I have to offer my congratulations this Sunday before Christmas to Crutchfield for successfully bridging the consumer electronics gender gap!
Crutchfield has always been a “home team favorite” for me, since I grew up in Virginia and was into Crutchfield’s original focus area of car audio since the Jensen Triax days. But of course car audio, and much of home consumer electronics in general, have been in the male domain. The last couple of decades in CE have been about cultivating Continue reading →
In this blog series on the Sonos PLAY:1 I’ve been describing observations and experiences with the product in a variety of configurations, so far concentrating on stereo usage and adding a subwoofer – either Sonos’ own SUB or any sub you want, using my vintage ZonePlayer (similar to the current “CONNECT” or “CONNECT:AMP” products).
Used in its purest form, the PLAY:1 already does a great job in several very different (but more routine) applications. Most people will just use 1, or maybe 2, of the speakers on a shelf or kitchen counter or nightstand. Custom installers will find applications for PLAY:1 units around the house, owing to its humidity resistance (important in a bathroom or covered porch), small size, and integral threaded insert on the back (for wall mounting with an Omnimount 10.0 W/C or equivalent). This time around I want to show two usages a bit more off the beaten path – using the PLAY:1 as a desktop computer speaker and also building a three-channel stereo system. Continue reading →
In my earlier blog article I commented on the first rate fit and finish of the new Sonos PLAY:1. This time I want to share some of my experiences combining different Sonos pieces – I wanted to configure different systems for more functionality and performance compared with typical usage of the Sonos products. What I found was that the products were surprisingly configurable. This aspect of Sonos system capability is admirable and probably not accidental – I think it a result of their considering all the possibilities and testing them exhaustively.
In this article I will share my experiences setting up a Sonos 2.1 system (pair of speakers plus a subwoofer) including some less-than-obvious configurations combining Sonos and non-Sonos equipment. Continue reading →