First things first.... heap lavish praise on the manufacturer for such a great gizmo. And to those who take the time to educate and assist here on the forum <*smiles*>
Have been looking at all manner of whole home control systems ... and settled on Control4. (niles, russound, xantech, channelvision, channelplus, colorado, B&K,... etc .. scared o$$ without looking at Creston
) Saw Sonos on boxing day last year and shrugged it off. The more I read about Sonos, and compared costs for equal utility, I ordered a bundle in August. (Fabulous buying experience ... well treated by Sonos Store direct.)
This is all a work currently in progress...
When we re-sided the house last week, unhooked the satellite internet dish (Xplornet - inet sole use) ... the network got funny (expected) but sonos did not work. The software (2.5) would load (very slowly) but could not see the music running on a hard-drive connected to latest fastest mac mini with 2Gb ram. (all mac based here....)
I'm guessing there is a way to run it without an active internet connect IP adress. ( is there ?) That's the question. How.
Regarding Sonos as a system, integrated into whole home, each of the ZP80's have both Toslink output (digital) and RCA (analog) - the ZP100s just RCA --- with at least 4 of these, you can have quite a number of input sources. These are now selectable as an input from any zone. ie ... dvd, cable music, tv
At $400, the handheld controller (CR100) is elegant, functional, and fun.
Compare at likely $600-$700 minimum for other LCD control (control4, niles, B&K etc) ... and the Sonos is a clear winner.
I'm trying now to weigh utlity, integration, cost and quality of sound reproduction : 16 channel, 100W/ch Control4 amp or go with a selection of B&K, Rotel, Marantz amps/AV receivers. If there are a number of av receivers, that would help with switching HD video.... hmmm . decisions.
I am a gluton for power and that is what turned me off of Russound and others in the first place ... 50 W/ch is merely a background quality of sound (sure it can boot louder, but not as crisp as 100W amps and preferably 200W/ch amps.) ... Control4 had this 100W/16 ch amp which attracted me. The system is what kept me interested, as I am now looking at the separates route, which should all be controllable with the Control4 system.
Part of system for reference:
In-ceiling speakers : 3 pairs paradigm, 1 pair sonance, 2 pair boston Acoustics VRi565 ... need one more pair.
Floor Standing : Pair each of Boston Acoustics VR3s, VR2s, A150s,
Bookshelf : 3 pairs PSB Alpha - varying models.
Outdoor : 2 pairs Boston Acoustics Grand Voyager,
3 1080P TVs, 2 monitors, kitchen tv
Not including TVs, likely into about $2,500 for wiring.
$5000 for control, $4000 for amplification etc
Wired most myself ....
To all major rooms from central Home Run :
HDMI ... up to 75' (monoprice) .. will report later when all installed ... 6 mo?
Cat5e x 2 min
5 coax component + audio (monoprice)
(monoprice also with great products/service)
"Nuff ranting and systems dump... Questions welcome.
Answers most appreciated