If you’re a serious music lover, and you’re looking for a quick, intuitive way to access your entire digital music collection, then look no further than the powerful, handheld Sonos Controller CR100. Tap into songs, albums, and even playlists from anywhere in your home, inside or out. That’s because the Sonos Controller uses SonosNet, a secure wireless mesh network that extends the range of your controller throughout your entire home. Forget about running to your PC every time you want to pick a new tune, skip a track, or crank up the volume, just grab your CR100 and your music is at your fingertips. This is an Amazon’s product review. Checkout more details bellow.
- Wireless multi-room music control with full-color touch screen
- Instant access to iTunes, free Internet radio, Pandora, Napster and more
- Free apps for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
- Dedicated CR200 includes charging cradle
- Requires one Sonos ZonePlayer, high-speed Internet connection and wireless router
- Finish: Metal cladding on light-gray enclosure, splash-resistant
- Screen type: Transflective LCD with adjustable LED backlighting
- Resolution: 3.5-inch (diagonal) color with 240 x 320 pixels
- Browse control: Touch-sensitive scroll wheel with center-mounted selector button
- Function buttons: 9 backlit buttons, 3 soft-selector buttons
- Indicators: Wireless signal strength, battery charge, battery status
- Controller battery type: Rechargeable lithium ion
- Battery charging time: 2 hours to full charge
- Battery life: 2 to 5 days (depending on usage pattern and sleep timer settings)
- DC charger: Input 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz; output 6 VDC, 3.8A (charging cradle sold separately)
- Wireless connectivity: SonosNet secure AES-encrypted peer-to-peer wireless mesh network
- Item width: 6.5 inches
- Item height: 0.95 inches
- Item depth: 3.8 inches
- Item weight: 12.5 ounces
- Warranty: 1 year parts and labor
- What’s in the Box: Sonos controller, AC adapter, power cord, controller documentation
Browsing and Queuing
Browse your digital music collection by artist, album, genre, track, name, composer, or even playlist. The CR100 also empowers you to queue the right tunes for the right moment — with this controller you can build, edit, and save playlists right from the palm of your hand. Of course, what you may want to hear might differ from your spouse working upstairs. Sonos has covered all the angles so you can have multiple music queues. Use any Controller to build a separate queue of music to play in each zone or a group of zones throughout your house. If you desire, you can pipe classical music into the kitchen while there’s a rock opera blasting on the back porch — Sonos gives you the tools to make music happen where you want to hear it.
The Screen and Controls
The high-resolution, 3.5-inch LCD color screen makes everything on the screen bright and easy-to-see, including full-color album artwork, if available. You can view full-screen or thumbnail views of album art, plus detailed track information from this palm-sized device. Sonos designed the CR100 with a backlit screen and buttons, which makes it easy to operate in low-light conditions. You can even adjust the brightness of the LCD and buttons to suit your style or extend the battery life. The scroll wheel makes it easy to flip through large music collections and make selections, or you can power scroll by letters to jump ahead to find an artist, album, or track.
The Controller’s button layout is intuitive and provides complete music management and control. Two buttons are dedicated to providing direct access to the Controller’s main menus — Music and Zones — for quick, snappy control. The CR100 is also designed to conserve battery life with a movement sensor that automatically turns the Controller on when you pick it up, and a light sensor that only turns on backlighting when it is needed.
Also, be sure to check out the Sonos CC100 Charging Cradle, which serves as a handy charger and holder for the Controller.
Sonos In Depth
The CR100 is just one part of a complete Sonos Digital Music System. To make your system complete, you’ll also need a Sonos ZonePlayer. With the ZonePlayers in the rooms of your choice, you can play the same song in different rooms, or different songs in different rooms. You can have up to 32 Sonos ZonePlayers throughout your house — from the bedroom to the backyard. Connect your first ZonePlayer to your router and all the others work wirelessly. Choose between the ZP80, which connects directly to your home theater or stereo, or the ZP100, which features its own built-in amplifier. Or better yet, choose both for the ultimate in multi-room music.
With the CR100 in hand, you’ll have instant access to all your digital music, plus Internet radio, subscriptions to online audio services, and even music from your favorite CD or MP3 player. Turn off the upstairs music while you’re downstairs. Change the song in the kitchen from the den. To start listening, just pick a room, pick a song, and hit play.
If you’re just getting started with your Sonos system, you’ll want to check out Sonos’ ZP80 and ZP100 Digital Music System Bundles, which combine two ZP80 or ZP100 units respectively with a Sonos Controller. The bundles offer an easy, economical way to get in on the Sonos action. Then, when you’re ready to expand you can purchase a ZP80 or ZP100 for more rooms in your home.
If you choose to extend your system with a ZP100 you can use your own speakers with it, or connect a pair of Sonos SP100 Loudspeakers, which are aesthetically and acoustically designed to look great with your Sonos Digital Music System.