I’ve been seriously listening to music since I was about 11 years old. My first cassette tape was Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi. Some friends of mine told me about the album, and within a couple days I had my very own copy. I was in the fourth grade.
Obviously many things have changed in the years since. Walk-man’s were all the rage then, then CD Walk-mans. Then hard drive based music systems came along. I had something called the ‘Keg’ from Kennwood in my car at one point. All I had to do was upload all my music to this piece located in my trunk, and it allowed me to take all my music with me in my car. This came not a moment too soon, as I was sick and tired of shuffling through CD cases looking for a CD in order to listen to a couple of tracks.
Fast Forward to Today
Jumping forward in time about 15 years, things have become infinitely easier where music is concerned. iPod’s are the ubiquitous music player of choice. But I’m not huge fan of the iPod. I can’t stand having to put together playlists, and it’s incredibly annoying to have to shuffle through songs looking for something you want to hear.
Pandora in particular is my favorite. It doesn’t get any easier than typing in the name of a song or artist, and having this remarkable service create a station based around that songs genre. The controls allowing you to fine tune your station are easy to use, and amazingly accurate.
The Sonos System
Coming from a background in whole house audio and home theater, I can tell you from experience that there is no better system than the Sonos music system. It absolutely rocks. Controlled from an iPad, iPod, iPhone, or any other smart phone platform, this system makes listening to your favorite music an absolute breeze.
On top of that, it’s easy to set up. While most home audio systems require speakers located all over the house, the Sonos system can operate without wires. Each speaker has it’s own wireless receiver built in, allowing it to connect over a mesh network to other units in the house.
There area a few models available, and some do require speaker wires. These are perfect for homes that already have speakers in the walls or ceilings.
Another nice feature is that you can quickly and easily set up music throughout your entire house. So if you’re having a party, you can choose your Pandora station and have hours of music playing with no work required of you.
There’s really no better way to listen to music.
You can also listen to multiple sources at the same time in different rooms of the house. If you’re in the exercise room working out and your wife is in the bedroom, you can both listen to different sources simultaneously.
Our CrossFit gym uses this exact same setup. Through 3 different Sonos zones we can listen to 3 different things, or the same thing. It’s a pretty slick system. Those on the rings and pullup bars can jam to whatever they want while those on the Olympic lifts can listen to something else entirely. They even have an outdoor zone, for when we’re outside the building. Oddly enough you’ll even occasionally hear ads about the best training shoes for women. All in all it’s a great system.