It’s been over four years that AUDIO on the international radio exhibition visited a small, almost tiny booth. There is a new streaming concept Sonos proudly presented, called. The editors were impressed right off the bat. And are there still.
- Network Player Sonos Bundle BU 150
- Data sheet
American Hellish cooperation, namely time and again manages to surprise with improvements. The new Bundle BU 150, consisting of from the ZonePlayer 90 (individually 350 euros), the ZonePlayer 120 (with a built-in amplifier, 500 euro) and the appropriate controller (400 euros), is to distinguish externally little from the previous package BU 130 (test in AUDIO 5/08).
Inside but Sonos has missed some great new features and above all a faster wireless network his players, comparable with the Wi-Fi standard 802. 11n, theoretically up to 250 megabits per second achieved and practically achieved a throughput of at least 76 Mbps.
However, the Sonos system with Wi-Fi works. The player with each other build their own Wireless network that becomes greater and more resilient, more area players are involved.
Therefore, one of the players (or the optional Sonus bridge) via Ethernet cable to the LAN must hang and connect to the Internet. From there he provides the other clients via air bridge with music from the hard drive in the PC, on a NAS, a Web radio station listed in the Sonos service, Last.fm stations or by service providers like Napster, which offer music subscriptions.
As a network player, the Sonos players are downright awesome. The intuitive operation is second to none, the controller is superb and the playback (especially with FLAC) to the audio convincing reference system – lively, dynamic, tonally clean. Especially since the ZP 90 via digital output by an outboard D/A converter can be spice it up. The Sonos concept is cooler than ever thanks to the new option of operation via iPod.
Who has met the Sonos system, would not miss it. Also in the AUDIO Forum will discuss diligently. The new players are absolutely recommended – the ZP 90 is even better than its predecessor.
Sonos Bundle BU 150
Technical data and test results
|Dimension||13.6 x 7.4 x 14.0 cm|
|Input RCA (number)||(1)|
|Output RCA (number)||(1)|
|Input of digital opt. / coax / HDMI||/ /|
|Digital output opt. / coax||/|
|Sound via HDMI|
|Image music Server|
|Output video (number)||(0)|
|Output S-video (number)||(0)|
|YUV output / HDMI||/|
|Wi-Fi / Wi-Fi encryption||/|
|Memory card slot|
|Type of memory card|
|required server||Any (sufficient SMB / CIFS shares on the NAS or PC)|
|Display / color display||/|
|Resolution||0 x 0 PX|
|Remote control / Adaptive||/|
|Display / system||/|
|Playback album / playlist||/|
|Operation on the device|
|Display CD text|
|Internet radio / Vorgespeicherte stations (Internet radio)||/|
|FM radio / station memory||/ 0|
|Data formats||FLAC, ALAC, WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg, audible|
|Audio CD / DVD||/|
|maximum sampling frequency||48|
|Very comfortable, easy handling, great sound|
|CD quality sound||100|
|Sound data reduced||0|
|Sound judgment||well over 100|
|Price / performance||Very good|
|tested in issue:||1 / 09|