So…completely non-quilty post. BUT I do listen to music in the studio quite a bit.
Anyway, Maris’ Christmas present came early this year. He had been looking a wireless, whole house speaker systems for a couple of years. Our audio has been kind of cobbled together for many years. Large (and very old but wonderful) Harman Kardon tuner, B&O cd player, three foot tall Harman Kardon speakers in the living room. Bose sound bar in the “other end” of the studio where the TV is. Understandably, he would like to re-do much of the set-up to be more cohesive. Especially since our upstairs audio is not internet radio capable.
And I would LOVE to get rid of the three foot speakers in the living room.
Yesterday we saw that Target (of all places) had a two speaker Sonos starter pack on sale. The very system he has been researching. And I heartily approved of starting with just the two speakers to get a feel for if we want to expand it in the future. ‘Cause to be honest, it’s a pretty expensive process to do the whole house.
We toddled off to Target (on the last weekend before Christmas. Yikes) And headed straight for the speakers. Lo and behold, there was also a Harman Kardon set-up. Basically the same thing. Wireless speakers for internet radio and more. Well. We are HK fans from waaaaay back. We dithered for a bit and I made Maris decide and he got the HK .
Brought them home to set up and seven hours later we took them back. THIS is what happens when you don’t do the research and make a snap decision in the store!
The units did not want to recognize our wireless. And when we finally got them to recognize it they would drop in and out. The controller app was difficult and very limited in the services it would work with. For instance it does not work with Pandora or Spotify. Okaaaaaaay. I guess I can try one of the ones that it does work with. Oh, two of those are not available in the U.S. and the one that I thought I may be able to get used to is not accepting new subscriptions because it is in the process of being merged with another service.
On a positive note the speakers sound WONDERFUL. But in the end we decided they were too much trouble.
We toddled back to Target (Really. Target!?) They took them back with out batting an eye. Good job there. I have heard that it can be difficult to return electronics.
We brought home the Sonos starter pack
And we were listening to beautiful Christmas Jazz from my Pandora station in less than a half hour. It works with lots of music and podcast/news services that I am looking forward to exploring. The controller is intuitive and easy to use. Live and learn.
I could easily tote one of these down to the studio and control it with my phone or tablet. Until I see fit to get one to keep down there. Right now I plug my laptop into the sound bar that’s connected to the tv. So we are still kind of cobbled, but I can see where we are heading.
P.S. If we want to get a “bridge” unit we can still use our tuner and cd player upstairs with these speakers.