The cream of the whole house audio crop is Sonos. Yes it’s more expensive than other systems, but it gives you everything. From internet radio, podcasts to support of subscription services like Napster and Rhapsody.
One of Sonos’ best features is its ease of use. Just plug it in to your network, and follow the simple set-up instructions and you’re up and running in minutes.
I also like that its expandable. Need to add more zones? Just buy another ZonePLayer add-on as you need them. You can have different music playing in rooms throughout the house all from one system.
An achilles heel perhaps with Sonos is the price. And especially with the economy, it might be tough to part with about $1,000. But there is a lower cost price point I discovered thanks to Gizmodo.
All you need to get started with Sonos is one ZonePlayer for $349. The controller, while offering in-hand control and convenience, is not mandatory as you can control Sonos from the free included Desktop Controller software (PC and Mac). If you already have an iPhone (or iTouch) you can also download a free application to control Sonos using the touchscreen of those Apple devices. If you’re looking to enjoy or give the gift of multi-room audio, you can do it without breaking the bank.
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA
List price: $349.00
Where to buy: Sonos Direct
They’ll thank you: for filling the entire house with Jingle Bells, Radio Paradise and non-stop 70s music?