Gone are the days when your music or hi-fi system was restricted to one room and tethered by cables.
Listening to your entire music collection anywhere in your home used to involve overcoming some major logistical issues. You'd either need to move your system from room to room, put up with wires and cables trailing under doors and rugs and up the stairs, or you could spend a fortune on a custom-install system.
The rise of digital and computer-based music, a multitude of streaming music services and broadband in nearly every home changed that. The wireless revolution paved the way for a whole new realm of possibilities.
You can now stream your music from a range of devices - smartphone, laptop, NAS drive - to multiple speakers around the home using a wireless connection. There are plenty of manufacturers offering this multi-room experience, but US company Sonos continues to lead the way with its long-established and well-developed system.
Based in California, Sonos was founded in 2002 with one simple aim: to transform your home sound system for the digital age. Its products and software are designed to fill every room of your home with music, and the flexibility and functionality of its products has made the company a household name.
The Sonos wireless sound system works by connecting one single speaker to your home network, then adding more Sonos units (up to a maximum of 32, dotted around the house) into the mix using a dedicated secure wireless mesh network known as Sonosnet.
That network is integral to the way Sonos's multi-room speakers operate, as it sits at one remove from your home network. That means it's a stronger, more robust signal and isn't prone to dropouts when streaming music.
Sonos have a number of speakers including:
- Sonos One
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