shipped its first wireless iPod/iPhone dock, which turns the portable devices
into a music source for the company’s wireless multiroom-audio systems.
The wireless dock is available through
authorized Sonos dealers and the company’s web site at a suggested $119.
Sonos systems use amplified and unamplified
tabletop clients, called ZonePlayers, to stream music wirelessly from a PC and
from the Internet.
With the dock,
consumers will be able to their music libraries without booting up a PC or even
connecting a PC at all to a Sonos network. The dock will also enable friends to
bring their iPod or iPhone to a Sonos household for playback through a Sonos
The dock will also stream music from Internet
radio applications stored on a WiFi-equipped iPod Touch and iPhone.
The dock, which
charges the docked Apple devices, captures audio from the docked devices’ PCM
audio output, bypassing the devices’ tiny digital-to-analog converters to
deliver higher quality sound to Sonos clients.
The Sonos Wireless Dock is compatible with
iPod touch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation), iPod classic, iPod nano (3rd, 4th,
and 5th generation), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPhone.