Swapping Sonos ZonePlayers

by Volker Weber


I was discussing the merits of the Sonos ZonePlayers today and thought that somebody may actually want to swap one player. A whole bunch of people bought Sonos gear before Xmas, and since Sonos only bundles one ZP80 with one ZP100, some of you may have the wrong mix. The ZP80 is much smaller, draws less power, and has a digital out to connect it to amplifiers. The ZP100 is bigger, has an amplifier, can drive regular speakers, has two more Ethernet ports, but misses the digital out and draws more power.

Do you have the right players, or would you want to swap one?


Perhaps people want to sell parts of their bundles to me :)
I guess I only need 1 player (prefering ZP100) and 1 controller.

Sebastian Grötsch, 2008-07-31

vowe, we had discussed this via mail and you convinced me to keep the ZP100s when I tried to swap them to ZP80s.

Originally I wanted to swap because there is a little humming sound from the ZP100 power supply and I feared to hear it in my bedroom.

By now I admit you were right. My wife and I don't hear the hum during the night (turns out we're not bats, after all). And there is one major advantage for the ZP100: One doesn't need to turn its amp on or off, that's what it does by itself whenever you use it.

Now I only wish Sonos would add Quality of Service to its mesh network (details). Then my Sonos setup would be more useful, since I use its mesh as my appartment's local net.

Hanno Zulla, 2008-07-31

Sebastian, you missed it, but Sonos did have one controller/one player bundles. In any case, it makes a lot of sense to split existing bundles for people who want to add stuff selectively.

Volker Weber, 2008-07-31


On a clean power supply, the ZP100 power does not buzz. I have 9 of them now and I've never heard a buzz from any of them.

Give tech support a call to discuss.

Ben Rose, 2008-07-31

If I remember this correctly, the ZP100 has a transformer in its power supply. If that is the case, it can emit a 50 Hz hum if it's no longer perfectly blocked.

Volker Weber, 2008-07-31

@Ben, it does buzz, though it is very little. I was afraid that it would be audible at night in a silent room, but it isn't once you are a few meters away.

Hanno Zulla, 2008-08-01

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