Sonos Introduces Multi-Zone Digital System 
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Thursday, 10 June 2004

This week, Sonos is launching The Sonos Digital Music System, which is the first multi-zone digital music system with a wireless, full-color LCD screen controller that lets consumers play all their digital music, all over their home, controlled by remote.

The Sonos Digital Music System has two components: the Sonos ZonePlayer, a networked audio player that distributes, plays and amplifies music in any “zone” in the home, and the Sonos Controller, a wireless handheld device with a full-color screen which allows the user to access, customize and control the music from any location within the home.

The ZonePlayer delivers sound through a powerful 50 watts per channel amplifier with component-quality audio specifications. The ZonePlayer can access and play a wide variety of music formats, including MP3, WMA, AAC (MPEG4) and WAV, stored on a PC, Mac or Network Attached Storage (NAS), and comes bundled with customizable Internet Radio stations. Built-in wired and wireless capabilities provide the consumer flexibility of installation at no extra cost.

The Sonos Controller, with a full-color LCD screen and touch-sensitive scroll wheel, allows consumer to play the same song synchronously in every room or play different songs in different rooms, queue-up favorites, use random play, and more. The high resolution LCD shows what is playing in any zone at any time, including album art when available.

For network set-up, the system automatically configures a secure wireless mesh network that links the consumer’s existing digital music library to the ZonePlayers and Controllers. The systems modular design allows the user to decide upon the number of ZonePlayers and Controllers needed based upon lay-out of the home and personal needs.

In support of the new product, Sonos will provide Monday through Saturday customer service and a 30-day, no-hassle return policy. The Sonos Digital Music System will ship this fall and will be sold online and at select retailers. Each ZonePlayer will retail for $499.00. Each Controller will retail for $399.00. Sonos will offer an introductory bundle of two ZonePlayers and a Controller for $1,199.00.

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