Yes, Sonos is best! The Play3 is small, looks good in both black/silver and white/silver. Plus, you can use two of them as a stereo pair. If you have more space, the Play5 definitely sounds better, but is a bit larger than the Bose iPod dock system, so space may be an issue...
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Well, I went and listened to the Sonos Play 5 and the Pioneer A4 at my local BestBuy. They both sound okay but are not what I would consider hifi and BOTH are 802.11 b/g and will therefore compromise my 802.11 n wireless network... Sigh...
The Sonos has a fatal flaw for me - over 1 TB of music in iTunes. Apparently, Sonos has its own music library which would mean I would have to update both my iTunes AND my Sonos libraries for any changes or additions. Too much effort. Second, the Sonos does't do AirPlay - too bad for our iPhones and iPads and Mac computers... Not a good fit for us.
The Pioneer has AirPlay and doesn't need the $50 Bridge to connect wirelessly with our existing wireless network. Biggest issue here is the required power brick - where the heck am I going to put that in the kitchen? What are these designers thinking?
Thanks to g_bartman and aural addict 1, but I am still looking...
I get it, Sonos is not for everyone. Just FYI, Sonos has a free apple/android app that allows you to access all your iTunes files without the need for air play.
No I didn't know that - thanks. I'm still concerned about my wireless network. I can't believe that the manufacturers aren't pushing the higher network speeds. I would think it would make their products work even better.
Have you considered an integrated amp with a pair of bookshelf (monitor) speakers?
What if your budget?
I don't really have a budget issue (even though it's not unlimited 8^) but I do have serious "real estate" issues in terms of counter space. I have several integrated amp systems that could serve otherwise...
Actually, since they take less space than an integrated and some speakers AND come in white, that might be a possibility. I have some A5+ speakers in my work office and I really like them for near-field speakers. Not sure how they would work for "normal" speakers... I'll have to bring them home to see how they work in the kitchen.