Conclusion: While it's not a toy for those with tight budgets, the well-executed but pricey Sonos Bundle 250 is worth every penny. It's the most seamless way to get your music into every room of the house.
Pros: Seamless integration of personal music libraries and Web music services. High-quality wireless audio streaming. Touch-screen remote is well-designed, fast, and intuitive.
Cons: No video or photo support. Very expensive for a product that doesn't include speakers.
Excerpt: The Good Great integration of music services and sources. Excellent audio quality, design and build; customizable to varying needs. Intuitive Controller and computer software; iPhone/iPod app. Cheap versus custom installations. The Bad Might be pricey for some. Remote could be lighter and slimmer.
Pros: Great integration of music services and sources., Excellent audio quality, design and build; customizable to varying needs., Intuitive Controller and computer software; iPhone/iPod app., Cheap versus custom installations.
Cons: Might be pricey for some., Remote could be lighter and slimmer.
Summary: An excellent touchscreen remote and equally usable iPhone remote app breathe new life into Sonos' excellent multi-room digital-audio system.
Pros: Two-room, wireless digital audio system, Expandable to as many as 32 rooms, Wireless touchscreen remote, iPhone or iPod Touch control via free app, Easy set-up and installation for most home networks, Streams the same or different music to each room, Excellent compatibility, PC-free access to premium streaming services, ZonePlayers double as wireless network bridges
Cons: Needs hard-wired connection to base station or wireless bridge accessory, Podcast access could be more streamlined, Competing Logitech products offer more music options for less money, Touchscreen remote does little more than iPhone remote app
Sonos Bundle 250 with Sonos Controller CR200 review
14 October 2009
Excerpt: We make no qualms about Sonos here at Pocket-lint. We think it's an excellent system that allows you to listen to your music from a single source in multiple locations around the house. It's expensive, yes, but then the experience is such a nice one that works first time (over the various different models we've tested over the years) that we really can vouch for the fact that even your Grandma should be able to do it.
Pros: Incredibly simple to use, incredibly simple to set-up, you can't ask for much more from a dedicated controller
Cons: The system is expensive for what it does, you could get away using an iPod or iPhone instead