Sonos Bundle 250 review

Price when reviewed

Elsewhere, the system is just as capable as before. We were supplied with the BU250 for review, which adds two ZonePlayers – one 90 and one 120 – to the CR200 controller. The former hooks into your router, providing a bridge between your home network and the Sonos system’s mesh network technology, while the latter boasts an integrated Class-D 110W amplifier for direct connection to a pair of speakers.

Setting everything up is also just as much of a doddle as before. Plug everything into the wall, hook the ZonePlayer 90 up to your router and creating the Sonos network is as simple as pressing a couple of buttons. Better still, it gets one up immediately on the cheaper Logitech Squeezebox Duet system by not requiring a PC running proprietary software. You can access music on any UPnP-media server device.

Making it cheaper

It seems as much of a waste as it always did to simply use the ZonePlayer 90 as a network bridge when it boasts all the kit to be a streamer in its own right (stereo phono, plus optical and electrical S/PDIF outputs), and especially when buying one costs a not-inconsiderable £279 inc VAT.

There are options if your want to save a little bit of cash, though. The Sonos ZoneBridge does a similar job to the ZonePlayer 90, but costs £200 less at £79 when purchased separately, while for iPhone and iPod Touch owners, there’s an app that echoes much of the CR200’s capability for absolutely nothing. You could then, in theory build a full Sonos system for £360 inc VAT – a considerable saving on the huge £799 for the Bundle 250.


But if you’re thinking of pinching the pennies you’ve probably missed the point of Sonos systems – they’re designed for those who want a reliable, simple wireless multiroom system that won’t look out of place next to their van der Rohe armchair and Joseph Hoffman sofa.

It’s undeniably expensive, but nothing else quite matches its combination of engineering excellence and all-round ease of use.


Display type 5
Screen size 3.5in
Resolution 640 x 480

Software and OS support

Software supplied Sonos Controller
Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Mac OS X supported? yes
Operating system Linux supported? no


Dimensions width 185
Dimensions depth 208
Dimensions height 89
Dimensions 185 x 208 x 89mm (WDH)

Audio format support

MP3 support yes
WMA support yes
AAC support yes
OGG support yes
FLAC support yes
ATRAC support no
WAV support yes
ASF support no
AIFF support yes
Other audio codec support Audible, Apple Lossless

Video format support

Other video codec support N/A

Ports and communications

Remote control? yes
UPnP media server? yes
802.11a support no
802.11b support no
802.11g support no
802.11 draft-n support no
Ethernet interface yes
Wired adapter speed 100Mbits/sec
RCA (phono) outputs 1
3.5mm audio jacks 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 1

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