Mon 5 Dec 2016
Sonos 5 – Beware of the Built-in Microphones That May Inevitably Be Used By Government Agencies or Bad People
Posted by RichSlick under Rants
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Christmas is just around the corner and I have been struggling with what to buy for others and myself. I don’t really need nor want a new 4k TV since what I have now is fine – I even have TVs that I don’t use in the house! The new MacBook Pro that I’ve been waiting years for turned out to be a gimmicky garbage laptop. The new 3.5mm jackless iPhones are a no-go for me until the wireless technology can give me a FULL day use without needing recharging. Heck with 3.5 mm headphones, I never need charging!
In talking to a friend about some ideas, he told me he had just bought a new Sonos 5 and that he absolutely loved it. I read the reviews on Amazon and everyone seems pretty happy with the device. I was set to buy a few of these for my home but decided to do just a bit more research and then I found a deal killer – this device has TWO built-in MICROPHONES. Why on Earth does a speaker system need to have microphones? This isn’t a recording device, it is a sound distribution node so WTF!
Sadly, I won’t be buying any Sonos products anytime soon until this issue is addressed so in the meantime I am looking at alternatives that have more security in mind that stupid features that serve no real purpose.