I am not an audiophile but I am a huge music lover, so I am seeking your advice.
I currently listen to all my music via my Mac and some fairly basic Logitech Z4 speakers.
Music is a large part of my life.I don't have a TV, when I get up I listen to music, when I get home from work I listen to music and when I am doing something else I am generally listening to music. My music posion of choice is Rock/Metal. I own a 160gb iPod Classic which holds my music collection.
I have been considering a Sonos system for some time as I am wanting a dedicated music system free from the computer. Through my employer I have the offer of buying a Play:5 + Bridge, Connect, or Connect:Amp at half price.
I have no desire right now for multi room, this is cool as a possible future additional but I really honestly don't picture a time I will ever need it.
What I like is the idea of being able to via the seperate ipod dock, is to come home, dock my ipod and then be able to access all my music via my Phone (Nokia Lumia 800, I belive there are third party sonos apps) or my Android tablet.
My iPod then becomes the hub of all music, it is sync'ed with itunes on my Mac and then I can take all my music away for me for portabilty and then when home have access to it all via Sono's.
In my research I have not really found anything else that does this. Normal Ipod docks would require me to walk over to the dock and use the click wheel to go through all my music. Not ideal.
I have read online great reviews about Sonos sound quality, however I tested out a Play:5 in the store and it sounded awful. Like it could even be a step down from even my currect extremely budget system in terms of sound. At first I thought it was just the poor music on the demo unit so I connected my iPod via the line in and it was still terrible sounding. I wasn't really impressed at all.
Even thought he half price offer, with the iPod dock this would still work out at about 300 pounds for the whole system (Play:5, bridge and dock) I am concerned of spending that much money on something that doesn't work so great.