I apologize if this has already been discussed somewhere in this thread...
I'm considering purchasing a Sonos Connect to integrate into my living room setup, which includes a 7.2 channel AVR with Airplay, Bluetooth, and stereo Zone 2 analog pre-outs. There are a few things I am interested in accomplishing with this setup...
1) To consolidate all of my music streaming options (both internet streaming services and locally stored audio files) into a single device/UI that is easily controlled with an Android/iPad/iPhone.
2) To allow playback of all of the above on my existing sound system, using a single input source.
3) To begin building a multi-zone audio setup that will allow me to share this audio throughout the house, sometimes playing different music in different zones and sometimes playing the same music is multiple zones (in sync with eachother).
4) To be able to send audio from external sources, including the DirecTV receiver, to other parts of the house (without having to run wires).
Item #'s 1-3 are pretty straight forward and are options found in many wireless audio packages. Item #3
obviously requires a Connect. I will likely connect both the optical and analog outputs from the Connect to the AVR for flexibility, though I would use the optical connection most of the time for better quality in the living room. Item #4
is the one that, as far as I can tell, makes Sonos the best option (as opposed to strictly using an AppleTV/Roku/etc.). Not many wireless audio systems seem to have inputs for external source devices. With that being said, I have a few questions regarding the analog inputs on the Connect...
1) What quality can I expect from their analog to digital conversion? Will it be CD quality (assuming the source is outputting CD or better quality)?
2) Is there a noticeable delay resulting from the need to make the analog to digital conversion? For instance, if I have the audio playing directly from the source in the living room and the same audio playing through the Sonos system in another room close by and can hear both as I walk through the house, will there be an audible delay? I realize that the Sonos system is able to sync audio that it is putting out to multiple zones, but wasn't sure if my scenario would be different since one of the zones is not directly tied into the Sonos controller.
3) Are there any alternative products that can actually accept digital audio inputs (HDMI/optical/coax) from an external source and integrate them into a wireless audio system without the need for the extra digital to analog and analog to digital conversions?
4) Are there any alternative products that support wireless streaming of multi-channel audio to multiple zones? I know Sharp has a universal player coming out that can stream multi-channel audio via. WiSA, but it is priced considerably higher than I would like and I am not sure that it can actually support multiple zones and 7.1 channel surround sound simultaneously.