Sonos' multiroom system dedicated to iPod touch and iPhone users, the son of the company's consolidated proprietary technology now open to total control by iPhone, will be available in early November. A speaker with 5 transducers and class D amplification the component of the Sonos S5 system which, by releasing itself from other dedicated devices, takes full advantage of the Apple hardware to build a multiroom system with surprising versatility.
From your iPhone or iPod touch with a normal Wireless connection, in fact, you can transmit the audio to the amplification system in your room or in the perimeter of your home by choosing in your music library but also by selecting the internet radio stations or music services available online. options are possible with other systems on the market by combining wireless transmission and software but where S5 excels, thanks to Sonos' consolidated experience in multiroom in the combination of multiple S5 systems: from the single Apple device it will be possible to make the music synchronously play in the various rooms adjusting the individual volumes but also assigning to each room a different song or Internet transmission with ample choice. If the memory of your iPhone is insufficient, you can always use the hard disk of a TimeCapsule (wireless access point with internal hard disk of Apple) as a reservoir of the music to be transmitted.
In this Sonos video suitably translated into Italian you can enjoy all the capabilities of the system in question.
The retail price for an S5 module will be 399 Euros.
Here are the complete features: Five speaker system: two tweeters, two 3 ″ midrange drivers and a 3.5 ″ woofer. Each product driver powered individually by a dedicated amplifier. Headphones: 3.5mm headphone auto-detection connection. The speakers built into the S5 disconnect when headphones are plugged in. Audio line-in: 3.5mm auto-detection audio line-in connection Supports MP3, iTunes Plus, WMA (including Windows Media downloads), AAC compressed music files (MPEG4), Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, Flac (lossless) and also uncompressed WAV and AIFF files. (Apple “Fairplay”, AAC Enhanced and WMA Lossless formats are not currently supported) Native 44.1kHz sampling rate support. Additional support for 48kHz, 32kHz, 24kHz, 22kHz, 16kHz, 11kHz and 8kHz sampling rates. Supports Deezer, Last.fm, Napster, Pandora, Rhapsody, SIRIUS Internet Radio services and allows you to download music from any service offering tracks DRM-free (service availability varies by region. Radio Internet Streaming MP3, WMAC supported covers: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF Playlists supported: iTunes, Rhapsody, WinAmp, Windows Media Player and MusicMatch (TM) (.m3u, .pls , .wpl)
The wireless connectivity ensured by SonosNet 2.0, a peer-to-peer wireless mesh network protected with AES encryption The 2-port switch (10/100 Mbps, auto MDI / MDIX) allows the connection of Ethernet devices via SonosNet: to connect to the world of Internet music, an S5 or ZoneBridge (TM) (sold separately) must be wired to the broadband router. Everything else works wirelessly.
The Sonos Controller iPhone application can be downloaded for free. For more information, see this page on the Sonos website.