Airplay 2 is here!

Now announcing the Airplay 2 update to Sonos!

This has been an announcement that consumers and resellers have been excited for since Apple unveiled Airplay 2 last year at the World Wide’s Developer’s Conference.

Before this update Sonos users couldn’t use Airplay, but no longer do you need to worry about not being able to cast your favorite song to your sonos speakers.

This doesn’t mean that all speakers will be included.

Only the Sonos One & Playbase, Beam, and second gen Play:5 are supported by Airplay 2.

This means that more than ever before speakers can streamlined together with your ios device, group them together and you’ll be able to control audio using Siri and send audio from ios apps to your Sonos speakers.

One of the nice things about Sonos is that even if your other Sonos speakers are older and don’t support Airplay you will only need one product to be able to group and cast the same song.

Alexa supporters will be pleased about the simple way to play music on different speakers.

You’ll be able to control the playback of Airplay 2, especially on the Sonos One ask Alexa to pause, go to the next track, or ask what’s currently playing she will be able to do it all.

To get started, you will need to complete the latest Sonos software update.

Once you have content playing, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to launch the control center (or from the top right on an iPhone X) then touch & hold the audio card in the right upper right-hand corner to choose what speaker you’d like to play to.

How do you unlock AirPlay for Non-Compatible Speakers?

Start playing content from Airplay to a compatible Sonos speaker, open the sonos app. In the rooms menu, group non-compatible speakers together.

Watch any video on any apple device and list to the sound on Sonos in perfect sync.

For those favorable to Google, google assistant is still on the way.

Update your device now, and see if you’re eligible!

Sonos PLAY:3 Vs PLAY:5

THE SONOS PLAY:3

Sonos Play:3 ReviewThe Sonos Play:3 is the mid-range speaker of the Sonos family and the popular choice for customers who want to immerse themselves into the world of digital music streaming for the first time.

The first question we normally get asked is ‘How loud does it go and what is the bass like?’ Our usual response is ‘ you will be pleasantly surprised!’ Most people have seen the Sonos PLAY:3 and assume it may fail to meet their expectation of a wireless music system, given its small form. Well, as most people who own these units will tell you, it adheres to its strapline given to it by Sonos – “The smaller, sexier, tuck-in-the-corner and blow-your-roof-off, all-in-one player”.

As with the Sonos PLAY:5, it is available in black, as well as white, and connects wirelessly to your router.

Another highlight of the PLAY:3 is that it is easily placed within any and all rooms within your home. It is perfectly powerful enough to drive an average size living room, bedroom or kitchen. If, however, you have a more open plan lounge dinner or a bigger room that you wish to fill with music, then you may need to consider the Sonos PLAY:5 or 2 x PLAY:3s paired in stereo mode.

THE SONOS PLAY:5

Sonos Play:5 ReviewThe Sonos Play:5 was Sonos’ first entry into the all-in-one wireless music system market, and we think it remains to date the best value all-in-one music system.

With all Sonos products, the build and sound quality is 1st class. While the Sonos PLAY:5 is still small enough to be discreet in a room, it is also powerful enough to really rock a big room. We have never experienced customers complaining that the sound does not fill the room adequately.

The PLAY:5 will fill your room with more bass compared to the PLAY:3, as the bass driver is bigger in size, which in turn pushes more air to give a deeper bass. An everyday advantage of this over the PLAY:3 is that you will experience a fuller sound, whereas with the PLAY:3 would require you to increase the levels to in order to try and match the same bass of the PLAY:5.

The PLAY:5 has the added advantage of having a line input. This can be used to plug in a games console, SKY TV, DJ mixing desk, computer or even a mini disc or a tape deck. Having this function gives the system added value over the PLAY:3.

So which Sonos system do you go for – the PLAY:3 or PLAY:5? If you are looking to get into digital streaming music and want to see what the Sonos system is like, then try the PLAY:3. As many of our customers have found out – the sound from something this size is astonishing. If at a later date you want to treat yourself to a PLAY:5, you can always put the PLAY:3 into the bedroom and use the built-in alarm clock to wake you up to your favourite music!

If you have a slightly bigger room or have more budget to play with, you will certainly not be disappointed with the Play:5. It also gives you the added extra of a line in socket.

Either way, as most independent reviewers agree, both Sonos systems are highly rated five star products.

Sonos unveils voice-enabled speaker, Sonos One

Sonos today confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in consumer technology, announcing a smart speaker with support for voice services including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant — the Sonos One.

The $299 speaker, coming to Australia October 24, will let users control their music with their voice and ask for music based on decade, genre, tempo, mood, or lyrics if they can’t remember the name of a song.

“It’s awesome, it’s the first speaker we’ve launched that has microphones embedded,” Wouter Boender, Product Marketing Manager told The Australian in an interview. “You simply ask and the speaker will start to play. It also unlocks voice control for your whole home, so if you have a Sonos one in your kitchen you can ask it to play music in other area of your home.”

Amazon’s Alexa isn’t available in Australia yet but it’s expected to be in the near future, and Sonos says the Sonos One will support it as soon as the service launches. Google Assistant support is coming next year.

Sonos also announced it would be rolling out software updates to enable existing Sonos speakers to work with Amazon’s Echo and Dot devices.

“I think the Sonos One is amazing value,” Sonos Australia boss Rennie Addabbo said. “It’s voice-ready and built for the future. “The folks who really get into their music are going to love it.”

Sonos also announced that it will begin supporting Apple’s Airplay 2 in 2018, making it possible to play any sound from an iOS device including YouTube videos and Netflix movies on Sonos speakers throughout the house.

Owners will also be able to ask any Siri enabled device to control music on Sonos speakers.

“We live in a golden age of streaming entertainment,” Sonos CEO Patrick Spence said.

“But so much of this great content is being pushed through smart speakers that aren’t designed with sound quality in mind. With our open approach to collaboration, agnostic approach to voice services, the strength of our many innovative partners, and a sound platform designed for the whole home, we’re helping people listen more and listen better.”

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The Sonos PLAYBASE

The Sonos Playbase is here folks. It’s time to get excited.
Damn are we excited to get one of these bad boys into our office!

From the sleek, simplistic design to the crystal clear sound we have come to love from the wide range of Sonos products currently on the market.

Sonos has said that roughly 70% of TVs aren’t mounted on the wall and for this reason they have come up with the Sonos Playbase that is designed to sit on a TV stand or media center. The Playbase can also be combined with other Sonos wireless sub woofers to really enhance the ultimate audio experience within your home.

This one looks like a real winner and from all reports it will not disappoint!

Available from April 4th

The Sonos Playbase will be available for ordering from April 4th, you can place an order or find out more about the product here.

Place a pre-order today and receive a $50 iTunes Gift Voucher!

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Sonos with Spotify

Sonos speakers can now run directly through the Spotify app.

Making it easier than ever before to play music straight from your phone to your Sonos devices.

Once your speakers are set up correctly through the Sonos’ app. You will then be able to set up your Spotify app to sync directly to your speakers.

You can see a step by step guide on setting up your speakers with Spotify on their website here: https://www.spotify.com/au/sonos/

Although, please note that the paid version of Spotify premium is required to enable this feature.

It is a worthwhile investment considering that you can now stream music from your phone, laptop or any computer within your house straight to your Sonos speakers.

 

Which Sonos Should I Buy?

If you’re not sure which Sonos unit to buy then you have two options; you can make an informed decision yourself through the help of this article, or we can come to you for an in-home inspection to see what we think would work best for you.

The first consideration is how much you are willing to spend.

For sub-$300 the Sonos PLAY:1 speakers provide excellent clarity and adequate bass for smaller rooms. In a bedroom, bathroom or even on the kitchen top the PLAY:1 excels due to its small size and powerful output.