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Sonos Multizone-Audio System Adds 1-Piece Amp/Speaker Client

10/13/2009 03:11:30 PM Eastern

Santa Barbara,
Calif. - Sonos is adding a new playback option to its
wireless multizone-audio system, which streams music wirelessly from a
networked PC, network-attached storage (NAS) device or the Internet to stereo systems
throughout the house.

SonosThe $399-everyday ZonePlayer
S5
, due in stores in late October, is one-piece tabletop client with built-in
amplifier and stereo speakers. It will join two clients that lack embedded
speakers. One is the $499 Zone Player ZP120 client with embedded amplifier,
which requires consumers to add their own speakers. The other client, the $399 ZonePlayer
ZP90, lacks amplifier and is designed to connect to a consumer's existing sound
system.

Music sent to all Sonos clients can be controlled from Sonos' $349
wireless-RF touchscreen controller or, via Wi-Fi network, an Apple iPod Touch
or iPhone loaded with free Sonos app.

To access PC-stored music and Internet radio, consumers must
hardwire one client, or a $99 ZoneBridge repeater, to the Ethernet port of a
home network's router. Users must also load Sonos software, included with the
S5, on their Mac or PC.

The S5 incorporates two
tweeters, two midrange drivers and a single built-in woofer, each amplified by
a dedicated digital amplifier. All filter settings, bass and treble controls,
active equalization and time-alignment functions are performed in the digital domain. The client also features analog audio input to
connect legacy music sources that can be streamed to ZonePlayers in other
rooms.

Besides offering its components separately, Sonos also bundles
some. A $999 bundle, for example, includes the RF controller, Zone Player ZP120
amplified client and ZonePlayer ZP90 unamplified client.