Originally Posted by SeanU
I'm going to give you guys some Plex Advantages to argue :
1) Use what ever server you want... PC/Mac/Linux
2) Use whatever client you want (Android, Google TV, Windows, Mac)
3) Stream to multiple devices at once.
4) It's cheap... server is free, app prices are minimal
5) You are not tied to a hardware vendor... use bluetooth, airplay, dlna, hardwired etc. whatever you want.
6) It does video streaming as well.
7) If you want to, you can share a connection to your plex server to friends and family outside your house. This requires some network tweaking and a dns provider like no-ip.org.
9) Spend as much or as little as you want on amps/speakers.
I have 3 Galaxy Tab 2 7" tablets. They have a Wolfson dac, and great audio quality when using a dock... They can also stream music from Pandora, Google Music, Spotify etc. My kid has an iHome in his room with an old ipad. My LG google TV has Plex also... used mostly for video collection.
The main downsides :
1) For best results, your music should be well tagged and have covers. I don't use it with an iTunes library, but I assume it will pick up covers from there if you do.
2) Video's playback best when the device supports the format, if the server has to re-encode things can get choppy if it is not powerful enough to keep up.
3) You need to pay for a "Plex Pass" to get the latest and greatest feature (currently $75 lifetime). I get along fine without Plex Pass, but others may want it.
4) I didn't investigate remote software, Each "zone" needs to be controlled by the device in each room in my case. If the device has a remote (ihome in my case) it can change tracks and volume, but not browse the collection etc.
If money is no option, and you want an easy setup, Sonos is great. If you are cost conscious, and don't want to be tied to a hardware vendor... check out Plex.