What's happening in the world of music and digital media? What are you listening to this week? #NowPlaying
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Spotify Connect, serious competition
Spotify today announced Spotify Connect, which will be a series of hardware from well-known hardware to seamlessly integrate spotify onto devices where the control is from the regular Spotify application on your phone or similar. Streaming is still done directly through internet, so the phone isn't in charge of it, just controls it. I really do hope that Sonos will follow this approach as well, I believe there are a lot more like me that primarily uses Sonos for Spotify, and being able to use the same app as always would be awesome. Seems like there is already a feature request over at ask.sonos.com [url]https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/support_spotify_connect_to_allow_users_to_use_the_spotify_app_as_the_controller[/url]
Best Songs for SUB and Stereo Imaging?
[b]Hi Everyone![/b] I have [b]SUB[/b] configured with two [b]PLAY:1[/b]'s in a stereo pair and was wondering what everyones favourite songs are that you think really brings out the best of [b]SUB[/b] and the wonderful stereo imaging that the [b]PLAY:1[/b]'s provide! I'd be keen to hear any kind of music and really want to bring out the most of my system with a wide variety of tracks! [b]Thanks in advanced![/b]
Recommended music - other than classical and pop
I am not sure there is a thread on what Sonos is truly about - the music, so this might be an interesting thread. I have left out classical because that deserves a thread of its own and modern pop because it all sounds the same to me. I have Phil Keaggy strumming Solitude from his Acoustic Sketches album right now in the bedroom on a play 1 pair and sounding very good indeed. Recently heard and equally good music and mastering: 1. Michel Petrucciani and NHOP 2. Beyond the Missouri Sky - Metheny and Haden 3. Chiaroscuro - Fresu and Towner 4. Jan Johannsen - Jazz pa Svenska 5. The Astounding Eyes of Rita - Anouar Brahem 6. Last Dance/Jasmine - Jarrett and Haden 7. Saturday Morning - Ahmad Jamal 8. Melos - Paolo Fresu All but the last are ITunes 256kbps purchases, the last a lossless CD rip. Very little lost in translation for the lossy thing and Sonos convenience. Any recommendations on similar music that uses the silence between the notes effectively?
When will there be support for Apple HomeKit ?
I've just watched the Apple WWDC and I'm wondering why I should stay with Sonos, now that apple have brought announced its own spa Ian awaness speaker. I think in light of this announcement it would be wise for sonos to implement HomeKit, if it does not want to loose customers like me.
List of Onkyo receivers that work with Sonos
Onkyo said theywould release their list of onkyo and pioneer receivers that work with sonos and they did. https://ce-pro.eu/news/home-cinema/audio-av/pioneer-onkyo-products-now-work-with-sonos-speakers/ I haven't looked at these to see the price range or features. For those that must have atmos and Sonos whole home audio, this might be your solution.
Sonos and Google Home
Love the Sonos gear and ease of use. It just works, and that's all anyone could ask for - almost. :-D Here is a feature request - I'm asking for Google Home and Sonos be integrated to work together. I'll not be using Alexa, so that won't help. Google tech covers much ground and is quite a bit ahead of Amazon - IMHO.
15 year anniversary, 15% discount
Sonos are celebrating their 15th anniversary with a 15% discount on all new products. The promotion begins today and ends on 15th September. The email I received this morning suggests the offer is valid for both online purchases and those made through authorised Sonos retailers.
Sonos wireless headphones (or earbuds)
This is a question for the Sonos owners and designers. Excellent concept, the products are splendid, but why are there no options for Sonos wireless headphones? There must be millions of customers waiting for this product. Listeners who want to be mobile around the house, office or workshop without having all the speakers on in all the rooms. Listeners in a quiet space, or in bed. The hard of hearing - sometimes we need the telly on louder than the everyone else or do not want to annoy the neighbours. Come on Sonos, what's the holdup :D Please let us all know if we can look forward to wireless Sonos Headphones. Kindest regards, Kevin.
Some clarification in Airplay 2 support please
We have a new Playbase, several Gen 1 Sonos Play:1's, a couple of Play:3's and a couple of Play:5's (Not the newest ones, bought a few years ago). Sonos have announced support for Airplay 2 on the Playbase and Sonos 1s and Play 5s. I'd like to know if we will be able to play music through ALL of our speakers using the Playbase as an entrypoint for Airplay 2, or if it is limited to just the Playbase itself. Also, I'm unclear on whether the Play 5's we have will natively support Airplay 2. Thanks
Review of Calm Radio
I am returning to Spotify. Calm radio performance is not as claimed for me. My TV has better sound quality. Also, Calm radio customer service person who introduced himself in an email as President, blamed the failure on Sonos. Of course we Sonos customers know that Sonos is the best customer service in the market and solves problems almost instantly. I cannot access the Calm product. Atmospherics are unavailable. Customer service is a joke. They provide articles only. No phone is available for customer service that I could find. Then the President gave out my user name and password to a third party. And the list goes on to include the President emailing me telling me that if I post my experience with Calm radio that Calm radio will come after me with its legal team. I assume that his statement indicates that he operates in a totalitarian state. I canceled Calm radio. And as of this moment, I cannot access Calm radio even though Calm radio took my money for one month. Yet, Calm radio sa
UK Price Rises
I was very disappointed to be informed of the Sonos price rises in the UK. Although the dollar rate is blamed it doesn't account for why the products are much cheaper in some countries? £100 rise on the Sub and Playbar is just too much. I am very lucky that my system is now pretty complete but think UK sales will suffer
Homepod - let's get this started...
Searched and nothing on Apple Homepod yet so I'll start this inevitable discussion. I see the Homepod announcement as an opportunity for Sonos rather than an end. Now that they know what the Apple play in this area is, Sonos has little choice but to move more aggressively in a direction that may be better for most of it's present and future customers. That direction, in my opinion, is one of greater openness, increased integration with Google Home, Amazon Echo and other "smart home" technologies and an overall increased pace of innovation. As someone who is quite heavily invested in Sonos, I look forward to watching this play out.
The Apple TV is finally getting Dolby Atmos support - Maybe now SONOS will make a stride for it.
Soon on June 6th we will know what is the current SONOS understanding on accepting other codecs. Apple TV has just announced that it will have DOLBY Atmos, since, SONOS said that one of the reasons for them not pursuing DTS + Other codecs was that they weren’t available via streaming and there wasn’t high demand for them. Maybe now that might change. Keeping my hopes up for the event on Wednesday. https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/6/4/17413250/apple-tv-update-tvos-dolby-atmos-support-spectrum-wwdc-2018 Apple announced some new features for its Apple TV set-top box during WWDC today. The company is bringing live sports and news to the TV app, along with full Dolby Atmos support coming to the Apple TV 4K. Apple TV 4K is now the first (and only) streaming device to support both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision. iTunes Movies will start offering Dolby Atmos this fall, and just like when Apple started offering 4K videos, any movies you already own will get updated to Atmo
Google Home Max vs Sonos 5
Google has announced their Home Max speaker. That thing looks like a direct copy of the PLAY:5. No one knows how it compares sound-wise. We'll see when it launches next year. My worry is: Google will take a huge chunk of music-centric customers to the Google eco-system and monopolizing yet another home product area. For those looking to switch, please share your opinion. It's a BATTLE for sure!
Hey Siri, ...
- Hey Siri, can I have a HomePod today? - Hey Siri, can I get a HomePod subwoofer? - Hey Siri, can I get a HomePod 5.1 system? - Hey Siri, does HomePod sound as good as a SONOS PLAY:5? - Hey Siri, do you have an Ethernet port? (Or do I need something from Apple Dongle Universe?) - Hey Siri, can I use Alexa, Google Home or Cortana? - Hey Siri, play a track from Spotify - Hey Siri, play a track from Deezer - Hey Siri, play a track from Tidal - Hey Siri, play a track from Amazon Music - Hey Siri, OK, play a track from anywhere other than Apple Music - Hey Siri, play a track from one of my local music collections - Hey Siri, can I plug in my turntable? - Hey Siri, can you create your own dedicated WiFi network? - Hey Siri, is there an Android controller app.? - Hey Siri, … [b]Siri says ‘No’.[/b] I love all my Apple gear, in which I have much more money invested than in Sonos. I’m sure HomePod will be very nice and will take sales away from Sonos and others. However, de
Sonos goes bankrupt! What then?
I'm looking at the possibility of setting up a Sonos surround system upstairs and downstairs as well as Play:5's for music in different areas of the house. This is a lot of money. My concern these days with technology is that it seems to have a shelf life of max 5 years and then it is considered throw away. You used to be able to buy a expensive set of speakers that would keep their quality sound for 20 years. To prove this, all you have to do is go to any high end stereo store that sells old high end systems. Amazing sound! I'm in the financial industry and I've learned over the years that even the good companies don't always last. Their products though should still be usable. What I would like to know, if Sonos, for whatever reason, goes bankrupt. What is the implication for my system? I know that there would no longer be any updates for the software, but would the system still function as it did at the moment that Sonos no longer existed? I tried searching this on the
Bose Discontinuing Soundtouch
Was in BB the other day, checked the Bozo display. Noticed it had been completely updated, yet again. After three... three!!! generations of their miserable Soundtouch multi room system, they’re finally throwing in the towel. It must have been a very expensive mistake. The death is confirmed over on their forum. https://community.bose.com/t5/SoundTouch-Speakers/Deezer-HIF-on-Bose-amp-Bose-is-stopping-soundtouch/m-p/151902#M69961 :D
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