Sonos' Controller for iPad app seemed too good to be true - a free, finger-friendly remote control for the wireless multiroom audio system that turned the Apple tablet into something Crestron owners would be jealous of - but it'll take a little longer than expected to arrive. Initially promised for an August debut, the company has just informed us that they're postponing the release of Sonos Controller for iPad until late September.
Sonos has spilt the beans on its upcoming Sonos Controller for iPad app, set for release in August 2010. The new app, specially designed to take advantage of the iPad's 9.7-inch display, will turn the tablet into a touchscreen controller for the multi-room audio system, allowing users to control playback in each of their zones - either individually or linked together in party mode.
Video demo after the cut Continue Reading
The Sonos S5 has been given a makeover, with the company pushing out a new, black version of the all-in-one music system. Priced at the same $399 as its white counterpart, the Sonos S5 has the same five integrated speakers - each with their own digital amp - and can be controlled via either Sonos' own special remotes or the company's iPhone and iPod touch app.
The multi-room streaming audio market is getting more crowded, with broader availability on relatively little-known German company Raumfeld. Based on WiFi and UPnP - unlike Sonos' proprietary technology - Raumfeld's multi-room system has the by-now mandatory color touchscreen remote together with a base-station that can store up to 160GB of media itself.
Sonos' latest ZonePlayer, the all-in-one S5, has gone on sale in the US today. Packing a wireless receiver and an amplified 5-driver speaker array into a single, bedroom and kitchen friendly unit, the S5 automatically integrates into an existing Sonos setup, or alternatively could be used by those not wanting the extraneous mess and hassle of separate speakers demanded by the company's previous ZonePlayers.
Sonos have pushed out a new ZonePlayer in their distributed home audio system, and in doing so drops the entry price by a (relatively) high amount. The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 packages together a receiver and an amplified 5-driver speaker into a single unit, which for $399 (or €350 in Europe) undercuts the previous entry-level ZonePlayer 90 which demanded a separate set of powered speakers on top of its $349 sticker price.
Video demo after the cut
Sonos have announced Twitter integration with their multi-room audio system, which will allow users to send out tweets about the currently playing track. Rolling out from today as a beta, the social networking addition comes in Sonos System Software v3.1 and will be available to all Sonos users later in the fall.