Originally Posted by Pupator
Thanks for that extra info!
Getting Play 1s for $150 has generally been possible, either through the 2-pack ($300) or recent sales. For the $20 extra bucks I think the quality difference is worth it, but I could see how someone already in the Andriod/Google ecosystem would go the other direction.
What I don't see is what some others have said in this thread: that SONOS is doomed because of the products you've mentioned.
As a heavy google/android ecosystem user, I will admit that if you don't have use for the "Google Assistant" features of the Home, I do think the case for a Google Home vs a Sonos Play 1 is certainly weaker than the CCA - vs - Connect debate. I've personally never had an opportunity to side-by-side compare the audio quality of a Home to a Play 1. I would not be shocked to learn that a Play 1 wins in that shootout. I do not believe my Home(s) are "poor", but my purpose for them is:
1) Google Assistant capabilities (adding items to my grocery list, hands-free, while making lunch/dinner in the kitchen, arming the security system, hands-free, as I walk out the door, etc).
2) Adding "auxiliary" whole-home audio capabilities (IE: background tunes).
For the purposes of just getting my whole-home-audio into a couple extra (less-important) rooms, they do the job, and I would consider them to be "fine" for that purpose.
For "primary listening areas", I have a Chromecast Audio hooked up to each of my three AVRs (one on each floor), and I am taking advantage of their optical-out feature (to bypass the CCA DAC in favor of the AVR DAC) in two out of three of those rigs... and I'm passing my uncompressed FLAC files to it via Plex, and getting CD-quality output within my whole-home-setup.
That's where CCA has "the big advantage" over Sonos, right now, IMO. The Home-vs-Play1 debate is a close one (I bought one of my two Home's on sale for $100, but I paid "full price" for the other), but the $35 CCA - vs - $300 Connect is a major price differential, that I think poses a real challenge for Sonos to justify. If the issue is Sonos superior means of handling spotty wifi, an apples-to-apples budget comparison gives the CCA purchaser $265 to work with to buy new/additional Network equipment and improve their WiFi, which will be a benefit not just to their whole home audio but to everything in their home that uses WiFi... and that's only for the first CCA-vs-Connect. I have three AVRs... once you spend that first $265 to fix your WiFi (if you needed to, of course, not every new whole-home-audio customer is going to have bad/spotty WiFi as a barrier-to-entry), the second opportunity to save $265 is just... money in your pocket... and who doesn't like that?