Originally Posted by jautor
"Utilize" both zones, yes. But you'll have multiple control points - you'll use the Sonos app for selecting music, but will still need to turn on/off the zone and adjust volume via your AVR. That can work, but certainly isn't convenient. In my experience, if you have to "go to" the system in another room to turn it on / adjust - the zones don't get used as often as they should. It becomes a hassle and you end up using it for "special occasions" or if you're going to be in the space for a long time...
Depends on your total (final) zone count. If that number is only two or three - a really nice AVR for that money (and you can offset some cost by selling the perfectly 'fine' gear...), with built-in streaming audio / Internet services and a mobile app for control would do great. You may have to spring $100 on a zone amp for zone3 (see AudioSource AMP-100), but it will be a good solution.
If you think you'll expand to more than three zones, I'd go the Sonos Connect:Amp route as you can add zones as you go...
Had not considered the easy volume/power control with the sonos option, as opposed to using the old receiver. As much as I liked the idea of a new multi-zone receiver with the new phone control options, after further consideration I think putting my money towards a Sonos system will be a better investment.
I had not considered the fact of getting wiring out to the shed. It has electric, and even cable, unfortunately not run through conduit, just ground rated cable buried. The Sonos system will allow me to throw a setup out there, a speaker or two in the garage, as well as make use of my current living room system.
I am thinking a Connect for the home theater, and will make a decision between a connect:amp to utilize my own speakers, or just go with the Play:1 or 3 for the garage. Potentially a Connect for the shed, as it will be off most of the time, I dont think requiring manual control of the system when out there will be an issue.
Reviews seem pretty good, do you have any experience with the Play speakers?
Worst case I am at around $1350(connect, connect:amp x2) with a system that can be easily expanded upon, and is wireless. $1600 in to an A2030 could have given me 3 simultaneous powered zones, however with more limited ability to be expanded upon, and leaving me with having to trench out conduit to the shed for the wiring.
Thanks much for being an idea board for me, haha.