Fact: Sonos, the simple and sensational wireless home audio system has been around for over a decade now.

Fiction: Wireless home audio is too expensive and the sound quality isn’t very good.

Actually wireless home audio technology has come a long way in the last decade or so that Sonos has been around, and so has Sonos. The truth is that the Sonos systems of today can sound just as impressive or even better than some much more expensive wired home audio systems. As for the expensive part, Sonos is quick to dispel that untruth as well, and the facts back them up. They have just recently dropped their price for the Sonos Play:1 to a very affordable and somewhat irresistible $199.

So now that we’ve successfully separated fact from fiction for you regarding the Sonos wireless home audio system, you should be all set to go out and purchase the next generation, tech savvy bit of electronic audio goodness all for yourself. Once you do, here’s a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Usability – Even before Sonos surfaced 10 years ago, tech giant Apple was changing the electronics usability landscape by incorporating simple designs with minimal buttons and limited written documentation. The folks at Sonos have taken a page out of Apple’s playbook by first: Putting just two buttons on their speakers, volume up/down and play/pause. You will also notice the same minimal written documentation strategy, which leads us to our next point to keep in mind…
  • Help! – If the lack of a true instruction manual puts you off at all, rest assured because Sonos boasts a very helpful consumer support line. Their help line usually proves useful enough to provide even the least tech savvy purchaser all the information they need to set up their system and enjoy high quality audio quickly.
  • Service Please – Whether you prefer Pandora, Spotify, iTunes Radio, or even good ol’ fashioned basic am/fm radio for NPR broadcasts or local news and weather, Sonos has you covered to the point of compatibility with 26 different music services.
  • Scalability – Perhaps the best thing about Sonos is its scalability. You can purchase enough speakers to cover an extensive beach side mansion in the Hamptons or a simple diminutive system to cover a studio apartment in your mother’s basement. Whatever the case, Sonos has the setup for you.

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