The Beat Goes On.

I was reading an article the other day about how the new Sonos logo went viral.   The new design has a cool optical illusion: when you scroll up or down while looking at it, it looks like it’s moving to a beat.  Apparently this was nobody’s creative genius, this was a “happy accident”.


See, look at the logo while you scroll:

scoll up and down

scoll up and down

Ironically when I was reading that, I was listening to our Sonos.  And now that I’m writing this, I am listening to our Sonos.  Are you sensing a theme?  Let me scream it from the rooftop:  I LOVE OUR SONOS!


sonos Wireless Sound System


In case you don’t know, Sonos is a sound system that can be controlled wirelessly.  It is made of component parts that you purchase separately so you can equip your house/office/love den/whatever with some serious beats.


I love listening to music when I’m working on a project, or in the kitchen cooking, or blogging.  I stream Pandora, which Sonos supports (along with Spotify and other sources).  Ben Howard, Bon Iver, and Goyte are my stations of choice.  Those stations always start out awesome, and then the magic of Pandora starts setting in and they start to get weird.  Why do Pandora stations always get weird?  I’m vigilant with my thumbs up and thumbs down, but they always take a turn for the obscure.  I like to blame Mr. Heatherland for this phenomenon.


 Sonos Play:1


I was taking to one of my friends about our Sonos, especially the cost, and here’s what I told her:


Even with the most minimal purchase, you are buying the Bridge ($49) and a least one speaker of your choice.


We went with the SONOS PLAY:1, it is the most affordable option, at $199.


It’s the smallest most unobtrusive option as well.  Plus, if I have to be honest, I am not enough of a music snob to really tell the difference in sound between PLAY:1 and the PLAY:3, especially not enough to merit an additional 100 bucks.  But, that’s just me.


You can sample Sonos at Best Buy, but Amazon has the best prices.



Sonos Controller


The biggest selling feature for me was the simple fact that the Sonos Remote is my iPhone, iPad, smart device, etc.  It gets looped into your home network, so you never have to get up to do anything.  You just have to download the free Sonos Controller App.  The setup was really easy, which pleased me.  The app was originally a little unreliable, but I’ve noticed with each update it’s getting better.


Other Fun Facts


  • They are aesthetically pleasing and you barely notice them in a room.
  • The bridge can be hidden in a cabinet and works wirelessly with your phone and the speaker(s).
  • Each Sonos speaker can play something different, so all of your rooms can be separately controlled, or linked together.
  • We stole one.


Yes, you read that right. We did intact steal one, but we didn’t really mean to, it started more as a “borrow”…


You see, before our wedding last year, one of our guests was flying in from Europe.  He is one of Mr. Heatherland’s closest friends and he bought the most amazing Sonos Playbar from Amazon and had it shipped to our house with the intention of taking it back to Europe with him.  But then there was an airline strike so he never actually made it to our wedding.


His unopened box sat in our dining room for awhile (a day) and we then decided to open it.  Well, one thing led to another and we ended up keeping it to raise it as our own.  It has been a wonderful addition to our life and decor.


Our "borrowed" playbar

Our “borrowed” playbar

If he’s reading this right now, I promise we will pay you back for it.  Someday.  This is actually the same friend that sent me a year’s supply of my favorite German Nivea Cream, which I am remembering I haven’t paid him for that either…