Review Sonos Zone Player 90
Looking to upgrade my home audio setup, I picked up some ZP90s along with a Logitech Squeezebox boom and duet, figuring I’d play around with them and then sell what I didn’t like.
Overall, I did feel the Sonos Zone Player 90 setup offered the best usability. The setup was a simple, the software very use-friendly and easy to locate what you want and play it on the appropriate player(s). Another great feature was the iPhone application, which lets me use my phone as the remote and eliminates the need for the costly and bulky controller. Rhapsody, Pandora, and Last.fm are the 3 major music services offered, and all work extremely well. There’s also the bonus of listening to home town radio stations without the static, although I was disappointed to find you could only configure it for one location at a time (listening to KEXP in Seattle would have been fantastic).
However, there were two shortcomings when compared to the Squeezebox. The first is the requirement that at least one of the Sonos players be hard-wired in to the network. This wasn’t a problem for me since the Sonos is just 20 feet away from my router, however I’m sure there are users out there that won’t be as fortunate. The Squeezebox was completely wireless and could go anywhere in the house, so it has a clear advantage there. The Second was not having support for the Slacker music service. I slightly prefer this service over Pandora, and find myself turning on the Squeezebox a lot more due to that reason.
All in All, If you have the money and want something easy to use, and are OK with having at least one Sonos device hard-wired to the network, then this is for you. But if you love Slacker, need something 100% Wireless, or just don’t quite have the budget, go with the Squeezebox.
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