All the Music on Earth, in Every Room, Wirelessly
Sonos’s one liner description of what it does nicely sums up the music system in our house. It’s pretty damn cool so thought I would share it.
In a nutshell I have three zones around the house that I can control either from my laptop or iPhone and I can choose to play my own music library, internet radio stations or anything from Spotify – cool huh?
Here’s how it works:
First of all I grabbed three Sonos PLAY:3’s and a Sonos Bridge. The PLAY:3’s are Wireless HiFi Speakers and the Bridge is simply a small white box that connects to your router and allows you to set up the wireless network around the house.
I stuck the PLAY:3’s in the bedroom, dining room and living room – the music sounds great on them and they also have a clean, minimal look so they fit well in most rooms.
Setting up the Sonos system was super easy. Each speaker simply plugs into the wall for power and the Bridge plugs into the router. Next, you install the software on your laptop and it will automatically index your Itunes library or any other music folder you choose for it to index. You can also install the Sonos App on your iPhone or Android device to control the music from your phone or tablet.
Sonos has Spotify (and numerous other music services) built into it too, so by simply entering your Spotify details you’re good to go.
The above allows you to play music through any of the three sonos speakers – you can control what is played in what room and the volume of each room really easily. You can stream Spotify and control it from the laptop / iPhone or you can play your iTunes library from your laptop. If you have more than one phone in the household, just install the Sonos app on them and everyone can control it.
The only snag is that you need to have your PC / Laptop on to be able to play the music from your iTunes library which isn’t ideal. To solve this, I picked up a wireless harddrive and dumped my itunes library onto it. Using the Sonos software I was able to index my itunes library and I can now pull from this via the Sonos Iphone app – I thought this was pretty cool at first but to be honest I tend to use Spotify 99% of the time 🙂
No wires, instant access to my own music library or anything from spotify from my phone and full control of what is played in the three rooms.