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200" alt="Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cambridge-audio-minx-air-200-review.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Crystal Audio BluDac </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&#39;s say you&#39;ve got a great hi-fi at home. You love it like an old dog, but like that old dog, it can&#39;t stream music over Bluetooth. Good news! All you need to do is plug the BluDac into the Aux input on your old hi-fi and as if by magic, it can now play music wirelessly from your phone or tablet. &pound;60 for a new lease of life? Yes please.</p> <p><a href="http://www.crystalaudiovideo.com/ProductDetails/Blu-DAC-UK.aspx">Find out more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Crystal BluDAC" alt="Crystal BluDAC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CrystalBluDac.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More 2013 Stuff Gadget Awards winners </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013" target="_top">Click here to view the rest of the winners</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/music/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-8-best-music-gadgets-year/feature#comments Gadget Awards 2013 Hi-Fi & Streaming Music Play:1 Sonos Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:03:07 +0000 Tony Horgan 1429241 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos Play:1 http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The cheapest ever Sonos player sounds so good it might just kill the rest of the range </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos Play:1 review" alt="Sonos Play:1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSC02090.JPG?1418394460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We had a feeling there&rsquo;d be a Play:1 one day. The position under the Play:5 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-multiroom-system/review" target="_blank">Play:3</a> had clearly been left open for a cheaper, smaller all-in-one unit, and that&rsquo;s exactly what we now have in front of us.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £170.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-review-url"> <div class="field-label">What Hi-Fi? review URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.whathifi.com/review/sonos-play1 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A new, low price for Sonos </div> <div class="field-item even"> Cracking sound </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Brilliant usability and endless content </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not portable </div> <div class="field-item even"> No inputs for other sources </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Attention to detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Play:1 is a really nicely built little unit. It&rsquo;s far heavier than it looks, and compared to just about any other audio device costing under &pound;200 is impeccably solid. Drop one on your foot and it&rsquo;s undoubtedly the foot that would suffer the most damage. Available in black or white, each with a meticulously lasered silver grille, the Play:1 shares the Sonos family trait of blending into, rather than standing out in a room.</p> <p>The lack of audio inputs is a bit disappointing, but it does mean the Sonos connections are exceptionally simple &ndash; there&rsquo;s a power connection in a recess on the bottom, and an ethernet socket and wall-mount hole on the back, and that&rsquo;s your lot. On the top are a volume rocker and a Play/Pause button where exisiting Sonos-users would expect to find Mute &ndash; Sonos has decided this is a more useful button to have and every model is to be updated to match in the near future.</p> <p>This is also the first Sonos that&rsquo;s been designed for use in humid conditions, so finally you can listen to Steamy Windows while enjoying a steamy shower. At least you can in the States and most of Europe, where laws about mains sockets in the bathroom are far more relaxed than they are here in Blighty. If only Sonos had included battery power.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Play:1 is available in black or white" alt="The Play:1 is available in black or white" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02073.JPG?1418394460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="This is a heavy, solidly built bit of kit" alt="This is a heavy, solidly built bit of kit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02089.JPG?1418394460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Settin’ up is easy to do </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re new to Sonos there are a couple of things you need to be aware of. The first is that one unit in every Sonos system has to have a wired connection to your router &ndash; if it&rsquo;s not convenient for that to be the Play:1 itself you can <a href="http://www.sonos.com/shop/products/bridge" target="_blank">pick up a dedicated Sonos Bridge</a> for &pound;39.</p> <p>The other thing you need to know is that there&rsquo;s no dedicated Sonos remote, so you&rsquo;ll need a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">smartphone</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">tablet</a> running Android or iOS, or a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">Windows or Apple computer</a> in order to setup and operate you new music system. The software&rsquo;s free, and once downloaded it takes you through the setup process in about a minute. If you&rsquo;re adding the Play:1 to an existing Sonos system it&rsquo;s even simpler &ndash; press Add a Sonos Component in the app, press the Play/Pause and Volume Up buttons on the unit at the same time, and it&rsquo;ll be discovered and playing music in seconds.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp;As of October 2014 you no longer need to have one of your Sonos components wired to your router - huzzah! Having said that, if you&#39;ve already got wires in your Sonos setup we&#39;d advise leaving them there as that&#39;s still the most reliable option, but if you&#39;re determined to go wireless it is now possible. There&#39;s even a new Boost unit available that will - you guessed it - boost your Sonos wireless through yoor mansion&#39;s Wi-Fi dead spots.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Setting up the Play:1 is an absolute doddle" alt="Setting up the Play:1 is an absolute doddle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02063.JPG?1418394460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More music than you could ever listen to </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of Sonos&rsquo; biggest strengths has always been the sheer quantity of music available on it. It&rsquo;ll play all of your own music &ndash; in just about any format except for Studio Master hi-res &ndash; from a computer or NAS on your network, or you can send tracks directly from your phone or tablet. It also connects to a whole bunch of services, including Spotify, Last.fm, 7digital, Amazon Cloud Player, Aupeo, Deezer, Napster, Rdio and even now SoundCloud.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s a serious amount of music, and what&rsquo;s so brilliant about Sonos is that you can pull tracks from multiple sources and services and add them to a single playlist or queue where they&rsquo;ll all be treated equally &ndash; the lines between what you own and what&rsquo;s being streamed from the cloud are so blurred that it really can feel as if you own all the music there is. Add more Sonos units and you can have different music in every room, or synchronise them all to extend a party throughout the entire house.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> Global search has been launched for Sonos this year, which means you can start tapping in the name of a song, artist or album and it&#39;s availability on each service and your own library instantly, even further blurring those lines between what you own and what&#39;s in the cloud. It&#39;s a small update that makes a big usability difference.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Awesome bang for your buck </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Play:1 sounds superb. In fact, we&rsquo;d take it over the Play:3 even if they were the same price. Where the Play:3&rsquo;s bass is either a smidge too subtle or too boomy depending on whether you switch on the Loudness feature, the Play:1 is perfectly balanced. It goes surprisingly deep for so small a unit, but those low notes pack plenty of punch and never drown out the mid-range. Instead, vocals and pianos are clear and well projected, and the treble is clean and controlled.</p> <p>Where the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jongo-s3/pure-jongo-s3-now-available-bringing-multiroom-music-masses/news" target="_blank">Pure Jongo S3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/libratone/libratone-zipp/review" target="_blank">Libratone Zipp</a> go for a multi-driver array to disperse sound around a room, Sonos has tuned its single mid/bass driver (which is partnered by a single tweeter) to extend further and spread sound wider. It works. The Play:1 sounds good at very wide angles &ndash; far more so than the Play:3.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos&#039; sibling rivalry" alt="Sonos&#039; sibling rivalry" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02083.JPG?1418394460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Play:1 driver arrangement is simple but effective" alt="The Play:1 driver arrangement is simple but effective" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Play1_3Drender_black.jpg?1418394460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two degrees of separation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with the Play:3 and Play:5 it&rsquo;s possible to combine two Play:1s to create a stereo pair. If you&rsquo;re in a position to buy multiple Sonos units we&rsquo;d recommend putting one in each room to start with, but creating a stereo pair certainly has its benefits &ndash; as well as genuine hi-fi separation you get greater weight and dynamic heft by combining two players.</p> <p>If you want to take things even further you can add the &pound;600 <a href="http://www.sonos.com/shop/products/sub" target="_blank">Sonos Sub</a>, but for us that&rsquo;s a step too far, especially given the impressive bass balance you get from the Play:1 on its own.</p> <p>And if you&rsquo;ve already got the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos-playbar/review" target="_blank">Playbar soundbar</a> there&rsquo;s also the option to add two Play:1s to act as surround sound channels, turning it into a 5.0 (or 5.1 if you also add the Sub) system. You were already able to do that with the Play:3, but the smaller size and cost of the Play:1 makes it better suited, altjough we&rsquo;d still opt for a dedicated home cinema system that you add Sonos to via the <a href="http://www.sonos.com/shop/products/connect" target="_blank">&pound;259 Connect</a>.. The point is that the Play:1 is perhaps the most versatile Sonos yet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The wider Sonos range" alt="The wider Sonos range" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_3_5_PB_Hero_Transparent.jpg?1418394460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So yes, we were a little disappointed to discover that the Play:1 isn&rsquo;t the first portable Sonos player, and the lack of computer-friendly audio inputs seems another missed opportunity.</p> <p>But what Sonos has delivered is the most affordable way yet to start or expand a Sonos system, and it sounds so good we can&rsquo;t help but wonder if it&rsquo;s going to decimate sales of the Play:3 and Play:5. That&rsquo;s not your problem, though &ndash; your problem is deciding what to listen to next and in which room of the house. Needless to say, the Play:1 further solidifies Sonos&#39; spot at the top of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hi-fi-streaming/top-ten" target="_blank">list of the best hi-fi and streaming devices</a> in the world right now. And who knows? Maybe there is a portable version in the pipeline.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/108645194361577794712/posts" target="_blank">Tom Parsons</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos Play:1 verdict" alt="Sonos Play:1 verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02065.JPG?1418394460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sonos was already awesome, and the Play:1 makes it way more affordable without sacrificing sound or design quality</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonos Play:1 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;Sounds so good it might just kill the rest of the range&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review#comments Connected home Hi-Fi & Streaming Play:1 Sonos Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:47:29 +0000 Tom Parsons 1427873 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos Play:1 speaker accidentally revealed by US store Target http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1-speaker-accidentally-revealed-us-store/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smallest Sonos will be available to buy on Monday 14th </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="The Sonos:1 on shelves in San Francisco" alt="The Sonos:1 on shelves in San Francisco" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_1957.JPG?1381473039" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to Sonos, it does not exist - but Stuff can confirm the Sonos Play:1 speaker is on sale in San Francisco. The $199 speaker is the smallest member of the Sonos family, and comes in black and white versions.</p> <p>However, Target staff were unable to tell us anything about the speaker's specs, claiming it was not due to go on sale until October 14th - and pulled all of the units off the shelves when we tried to buy one.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Target spoils Sonos Play:1 surprise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Like it’s older brothers the Play:3 and Play:5, it has minimal controls - just the volume buttons and a small LED light.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sonos has yet to confirm the speaker’s existence, and staff at the Target store we visited in downtown SF knew nothing about it - although both a black and white unit were on sale.</p> <p dir="ltr">It is believed the Play:1 will become a new entry level product for Sonos, and could also act as surround sound speakers for the firm’s TV sound system, the Playbar.</p> <p dir="ltr">Annoying there are few clues to the speakers specs on the box, there’s an ethernet port on the back, along with a mounting port for affixing it to a wall. There’s also a power cable, so no battery option, sadly.</p> <p>Staff told us the Play:1 isn’t officially on sale until the 14th, so expect an announcement from Sonos then - and come back for a full review.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2448" height="3264" title="The Play:1 is the smallest of the Sonos speakers - perfect for surround sound" alt="The Play:1 is the smallest of the Sonos speakers - perfect for surround sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_1958.jpg?1381473039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2448" height="3264" title="The white version of the speaker up close" alt="The white version of the speaker up close" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_1959.jpg?1381473039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1-speaker-accidentally-revealed-us-store/news#comments Docks and Speakers Sonos TV and Hifi accessories Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:40:49 +0000 Mark Prigg 1427760 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: NFC bling ring, Sonos gets Android streaming and Apple makes loads of money http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-nfc-bling-ring-sonos-gets-android-streaming-and-apple-makes-loads-money/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get clued-up over your cornflakes with these tech morsels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fully Charged: NFC bling ring, Sonos gets Android streaming and Apple makes loads of money" alt="Fully Charged: NFC bling ring, Sonos gets Android streaming and Apple makes load" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nfc-ring.jpg?1374647581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s morning and your brain probably isn’t working at full capacity. Ease yourself into the day with bite-sized news chunks concerning NFC jewellery, fantasy football, Apple’s financial results and Sonos finally getting awesome on Android.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NFC ring means you&#039;ll never need a business card again </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>NFC is all around us, but there’s a real sense that people are still working out some genuinely compelling uses for it. Here’s one potential killer app: a ring that features two NFC chips: one large, on top, for public information; and one small, at the bottom, for private info. The ring can be used to share info with business contacts or even, say, to open your front door or unlock your phone. It’s currently a <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mclear/nfc-ring">Kickstarter project</a>, but has already reached its funding target with a month to go. Fingers crossed (no pun intended) it becomes a real product in the near future. [Source: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/this-nfc-enabled-ring-stores-your-personal-data-on-your-882864584">Gizmodo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4Dfa9p_Km50" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yahoo! Fantasy Premier League is back and optimised for mobile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the football league mere days from a return, it’s once again time to start poring over long lists of players and get your fantasy team going for another season. Yahoo! is again among the companies offering a stat-based competition (run in conjunction with Eurosport), and this year it’s gone all out on mobile. While there’s no app, there is a mobile-optimised site that shows your points racking up in real time, as well as the ability to comment on activity as it happens and create leagues with your friends via Facebook integration. [Source: <a href="http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/fantasy/premier-league/">uk.eurosport.yahoo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yahoo! Fantasy Premier League" alt="Yahoo! Fantasy Premier League" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yahoo-fantasy-premier-league.jpg?1374647581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple financials show big Q3 sales </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Surprise, surprise: Apple has had a good fiscal third quarter of the year. The company revealed its financial results for Q3 (the calendar Q2) 2013, showing it drew in US$35 billion in revenue and turned a profit of $6.9 billion. The company shifted a staggering 31.2 million iPhones in the quarter (as compared to 26 million in the same period last year). The company also said that it is “working hard on some amazing new products that we will introduce in the fall and across 2014”. [Source: <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/23/apple-reports-q3-2013-quarterly-results-6-9-billion-profit-on-35-3-billion-in-revenue/">MacRumors</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonos can now stream from Android devices </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Masterful multi-room music system Sonos has just launched a new Controller app for Android phones and tablets, allowing users of devices with Google’s OS to wirelessly stream their stored music. It’s a bit like AirPlay, then, but for Android. [Source: <a href="http://www.sonos.com/software/release/4.1.1">Sonos</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos can now stream from Android devices" alt="Sonos can now stream from Android devices" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-android.jpg?1374647581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-nfc-bling-ring-sonos-gets-android-streaming-and-apple-makes-loads-money/news#comments Android apps Apple Sonos Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:35:19 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1425031 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos multiroom system http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-multiroom-system/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who needs to drill holes and re-plaster walls to get a multiroom music system at home? Not you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos-multiroom-system-review.png?1372314133" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With Sonos, creating a simple two-zone system is an idiot-proof doddle: the cheapest way would be to combine two of the new <a href="http://content.staging.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play3/review#node-418590">Play:3 units</a> with the Sonos Bridge router.</p> <p>Want to go more high end? Hook up a ZP90 Zoneplayer to your existing hi-fi and router, add speakers to the amplified ZP120 in another room, and enjoy.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £700.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Still the king of multi-room music, and now much more affordable. The Sonos is a pleasure to use, sounds great and looks stunning. We like</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-multiroom-system/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-multiroom-system/review#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Sonos Tue, 01 Jan 2013 16:13:22 +0000 Sophie Charara 1423921 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos Playbar http://www.stuff.tv/sonos-playbar/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the awesome of Sonos crammed into a TV-boosting soundbar – what’s not to like? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="944" height="728" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Lifestyle2013PlaybarSubLiving_Large.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos Playbar Review" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos-playbar-main.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Any Sonos announcement is greeted by a ripple of excitement around these parts. Heck, even the announcement of an announcement (yep, it’s one of those companies) is enough to get us guessing what California’s foremost purveyors of multi-room music streaming might have up their sleeves.</p> <p>Turns out it’s not the portable Play:1 speaker some of us here had been predicting, but in fact a soundbar. Yep, with the Playbar Sonos is turning its attention to improving your TV’s sound. But of course, being a Sonos, it does a heck of a lot besides that.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £600.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Throbs with Sonos quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Massive music selection </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Superior to built-in TV speakers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Optical connection, not HDMI </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expanding the system is pricey </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Apple was to make a soundbar we bet it would look something like this. The build is exemplary, the styling minimalist, and it’s chock-full of neat touches, such as the accelerometers that can tell whether the Playbar is laid-down or on an edge and adjust the sound accordingly.</p> <p>There’s also an IR repeater built-in so that signals from your remote still get to the TV even if the Playbar is blocking the telly’s sensor, and a pair of ethernet sockets on the back mean your other components (such as your smart TV) can piggy-back the Sonos network to get to the internet. Just remember that if you can’t hardwire the Playbar to your router you’ll need to get some powerline adapters or Sonos’ dedicated Bridge (£39).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="518" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-02_0.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-03_0.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Music streaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Essentially this is a full Sonos player in a wider chassis, which means it gives you access to massive amount of streamed music. It’ll play everything (except hi-res tracks) you’ve got stored on your computer or NAS device, it benefits from the recently added feature that lets you send audio directly from an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, and it connects you to internet radio and millions of tracks via Spotify, Napster, Last.fm, Aupeo, 7digital, Deezer and more. No devices outside of those made by Sonos deliver anywhere near the same breadth or depth of content, and no other soundbar delivers as much music as this.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-04.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Soundbar skills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If all you’re after is lots of streamed music you could just buy the Sonos Play:3 – the difference here is that the Playbar also connects to your TV. Somewhat disappointingly there’s just one way to do this, and that’s via optical cable. While this has advantages in terms of simplicity – all of your devices stay connected to your TV as normal and you just have one cable connecting the TV and Playbar – it’s not as neat as those systems with multiple HDMI inputs and a single HDMI output for video. And let’s not forget that while optical outputs on TVs are pretty common these days, they haven’t been for that long. You definitely want to check if your TV’s got one before forking out on a Playbar.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Sonos app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with other Sonos components there’s no dedicated remote control for the Playbar, instead all functions are handled by the iOS or Android app. It’s a brilliantly simple app that makes changing volume and switching from TV sound to streaming TV on the Radio from Spotify an absolute doddle.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-app.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sound quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To cut a long short short, the Playbar is a massive improvement over even the most impressive-sounding flatscreen TVs. The width of the soundstage that’s created is mighty impressive, and there’s detail, weight and tonal balance that a TV on its own simply can’t deliver. The drivers behind the grille are angled upwards, and while that means you get a big, atmospheric sound, it sacrifices just a little bit of impact and directness. That’s a minor flaw in an otherwise excellent delivery with both music and movies, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adding more Sonos kit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 3.0 Playbar can be turned into a 3.1 system by simply slapping down another £600 on the Sonos Sub. Adding it via the app is a very simple process that includes a couple of steps for trimming levels so that it blends nicely with the Playbar, and the sound clearly improves with its addition. Not only does it mean the system can now reach sofa-wobbling levels of bass, it adds weight to big movie effects and helps the whole presentation fill the room more thoroughly. It’s all gain then, but its gain that you have to pay a great deal for, and given the Playbar’s level of quality in its own right it’s a stretch that we wouldn’t recommend to everyone.</p> <p>3.1 not enough for you? Well you could always add to Play:3s to create a full, wireless 5.1 system, although that would take the total price to an eye-watering £1720.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-01.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If all you’re looking for from a soundbar is great movie sound, you might want to check out the Yamaha YSP-2200, which fools you into thinking you’ve got a proper surround system by bouncing sound off the walls of you lounge, but if you want a simple, elegant unit that will massively improve your TV’s sound and ply you with all-you-can-stream music until you’re fit to burst, the Sonos Playbar really is the only logical choice.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This isn’t a soundbar, this is a Sonos soundbar, and it’s really rather awesome</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/sonos-playbar </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sonos-playbar/review#comments Home Cinema Playbar Sonos Soundbars Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:42:07 +0000 Tom Parsons 424442 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos Playbar brings home theatre into the multiroom mainstream http://www.stuff.tv/playbar/sonos-playbar-brings-home-theatre-multiroom-mainstream/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonos has become synonymous with multiroom audio. Now, like a digital Elvis, it’s aiming its wireless streaming gun straight at your TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos-playbar-1_0.jpg?1364407216" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="526" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos-playbar-explode.jpg?1364407216" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_5700.jpg?1364407216" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Soundbars get a bad rap – and it’s not always unjustified. They’re generally boring to look at and sometimes struggle for sound quality. But even when they’re good, they’re still the ugly ducklings of the gadget pond. Like laptops before them, they’re one of the most boring things you can buy in Gadgets R Us, yet undoubtedly will make your life better on a daily basis.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/sonos-playbar-brings-home-theatre-into-the-multiroom-mainstream </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playbar/sonos-playbar-brings-home-theatre-multiroom-mainstream/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playbar/sonos-playbar-brings-home-theatre-multiroom-mainstream/news#comments Playbar Sonos Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:22:41 +0000 Paddy Smith 424193 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos reveals SUB wireless subwoofer http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-reveals-sub-wireless-subwoofer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New wireless subwoofer puts bass in your face. Or under your bed. Or wherever you want to put it, really </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos-sub_0.jpg?1364400220" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_5043.jpg?1364400220" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sonos has taken the wraps off its new wireless subwoofer – appropriately known as the Sonos SUB.</p> <p>Sandwiching two force-cancelling speakers (placed face to face to minimise cabinet rattle), DSP circuitry and a pair of Class-D digital amplifiers into its glossy black frame, the SUB is intended to be a one-stop shop for your bass needs.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/sonos-reveals-sub-wireless-subwoofer </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-reveals-sub-wireless-subwoofer/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-reveals-sub-wireless-subwoofer/news#comments Sonos SUB Tue, 22 May 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Stephen Graves 421249 at http://www.stuff.tv