Sonos IS Multi-room Music

We’ve all been there: You’re bouncing around the FM or satellite dial, trying to find just the right radio station to complement a long drive, an evening at home or an afternoon spent working in the garage. Sometimes, you get it right… And other times, you’re left wishing you had a broader scope of options from which to choose. Let’s take it a step further: You’re working on a project in a specific room of your home while listening to a favorite piece of music, only to more than occasionally be summoned to a different area of the house, thereby missing large chunks of your tunes. Enter Sonos. A modern marvel that seamlessly blends instant access to endless music, superb wireless function, a flexible multi-room system and simple setup, Sonos is a must-have for any music lover. Back to that search for the perfect radio station: 100,000 is a big number when applied to almost any scenario, but consider that number in terms of broadcasting stations. That’s what Sonos puts you in touch with! And the listening options are scattered worldwide, at the touch of a finger through a very easy to use navigation menu. So, if your Sunday afternoon spent cleaning the garage pairs perfectly with the Latin beats of a Brazilian FM station, Sonos will make that happen. It’s easy to sell a product with eye-catching information like you just read in the preceding paragraph, but with Sonos, the operational nuts and bolts are just as impressive. Simply put, multi-room music is Sonos’ mantra; they’ve designed a multi-zone music system from the ground up, and that’s a...

Control4 or Crestron?

    Chocolate or vanilla? Sure. Coke or Pepsi? Of course. But, Control4 or Crestron? The latter debate may not be as widely recognized as the first pair of arguments, but it’s a dispute nonetheless; and, in the A/V field, a quite common one. Simply put, Control4 and Crestron are two of the principal combatants in the home automation fight. However, beyond first glance, their competition turns out to be more of an apples-to-oranges situation than a Chevrolet versus Ford matchup. Which one is right for you? The answer to that question could very easily be ‘both’, because each brand is long on advantages and quite deficient in the shortcomings department. Let’s take a look at what each has to offer: Control4 Affordability You can call a turn-key Control4 system — one which allows you to channel your inner George Jetson and turn on the jacuzzi from another country — your own for less than five figures… A price that’s not exactly Jetson-like. Continuity Control4’s user interface, while allowing for some customization, has a standard button pattern which does not change, no matter the device. That means the volume control can be found in the same location on your iPad as it is on your master bedroom touchpanel or your basement remote. Speed of Setup Despite its technological prowess, Control4 product remains remarkably simple and expeditious to install and program. The benefit of this is obviously that you avoid excessive labor charges but, more importantly, you get to play with your new toys more quickly. Crestron Customization A Crestron system, when it comes to ergonomics and user interface, is...