In terms of pure functionality, Sonos has historically been hard to manage in the CI community. In terms of loyalty to the CI community, their consumer DIY focus has been a source of almost endless frustration.
But that doesn't mean Sonos isn't paying attention. In fact, today marks an important day for the otherwise sincere audio giant and Crestron. Not only is the established home automation company finally able to embed the full breadth of Sonos functions, they have now started offering Sonos products directly to U.S. Crestron Technology Professionals.
“The custom integrator channel continues to be a major focus here at Sonos,” said Andrew Vloyenetes, director of sales at Sonos. “Expanding our efforts with a true leader and innovator like Crestron is great for dealers and customers alike—together we’re making it as easy as possible to listen to music out loud in any room of the home.”
Thanks to the close technology collaboration between the two companies, the Sonos app can be integrated with Crestron home automation systems. In addition to lights, shades, thermostats, theater systems, security, and more, homeowners can control Sonos products direct from Crestron touch screens, remotes, and keypads. They can view all of their Sonos favorites, play/pause the music, adjust the volume, view now playing information with artwork, and add or remove zones as they move about the house.
“Expanding our collaboration with Sonos makes sense for our dealers and the upscale homeowners they serve,” said John Clancy, VP of residential systems at Crestron. “With direct purchasing, it’s now even easier for our dealers to offer Sonos speakers on any scale, from a single room to an entire estate, as part of a perfectly integrated Crestron home automation system.”
Crestron will offer a handful of products that can be directly ordered, including all three PLAY series speakers, the PLAYBAR, and CONNECT AMP to name a few.