I'll admit it: I squealed like a schoolgirl this morning when I saw the Sonos S5 announcement – finally a Sonos solution I could actually afford. At $US399 and controlled by the iPhone, I was entertaining dreams of picking up a few of these bad boys and streaming my music through my house. Then I got the Australian press release and my wallet clenched up tighter than a snare drum.
If you want to pick up the S5 in Australia, the RRP is $799. Or, going at today's awesome exchange rate, the equivalent of $US725. Sure, we've got GST and the US price probably doesn't include sales tax, plus there are economies of scale to think about. But ultimately, this looks like yet another case of Aussies getting the short end of the stick when it comes to gadget pricing.