Originally Posted by Joe Fernand
'Seamless' is going to be down to a combination of the Hardware, the Software and the User capabilities.
For simplicity of operation SONOS is hard to beat - given that it aims to keep things relatively simple and very user friendly.
Yamaha MusicCast offers a whole lot more options - but that comes with more things to learn, more development time for the software and a slightly mixed bag in terms of how intuitive/capable every feature on offer is.
It is easy enough to combine SONOS with Yamaha where required.
I'd aim to refine what you require out of your system, which Streaming services you require, who the users are likely to be and how much time you are willing to invest in reaching your 'seamless' goal.
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Thanks for the reply, Joe.
I probably shouldn't have even mentioned Sonos in my first message because I don't think it's right for me. What I am really trying to figure out is:
1) If you were in the middle of a major remodeling where all the walls were open (new construction for all practical purposes), would you centralize all the A/V equipment in the house or put the receivers closer to their points of use?
2) Is Yamaha a good choice for that or would you look elsewhere?
Touching on some of the other points you made...
Fortunately, there's only two of us using the system. I'm very tech savvy, and my wife is sharp and picks up on this stuff pretty much instantly. I used to think I knew a lot about A/V but the last home setup I built was about 10 years ago and I know a lot has changed. Us moving to a new home creates opportunity to start fresh, and I'm sure I'm out of touch on a lot and I have to make some very fast decisions with my rough in wiring.
For me "simple" takes a back seat to "better solution" if the Yamaha is actually the better solution.
I was leaning towards the Yamaha solution because I already own some rather nice speakers (B&W) and Sonos sound quality is kind of "meh" in my opinion.
I was also leaning Yamaha because there are potentially as many as 5 televisions involved -- three immediately and two more locations I'm pulling wire for "just in case".
As for software development - not a problem! That's what I do for a living! I'm also going to tinker with HomeSeer -- starting with lighting and locks and then moving on to hopefully integrating A/V hooks into it.
So, questions boil down to (1) location of equipment = point of use vs centralized and (2) Yamaha vs ______ ?