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Ready for a new small speaker to spread music or the TV around the house?  Here’s one by local Santa Barbara company Sonos.  Note that it does require AC. FYI – If you just want a tiny, inexpensive, wi-fi speaker to carry with you – try the Strongvolt Pop360 (charge lasts 5 hours). Under $50 on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EDHQ52I/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

WSJ: 11/20/13 PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY

Wi-Fi(delity) in a Smaller Sonos

Now, the Santa Barbara, Calif., company has come out with a lower-priced, smaller model that preserves its quality sound and its modular, wireless connection system. Like its larger siblings, it works with a handsome Sonos app on Macs, PCs, iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets to stream music either from those devices, or from the cloud via services likePandora, Amazon and Spotify.

I’ve been testing the new $199 Sonos Play:1 and I really like it, despite a couple of downsides that Sonos is working on fixing. I found it easy to set up and use. I loved the crisp, rich sound it produced, which easily filled a large room without being at maximum volume. Sonos is even throwing in the bridge device free with the Play:1.

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