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The Sonos ZonePlayer 80 sound-system bundle lets you play digital music stored on your Mac or PC in different rooms without having to get up from the couch. You still get a color-screen remote that lets you start, stop, direct and choose the music--but the system does it all wirelessly, so you're spared the in-wall wiring and the installer's visit. The ZonePlayer 80 two-room bundle costs $1,000.
room placementThe Sonos system doesn't play CDs or tapes, and it doesn't store any music itself. It relies on an existing music collection on a computer--in, for example, Musicmatch or iTunes (though the system won't work with music files from the iTunes Music Store), or music files just sitting in folders on your hard drive. It also requires a home network and a high-speed Internet connection.
You place a ZonePlayer 80 (ZP80) in each room. The $1,000 package includes two such players; additional rooms require their own players at $350 each, up to a maximum of 32 a household.
The very first ZP80 unit, however, must be physically wired to your network. The rest can be wireless and parked anywhere there's a power cord.