Originally Posted by bouncing
That seems really high, so I would think that I could collapse it to a 12 zone system -- for example in my fitness room I have a sauna/steam shower/workout area separated into 3 separate zones that could probably just be a single zone.
Home run those speakers, though, and combine at the amp end. But yes, those sounds like a good set to combine. Note that keypad-based systems don't have "direct" ties between a keypad and a set of speakers. Meaning, they are all just control devices for the system, and are typically "assigned" to one zone for ease of use. The NuVo systems (and many others as well) can assign multiple keypads to a single zone (or the other way 'round). So you could place three keypads in one zone. Or control three zones from one keypad.
If you can fit into fewer zones, yes, it can be a big savings (at least initially). I've got really 10 zones squeezed into eight at the moment, to avoid the expense of the expansion system, and for my current usage model, it works fine.
Other than receiving source metadata and selecting sources from the keypad, is there any other advantage that the Nuvo system has over the HTD system?
The HTD and any other keypad-based system will allow source selection and volume control (obviously). The menu-driven keypads and display of metadata from supported sources is THE big feature difference, and is a huge leap in functionality. But having mobile device access to the sources does provide for an alternative solution that can approach a similar level of usability.
From what I have been reading in other discussion threads, the Sonos system provides a much better Internet streaming system and control interface on a tablet than the Nuvo MPS4/MPS4E.
I don't know if I'd call it "much better". The Autonomic / NuVo apps work just fine. The Sonos certainly gets the edge, and is likely to improve and add services at a better rate than the MPS4 app (which is probably "done"). I'd really like to see some hands-on reviews of the new NuVo wireless systems that compete head-on with the Sonos...
Some people like the sonos so much that they rack them up in their basement and just put an IPOD right into the wall to act as the keypad. I don't have any experience with either, though.
iOS6 with the "Guided Access" single-app mode can now be a decent solution, IMO, for a wall-mounted keypad. Before iOS6, this was clumsy at best.
The NuVo P3100 was designed to compete for folks who are racking multiple Sonos units. Essentially three units in a 1U chassis. Again, haven't played with the UI in person - really want a head-to-head shootout with Sonos.
Also, is getting software updates going to be a big deal if I do buy the Nuvo system online, without using a local dealer?
Not a huge deal in that you should be able to get it, but quite frankly there hasn't been much change in a while on the base system, and I wouldn't expect any new features/services to be added to the MPS4.
I wish they would just retail this stuff through Best Buy
Well, not Best Buy... Let's face it, anything that requires home wiring is not going to be for the HTiB crowd... But NuVo did announce that they are selling the wireless systems officially to end users directly via Parts-Express and Smarthome. So you'll pay MSRP as if you bought from a dealer, but you'll be buying from an authorized source. Although, really, this has been true for a long time. The difference may be a change to the support policy, though, you might not be asked to "call your dealer" on those two systems... We shall see. NuVo's new owners may have more plans and the resources to allow them to scale up to allow for this (and be able to walk the fine line with the direct vs. custom install model).
JeffEdited by jautor - 1/11/13 at 11:15am