Originally Posted by kalitechnis
I am currently looking at revamping a system we installed several years back. The home consists of 20 zones all hard wired back to the utility closet in the basement. Touch screens are in place now throughout the home(about 10 of them) connected via cat5. I was considering using a NuVo grand concerto, grand expander, several color touch screens, ipod dock and music port elite server. I started to look at the Sonos stuff and seems I can add 20 Connect:amps in the distribution closet in the basement where all the speaker lines come to. I have never used Sonos and was trying to get an understanding of how it works. i know it creates its own mesh network. One amp could connect to the router and the rest of the amps would then wirelessly communicate with one another? Being these would all sit in the same rack in the basement(since all the lines homerun from there), would that cause some sort of interference with on another?
If they're all centralized, you'd be much better off just using wired Ethernet in that location with a switch. I don't know what Sonos' limits are as to how many units the app supports for zone selection and so forth - same for Pandora/Spotify connections. While that would give you a whole lot of flexibility, I assume you don't really need 20 different sources.
Would I need to add something to the first floor, second floor and maybe outside to extend the Sonos wireless range that I could connect to an ethernet jack wherever the signal seems weak in the home? Basically, to get 20 zones to work in a home that is about 8-10k sq. ft. in size reliably, would Sonos be the product to go with over the NuVo system?
If the speakers are all wired to one location, I don't see any reason to change that - put all the gear at that location, regardless of what system you use.
I like the fact that I can send audio from the iPhone directly to the Sonos system as well as control the existing library rather than have iTunes sync to a server as done with the NuVo system. I spoke with Sonos support to get an idea with a few questions, but didnt get to detailed. Any input would be great! thanks!
You could accomplish the same iOS connectivity by putting an Apple Airport Express (an AirPlay device) attached as a source to the NuVo system (or any system for that matter).
Also, the MPS4/Elite will use NAS storage, so you could point it to an iTunes library on your network and not sync to the internal hard drive.
Note that the NuVo GC with the expander gets you 16 zones total. Getting to 20 would require some thought... With that many zones, you might consider a set of NuVo P3100 systems as well, it would be a cleaner install at the rack level...