jautor, if I go with the avr, I have 2 questions. Looking at a marantz receiver.
1) do the apps for receivers allow you to view the music selections on your iPad or phone, so that you don't have to have the tv on to choose. In my old house, I was using a blurry player to access pandora, but each time I wanted to start to play or change the selection, I had to turn the tv on-with a sonos you see it on the control device, correct.
2) with a receiver, does it access internet directly (if Ethernet connected) or does it have to use airplay , thus necessitating using the apple device at the same time (thus draining the battery)?