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Sonos® Controller CR200

Touchscreen controller for the Sonos Music System

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by Tara W.
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Simple touchscreen control over your multi-room music system

CR200 in hand CR200 with ZonePlayer

Use the CR200 touchscreen controller to operate a Sonos Music System throughout your home. This remarkably intuitive remote gives you instant access to every song stored on your PC along with a wealth of tunes available from the Internet. The touchscreen makes it easy to search for your favorite music by album, song, or artist name. Equipping your system with multiple Sonos Controllers lets different family members pick tunes and program personalized playlists at the same time. Charging cradle included.


CR200 screenshots:

CR200 screenshots

Highlights:

  • controls volume and music selection for every ZonePlayer in your house, from any room in your house
  • touchscreen display provides easy browsing and searching 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
  • 3-1/2" color LCD screen (640 x 480 resolution) displays control menus, song information and album art (if available)
  • motion sensor enables auto turn-on whenever Controller is picked up
  • hard buttons for easy operation of common functions, like volume and mute
  • built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • charging cradle included
  • 2-15/16"W x 4-1/2"H x 11/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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What's in the box?

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  • Sonos Controller (CR200)
  • Rechargeable Li-ion polymer battery (installed)
  • Charging cradle
  • AC power supply with attached 6' DC cord (5V/2A)
  • Quick Setup Instructions
  • Sonos Support Team contact sheet

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Features
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Features

Overview: The Sonos Controller (formerly the CR200) works exclusively with the multi-zone Sonos Digital Music System, and allows you to control all of your music and all of your zones wirelessly from the palm of your hand.

Touch Screen Display: The Controller features a 3.5" (diagonally measured) full color LCD touch screen, with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, for viewing zone configurations, playlists, and menus, as well as full color album artwork. The LCD display offers touch screen technology with a rugged scratch-resistant glass face. The Controller's transflective LCD screen is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, with adjustable backlighting.

Sonosnet: The Controller communicates with the nearest Sonos player (Connect, Connect:Amp, Play:3 or Play:5) 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 player, 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 Controller is powered by a high-density rechargeable Lithium Ion polymer battery (1850mAh). Assuming typical usage, a fully charged battery will last from 2-5 days (depending on usage pattern and sleep timer settings).

Charging Cradle: The Controller also comes with a charging cradle so you can easily charge the controller's battery when it is not in use. The charging cradle will recharge the battery in approximately 2 hours (full charge).

Indicators: During operation, the Controller has several status indicators. The LCD screen indicates the battery charge level and wireless signal strength. An Orange LED indicator appears when the Controller is starting-up or when the battery is too low to power-on the screen.

Controls

Volume Controls:

  • Volume: Adjust the selected zone's volume up or down.
  • Mute: Temporarily silence the music in a zone, or if held for 3 seconds, silences all Sonos 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 Sonos player or the controller.
  • Back: For returning to the previous screen in the selected menu (zone or music)
  • Browse: While touch the screen, drag your finger up or down to scroll through any display list. Flick the screen to scroll quickly. Touch an item in a list to make a selection.

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.

Lock Controller: You can choose to lock the Sonos Controller so that nothing happens when you touch the screen or buttons (such as when cleaning the screen, or carrying the controller in your pocket.

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

  • Light Sleep Timer: The Controller will go into a light sleep (the screen will turn off) to preserve battery life when it is unused for specified period of time. When motion is detected or a button is pressed, the controller awakens immediately.
  • 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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3 out of 5

Needs work

Written By SharonL, Phoneix, AZ on Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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According to Sonos both this and the Desktop Controller are works in progress. It shows. Their online manual is brief and the 'search' feature is extremely poor.
Pros:
It does allow music and radio selections from another room.
Cons:
Features are still in development and there are way too many steps to get to a radio station that's been selected as a favorite.
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4 out of 5

My First Remote Controller

Written By Jesse, Manhattan, KS on Tuesday, October 26, 2010
 
we have this and we love it not bad at all, a great way to access pandora from any room in your house independent volume controls, touchpad is very easy to use simple U.I. : )
tons of other sources available
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5 out of 5

so much better than IPHONE I bought 2!

Written By John, Edmonds, WA on Monday, May 24, 2010
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I agree with the 1st reviewer about the free IPHONE app. Although if you are spending to this level of money than buy the controller and you won't pick up your phone except to answer it. I love the controller over my IPHONE as it is faster, more versatile and has a greater WIFI range. I like the ability to adjust screen lighting and also the instant sound adjustments you can't get with your IPHONE app. I have one for the upstairs and one for downstairs. I'm running the ZP90 attached to my ONKYO THX2 cert theater rcvr for my man cave and the wife has 2 5s players for her office and kitchen. I love my Sonos system. They have just upgraded the software to have a "fader" function that fades your music just like the dj's. AWESOME.... We listen to SIRIUS and other internet radio stations and I love it. Everybody should buy their system as its the best. I've looked at alot of various high end integrations and this hits the best price/feature points. You can always run the sound through your own speakers and burn the music to lossles quality. WAY TO GO SONOS!!
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5 out of 5

Definate Upgrade from CR100

Written By Frank, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, July 29, 2009
 
First, If you already own an ipod or iphone, download the Sonos app (free) and see if you like it. 99% of the software is the same.

Between the 2, there are good arguments for either. if you don't already have an i-device the cost will be similar enough that you should get whichever makes more sense to you. Some features, such as battery life, "instant on"(and it is the fastest startup from dead sleep that I have seen ANY device do) and stronger wifi signals will have this beating the app version anyways, though depending on your situation the added benefit of doing other things on your i-device certainly merits thought. I have both so I am simply stating my review of the CR200.

The size is better than the CR100, the battery is replaceable, typing for searching is SO much easier. Zone management (adding then dropping, etc replaced by simply choosing from a list the zones you want) is much easier. The overall look and feel not surprisingly is more modern.

There is a place for all the controllers (the one negative to getting battery replacement options is no longer getting 100% water tightness, so I'll keep my CR100 in the kitchen) and I have and use both the Sonos controllers as well as the i-touch version and the desktop controllers. Perhaps that says more of my large amount of time listening to music but I do find that I (and definitely my wife) gravitate more toward this controller now as its the fastest way out of all of them to get the music playing that we want.
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