Originally Posted by jautor
Well, first, to truly compare the two, you have to buy a $99 NAS box and four of the P300s - since the MPS4 serves up four simultaneous streams. But if you don't need that many (most of us don't), it's added functionality you pay for but won't use...
Four outputs at once, built-in hard drive, and keypad (NuVoNet) capability.
No and no. We've been begging NuVo to create the product you're asking for, but it's not apparently on the roadmap. I'm working on a solution, but it will require a NuVoNet adapter (hard to find) to function.
You've found all the information about the cross-family functionality. Zero.
You can still connect P300 as a source to the GC, but you won't get metadata on the keypads today. I encourage you to email NuVo and post these questions on their Facebook page - the more they hear from POTENTIAL customers (and not just us existing customers), the more likely we'll get some movement...
What sold me on the Nuvo GC was their elegant keypads (I have 14), streaming metadata. When Nuvo announced the addition of MCS and NuvoNet--- that sealed the deal. I eventually added the $500 Autonomics software license, as its GUI could stream Pandora along with XM and I was assured Spotify would be added soon.
Fast forward --- to today’s reality.
Autonomic has discontinued the Mirage (MCS) NuvoNet PC application, so there's no further development. Spotify support is not going to happen.... XM no longer works after IIRC Sirius changed something on their server side, and with MCS discontinued, no updates to clients were going to happen either.
Nuvo, in my opinion, appears to be stepping back from what many of us think is/was their main sales feature---metadata keypads: which begs the question, why should anyone buy an audio system that relies solely on custom apps and custom hardware? At some point premium/pricey/ low volume custom brands seem to be sold, go out of business, or hold a meeting and ditch support for their products.
A Sonos path, as a GC source, makes the most sense for those of us with “legacy” systems. Given Sonos popularity, price, and the fact the system keeps getting better over time with new features and music services added for free, why not? I added a Sonos Connect as a source, after XM quit working and am happy with it. I have read that Sonos has opened their API to third party developers so that should help as well. I’m no coder but I would be happy just to see the metadata from a Sonos connect on my GC keypads and that would be more than a P300 has to offer.
I know Jeff is working on it, and legacy GC owners look forward to a workable solution.