As a freelancer, I spend a lot of my time listening to music at home throughout the day. Over time I have enjoyed music through a range of speakers – all of which generally offer similar features and experiences, however, one speaker system which felt unique from the rest to me is Sonos.
Here I want to highlight my own experience with the Sonos speaker system, and explain how the way I could interact with my music provided an experience like no other I have tried before.
It is not so much about the sound – that is certainly no issue for a lot of high-end speakers, particularly from Sonos. The quality of the sound is incredible – they are loud, the bass packs a punch, and music never sounded so good before – even from the smallest PLAY:1 Sonos speaker.
To me, the experience came down to how I was able to control, listen, and enjoy my music, due to the ability to wirelessly control my music with the Sonos speakers around my home in ways I have not been able to do before. This starts with one central place – the Sonos app on my iPhone, which allowed me to choose what I wanted to listen to from a range of services be it my own music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora Radio, and more.
Every morning I like to start the day with music while making breakfast. Not only could I simply choose a playlist on Apple Music, but I was able to choose to have the music play from the Sonos PLAY:5 speaker located in my dining room, or if I wanted to also from the PLAY:1 speaker in the bedroom simultaneously. This meant as I moved around my home I listen to the song without any lag.Later in the afternoon I often like to turn on a ‘chill’ music station and choose to have it play from the smaller Sonos PLAY:1 speaker in my bedroom rather than the entire house. If someone else in the house wanted to play something else from the speaker in the dining room separately they could. The interaction between speakers felt quite personal and is not something I have witnessed with other products in the past – sure, other speakers are also wireless, but not in the same way where I had an entire, seamless and wireless home music system at my fingertips.
The music is also uninterrupted from calls and other notifications – if you have ever been to a party and heard the music stop because someone’s phone was ringing – you can say goodbye to that with Sonos. When my iPhone rang the call would come through the iPhone and music continued in the background.
Sonos speakers are available at most major stores including Apple where you can purchase the PLAY:1 or PLAY:5 with free delivery or pickup (in selected countries) and is covered with Apple’s 14-day return policy. You can purchase Sonos from Apple online Australia starting from A$249.95 and Apple online US from $169.95.