Originally Posted by slorente
Jeff, if you were to design a solution again (today) would you still go with NuVo? Have you had a chance to compare it with Russound's C-series? I am kind of leaning towards those two...or just going with a bunch of Sonos Connects and calling it a day. I just hate the idea of not having keypads.
I looked at the Russound line four years ago when I was building - I had not spent any time with any of these systems prior to that, so it was all new. At the time, Russound didn't have a digital media library/streamer product, but NuVo did. That was the major decision factor for me at the time. Russound now has one, although I wish they supported more of the streaming services (Pandora, etc.) natively instead of relying on mobile devices to send the content.
The other factor for me was the keypad displays - the dual-gang NuVo GC displays can be read easily from halfway across the room or more, because of the high-contrast OLED design. The LCD / screen size on the Russound keypads are only viewable at close range (but are certainly usable). If budget allows, the color touchscreens on both systems can provide a better experience. I ruled out the color screens for (1) cost and (2) in the case of NuVo, the non-standard cutout size.
Picking a system right now is a tough call - I wouldn't give up the keypad support, as I can quickly and easily call up Pandora, Internet Radio stations or switch sources to listen to the TV audio (news programming in the morning). Which for me, covers more than 80% of my usage. So I'd probably still go with the NuVo GC and bite the bullet on the MPS4 server. I'd squeeze my library to fit into the MPS4 to avoid the extra cost of the Elite to gain NAS storage though. I don't use the NuVo system for my primary listening system, so keeping a high-bitrate MP3 subset of the digital library for WHA usage would be fine for me - and is easier to navigate through the keypad / app, too.
The per-zone costs of a Sonos (or NuVo P100/200) is compelling in comparison, and I would expect folks that haven't lived with the keypads to not "miss" that convenience like I would now. If NuVo would just bring the server pricing down or build an amp-less P3100 companion to the GC, they'd have the best of both...
PS - I got a deal on a P200 this week to give it a test drive, so I'll have some first-hand experience to report soon...