Originally Posted by finger123
2. Sonos as far as i can tell are 3.5x more expensive to do the same thing.
They do the same things, but the Sonos will do more. But it doesn't sound like you want those. So, for your purposes, not worth it.
3. I get the feeling that an itunes based system will be easier to gradually upgrade (without huge purchases) as the software is separate from the hardware. I could be wrong on this one...
The big limitation in a setup using iTunes is having only one output from the PC. In order to have multiple, simultaneous outputs, you have to use another device to access the library. To me, this is where the confusion/conflict can occur.
4. Internet radio is not really something that I enjoy. I see it as a fad. I rarely come across a song on pandora that I like that I do not already have. My rules based playlists give me what I want with better accuracy. Also apple allows you to stream all of the radio stations that are in itunes.
If iTunes meets all of your needs, and you've already got it working...
5. I will take function over form any day. (I do not get a thrill out of telling people that I have "sonos"). I couldn't care less who is a "Mac guy" or "who is a PC"... I just want a system that works. That is not to say that people only get sonos to brag but I would get more enjoyment out of a system that just works...
Yoiu bought a bunch of expensive iDevices when there are cheaper tablets and MP3 players... Why??? Because the work better.
Can anyone point out something that justifies spending $350 per "sonos zone" rather than airport expresses at $99? Has anyone tried what I am planning with success or failure?
Again, if iTunes meets your needs, very hard to beat the price of the Airports plus an amp. The only real issue I see is that volume control, zone selection will be based on the last-source-used. iTunes and iDevices will remember the last state they were in. Whenever someone starts playing from a device, they'll have to know to select which Airport(s) to use.
There may be confusion/conflicts when multiple people want to access the library. I suspect what will happen is your kids will stream from their iPad/iPods, you'll use the iTunes library, and you'll avoid conflicts that way.