Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Sonos Speaker

Of all the things I love about Zero Waste, my favorite has been reducing.  We've been clearing our home of everything we haven't used in over a year, and furniture and electronics we think we can do without.  In the past few months, we've donated thousands of dollars worth of stuff, and I can't for the life of me remember what any of it was.  In our effort to reduce, we've also been conscious about buying new things.  In donating so much, it really weighed on me how much money we could have saved had we not bought the vast majority of that stuff in the first place.

Aaron has wanted a sound system for such a long time.  When we moved into our first apartment in Chelsea, he went all out, buying Mirage speakers and a receiver and a subwoofer which all together he tells me now (like, just now) cost $800 (what?).  In a devine intervention, none of it worked, so it all got sent back.

Mirage Speakers

This time, Aaron was wooed by Sonos, a $250 speaker made by Sony that connects wirelessly to online music services like Pandora and Spotify.

I casually evaluated it and said it looked cool, and he immediately ordered it.  I would have preferred to think about it for another two years.

Sonos arrived and landed next to our marble lamp in the living room.

It blends, something I strive for in all home electronic purchases.  Aaron set it up.  It worked, which already gave it an edge over the previous $800 trial.

He set up all household computers and phones to be able to connect with it via the Sonos application, and we started using it all the time.  It's very much like having your speakers connected wirelessly to iTunes, except the services it connects to are more varied and better than iTunes, so we're thrilled.

This is a screenshot of the desktop application.

Aaron and I are both using it at the moment, and we're both adding songs to the queue, which is insane.

The iPhone and Android apps are just as easy to use.

We only have one speaker right now, zoned for "Living Room".  I'd love to get them for other rooms, but they're kind of big (our is the smallest), and expensive (ours is the least expensive), so...we're waiting on that.

In our new world of trying to own less, I'm really happy we decided to get Sonos.  We recently sold the T.V. in the living room, so music is the main entertainment, and it changes the room into a conversation area vs. a glowing rectangle area.  We've entertained a lot more since getting the speaker, and music, which was once a scramble of hooking up a computer to a speaker, is now blissfully easy.

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