A marriage of technologies has seen the Sonos digital music system interface with the Philips’ Pronto TSU9600 and Marantz RC9001 touchscreen remote controls.

Sonos’ multiroom wireless music system has proved remarkably popular for its simplicity of configuration and use, but it could only be controlled by its own remote. This forced people wishing to integrate control of their house-wide AV system to use two remotes; one for their multi-room system and another for everything else. Until now, that is.

Technology developed by Sydney-based AVD Australia now enables Sonos multi-room systems to interface with the Philips’ Pronto TSU9600 and Marantz RC9001 touchscreen remote controls, allowing whole-house AV systems to be controlled using just a single handset. The usual Sonos menus can be enjoyed on the Pronto or Marantz, including the ability to: see current and next track info (including album cover art); browse music by artist; control volume and play modes’ link; control playback in different areas (up to eight); manage and edit the music queue, as well as control your home’s entire multi-room AV systems or smart home devices such as lighting or air conditioning.

Pricing starts at $695 for a single remote and Sonos zone, with configurations using up to eight Sonos zones and Pronto remotes available.