Sonos, the company that lets you to stream music around your house via a range of audio devices with the same name, has announced a new member of the family, the Sonos Zoneplayer S5.
The new model, which has a kitchen radio look and feel, will come with a built-in speaker, cost £349 and fit into current Sonos networks at the press of button or alternatively be the starting point to the system.
Featuring a 5-driver speaker system, including two tweeters, two mid-range drivers and a built-in single subwoofer, Sonos is hoping that the considerably lower price point for the system will bring more people to the music system.
"Our customers tell us they listen to twice as much music after bringing Sonos into their homes", said John MacFarlane, CEO of Sonos. "The new S5 is our latest effort to simplify the Sonos experience so more people can enjoy more music than ever before".
Internet-connected, the system works in exactly the same way as the current Sonos system with control provided by a desktop application (in the box) although users can buy a dedicated controller or download the free iPod touch or iPhone app.
Like other Sonos Zoneplayers, users will be able to access up to 25,000 internet radio stations and music, connected to the system via a NAS drive or computer and via music streaming services like Last.fm and Napster.
The S5’s analogue audio input lets you connect to an external audio source (such as an iPod, CD player, TV, DVD, VCR, or radio) and play music or audio on all ZonePlayers in the system.
The S5 will be available in the UK for £349 from 10 November and in the US slightly earlier at the end of October.