The best sound system I never bought
A few weeks ago I was in the audience of the show RocKwiz which is a live music TV show that has been airing on SBS since 2005. Before the show starts the hosts do some pre-show entertainment, where they quiz the audience to warm up the crowd. Funnily enough, I didn’t know the answer to many of the questions during this, however I did yell out the right answer for very last question. With my luck, the last question of the night happened to be the one that wins a SONOS PLAY: 3 Sound System!
Now, with a love for music, and a recent subscriber to MOG, my neighbours would soon find out this is going to be a deadly combination. So, the night was young, and the show hadn’t even started and I was already up $500 in prizes – so I carried a cheeky smile all night. Funny thing is, I was actually there taking photos at the event on behalf of Telstra, so it was quite ironic I was made to smile for the video cameras to show off my prizes to be aired on TV – eeek, I prefer to be behind the camera as much as possible, so this was quite nerve-racking.
Anyway, the night was great, I was honoured to meet the music greats, Michael Chugg, Michael Gudinski, the adorable Clare Bowditch and lead vocalist of The Grates – Patience Hodgson, and of course the very talented Josh Pyke. No failing to mention it was a very entertaining show overall, so feel free to watch check out the site where you can read various episodes online or just watch it aired on TV at 7:30pm Saturdays on your T-Box.
Enough of my star-struck night, the next day is when things really got juicier. I went to work, edited the photos from the night before and uploaded them to share with the public and media on Flickr, but the best part was setting up my lovely SONOS when I got home that day. My first feeling was, this is awkward, theres only 3-buttons, volume up, down and mute. “How am I meant to control this thing?”, but I weirdly love the smell of new technology straight from the factory. So I went over to the SONOS website and read up on it, and realised this speak sound system can be completely controlled with my iPhone, iPad and MacBook! (and Androids and PC’s too of course). How cool!
However, one set back was that I didn’t have an ethernet connection (LAN cable), because I was running a Telstra 4G Mobile Broadband Wi-Fi, and the SONOS requires a hardwired internet connection. Double eek! So I thought my bubble was bursted, as I had no choice but to email the support team, to find out how I am meant to make this bad boy work for me! Fortunately, but also surprisingly they got back to me really quickly, and the next day it was easy enough to go out and buy a NetComm Router, that allowed me to connect the SONOS PLAY: 3 directly to it. Not bad for under $50.
So, when everything was connected, I made myself a cup of coffee, sat down on the couch and loaded up the app on my iPhone. The first song I searched for Chris Brown’s – Turn Up the Music, (and that I definitely did). Next up was Jay Sean – I’m All Yours, followed by Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit, that we all know the name of, which I refuse to write as it will get stuck in our head – which came up as a top played track. If your wondering… my answer is no, no and no. No these weren’t songs playing off my iPhone, or my iPad, nor the MacBook. The SONOS app on the iPhone actually acted like a remote for the sound system, and streamed the music directly through the speakers.
What this means is, anyone who comes over with a smartphone, can install the app (enter my codeword), and add songs to the queue which they search from a variety of apps, which I obviously find MOG to be the best for. 16 million songs, all in high-quality and amazing ‘personalised radio’ functions, my MOG, together with the sexy new SONOS, powered by Telstra, definitely makes my neighbours love me, or hate me. The sound is perfectly crisp, the bass is really deep and the ability to connect it with my whole Apple suite, makes it for one fantastic party at my place. So…Call me maybe?
P.S. Did I mention I also got to meet David Hyman… The Founder and CEO of MOG! What a night!