New Zoneplayers Announced

  • 5 August 2008
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They aren't showing up on the Products page yet, but just came across this:

http://www.electronichouse.com/article/sonos_intros_new_zoneplayers_999_multiroom_music_bundle/

Sorry if someone else has already posted this and I missed it.

I'm not sure what the details of SonosNet 2.0 are and what this means for those of us with current ZP's.

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http://stuff.tv/Review/Sonos-BU150/

Here is more on the new Zp's. Please note that in the thread about dropping sonos controller for Iphone I accurately predicted the release date of Aug 5.

Sorry other future predictions like this will cost you;)
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I'm not sure what the details of SonosNet 2.0 are and what this means for those of us with current ZP's.

SonosNet 2.0 is fully compatible with your existing kit and any ZP100, ZP80 or ZoneBridge will work exactly how it did before.

If you choose to purchase a BU150 bundle, however, you will benefit from wireless range approximately double what is available now.
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Engadget reports that Sonos with SonosNet 2.0 will "give new AND existing users $200 in free music from sites like eMusic and Livedownloads" http://www.engadget.com/2008/08/05/sonos-gets-official-on-zp120-and-zp90-but-no-new-controller/1#c13530961. While this is fantastic I wonder if this time European customers will benefit, or if we as always (always!) get a bad deal from Sonos? (If you wonder I am referring to the 60% higher price tag for less functionality).
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Tom's Guide reviews the new kit:

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Sonos-wireless-music,review-1120.html
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Engadget reports that Sonos with SonosNet 2.0 will "give new AND existing users $200 in free music from sites like eMusic and Livedownloads" http://www.engadget.com/2008/08/05/sonos-gets-official-on-zp120-and-zp90-but-no-new-controller/1#c13530961. While this is fantastic I wonder if this time European customers will benefit, or if we as always (always!) get a bad deal from Sonos? (If you wonder I am referring to the 60% higher price tag for less functionality).

The alleged price differential is a rather tedious topic that has been covered many times. At an exchange rate of $1.8=£1 is has been shown that the fully landed price of Sonos is almost the same in both the US and the UK. This includes legally declaring the import, paying all applicable taxes and duties in both counties, shipping and VAT.

Only because the US dollar is so weak right now does the price differential seem so much. It's also fair to say that shipping costs have increased significantly since the last time I did the calculations too.

The UK price includes a UK warranty, which you wouldn't get on any grey import.

The good news, however, is that European Sonos customer DO benefit from this free music deal and in the UK will be getting £100 of free downloads.
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I too am tired of the price-difference topic, but my view is still that the relative price of 1 EUR = 1 USD is way off most other consumer electronics companies. Apple uses 0,91 EUR = 1 USD and Sony uses 0,80 Eur = 1 USD, both according to the current pricing on their official online stores in the US vs EU.

However, it's great that EU customers will benefit from the free music deal! Does this apply only to the UK, or do mainland Europe get it as well? Living in Sweden, a free UK deal does not do much for me.
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150 EUR of free downloads in continental Europe.
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Does anyone know whether the current stock of ZP100/80s will be sold off cheaply? I'm fully wired so the wireless enhancements aren't of use to me.

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http://www.simplysonos.co.uk/ are selling off the old ZPs.
They are based in the UK, I have no idea if they ship worldwide.
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Does anyone know whether the current stock of ZP100/80s will be sold off cheaply? I'm fully wired so the wireless enhancements aren't of use to me.

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Funny you should say that. I've just spoken to Simply Sonos in UK, who are kindly letting me test comparitive power consumption of the new kit for my website - results will be published later today.

Whilst on the phone, they mentioned that they're reducing all the old kit whilst stocks last. They've just updated their website to show the new sale pricing.

http://www.simplysonos.co.uk/acatalog/Exclusive_Runout_Offers.html
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Thanks guys, might get in an order so.

I'm over in that part of the UK in two weeks, it's like fate......

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http://www.simplysonos.co.uk/ are selling off the old ZPs.
They are based in the UK, I have no idea if they ship worldwide.


They do, but shipping costs vary. It's best to call for a quote.
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150 EUR of free downloads in continental Europe.

That's great!!! Europe is getting on the map again! But I can't fail to note the difference in exchange rate with $200 worth of music translates to Eur 150 of music, while the products are priced $1 = Eur 1 😉

Anyho, I think it's very nice that Sonos this time includes us in Europe! Goody 😃
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There's no shipping. import duty or warranty on downloads. A straight currency conversion is pretty fair.

You'll notice today's update was free too 🙂
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Where is the press release about the products and the software update, I can't find it on the site?
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Where is the press release about the products and the software update, I can't find it on the site?

SONOS GIVES MUSIC LOVERS A STATE OF THE ART
MULTI-ROOM MUSIC EXPERIENCE
New Sonos Bundle 150 Brings Music to Every Room
HILVERSUM, THE NETHERLANDS – August 5, 2008 – Sonos®️ Europe BV, a subsidiary of Sonos, Inc., the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, today introduced a new state-of-the-art multi-room music system. Now music lovers can play all of their favourite music in every room—from the bedroom to the back garden—without breaking through walls or rewiring the house. With Sonos ZonePlayers spread throughout the house, music fans can play the same song in different rooms, or different songs in different rooms. And with the wireless Sonos Controller in hand, choosing what to play and where to play it couldn’t be easier. Simply pick a room, pick a song and hit play. The Controller provides instant access to millions of songs and radio stations — including music files stored on a computer, free Internet radio stations, and the most popular online music services.
The new Sonos Bundle 150 (BU150) is the most convenient and cost effective way to experience the excitement of wireless multi-room music. The bundle includes two Sonos ZonePlayers (amplified and non-amplified) and a Sonos Controller so music lovers can get started playing music in two rooms of the house. Enjoying more rooms of music, more control or both, is as easy as adding ZonePlayers and Controllers. The new bundle retails for £699 and is available starting today at Sonos authorised retailers and at www.sonos.com.
In one convenient package, the BU150 includes:

A Sonos ZonePlayer 90* (ZP90) which can be connected to an existing stereo or home theatre receiver to instantly make it part of a multi-room music system.

A Sonos ZonePlayer 120* (ZP120) which has a powerful audiophile quality amplifier which can be connected to speakers and placed in any room; from the bedroom to the back garden.

A Sonos Controller 100 (CR100) which enables users to find and play the music they want from anywhere in the house all from the palm of their hand.
*See accompanying press release with details and specs of new ZP90 and ZP120
“The new Sonos products provide the best wireless range and a powerful digital amplifier so it’s easier than ever to get great sounding music to the most distant corners of the home," said John MacFarlane, Chief Executive Officer, Sonos, Inc. “Innovations like these reinforce our position as the leader in wireless multi-room music and our commitment to bring the joy of music to every room of the house.”
The BU150 is the most cost effective way to start a multi-room music system. The £699 pricing represents a discount of almost 20% off of the sum of the individual Sonos products. Sonos is also offering a Sonos Bundle 150 with Loudspeakers for customers who also want a pair of Sonos speakers to attach to their ZP120. The BU150 with Loudspeakers will retail for £830.
In conjunction with today’s BU150 announcement, Sonos also introduced Sonos Software 2.6 to all Sonos customers. The new feature update includes more than £100 in DRM-free music offers, support for music collections with up to 65,000 tracks, and more. See accompanying press release.
Sonos is the first wireless, multi-room music system that lets you play all the music you want all over your house — and control it all from the palm of your hand. To learn more about Sonos, to place an order or to locate an authorized Sonos dealer, please visit www.sonos.com.
About Sonos, Inc.
Sonos®️ is the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home. The Sonos Multi-Room Music System is the first, wireless multi-room music system that lets you play all the music you want all over your house – and control it all from the palm of your hand. By partnering with audio services like Audible.com®️, eMusic®️, Napster®️, and more, Sonos gives music lovers instant access to millions of songs, radio stations and audiobooks. In addition, Sonos liberates the music stored on a computer so it can be enjoyed all over the house and comes loaded with hundreds of free Internet radio stations. The award-winning Sonos Multi-Room Music System is available at more than 3000 retailers in over 55 countries worldwide; or direct from Sonos at www.sonos.com. Sonos is a privately-held company, headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA with offices in Cambridge, MA, Hilversum, Netherlands and Penang, Malaysia. To find out more about the company or the Sonos Multi-Room Music System, please visit: pr.sonos.com.
(c) 2004-2008 by Sonos Inc. All rights reserved. Sonos is a registered trademark of Sonos, Inc. in the United States, Canada and Australia, and a trademark of Sonos, Inc. in other countries. Sonosnet, ZonePlayer, ZoneBridge and all Sonos logos are trademarks of Sonos Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other products and services may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.
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NEW SOFTWARE FROM SONOS GIVES CUSTOMERS EVEN MORE MUSIC TO ENJOY
Feature Update Includes More Than £100 in DRM-Free Music from Classical.com, eMusic and LiveDownloads.com
HILVERSUM, THE NETHERLANDS – August 5, 2008 – Sonos®️ Europe BV, a subsidiary of Sonos, Inc., the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, today released Sonos System Software 2.6. Sonos 2.6 gives Sonos customers access to free music downloads valued at more than £100, when they register their new or upgrade their existing Sonos Multi-Room Music System. The free one-button software update is available to all Sonos customers and is available now for download.
The Sonos Multi-Room Music System is unique among consumer electronics products because it keeps getting better over time. Sonos’ software updates provide new and existing customers with new features, free trials to music services, free downloads to expand their digital music library, and more.
After customers register or upgrade their system with Sonos 2.6, they will receive more than £100 worth of DRM-free music offers from world-class music partners Classical.com™️, eMusic®️ and LiveDownloads.com. These offers provide customers with an extensive choice of albums, tracks and concerts. Here is a snapshot of what every registered Sonos customer will receive:

3 DRM-free albums (1 classical, 1 jazz and 1 world) from Classical.com. Classical.com is a digital music service with a library dedicated to the latest and greatest classical, jazz, & blues and world music. Browse by composer, genre or country and explore new music with the Classical.com playlists.

50 DRM-free music downloads and 1 free audio book from eMusic. eMusic is the world’s largest retailer of independent music, offering more than 3.5 million tracks from thousands of the world’s top independent labels spanning every genre of music.

10 full, DRM-free concerts (MP3) from LiveDownloads.com. LiveDownloads is the ultimate download source for live concert recordings. Download last night’s show from hundreds of artists and browse the catalog of more than 100,000 exclusive live tracks.
“We want to connect our customers with the music they love, so they can enjoy it all over the house," said Phil Abram, President & COO, Sonos, Inc. “By providing free feature updates, their experience continues to get better even after they buy Sonos. Today that means helping our customers build their local music collection with offers from world-class music partners."
Other new features of Sonos System Software 2.6 include:

Support for SonosNet™️ 2.0 and MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) wireless technology

Support for larger music collections with up to 65,000 tracks stored on a local music collection stored on a PC, Mac or Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices

Support for NasBasic firmware which allows more than 15 different brands of NAS devices to serve as a local music source

Support for Apple®️ Computer operating system Mac OS X Leopard
For more information about the features of Sonos Software 2.6, please visit: http://www.sonos.com/support/software_updates/.
In conjunction with today’s software update, Sonos also introduced the new Sonos Bundle 150 and new Sonos ZonePlayers 120 and 90. See accompanying press releases.
Sonos is the first wireless, multi-room music system that lets you play all the music you want all over your house — and control it all from the palm of your hand. To learn more about Sonos, to place an order or to locate an authorised Sonos dealer, please visit www.sonos.com or call 0808 234 6596.
About Sonos, Inc.
Sonos®️ is the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home. The Sonos Multi-Room Music System is the first, wireless multi-room music system that lets you play all the music you want all over your house – and control it all from the palm of your hand. By partnering with audio services like Audible.com®️, eMusic®️, Napster®️, and more, Sonos gives music lovers instant access to millions of songs, radio stations and audiobooks. In addition, Sonos liberates the music stored on a computer so it can be enjoyed all over the house and comes loaded with hundreds of free Internet radio stations. The award-winning Sonos Multi-Room Music System is available at more than 3000 retailers in over 55 countries worldwide; or direct from Sonos at www.sonos.com. Sonos is a privately-held company, headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA with offices in Cambridge, MA, Hilversum, Netherlands and Penang, Malaysia. To find out more about the company or the Sonos Multi-Room Music System, please visit: pr.sonos.com.
(c) 2004-2008 by Sonos Inc. All rights reserved. Sonos is a registered trademark of Sonos, Inc. in the United States, Canada and Australia, and a trademark of Sonos, Inc. in other countries. Sonosnet, ZonePlayer, ZoneBridge and all Sonos logos are trademarks of Sonos Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other products and services may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.
Evidently, the release is rolling out region by region. At this writing, in the US, we can't see the press release.

Past experience suggests that everyone will receive an email. Since only the spammers can blast a million emails in a blink, the SONOS emails will deploy over the hours. We could speculate if the order is connected to number of zones, first purchase date, zipcode, IP address, or whatever.
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Evidently, the release is rolling out region by region. At this writing, in the US, we can't see the press release.

Past experience suggests that everyone will receive an email. Since only the spammers can blast a million emails in a blink, the SONOS emails will deploy over the hours. We could speculate if the order is connected to number of zones, first purchase date, zipcode, IP address, or whatever.


The website hasn't been updated for any region yet, I understand it's due any time now.
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Oooooo, look at that, new website design just rolled out! Looks pretty! 🙂
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Oooooo, look at that, new website design just rolled out! Looks pretty! :)

I did say any time now 😉
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Nice new site.... (and nice new products, and nice new track limit!) 😃

Don't like the centre alignment of the forum names though! (IE7 on Vista)

Thanks SONOS!

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I see the UK is receiving a 300pound price break on the 130 bundle.

Anyone know of any plans for a discounted bundle in the US? Or is the UK site truly the only one allowed to sell the older model?
Excellent news about the new Zoneplayers.
All I'd like to see now is a new Controller.

I've had the Sonos players for a few years and have always felt the handheld offering was a "bit dated". Functionally it's still fine but the aesthetics are a bit "Heathkit" (remember them).
Sharp edges and still too thick and weighty. Surely battery technolgy has improved slightly over the last 4 years, to allow for a slimmer device ?

The overall footprint is ok I suppose, it's just the "feel" that needs improvement.
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there doesnt appear to be a ZoneBridge with SonosNet2.0 wireless. Or was/is it already 2.0 ?

Seems odd to do a product refresh and not update the zonebridge too.

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