Some have been asking for another hardware based dedicated Sonos Controller; although Sonos appears not inclined to re-introduce such a device. As it would happen I was watching a YouTube video by Peter Pee wherein he reviewed two products by IKEA. They are the:
- TRADFRI Hub which is a wireless hub that connects to your home Wi-Fi and acts much in the same manner as a Philips Hue Bridge for smart lights
- SYMFONISK Music Controller that pairs with the TRADFRI Hub and works with Sonos for play/pause/forward/back/volume control for Sonos speaker(s).
The two devices are sold separately or as a bundle. The bundled cost is $51.98 USD. Selling the TRADFRI Hub separately makes sense as it can be paired with other IKEA controllers with different use.
There is an app for iOS or Android devices used for setup of the TRADFRI Hub and pairing of the SYMFONISK Controller. All setup components come with the TRADFRI Hub which includes Ethernet cable, USB-A to USB micro cable for power transmission and a 2 prong USB-A power wart. The SYMFONISK Music Controller comes in two pieces _base and controller. The base can be mounted to a surface either with screws or supplied adhesive. The controller attaches to the base via magnet.
Needless to say I purchased the bundle to try out with my Sonos. IMO you should have a special use for the gadgets. In my scenario I have a set of tower speakers connected to a Sonos Amp in a den area off my kitchen. It is an open concept but the kitchen is 4 feet above the den area.
I like to have music when I’m cooking. Often times I find that I may have left my iPhone in another room. So it’s either go get the phone or walk down the steps to adjust the volume (or other functions). Granted I can ask Alexa to lower/raise the volume but the adjustments aren’t as precise as I would like.
Upon setting up the TRADFRI Hub and SYMFONISK Music Controller I was able to precisely adjust the volume, pause or move forward/backward between tracks. There is a slight delay between commands which can throw off the volume adjustment as too high or low. However, after a bit of practice I got the hang of it and now I’m a precision adjustment guru
IMO the TRADFRI Hub and SYMFONISK Music Controller are worth considering if you think you have a legitimate use scenario. Here are links you may find useful (please excuse any advertisements that may appear)
Edit: I find this setup for music adjustments more convenient than a Harmony Universal remote (for example) as no-line of sight is required for the Amp. Needles to say it’s less expensive!