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.
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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.
Sonos introduced a much newly designed remote control – the Sonos Controller 200 (CR200). It fits nicely in one hand; featuring a 3.5-inch capacitive VGA touch-screen and a super easy to type on keyboard. The CR200 is easy to use; it turns on instantly, fast and reliably dedicated to your ultimate music experience. It can be used anywhere in your home all for a price of $349 ($50 less than its non-touchscreen predecessor, the CR100, went for), which includes the charging cradle.
Sonos have put up a preliminary product page for their new Sonos Controller 200 (CR200), and with it confirmed the device's specifications. Of most interest is the fact that the 3.5-inch VGA resolution touchscreen is capacitive, shortly followed by the bulk and weight drop over the original CR100: the new remote measures 2.9 x 4.5 x 0.7 inches and weighs 6oz.
Multi-room audio specialists Sonos have revealed their latest remote control, and they've finally decided to add a touchscreen. The Sonos CR200 can, like the company's existing controller, organize single-room or multiple-room playback and playlists, and comes complete with a charging cradle.
Yamaha have announced a new version of their home audio streaming system, the MusicCAST2. Set to take on Sonos in the high-end audiophile market, MusicCAST2 currently consists of a touchscreen LCD controller, the MCX-RC100 Network Music Commander, and two types of Network Music Players, the MCX-A300, which has an integrated amplifier, or the MCX-P200, which is non-amplified for integration with an existing AV setup.
Sonos have released their first official app for the iPhone and iPod touch, which adds controller functionality to the touchscreen devices and allows them to manage the company's networked audio players. The software, which is a free download through the AppStore, brings not only the full functionality from the official Sonos controller but adds touch-control and text-driven media searching.
Sonos have announced upgrades to its wireless music streaming range, including two new ZonePlayers - the ZP90 and ZP120 - and new software, both firmware for the ZonePlayers themselves (introducing support for SonosNet 2.0) and version 2.6 of their computer app. Perhaps most interesting of all, both new and existing users upgrading to v2.6 will receive $200-worth of music from various download services.