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Bluesound VS Sonos

Bluesound VS Sonos

It’s a question many find asking themselves before investing in a wireless multi-room solution for their home.

The best way to address which ecosystem is right for you is to look at the benefits and cons of both systems.

Sonos

Pro’s

  • Supports up to CD Quality 16 bit/44.1kHz audio
  • Easy to add more units
  • Devices ‘daisy-chain’ off one another enabling greater wireless coverage throughout the home (requires Boost or one Sonos unit physically connected to network)
  • Price
  • Tech Support – Something that is often overlooked
  • Intuitive control app – Android, iOS, Windows and OSX
  • Can be used as part of home automation systems such as Control 4
  • Streaming services supported

Con’s

  • Sound quality lacking compared to higher priced rivals
  • No support for anything higher than CD quality
  • Products not updated often, many of which using dated parts and processors
  • No support for third party control software
  • Limited connectivity options

Bluesound

Pro’s

  • Supports high resolution audio up to 24 bit/192kHz as well as the new MQA format
  • All Bluesound products feature Bluetooth, a multipurpose analog/digital input and headphone output
  • All products available in Black or White
  • Powerful processor
  • Good streaming service selection
  • Recently formed partnership with Roon third party control software
  • Can be used as part of home automation systems such as Control 4
  • Electronics made by sister brand, NAD Electronics
  • Speakers tuned by sister brand PSB Speakers
  • Both NAD and PSB to feature BluOS functionality also
  • Intuitive Control App – Android, iOS, Windows and OSX

Con’s

  • More expensive than Sonos
  • While good support for streaming services, not as many as Sonos
  • Running via wi-fi uses up bandwidth from your router

 

Conclusions

As you can see, both brands offer benefits and negatives.

As a dealer who sells both, we can see the merits in each, however for sheer performance we feel as though Bluesound pulls ahead of Sonos and thankfully the BluOS Control App is on par with Sonos’ own control app.

In an environment where your home has been setup with multiple networking points, again Bluesound comes out on top, delivering a stable and solid performance.

Where Sonos edges ahead though is in their wireless networking.

The process is exceptionally clever.

By physically connecting a single Sonos device to your network, Sonos then runs on it’s own independent wi-fi network, leaving your own wi-fi to connect to devices such as phones, tablets and computers. It also allows for Sonos products to daisy-chain off one another rather than trying to access a single point in the home (your router).

That isn’t to say a normal wi-fi connected products are bad, but they do use up wi-fi bandwidth that could typically be used by your devices such as phones, tablets or computers.

Regardless of which way you decide to go, we do recommend upgrading from an ISP supplied modem router into a better quality unit. Keep in mind that in most cases, the supplied units are just there to get you going, not deliver a high performance user experience.

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Category: Blog
Published on: October 28, 2016
Written by: Tarkan
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