While we often talk about home automation and home theater products one of the most popular applications for audio in a home is distributed music. Over the last few years getting music into any room in your house has become increasingly easy. One company was the driving force behind this move and still deliver one of the easiest products to install and maintain.
Sonos Delivers on Simplicity
Whether you are a custom integrator or a homeowner there’s nothing like dealing with a product that is easy to install and straightforward to control. Innovative Sight and Sound, a company that specializes in smarth home systems, has begun using Sonos as one of their go to products in terms of whole house audio. The reason? Simplicity. One technician can install audio in 10 rooms in less than one day.
On top of that, there is almost no troubleshooting involved in setting up the system. Out of the box functionality is fantastic. And even if something does go wrong a few months down the road, the most complicated troubleshooting a homeowner might have to perform would be rebooting one of the Sonos units. It doesn’t get much better than than from an integrators standpoint. Check out some of their installations on their Facebook page.
Sonos Delivers on Functionality
While simplicity is key, Sonos also has an enormous amount of functionality as well. You can set up any of their speaker products as a zone unto itself, part of a stereo pair, or part of a surround sound system. The addition of the Soundbar and Sub have given integrators an easy product with which to go with in situations where retrofitting wires would be impossible or at least not cost effective.
The sheer number of music services available also make the Sonos music system very formidable. Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, and Pandora are just a few of the services that are native to the Sonos system.
Far and away the best thing about this music system is the control. The engineers as Sonos have created an interface that is simplicity itself. The controls are so intuitive that it takes most users less than half an hour to learn how to control everything about their system they could possibly want to control. From creating playlists, adding music channels, browsing through personal music libraries, or listening to your favorite online music stations, the entire world of music is literally at your fingertips.
Most systems of this nature requires some sort of home automation controller to give the same level of feedback. But everything you need is contained within their app.
While many other manufacturers have attempted to capture this market, none have been able to deliver the same end product that Sonos has put out there. The company expects revenues to hit $500 million in 2015. That is an impressive number given the short life of this company.