Sonos: Music anywhere in the house

Want to listen to music anywhere in the house? A wireless Sonos sound system may be the answer. In times past, you'd come across some fairly major logistical issues if you wanted to be able to listen to your entire music collection anywhere in your home. You'd either need to move your sound system from room to room, or put up with wires and cables trailing under doors and rugs and up the stairs. Or spend a fortune on a home install system. The rise of digital and computer-based music has made it easier by adding the element of portability to your audio collection. But there was still the question of having a system that didn't need constant moving or trailing of leads around the home. That's where the wireless revolution comes in. You can now stream audio from a range of devices to speakers around the home using a wireless connection – without compromising on sound quality. There are different ways to do this, different products and technologies, but one of the companies to lead has been Sonos, carving out a niche as a mass market, mainstream solution. Sonos is the American company founded in 2002 with a simple aim – to transform your home sound system for the digital age. It has released products and software designed to "fill every room" of your home. Its real bonus is the flexibility and functionality. The Sonos wireless sound system works by connecting one single device to your home network to play music – from either online or local sources – before adding more Sonos devices (up to a maximum of 32) that all connect using a secure wireless mesh network known as Sonosnet. There are two main types of players in the Sonos system – all-in-one Zoneplayers such as the Play:1 or Play:3 and CONNECT-branded products that can turn existing audio equipment into a Sonos Zone. A subwoofer and a Sonos-enabled soundbar have also come to the market for use with your TV. In addition to your own digitally-stored music collection, which can be streamed from a NAS device (Network Attached Storage) Sonos comes with a multitude of services to let you customise your playlist and explore new or forgotten music. These include, but are by no means limited to, Spotify, Napster, Deezer and Last.fm. However, you may need subscriptions for these.