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Sonos® Controller CR100

Add-on remote control for Sonos Digital Music System

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Item #: 616CR100
 

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by Barry Montgomery
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Control your Sonos multi-room music system — wirelessly

If you're expanding your Sonos Digital Music System with additional Sonos ZonePlayers™, you'll probably also want to add one or more extra Controllers. These remarkably well-designed remotes offer intuitive access to every song in your PC music library, along with a wealth of tunes available from the Internet. Multiple Controllers allow different family members to pick tunes and program personalized playlists at the same time.

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Highlights:

  • controls volume and music selection for every ZonePlayer in your house, from any room in your house
  • touch-sensitive scroll wheel provides easy browsing of your digital music library by artist, album, genre, track name, composer, or playlist
  • lets you build, play, and save music playlists for each room or group of rooms in your Sonos system
  • 3.5" color LCD screen (240 x 320 resolution) displays control menus, song information and album art (if available)
  • motion sensor enables auto turn-on whenever Controller is picked up
  • backlit buttons for easy operation in low lighting (backlighting turns off in normal lighting to prolong battery life)
  • built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • AC adapter
  • 6-1/2"W x 1"H x 3-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • CR100 Sonos Controller
  • AC adapter (Model UIA324-06) with attached 6' DC output cord (DC output: 6V/3.8A)
  • 6' AC cord
  • Quick Setup Instructions
  • "New Sonos User?" sheet
  • License Agreement and Limited Warranty sheet

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Features

Overview: The Sonos CR100 Controller works exclusively with the Sonos Multi-zone Digital Music System, and allows you to control all of your music and all of your zones wirelessly from the palm of your hand.

Display: The controller features a 3.5" (diagonally measured) full color LCD screen, with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, for viewing zone configurations, playlists, and menus, as well as full color album artwork.

Sonosnet: The controller communicates with the nearest ZonePlayer (616ZP90 or 616ZP120, sold separately) through Sonosnet, a secure, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network, allowing you to extend the range of the controller to any room in your house, even outside. Because it communicates with the nearest ZonePlayer, rather than through one distant control point, the system avoids sources of wireless interference. The range of the Sonosnet is 50 to 100 feet, a range similar to that of an 802.11g wireless access point.

Rechargeable Battery: The CR100 is powered by a built-in, high-capacity Lithium Ion battery. Assuming typical usage, a fully charged battery will last over a week.

Note: The battery is not removable from the controller.

Indicators: During operation, the CR100 controller has several status indicators. The LCD screen indicates the battery charge level and wireless signal strength. An LED on the upper right edge of the controller glows red to indicate low battery, amber while the controller is charging, green when it finishes charging, and goes unlit to indicate the controller is in use and the battery is charged.

Controls

Volume Controls:

  • Volume: A two-way "rocker" switch for adjusting the selected zone's volume up or down.
  • Mute: To temporarily silence the music in a zone, or if held for 3 seconds, silences all Zone Players.

Playback Controls:

  • Play/Pause
  • Skip Forward/Fast Forward
  • Previous/Fast Reverse

Navigation:

  • Zones: For selecting a zone to play music in, or view the music selections playing in each room. You can also create or modify zone groups to share the same music across zones.
  • Music: For browsing or selecting music; You can select new music to play, manage music queues, access playlists, and change the default settings for a Zone Player or Controller.
  • Back: For returning to the previous screen in the selected menu (zone or music)
  • Scroll Wheel: An "iPod-inspired" circular touch wheel used to navigate through a displayed list on the Controller screen. You can slide your thumb or finger clockwise to scroll down or counter-clockwise to scroll up through the list.
  • Soft Buttons: Three unmarked buttons below the LCD screen; the functionality of each button changes to reflect the available actions for the currently-displayed controller screen. The action for each button appears on the screen directly above each button.

Light Sensor: The controller's built-in light sensor (located on the controller's face above the LCD screen) automatically turns on the button backlights based upon the brightness of the environment.

Sleep Modes: To save battery power, the controller enters a progressive sleep mode:

  • Light Sleep: The controller will go into a "light" sleep to preserve the battery life when it is unused for a specified period of time. The screen will turn off until motion is detected (by the internal motion sensor) or a button is pressed. You can specify different amounts of time after which the controller will enter the light sleep mode when connected to a power source and when operating in a "wireless" mode.
  • Deep Sleep: The controller will enter a deep sleep when unused for a longer period of time (programmable in the menu). The controller goes through a restart cycle for several seconds when coming out of the deep sleep mode.
 
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4 out of 5

Sonos 90/100 with Bose linked system

Written By Jeff from Illinois, Inverness on Saturday, June 27, 2009
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I own a Bose Linked home. I started by adding my cds to a Bose Lifestyle
48 which takes 1 hour to add 8-10 records and another 8 hours to transfer
them from the 48s temporary storage to permanent storage. Very time
consuming, and if the hard drive crashes in the 48 you have to pray that
Bose can recover your tunes or you have to completely redo the whole
process. The 48's only current choice is to play in a shuffle mode. I bought
Sonos 90 along with the Sonos 100 controller. I plugged a network cable
into my computer and the Sonos 90, and then plugged the 90 into my Bose
Linked System. I used Itunes to record my CDs in an uncompressed mode.
If you have a fast cd reader, loading is a one time thing without waiting for
an 8 hour transfer for every 8 records. Be careful, you can burn up your cd
player if you load cds for too long without breaks to allow the laser to cool
down. You can queue anything you want in any order you want, do play
lists, anything you can dream up. I will say the Bose AR8 and AR1 wireless
links have a grater range that the Sonos wireless system and are
cheaper. You You can back up your music one or more other hard drives to
in case you hard drive crashes. Itunes lossless recording of your cds gives
you the same quality of sound as playing right from your cds. My biggest
grip is that the Sonos 100 has only about a 40-50 ft. working range.
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3 out of 5

Pretty Decent, not as good as iPhone/iPod Touch

Written By Greg, Midlothian, vA on Thursday, January 22, 2009
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The Sonos Controller I got with my bundled system is very cool, but the process of using the scroll wheel to enter alphabetic characters when searching for an artist or song is tedious. I find that I use my iPhone or iPod Touch -- the software is FREE (amazingly!) and is much easier to use. an iPod touch is cheaper than the controller (but probably not as durable). If Sonos could make their controller touchscreen (which I imagine is just a matter of time), then I would give it a higher rating. For now, I think I'd just invest the $in an ipod touch to use as a controller.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Dale

Written By Dale, Seven Lakes, NC on Monday, August 25, 2008
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This product works very well and installed easily. My only issue is that I had to convert all of my WMA lossless to FLAC lossless since Sonos does not support the lossless WMA. I used the free dBpoweramp batch converter without any problems, although it took some trial and error to get the settings right.
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4 out of 5

Sonos System

Written By John, Lindenwold, NJ on Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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This product work great. Its easy to set up and easy to use. The only issue I ran into was when I tried to import my iTunes Library. When ever I import a CD into iTunes I do so as a wave file. iTunes can read the CD information and can find the track information without a problem, however it does not write the tag information to each file. The tag is how different programs can determine the track name, artist and album. So if you import CDs as wave files into iTunes than import them into the Sonos control panel you will not see them in the artist or album areas. In fact they will appear as a list under the tracks section and everything will be listed as songtitle.wav. Its kind of annoying because I had to import all my CDs again using windows media player into a second folder taking up twice as much room on the computer. Thats because when you import using windows media player iTunes won't read the tag information correctly and you get the same problem with the track listing so the only way around it is to import everything twice or just import them as mp3 files. And if you want to everything to look nice and be in the right place you may have to manually edit the tags on certain tracks, a big pain when you have 19,000 songs on you computer and a ton of space when you use wave files.

If you are not all that good with networking you will run into on obstacle setting up the system. You have to set the system up to use shared folders and if you don't know how to do that you'll be ok because the program walks you though the process and even helps you work around firewalks like Norton. While the system is easy to set up it can be a long drawn out process to get everything the way you want it but once its set up its pretty boss.

4 stars out of 5 only because I'd like the ability to edit information in the Sonos control panel instead of manually editing each file tag. Other than that this is the first system that plays music though a computer I'm willing to connect to my stereo as sound quality is important and this system has done very well in that area.
7 out of 10 people found this helpful
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