SONOS CONNECT:AMP Wireless Streaming Music System with Amplifier for Speakers (ZonePlayer120)

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SONOS CONNECT:AMP Wireless Streaming Music System with Amplifier for Speakers (ZonePlayer120)

SONOS CONNECT:AMP Wireless Streaming Music System with Amplifier for Speakers (ZonePlayer120)

  • Built-in 55W per channel digital amplifier powers any speakers
  • Unlimited music, wirelessly play iTunes, free Internet radio, Pandora, Napster and more
  • Wireless control with free apps for Android, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
  • Simple setup and wireless expandability to play different songs in different rooms
  • Requires speakers, high-speed Internet connection and wireless router

The Sonos ZonePlayer 120 is amplified, wireless, compact, and convenient. With its state-of-the-art digital amplifier, the ZP120 works anywhere you’ve ever dreamed of having music — the bedroom, the bathroom or even the backyard. All you have to do is plug it in, connect your choice of speakers and you’ve got a room filled with music. And with the ZP120’s superior wireless range, music lovers really can play all the music they love, all over the house. The design of the ZP120 is both compact and cool so you can feel free to hide it away or leave it out for all to see. And every ZP120 includes a Sonos Desktop Controller for the ultimate in control and convenience.

List Price: $ 499.00

Price: $ 468.00

Originally posted 2015-07-11 22:10:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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3 thoughts on “SONOS CONNECT:AMP Wireless Streaming Music System with Amplifier for Speakers (ZonePlayer120)

  1. 143 of 151 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Bold New Way to Listen to Music, July 13, 2010
    By 
    Matthew Schenker (Western Massachusetts) –
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    This review is from: SONOS CONNECT:AMP Wireless Streaming Music System with Amplifier for Speakers (ZonePlayer120) (Electronics)

    A few months ago, I decided to upgrade my music system. I began looking at CD “jukeboxes” that could load my entire collection. Along the way, I discovered the world of wireless music systems, and began researching them. Sonos seemed to be well-received, so I finally made the decision to purchase a ZoneBridge and a ZonePlayer 120. This setup has fulfilled every expectation I had for a new music system, and more. It’s an easy and pleasant way to listen to music you already own, and to discover new music.

    Below is my review of all the main benefits I see to this amazing system.

    1. System Setup
    Sonos offers many hardware options, but they all have a few things in common. A Sonos ZoneBridge connects to your computer – it “indexes” music on your hard drive and connects to the Internet for music services (more on that later), then it beams all this to a ZonePlayer, which is hooked up to speakers somewhere else in your home. It creates a wireless network dedicated just to music and does not interfere with other wireless devices. You can add more ZonePlayers, and they all pick up the same wireless signal and allow you to listen to your collection in multiple locations throughout your home.

    The ZonePlayer 120 has standard jacks for directly connecting speakers. You can also hook up an ethernet cable, if you want to stream music through a wire instead of using the wireless signal. Finally, the ZonePlayer 120 allows you to connect an analog device using standard RCA cables. For my setup, I just hooked up two speakers.

    To get ready for this system, you must rip all your physical CDs into a music library. This is the most time-consuming part of the process. But there is nothing unusual here. You can use iTunes to rip CDs into your library, just as you normally would. To get the best sound quality from the Sonos system, you should rip everything using “Apple lossless” format (instead of MP3). This is really easy to do in iTunes. Lossless is not required (you can use MP3s if you want) , but it’s better because you’ll get CD-quality sound.

    After you rip all your CDs into an iTunes library, you run the Sonos “Desktop Controller,” which comes free with Sonos systems. This is one of the easiest and most intuitive software applications I’ve ever used. Just tell it to set up your music library. It finds your iTunes collection and “indexes” it in the Sonos system. Depending on the size of your collection, this may take a little while. With my collection of about 400 CDs, indexing takes about three minutes.

    After that, there is an automated process where the software “locates” your ZoneBridge and ZonePlayer. On your computer screen, it literally shows a picture of the devices with arrows pointing at the buttons you need to press. In less than five minutes (seriously) the Sonos Desktop Controller can have the whole system done and ready to go.

    Other than that, you just decide whether you want to use one of Sonos’ remote controllers, or get the free Sonos app which runs on the iPhone or iPod Touch. I use the free app, and it it works great: I turn on the iPod Touch, click the “Sonos” icon, then scan my entire music collection and play anything, within a few seconds.

    2. The Listening Experience
    Of course, easy set up does not matter if the system doesn’t sound good. Well, Sonos sounds great. The music that plays through the ZonePlayer is CD quality (remember to rip in Apple lossless format). It’s as simple as that.

    There is about a three-second wait time when you first click on the icon on your controller, as the Sonos systems starts up. But after that, you can run through your collection without delay. I like how my music collection is suddenly organized alphabetically by artist, album, or track names. If you’re like me and have a large collection, this indexing of your music is itself a great improvement over looking through hundreds of CDs for the one you want! Of course, the accuracy of your index relies on the album and artist data you provide when ripping your CDs into your iTunes library.

    Once the music starts to play, it just works. I’ve never had interruptions due to wireless connection problems. While the music plays, you see album artwork on your controller, plus the standard play/pause/forward/rewind functions we’re all accustomed to. You can also create playlists.

    3. Music Discovery
    Of course, having your entire music collection easily accessible is great. But the Sonos system goes much further. I was pleasantly surprised after I started using my Sonos system to see some excellent music discovery options I had not known about before.

    Through the Sonos system, you can access Pandora (the free Internet radio service) and play it through your stereo speakers.

    You can also access radio stations from around the world and play them…

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  2. 35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    SONOS is simply Amazing!, January 16, 2011
    By 
    Alan Beaton (Houston, TX United States) –

    This review is from: SONOS CONNECT:AMP Wireless Streaming Music System with Amplifier for Speakers (ZonePlayer120) (Electronics)

    When we built our house, we installed speakers throughout (~45 speakers counting indoors and outdoors), but (long story short) we never setup a sound system. So, we’ve had these speakers in the ceiling with nothing coming through them. I’ve wanted to setup whole house audio for a long time, but wasn’t sure what to use. I’m the type that researches and researches before I buy, and I’ve been researching this for a couple years, but I couldn’t get comfortable with a solution. I’ve looked at SONOS a couple times, but just wasn’t sure. I finally pulled the trigger and bought SONOS. To give you some background on my house, it’s a 2-story with about 5,000 SF of conditioned space. I have a central closet with all my phone, TV, network/Internet and other communications wiring. I’ve heard so many concerns about setting up SONOS with a central closet such as mine, but it’s really worked out great. I initially thought about trying to minimize the number of SONOS ZP120 units (to save money) by utilizing other amplifiers and volume controllers and I’m so glad I didn’t do that. It was a little more expensive to have SONOS everything, because it resulted in more SONOS zones (i.e., more SONOS ZP120s), but I have no regrets. It’s really just amazing how easy this is to use, how much music you have access to, and how well everything works together.

    We setup 12 zones. 11 of the zones are ZP120 and one zone is an S5. The 11 ZP120s are in the central closet. The S5 is in the study and I also put a ZP90 wireless bridge upstairs near an outside wall to extend the wireless signal (to the upstairs and the outdoors). I have 5 CR200 controllers (we keep one in the kitchen area, the bedroom, the study, and each of my kids has one that they keep in their bedrooms (both kids are under 10 yrs old and they have no trouble using SONOS)). Each of their bedrooms is a separate zone so they can control their own music.

    SONOS changed our lives. My wife thought I was crazy installing SONOS, but she’s told me on several occasions that she really likes SONOS and loves having music in the house. My kids are also enjoying it. The TV now spends more time ‘off’ and the SONOS replaces it with music. How many times do you have the TV on in your house for ‘background noise’? Yep, that’s what we used to do. We now listen to music in the morning, afternoon, during dinner, etc. It’s great. We primarily use SONOS to stream Pandora (Pandora Basic comes built into SONOS). I was introduced to Pandora through SONOS and it’s just great. Everyone in the family has separate Pandora ‘lists’ so we can each listen to our own music.

    The reason I like SONOS so much: (1) the time from arrival to setup is very short (it’s super easy to setup), (2) it’s easy to use and is very functional (my young kids use it), the linking and separating of zones is simple and you can transfer your music from one zone to another (by going into Zone Group for the zone that’s currently playing the music you want to transfer, selecting the zone your going to (e.g., Kitchen) and de-selecting the zone you’re in (e.g., Study)), (3) the sleep and alarm clock features (you can fall asleep to music and wake to music or a SONOS chime) (4) the touchscreen controller is great, (5) the SONOS wireless network works very well, and it’s easy to extend the network with a ZP90 wireless bridge if you need additional coverage, (6) the access to music is easy (Pandora, music stored on your hard drive, local radio, etc.), (7) SONOS’ ability to modify the administrative settings on your PC or firewall on the fly to make everything work (it prompts you for permission before doing this), (8) it’s easy to add additional SONOS components and you can rename them to what you want (e.g., I renamed the standard SONOS ‘Bedroom’ to include my kids names), (9) the ‘crossfade’ option so you can have the next song start just before the prior song finishes to create continuous music (not sure if this only works in Pandora, but you can disable this feature if you don’t like it).

    I simply can’t say enough about this product. It has surpassed my expectations. We’ve gone from a house with 45 speakers doing nothing, to a house brimming with music and a family (including young kids) enjoying music.

    If there are two things I wish were different they are: I wish it were less expensive (but I honestly I wish everything were less expensive – SONOS is a good value for what you get), and I wish the contoller batteries lasted longer when out of the cradle (but I’m guessing it takes a lot of battery power to drive the color touchscreen on the controller). These are very minor nits. I love it!

    I tend to be critical of products and their lack of features. SONOS is great! I bought all my SONOS on Amazon and found the prices to be as good or better than anyplace else.

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  3. 34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    iPod Touch and Sonos – No computer needed….., December 7, 2008
    By 
    Liondog “Random Reviewer” (Ann Arbor. MI) –

    This review is from: SONOS CONNECT:AMP Wireless Streaming Music System with Amplifier for Speakers (ZonePlayer120) (Electronics)

    Recently Sonos announced a FREE iPod Touch/iPhone application which allows your iPod Touch or iPhone to become a Zone Controller for the Sonos system. I’ve been looking at the Sonos system for a while and the ability to now use an iPod Touch as a Zone Controller was what did it for me. You now no longer need to spend $399 on a Zone Controller to be able to control your music wirelessly.

    Overall the system was simple to set up and performed flawlessly. I give it 5 stars and won’t elaborate further as this sort of thing is covered in many online reviews. What I will cover in a little more detail is the use of the iPod Touch as a controller.

    I purchased a ZoneBridge to plug directly into my router and one ZonePlayer 120 to receive music wirelessly in my family room. I used an existing set of Bose bookshelf speakers. I downloaded the Sonos application to my 2G iPod Touch.

    Here’s the brilliance of the system…you don’t actually need a PC/desktop/laptop computer on to listen to music. A PC is needed to initially set up and configure the system. And if you are using an iPod Touch /iPhone as a controller, there are some obscure set up /adjustment features that are only available from the PC (or a Zone Controller). However for day to day use, the iPod Touch is all you need – your PC is not needed – ASSUMING you set it up right.

    In order not to need a PC to use the system, you need to have your music library saved in a shared folder on a Network Attached Storage device hooked up to your wireless network. I use a Buffalo LinkStation NAS. It works beautifully. I can access my complete music library using my iPod Touch and stream music from my NAS. Wonderful.

    Note: Even though the Sonos Application is running on the iPod Touch, it does NOT use your iPod Touch as a source/input for the music. Music comes from the music library on your NAS.

    A PC is also not needed to listen to Internet Radio. I listen to Pandora. Once you point your Sonos system to your Pandora account (or other internet radio or even Sirius subscription), everything can be controlled from you iPod Touch without the need for a PC.

    By allowing consumers to use an iPod Touch / iPhone as a Zone Controller using a FREE application, Sonos has really made a huge step forward. I look forward to buying a few more Zone Players to distribute music to other rooms in my house.

    Hey Sonos….how about a wireless boombox I can carry out to my deck?

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