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I am an existing Sonos user - fantastic kit.I was always looking for something like this - this is in effect, a zone player with built in amplifier and speakers. Ideal for the smaller room where you don't want the hassle of having an extra amp and speakers.This has just opened up a whole host of possibilities for me. I don't think buying one is going to be enough.I want one in the kitchen, bedroom, conservatory ....
Sonos might be as good as it gets, but fortunately for the rest of us you can get pretty close for far less money. A Squeezebox for example, or an AirPort with audio out, even an FM radio relay works fine unless you feel you need audiophile sound quality in your kitchen. Or, you know, just have a pair of active speakers standing around and connect your PMP to that. Even better, get a nice kitchen radio with audio in for 40 bucks; you don't even need a remote control to change a song or the volume, how awesome is that?
Sorry morsch,I was not going to get into a debate about sonons vs squeezebox, etc. There are lots of forums out there discussing this topic.I was trying to comment on the S5 which I think is a brilliant idea, especially for an existing sonos user.My stance is everyone has different tastes, budgets, requirements.The sonos does it for me. That does not mean it will for everyone.
It would be pretty handy if there were to be a review if the airport express as it is the cheapest option for multiroom audio streaming it has its downfalls (tied to itunes) but has its positives too (print server and a proper wireless router)
Oh, that wasn't intended as a dig at you. Just something that went through my head as I read through the review... I wasn't even aware that there are long forum discussions about Sonos vs. Squeezebox.
I don't know how many other apps can do it, but apparently you can stream to an Airport Express using Pulseaudio, so it's certainly not 100% tied to iTunes. Add a media player with good remote control features -- such as Rhythmbox+Remuco on Linux -- to the mix and you've got a fairly rich feature set with a very low investment; basically just the Airport Express and some speakers.
I use an Airport Express and have just been advising a friend to try one before he launches straight into the world of Sonos. With the iPhone Remote application and iTunes the functionality is practically the same as with the Sonos plus you get to maintain all those playlists you've created.If you have an Airport Express and wish to stream other audio to it rather than use iTunes then some very good software to use is called Airfoil,http://rogueamoeba.com/airfoil...
basically, this would be really great if it had a built-in battery....wireless an' all that.....? not quite living to the promise of wireless. sounds good tho - but not really wireless yet, is it.
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