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Heos vs. Sonos - Who has the best streaming music player today? Is Heos better than Sonos?
We wrote an article on this a couple years ago and we've seen that this topic is VERY popular today as it has become our leader in all-time hits! We decided to make a video that details some of the basics when it comes to:
The app itself
The ecosystem of related products such as streaming music players, soundbars and portable speakers
The ease of use
Pros and cons of both
Check out our video in the link below that points out the features of both. NOTE: As much as we wanted to crown a champion (a few years ago, we deemed Sonos as the streaming player KING in their previous Face-off), we did see benefits to both and in our opinion, Heos has gotten much better from a reliability stand-point than it was a few years ago.
NOTE: With both of these systems, having a GOOD wired and WiFi network is very important. See our video about "How to fix Sonos" below that details some important network steps that are pertinent for both Heos and Sonos.
Instead of typing up a book about these two streaming competitors, we've created about 25 minutes of content between both these videos. This should help you decide which is better for you between Sonos or Heos AND it will aid in setting your network up correctly to accommodate both systems.
Products used for this testing were:
Sonos AMP streaming amplifier
Sonos PORT streaming player
Sonos ONE portable speaker
Sonos BEAM soundbar
Denon HOME 150 portable speaker
Denon HOME SOUND BAR 550 soundbar
Denon HEOS LINK streaming player
Denon HEOS HSAMP streaming amplifier
Marantz NR1711 audio/video receiver
Got other questions about the best streaming music players? If you're in the So Cal or San Diego region, give us a call and let us help you decide between Heos and Sonos.
Sonos not working for you? See our video and tips!
After selling and installing over 1000 Sonos systems, we figured that we'd learned a thing or two. (Definition of Sonos: World's best jukebox that opens up a world of music options, provides multiple solutions to listen to audio in a surround sound, outdoor audio or with portable speakers and has fewer issues than anything else we’ve tested). We then made a video that detailed how to fix Sonos when problems came up. We posted the video aaaannnnnnnnddddddd...you HATED IT! 6 out of 10 people on Youtube yelled "BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
When we thought about it, we realized that our Sonos systems are different than many other Sonos systems as we have certain networking and set-up standards that we use when we install Sonos. The public and other audio installation companies may not be familiar with many of these tricks. Therefore, our NEW video goes in depth about how to fix Sonos problems ranging from basic things to advanced elements.
Watch the old video with Grandmaster Will in the link below and HERE which details how to fix Sonos including:
These processes will work with all Sonos components including the new Sonos 2021 models like the Sonos PORT, Sonos ARC, Sonos PLAY5, Sonos BEAM, Sonos SUB and the Sonos ONE. Still can’t get Sonos to work or want to add Sonos to your home audio system? Let our San Diego Sonos experts point you in the right direction.
Watch the NEW and improved Sonos troubleshooting video at the link below:
Hopefully this helps out! If you need Sonos, give us a call. Everyone is familiar with the recent semiconductor issues in the world right now and these are affecting inventory. However, as of this second, we have the Sonos ARC in stock! We have the Sonos BEAM in stock! We have the Sonos FIVE in stock. This is subject to change at any time.
Sonos not working? Call us. Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County including the communities and cities of Central San Diego County which includes Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, La Mesa, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Imperial Beach, Pt Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego County which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Olivenhain, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, Alta Del Mar, La Jolla, Poway and Rancho Bernardo. We aren't forgetting about our East County friends in El Cajon, Blossom Valley, Lakeside and Alpine. Need help in Murrieta, Wildomar, Temecula, Fallbrook or Bonsall...we're there too.
How to fix your Sonos system? See our link below that goes over the details!
We LOVE Sonos! It opens up a world of music options, provides multiple solutions to listen to audio in a surround sound, outdoor audio or with portable speakers and has fewer issues than anything else we’ve tested. However, just like anything in life, Sonos can have problems from time-to-time.
Watch the video with Grandmaster Will in the link below and HERE which details how to fix Sonos including:
2020…this year has really been a bummer. One of the only good things we’ve seen from it are some of Sonos’s new products! Sonos has some fantastic new products for 2019 and 2020 that have made listening to your favorite music more impactful, easier and better-sounding than ever. Listed below are two of our favorite new Sonos products; the Sonos AMP powered streaming amp and the Sonos ARC reference soundbar.
Sonos AMP - $649.00: This piece has become our go-to when powering areas of audio, especially when these areas are separated from where all of the audio/video equipment is housed. In the past, you would need to walk to where all of the equipment was located, pick your music, push a few more buttons to make speakers in other areas play and then walk back to the area you wanted to listen in. Now, you can be in any room with speakers, touch a few buttons on your phone and you’re rocking! This is great for outdoor areas or large homes where the equipment is located in a room/closet that is far away.
The included 125 watt X 2 channel amplifier is powerful enough to drive most speakers on the market. In fact, this will make most existing audio systems sound MUCH better than they currently do. This is because many existing whole-house audio set-ups are using amplifiers that deliver 5-30 watts/channel to the speakers. This increase in power from using the Sonos AMP will in most cases, give you better bass, clearer highs and more-defined sound. NOTE: If you already have amplifiers or a surround sound receiver, you can use the Sonos PORT streaming device to provide these streaming services without the power that the AMP provides. The Sonos AMP also includes the Sonos “brain” which gives you access to almost every app known to Man such as Spotify, Pandora, iHeart, Apple Music, etc. You can use Sonos AMPs to power different areas of the house or landscape. If you opt to do this, each area can either have its own source (ex: one room could have “The Smiths” on Spotify while another room has “The Beatles” station on Pandora) OR you can touch a button and all of the areas are playing the same thing! This is great for gatherings or parties.
NOTE: When using the AMPs in large homes or in spacious backyard settings, you need to ensure that your WiFi network is sufficient to provide adequate range and bandwidth. See our article HERE that discusses a great WiFi network.
Sonos ARC - $799.00: The Sonos ARC is their new soundbar for 2020 that replaces the Sonos PLAYBAR model which was their staple for many years. This 8 woofer, 3 tweeter, 11 channel marvel sounds fantastic, allows you to play the Sonos music sources detailed above and can be incorporated into surround sound set-ups with the separate Sonos SUB subwoofer and Sonos ONE rear speakers. The limitation of most soundbars in the past is that they have frankly, sounded middling at best. Thin mid-range, minimal bass and operational issues have been the norm (the need to power cycle cheapy soundbars is very common…this is when they lock up, won’t do anything and you have to unplug them/plug them back in to get them to work). This isn't the case with Sonos. The Sonos ARC can provide GREAT sound in a soundbar format, which can be cheaper and easier to wire than a conventional surround sound system. We give it two thumbs up!
Looking to see how Sonos can enhance your life with music? Call us! We are the experts on Sonos 2020 products AND everything they've ever made! We also have Sonos on display in our by-appointment only San Diego showroom.
Sonos experts are here! We've been selling Sonos since it came out! Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County which includes Del Cerro, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, La Mesa, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Point Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego County which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff CA, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Cielo, The Bridges, The Crosby, The Lakes, Torrey Pines, Alta Del Mar, Carmel Mountain, Carmel Valley, Coronado, Fairbanks Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. Need help in Murrieta, Wildomar, Temecula, Fallbrook or Bonsall...we're there too. House by Pardee, Shea, Lennar or other builders? We can help!
Black Friday Sonos - Don't deal with these crowds...call us!
Sonos Beam, Sonos Playbar and Sonos SUB wireless subwoofer
Enjoy time with your friends and family and save $$$ with just a phone call or e-mail. We're offering 20% off on selected Sonos products for Black Weekend (there is no Black Friday any more). Until 12/2/2019, save 20% on:
Sonos PLAYBAR...20% off!
Sonos BEAM...20 % off!
Sonos PLAYBASE...20% off!
Sonos SUB...20% off!
Sonos AMP...20% off!
Here's some information about which soundbar to buy:
We are off for the Holiday but we're processing all orders via phone or e-mail. Questions? Let our Sonos experts guide you towards the perfect audio solution for Black Friday.
Looking for Black Friday Sonos specials? Don't worry! Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County which includes Del Cerro, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, La Mesa, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Point Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego County which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff CA, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Cielo, The Bridges, The Crosby, The Lakes, Torrey Pines, Alta Del Mar, Carmel Mountain, Carmel Valley, Coronado, Fairbanks Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. Need help in Murrieta, Wildomar, Temecula, Fallbrook or Bonsall...we're there too. House by Pardee, Shea, Lennar or other builders? We can help!
Sonos Playbar on top of cabinet
Who owns the Home Wireless Music Streaming Industry?
Sonos, by far, owns this market – hands down. After all, they are the pioneers of the wireless home sound system. They were established back in 2002 and have been solely focused on this market for almost 20 years. For a while there, they were the only company making systems of this kind. Since then many other companies have jumped in and are giving this market a try. One of the more reputable companies is Denon with their Heos Wireless Speaker Devices and Heos-enables devices.
Does Heos give Sonos a run for its money?
The answer to this question is a big YES IT DOES. Heos brings some great products and features to the table that could definitely sway a person to use Denon’s Heos as an excellent alternative to Sonos. They both are controlled and setup using a free downloadable App on your phone or tablet. They both have devices that can create a whole house wireless music system. They both can stream most of the popular music streaming services available. They both offer varying sizes of wireless speakers with pretty comparable prices ranging from $150 to $900, and so on.
Play 1 $149 Heos 1 $199.99
Sonos One SL $179 Heos 3 $299.99
Sonos One $199 Heos 5 $399.99
Play 5 $499 Heos 7 $599.99
Playbar $699 Heos Bar $899.99
Any major differences between Sonos and Heos?
- Ease of use and setup:
Sonos takes Heos on this one. The Sonos App is incredibly easy to use, works consistently and the setup process is quick and straightforward. Heos’ App is a bit more clunky to navigate around in and the setup process isn’t always as smooth as Sonos’.
Heos takes Sonos on this front. Unlike Sonos, Heos devices are Bluetooth capable and are dual-band WiFi ready, so they can connect to either the 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz band of your router. Only the brand new Sonos Move has Bluetooth capability and all Sonos devices are single-band WiFi, 2.4Ghz capable. All Heos speaker devices have an audio line-in jack, a USB port, and a couple of the speakers even have a headphone jack. Heos supports Hi-Res audio, 96 KHz/24 bit, where the highest Sonos supports is CD quality, 44.1 KHz/16 bit. Heos also is built-into many Denon and Marantz receivers and this saves you money over buying a separate streamer (which you have to do with Sonos as it isn't built into any receivers today).
Sonos wins this battle. Sonos plays with more partners and companies than any other streaming product.
So which one do I choose? If you like the idea of something that is easy to use and that plays with all kinds of different apps, Sonos may be for you. If you want something that you can take with you where you may not have WiFi OR you want the best streaming quality possible, Heos should be your choice.
All opinions are ours and are just opinion. Need more information? Give us a call and let San Diego Sonos AND Heos experts give you the scoop.
UPDATE: Sonos has just added their Sonos ARC soundbar and Sonos PORT streaming pieces. These improved soundbars/streamers further cement the choice in our opinion that Sonos vs. Heos is a knock-out by...Sonos!
UPDATE #2 as of 10/09/2021: See our video review at:
Sonos PLAYBAR on sale! Sonos BEAM on sale! Sonos SUB on sale!!!!!!!!!
Your favorite streaming speaker is on sale for the BIG game! For the uninitiated…this is the Super Bowl. Football is much better with a killer sound system! For a limited time, save on the:
Sonos is the world’s (and our) favorite streaming speaker. Here’s some more information about how Sonos can enhance your life (see link below for an archive of Sonos information and articles).
Interested in Sonos speakers and saving $$$? Give us a call and let us give you the gift of Sonos for Superbowlmas!
San Diego Sonos sale! Our dealers proudly serve all of San Diego, CA which includes Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, La Mesa, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Imperial Beach, Pt Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego, California which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Alta Del Mar, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Alta Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. Need help in Murrieta, Wildomar, Temecula, Fallbrook or Bonsall...we're there too.
Sonos Beam vs. Sonos Playbar - Which Sonos soundbar is best?
The Sonos BEAM is here! This piece is Sonos' new low-priced soundbar offering that is competing with similar offerings from Polk Audio, Samsung, Yamaha and others. We have written HERE previously about why Sonos is great. However, we'd like to go over the compare the Sonos BEAM vs the Sonos PLAYBAR which is their premium soundbar solution. In a nutshell:
Pros of Sonos Beam:
The Sonos BEAM sells for $399.00 vs. $699.00 for the Sonos PLAYBAR. Benefit $$$!
The Sonos BEAM has Alexa built-into the soundbar. This allows you to operate many functions with just your voice!
Pros of the Sonos Playbar:
Better Sound: The Playbar uses 9 built-in speakers vs. 5 built-in speakers for the Beam. This allows the Playbar to provide fuller sound and audio that fills up a room.
Cleaner mounting: The Sonos Playbar can be mounted vertically or horizontally. This makes for a much cleaner look when it is mounted under a TV as it doesn't protrude as far from the wall. The Sonos Beam will stick out substantially past the wall-mounted TV in most cases. If you want an aesthetic and subtle look, the Playbar is our recommendation.
Hook-up Method: The Sonos Playbar uses what is called an optical cable to provide the audio channels. The Sonos Beam uses an HDMI cable and relies on a technology called ARC (audio return channel). Guys like us hate ARC as it isn't as reliable as we'd like. This lack of reliability can cause things to turn off that shouldn't, can cause components to go to the wrong input, etc. For better reliability and ease-of-use, we recommend the Playbar.
We are BIG fans of the Playbar over the Beam. However, they both have their place. Choose the Playbar if you have a large room, want BETTER sound or a clean look when wall-mounted. Choose the Beam if you are on a budget or if you want to get better sound in secondary areas such as Guest Bedrooms, Kids' Rooms, etc.
Need help deciding? We've helped hundreds of clients with Sonos in their San Diego homes. Let us help you as well!
Sonos on sale in San Diego - Sonos Beam soundbar pictured
Sonos RARELY goes on sale. Friends and prospective clients...rare times are here. Here are some of our Sonos sales that are ongoing:
Sonos ONE 2 room set: Reg. $398.00. NOW $379.00!
Sonos PLAY5 2 room set: Reg. $998. NOW $949.00!
Sonos ONE 3 room set: Reg. $597.00. NOW $549.00!
Sonos 5.1 surround system with PLAYBAR, SUB and ONE X 2 units: Reg. $1796.00. NOW: $1678.00!
Sonos 5.1 surround system with BASE, SUB and ONE X 2 units: Reg. $1796.00. NOW: $1678.00!
Sonos PLAY5 AND Pro-ject Essential III turntable: Reg. $858.00. NOW: $799.00!
Not sure what Sonos or pro-ject turntables are all abouot? See our earlier posts about these fantastic music streamers and wonderful turntables.
These sales is for a limited time so when Sonos says "No More", this Sonos Speaker Sets deal is officially over. Interested? Give us a call and let San Diego's Sonos dealer of choice show you why Sonos is a need for every music lover.
Want to install a Sonos wall mounted speaker...read on!
Sonos speakers are great but in the past, there hasn't been a way to cleanly wall mount them. The problem is that legally, we can't run the power cables in the wall (against California code) so you would see them laying exposed on the wall. However, one of our installation partners just came up with a solution. Midlite now has a LEGAL in-wall power solution that allows us to hide the power cable and that doubles as a wall mount! This makes for a much cleaner look, especially when using Sonos speakers as rear speakers in a surround sound configuration.
Looking for Sonos speakers? We happen to be Sonos experts and carry the full line including the PLAYBAR, Sonos ONE, Sonos SUB, Sonos PLAY5 and others. Don't know what all the ruckus is about? See below for a little information of what Sonos is all about.
Interested? Give us a call and let us show you how to enhance your life with Sonos streaming speakers and amazing music.