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    Default Sonos vs Logitech Squeezebox

    Which do you prefer and why?

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    Default Sonos for me

    For me it is Sonos and that was what I ended up buying.

    When I was buying into the Sonos system I liked the ability to play the same music over several rooms and also different music simultaneously. I also liked the idea of not having to run software on a PC to get access to stored music, simply have a shared folder or NAS drive available.

    I also like the ability to control music in any part of the house from a single controller, great for muting the music when calling the children for dinner.

    Above all, the system had to be simple to use for others in my household, and it is. Everyone can operate it .

    An additional bonus for me was the streaming music feature from Last FM, Napster and online Radio stations etc. I didn't buy it for this but find myself using this part more and more.

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    thanks gwh12001 - I'm curious but did you get a chance to try the Logitech hardware before deciding on Sonos? The reason I ask is AFAIK the reasons you have given for Sonos also apply to Squeezebox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Millne View Post
    I'm curious but did you get a chance to try the Logitech hardware before deciding on Sonos? The reason I ask is AFAIK the reasons you have given for Sonos also apply to Squeezebox.
    So do you not have to run server software any more for SB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otto-Mate View Post
    So do you not have to run server software any more for SB?

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    That must be the major difference then. I have no hands on experience with either product I'm trying to decide which to go with.

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    SB requires you to run the Squeeze Box software on a PC, where as Sonos doesn't. You can use the Sonos software to set the units up, but this can also be done via the controller as well.
    This is very handy if you have all your music etc stored on a NAS. You just point Sonos to your NAS.
    Also I think each SB needs to be within range of your WiFi signal if you want wireless connectivity.
    Sonos units just need to see another Sonos unit. It is true that the first Sonos unit needs to be connected via a network cable, but you can also get something called a Sonos zone bridge which can be used instead. All Sonos units have built in network switches, so if you have used all the connections on your router it doesn't matter. Just connect the Sonos unit to your router and then connect the other device to the Sonos unit. The Sonos units (except the zone bridge) can except an external audio device, which can then be streamed over the entire Sonos network.
    Be aware that the SB may or may not be able to do some of these things.I just know more about the Sonos.

    Here is a very in depth reveiw of the Sonos and also its comparison to the SB
    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Sonos-wi...view-1120.html
    more product comparisons or reviews.
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10008349-1.html
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10008349-1.html
    http://paulstamatiou.com/review-sono...l-music-system

    And the Gadget Show also did some reviews of the Sonos a while ago
    http://fwd.five.tv/gadget-show/video...b-tv-episode-6
    http://fwd.five.tv/gadgets/audio-vid...nos-bundle-150
    http://fwd.five.tv/gadget-show/video...r/sonos-at-gsl
    http://fwd.five.tv/gadget-show/bestb...edia-streamers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Millne View Post
    thanks gwh12001 - I'm curious but did you get a chance to try the Logitech hardware before deciding on Sonos?
    I have used a SB, (I think it was one of the early models) and they are pretty good. However, I didn't like the remote that came with it and the fact that the unit needed to be visible in order to control it. The Artist, Album, Track information was displayed across the front in Orange text so in order to select a track you need to see what was displayed on the screen. The Sonos ZonePlayers can be hidden out of sight with only the controller being visible in your hands.

    I appreciate that these comments refer to the SB system that was available when I was deciding which route to go. SB's now have a much better remote and can display album art etc, so choosing that as a deal killer may no longer apply.

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    Toscal - I know you meant to post these links too

    http://www.automatedhome.co.uk/Revie...rm-Review.html

    http://www.automatedhome.co.uk/Revie...ni-Review.html

    Had a Sonos system for 5 years now and it's been fantastic. The S5 is stunning thing too. Highly recommended.

    The 5% 'automated home' checkout discount may still be working at http://www.avjungle.co.uk/ for all this stuff too (I think).

    M.

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    I have both Logitech and Sonos products (Escient and AudioRequest too), and admit to being a bit of a techno junkie. To that extent the Logitech product is much more accessible and you'd expect I'd recommend it.

    However... The Sonos product has proven the winner by simply doing what it does really well. It is far easier to use for non techies , and hence is more accessible to the remainder of the family - and we use it all the time over the Logitech solutions. When you're running it in a multi zone scenario it is far more intuitive, aided of course by the inbuilt amplifiers that the ZonePlayers include. Managing any attached external amplifiers isn't easy. Sonos is definitely an end user rather than enthusiasts appliance.

    Some niggles with Sonos are ...

    1) Price

    2) The difficulty , but surmountable, integration with the rest of my system

    3) Zone isolation, you can't prevent anyone who has a controller accessing all zones eg kids playing music in your bedroom at 6am

    4) Old style controller is a bit naff now - newer touch one is fine but expensive. iPod control is great.

    5) Lack of Spotify support (a Spotify issue rather than Sonos really)

    6) I can display messages on, and control my HA from Logitech remotes and players but you can't do either with Sonos.

    I have a vast CD / rip collection but I too am finding that our listening habits are shifting to 'on demand' services like Napster, Rhapsody, Spotify etc as they offer it all . I expect most people's listening will move this way.

    cheers K

    PS The newer Logitech devices can connect directly to a Logitech hosted server so you aren't dependent on a PC application anymore - but in that scenario you have reduced functionality , mainly streaming but that's often all you need.

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