Sonos, a company that creates high-end audio systems, sent me a Sonos Digital Music System to test drive over the next month. I can already tell you what I think of this system, but I won't spoil it until I write a thorough review later on. First off, the Sonos system is composed of several high-tech units. You can build your own system with whatever pieces your house might need. I received a ZonePlayer 80, ZonePlayer 100, Loudspeakers, a controller and charging cradle.
The ZonePlayers are wireless and ethernet enabled "base stations" that connect to speakers (the ZonePlayer 100 is larger and has a built-in amplifier, while the ZonePlayer 80 doesn't). The ZonePlayers create a wireless network between the controller which allows you to play Internet radio as well as music stored on your personal computer, on the ZonePlayers. You can control multiple ZonePlayers with a controller, allowing you to control the music being played throughout your entire house. Enough details for now, here are some pictures.
This entire setup runs well into the 1,000 USD range but I'll explain why it's worth it in the review. After setting it up for the first time today and cranking up the volume, I actually got a massive grin on my face. The Sonos system is incredible and the loudspeakers paired with the ZonePlayer 100 create astounding sound and bass for their relatively small size. As a testament to their quality, Ethan Kaplan, the Senior Director of Technology at Warner Bros. Records, owns a Sonos system of his own.