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Sonos just announced smaller receivers and players. The ZP120 – with amp – is 43 percent smaller and the ZP50 – without amp – is a standard receiver. Both use MIMO for increased range and link quality. If you’re familiar with the current Sonos line-up you’ll be doubly impressed by the size of these little buggers.

The entire kit, along with the LCD-based remote, connects to PCs and Macs and can stream audio to multiple rooms or zones. The real draw of the Sonos system is the zone system which allows you to play different music in different rooms. For example, my living room could be the drum and bass room while the basement could be the chill out room. The bathroom could be full of whale-song.

Pricing is still unannounced for the U.S.

UPDATE – All of the releases appear below.

SONOS INTRODUCES THE SONOS ZONEPLAYER 120 AND SONOS ZONEPLAYER 90

Wireless Range and Amplifier Design Innovations Deliver State of the Art Multi-Room Music Experience

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – August 5, 2008 – Sonos®, Inc., the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, today introduced two new ZonePlayers to deliver a state-of-the-art multi-room music experience. With innovations in both wireless technology and amplifier design, the Sonos ZonePlayer 120 (ZP120) and the Sonos ZonePlayer 90 (ZP90) make Sonos the ideal system for music lovers who want to enjoy all the music they love, all over the house. The new ZonePlayers are available starting today at all Sonos authorized retailers and at http://www.sonos.com.

The two new Sonos ZonePlayers give music lovers the ability to add music to absolutely any room. Connect speakers to the amplified ZP120 and place in the bedroom or the backyard. The non-amplified ZP90 can be connected to a home theater or stereo, allowing customers to make use of the audio equipment they already own.

“Sonos’ mission is to fill every house—and every room—with music,” said Phil Abram, President & Chief Operating Officer, Sonos, Inc. ”These new products continue Sonos’ heritage of blending the latest technology, software and user experience to create an unmatched music experience in the home.”

The new ZonePlayers incorporate SonosNet™ 2.0, our latest wireless mesh network technology, which doubles the wireless range of the Sonos Multi-Room Music System. SonosNet 2.0 uses Sonos’ mesh network combined with state of the art MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) wireless technology which uses 3 antennas to send and receive music. SonosNet 2.0 helps assure the music gets to all the right rooms, near or far, at the right time – creating perfect synchronization of music without all the wires. The extended range works between any mix of ZP120s and ZP90s and is compatible with all previous generations of Sonos ZonePlayers, Controllers and ZoneBridges.

Sonos ZonePlayer 120

Advances in power supply design, digital amplifier engineering, industrial design, and mechanical engineering make this the smallest, lightest, most powerful amplified Sonos ZonePlayer ever. The incredibly efficient amplifier and power supply, combined with the fan-less design of the aluminum case, allows the ZP120 to operate silently. The ZP120 delivers 2×55 watts per channel RMS at 8 Ohms. With measurements of THD+N < 0.02%, 20Hz-20kHz, the ZP120 delivers powerful low distortion audiophile quality sound to every room of the house. The ZP120 can be connected to speakers and discreetly placed on a bookshelf, under furniture or beds, or hidden in cabinets with connections to in-wall speakers.

The ZP120 will retail for $499 individually. It is also included as part of the Sonos Bundle 150 (see accompanying press release) for $999.

Sonos ZonePlayer 120 Technical Specifications

· Class-D Amplifier: Great sounding amplifier that is lightweight, small and very energy efficient
· Output: 2x55W RMS (55W power into 8 ohms, TDN+N<0.02%)*
· Speaker connections: Spring binding posts
· Line In: Auto-detecting RCA allows any external audio source to be played by all ZonePlayers in the system
· Subwoofer out: Auto-detecting RCA, 80 Hz crossover
· Wireless connectivity: SonosNet™ 2.0, a secure AES encrypted, MIMO peer-to-peer wireless mesh network
· Network bridging: 2-port switch (10/100Mbps, auto MDI/MDIX) allows Ethernet devices to connect through SonosNet
· Power Supply: AC 120/240V, 50-60Hz, user-switchable
· Dimensions: W 7.3 inch x H 3.5 inch x D 8.15 inch (W 185mm x H 89mm x D 207mm)
· Weight: 5.1 lb (2.3 kg)
· Product finish: Anodized precision machined extrusion aluminum case. Aluminum casing also facilitates passive cooling.

*Both channels driven, minimum continuous average power, 22Hz-20KHZ-AES17 measurement bandwidth

Sonos ZonePlayer 90

The Sonos ZonePlayer 90 allows music lovers to play all the music they want, all over their house, on all of their favorite audio equipment—a home theater system, powered speakers, a premium table top radio such as a Bose Wave® Radio, and more. It is the easiest way to integrate existing audio equipment into a multi-room music system.

The ZP90 will retail for $349 individually. It is also included as part of the Sonos Bundle 150 (see accompanying press release) for $999.

Sonos ZonePlayer 90 Technical Specifications

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SONOS GIVES MUSIC LOVERS A STATE OF THE ART MULTI-ROOM MUSIC EXPERIENCE

New Sonos Bundle 150 Brings Music to Every Room

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – August 5, 2008 – Sonos®, Inc., the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, today introduced a new state-of-the-art multi-room music system. Now music lovers can play all of their favorite music in every room—from the bedroom to the backyard—without breaking through walls or rewiring the house. With Sonos ZonePlayers spread throughout the house, music fans can play the same song in different rooms, or different songs in different rooms. And with the wireless Sonos Controller in hand, choosing what to play and where to play it couldn’t be easier. Simply pick a room, pick a song and hit play. The Controller provides instant access to millions of songs and radio stations — including music files stored on a computer, free Internet radio stations, and the most popular online music services.

The new Sonos Bundle 150 (BU150) is the most convenient and cost effective way to experience the excitement of wireless multi-room music. The bundle includes two Sonos ZonePlayers (amplified and non-amplified) and a Sonos Controller so music lovers can get started playing music in two rooms of the house. Enjoying more rooms of music, more control or both, is as easy as adding ZonePlayers and Controllers. The new bundle retails for $999 and is available starting today at Sonos authorized retailer or at http://www.sonos.com.

In one convenient package, the BU150 includes:

· A Sonos ZonePlayer 90* (ZP90) which can be connected to an existing stereo or home theater receiver to instantly make it part of a multi-room music system.
· A Sonos ZonePlayer 120* (ZP120) which has a powerful audiophile quality amplifier which can be connected to speakers and placed in any room; from the bedroom to the backyard.
· A Sonos Controller 100 (CR100) which enables users to find and play the music they want from anywhere in the house all from the palm of their hand.

*See accompanying press release with details and specs of new ZP90 and ZP120

“The new Sonos products provide the best wireless range and a powerful digital amplifier and make it easier than ever to get great sounding music to the most distant corners of the home,” said John MacFarlane, Chief Executive Officer, Sonos, Inc. “Innovations like these reinforce our position as the leader in wireless multi-room music and our commitment to bring the joy of music to every room of the house.”

The BU150 is the most cost effective way to start a multi-room music system. The $999 pricing represents a 20% discount off of the sum of the individual Sonos products. Sonos is also offering a Sonos Bundle 150 with Loudspeakers for customers who also want a pair of Sonos speakers to attach to their ZP120. The BU150 with Loudspeakers will retail for $1149.

In conjunction with today’s BU150 announcement, Sonos also introduced Sonos Software 2.6 to all Sonos customers. The new feature update includes more than $200 in DRM-free music offers, support for music collections with up to 65,000 tracks, and more. See accompanying press release.

Sonos is the first wireless, multi-room music system that lets you play all the music you want all over your house — and control it all from the palm of your hand. To learn more about Sonos, to place an order or to locate an authorized Sonos dealer, please visit http://www.sonos.com or call 877.80.SONOS.

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NEW SOFTWARE FROM SONOS GIVES CUSTOMERS EVEN MORE MUSIC TO ENJOY

Feature Update Includes More Than $200 in DRM-Free Music from Classical.com, eMusic and LiveDownloads.com

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – August 5, 2008 – Sonos®, Inc., the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, today released Sonos System Software 2.6. Sonos 2.6 gives Sonos customers access to free music downloads valued at more than $200, when they register their new or upgrade their existing Sonos Multi-Room Music System. The free one-button software update is available to all Sonos customers and is available now for download.

The Sonos Multi-Room Music System is unique among consumer electronics products because it keeps getting better over time. Sonos’ software updates provide new and existing customers with new features, free trials to music services, free downloads to expand their digital music library, and more.

After customers register or upgrade their system with Sonos 2.6, they will receive more than $200 worth of DRM-free music offers from world-class music partners Classical.com™, eMusic® and LiveDownloads.com. These offers provide customers with an extensive choice of albums, tracks and concerts. Here is a snapshot of what every registered Sonos customer will receive:

· 3 DRM-free albums (1 classical, 1 jazz and 1 world) from Classical.com. Classical.com is a digital music service with a library dedicated to the latest and greatest classical, jazz, & blues and world music. Browse by composer, genre or country and explore new music with the Classical.com playlists.
· 50 DRM-free music downloads and 1 free audio book from eMusic. eMusic is the world’s largest retailer of independent music, offering more than 3.5 million tracks from thousands of the world’s top independent labels spanning every genre of music.
· 10 full, DRM-free concerts (MP3) from LiveDownloads.com. LiveDownloads is the ultimate download source for live concert recordings. Download last night’s show from hundreds of artists and browse the catalog of more than 100,000 exclusive live tracks.

“We want to connect our customers with the music they love, so they can enjoy it all over the house,” said Phil Abram, President & COO, Sonos, Inc. “By providing free feature updates, their experience continues to get better even after they buy Sonos. Today that means helping our customers build their local music collection with offers from world-class music partners.”

Other new features of Sonos System Software 2.6 include:

· Support for SonosNet™ 2.0 and MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) wireless technology
· Support for larger music collections with up to 65,000 tracks stored on a local music collection stored on a PC, Mac or Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices
· Support for NasBasic firmware which allows more than 15 different brands of NAS devices to serve as a local music source
· Support for Apple® Computer operating system Mac OS X Leopard

For more information about the features of Sonos Software 2.6, please visit: http://www.sonos.com/support/software_updates/.

In conjunction with today’s software update, Sonos also introduced the new Sonos Bundle 150 and new Sonos ZonePlayers 120 and 90. See accompanying press releases.

Sonos is the first wireless, multi-room music system that lets you play all the music you want all over your house — and control it all from the palm of your hand. To learn more about Sonos, to place an order or to locate an authorized Sonos dealer, please visit http://www.sonos.com or call 877.80.SONOS.

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