Photos: Sonos ZonePlayer 80
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.
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.
Sonos handheld screen
To choose what music you want to play, you push a button labeled Music. To specify where you want it to play, you push a button labeled Zones. The Music button lets you browse your collection by artist, album or other criteria. The Zones button brings up a list of your players, whether ZP80 or ZP100, which you can label according to the location of each player.