After 20 years we have finally got around to replacing our the old Technics sound system. It has served us well over this long period and combined with the Mission speakers, it still produced a very good sound.
However, in recent years it has been sitting there unused and gathering dust. The last time either of us bought a CD was at least 4 years ago and we don’t think we have used the tape deck for over 12 years.
Most of our music is now in the iTunes library and 2 years ago we found the joys of music streaming services (currently using Spotify and Amazon).
In order to make the most of these services we finally invested in a wireless speaker system, after looking online and listening to an in-shop demo we went for the Sonos Play 5.
The Play 5’s design is unobtrusive, elegant and clean. It can be placed horizontally or vertically and is available in black or white. After the old Technics with its tangle of wires hanging out of the back, the simple styling of the Sonos is great.
After downloading the Sonos App to the iPhone the set-up was easy, the App did a good job in guiding you through the installation and yes, it did work! Unlike so many other gadgets and devices, the steps were as described, simple and everything worked the first time.
To optimise the sound, the Sonos App uses the built-in Trueplay software. This involves a 45-second Victorian exorcism ritual as you walk around your room waving your iPhone in a circular motion.
The important bit, we come from an era where big sounds still meant big speakers, however, the Sonos finally convinces us otherwise. The sound is rich and really fills the room, we especially like the powerful bass tones. You can easily use the App to play around with the EQ until you find a setting to suit your personal tastes and music style.
We really like the Sonos sound and can’t wait to add extra speakers to get a full multi-room system. These additional speakers can be used to play the same music around the house or to independently stream different music in each room.
Redicovering Some Classic Music
Our top 10 tracks from the 80’s that still sound good today.
- Ghosts – Japan (1982)
- Crackdown – Cabaret Voltaire (1983)
- Temptation – New Order (1982)
- Song to the Siren – This Mortal Coil (1984)
- Sonny’s Burning – The Birthday Party (1983)
- Uncertain Smile – The The (1983)
- Lorelei – Cocteau Twins (1984)
- Never Understand – The Jesus and Mary Chain (1985)
- I Travel – Simple Minds (1980)
- Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads (1980)