For me, the best user experience is to walk into a room, press a single button, and my favorite music starts playing. Press it again and the music stops. When I need to configure things or do something out of the ordinary, I can reach for my phone and make adjustments on an App.
The issue for me with using the phone Apps for everyday listening is this: no matter how slick the phone apps get, I'm still several clicks away from getting to the point where I can play or adjust the music in my house. And that assumes I have my phone on me - if I left it downstairs in the kitchen, I'd have to go get it in order to turn on the game while I'm taking a shower.
I decided I needed both wall stations and a tablet/phone app, so that ruled Sonos out. I do have Sonos at my office, where I'm by myself, and I'm guaranteed to have my phone in my pocket at all times. it's fine in that environment, but I found it to be rather limited in my home. I ended up trolling eBay for used Nuvo grand concerto equipment, and assembled everything I needed for half price or better. Granted, it's not yet doable for $1000- probably more like $2000 for a 6-zone system, and an MPS4 (and a lot of patience).
I expect the Nuvo GC stuff will continue to drop in price now that it's out of favor, but so long as it works for another 5-10 years (and by that time there will be something else) I'll be content.
Last edited by xs10shl; 08-28-2015 at 11:07 PM.