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Sonos Touch-Sensitive CR200 Remote Spotted

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Sonos Touch-Sensitive CR200 Remote Spotted

Sonos promised a redesigned and updated remote control was on its way when it launched the Sonos Controller for iPhone and, lo and behold, the first 'real life' image of that controller, the CR200, has been grabbed by Automated Home, claiming the device itself should be available "almost immediately.

The major change is immediately evident, the CR200's screen now dominating its front betraying its status as the primary method of control; the scroll-wheel of old banished. The interface looks pretty similar to that on the iPhone/iPod touch application and will apparently feature an on-screen keyboard for searching and other such functions.

There are a couple of buttons to complement the touch-sensitive screen. Specifically, dedicated buttons are provided for volume controls (including a mute button) and what looks like a 'home' control. Not that we're critical of such concessions - there are still times when a physical button is more practical than a touchscreen - trying to turn down your music to answer a phone call, say.

According to Automated Home the docking cradle (pictured) is bundled with the remote, which is good. The ZP120 and ZP80 zone players will be getting a re-colouring to match the new remote's tone and a new bundle, called the BU250, will be offered including the new remote - although it will remain otherwise identical to the awesome BU150 package.

Pricing is sadly not mentioned; we can but hope the CR200 won't be as insanely pricing as the £280-odd CR100 it replaces.

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Automated Home.

Premfab

July 3, 2009, 1:00 am

Welcome to this overdue update. The CR100 was badly lacking a toich screen. I have 2 of them but decided to try the ipod touch - this offers more satisfying experience especially when you need to search an artist or track (due to the touch screen).





Sonos will need to be careful about pricing. At the moment, the ipod touch is significantly cheaper than the CR100.





If this is going to cost much more than an ipod touch, then I can see people still opting for the ipod touch.

Hugo

July 3, 2009, 2:34 am

After all an iPod touch also plays music and can access such applications such as Last.fm ;)

Fod

July 3, 2009, 3:20 pm

Hmm, I'm still a big fan of the Squeezebox. Open source, lots of plugins, and a bunch of ipod control options (I use the iPeng app in addition to a squeezzebox Controller). The only place they fall down is that they don't have a mesh network, but I can live without this, especially since I'm about to install a wired network in the house.

Jmac

July 3, 2009, 3:54 pm

Not quite sure why anyone would now buy a CR100 rather than a much cheaper, slicker and more capable iPod Touch to control their Sonos. I can see the CR200 being irrelevant before it even launches unless it has some especially clever features or its price significantly undercuts the Touch.

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