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Hi, I'm hoping all the knowledgeable people here can help. I'm looking for a multi-room set up (don't *need* it at the moment but likely in the future). It needs to work with the following:


1. Stream music wired and/or wireless from a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo v1

2. Control from the device (colour touch screen) and / or an android smartphone/tablet.

3. Different sized units, so to have a more powerful unit in the lounge, smaller in the kitchen etc.

4. Ideally allow different music in each room or synchronise.

5. Nice to have - pair two speakers.


Looking around, the following have caught my eye, but with the pros/cons:

1. Sonos. Seems to work meet the above and easy to set up, but quite expensive. Also heard the sound quality not great?

2. Pioneer (XW-SMA1 / XW-SMA4). Again, seems to tick the requirements and cheaper than sonos, but bass of SMA4 too much??

3. Pure Jongo. Good range of sizes, but don't believe I can stream from my NAS unless they connect through a Pure 200D Connect?? Quite like the look of that unit as it has a colour touchscreen, but not sure whether it is powerful enough for the lounge.


Are there any other set ups out there that are similar? What are people's experiences with the above?


Any advice appreciated.

 

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1. Sonos. Seems to work meet the above and easy to set up, but quite expensive.

Not expensive at all. It costs more than some others but it works a million times better.

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Also heard the sound quality not great?

Bullshit.

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Sonos rocks.  That Play:N models are not the last word in quality, no, but they're up there with Bose Sound Docks and Zeppelins IMO.  With a Connect you can plug it into any stereo you want and make it sound as good as you like, really.

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John Duncan wrote:

Sonos rocks.  That Play:N models are not the last word in quality, no, but they're up there with Bose Sound Docks and Zeppelins IMO.  With a Connect you can plug it into any stereo you want and make it sound as good as you like, really.

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Im with The_Lhc on this one, love your direct replys!

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I have been in a bit of a hurry this morning to be fair...

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You must not be at work then. 

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Hi all, Thanks for your

Hi all,

Thanks for your prompt replies!

It certainly seems that Sonos has a good following and I've also read that "it just works" which is also good.

In terms of "power", the first unit would be in the lounge (20ft x 12ft). Do you think the Play:5 and/or Play:3 would powerful enough? My house party days are over, but wouldn't want to have a speaker that needs to be on full to get a decent volume.

(Having separates are a no-no, as according to my wife they're 'hideous, and as for those speakers ...', so they're consigned to the snug!)

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Mattan wrote:
Hi all, Thanks for your prompt replies! It certainly seems that Sonos has a good following and I've also read that "it just works" which is also good. In terms of "power", the first unit would be in the lounge (20ft x 12ft). Do you think the Play:5 and/or Play:3 would powerful enough? My house party days are over, but wouldn't want to have a speaker that needs to be on full to get a decent volume. (Having separates are a no-no, as according to my wife they're 'hideous, and as for those speakers ...', so they're consigned to the snug!)

A Play:3 might be pushing it, though if you get two as a stereo pair they become more than the sum of their parts and can go quite loud (though do get ragged if pushed too far).  I would be inclined to find a friendly Sonos specialist (luckily mine is five minutes' walk away Lol and try a few combos - Play:3, Play:5 and both of those as stereo pairs - to see what suits room and pocket best.

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Mattan wrote:
Hi all, Thanks for your prompt replies! It certainly seems that Sonos has a good following and I've also read that "it just works" which is also good. In terms of "power", the first unit would be in the lounge (20ft x 12ft). Do you think the Play:5 and/or Play:3 would powerful enough? My house party days are over, but wouldn't want to have a speaker that needs to be on full to get a decent volume. (Having separates are a no-no, as according to my wife they're 'hideous, and as for those speakers ...', so they're consigned to the snug!)

 

Just remember with , you will need a bridge (50 quid) if you can't plug your first unit directly into the router.

You could also plug a Sonos connect directly into a compact set of studio monitors (if the missus would allow), these start from about 200 quid/pair upwards.

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Mattan wrote:
Hi all, Thanks for your prompt replies! It certainly seems that Sonos has a good following and I've also read that "it just works" which is also good. In terms of "power", the first unit would be in the lounge (20ft x 12ft). Do you think the Play:5 and/or Play:3 would powerful enough? My house party days are over, but wouldn't want to have a speaker that needs to be on full to get a decent volume. (Having separates are a no-no, as according to my wife they're 'hideous, and as for those speakers ...', so they're consigned to the snug!)

I used a pair of Play 5s in upstairs windows to provide music for our street party last summer. Plenty enough for that (and stunning stereo as a stereo pair >)   )

Biggest prob was getting out of control range at the end of the street :oops:

 

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Yes, definitely need to

Yes, definitely need to manufacture a visit to a Sonos shop. Would be good to compare setup/stability/sound against the the Pioneer considering the units are £100 cheaper, but don't seem so widely available.

Wouldn't need the bridge initially as the speaker would be close to the router, but most likely as new units were added. I'm not particularly familiar with their "mesh". What's the range like compared to wireless N? Is there known interference with other electrical/wireless devices?

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As long as you can plug one unit into your router that's all you need, then as you build your system they all link together.

 

I've never had any issues regarding fighting between the networks. 

 

Rangewise, I have a summer house in the garden which is about 50-60' away from the connect and I've never had any probs.

 

One of the biggest things for me is to be able to make new playlists, edit and control the volume from my phone just sat in the back.

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That's good to know, so

That's good to know, so probably won't need to use a bridge in my set up.

Now, just need to get to the hi-fi shop to have a listen!

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BenLaw wrote:

You must not be at work then. 

I was at the time, but only for the morning, so I was in a rush to get everything done before I had to leave.

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Mattan]Wouldn't need the bridge initially as the speaker would be close to the router, but most likely as new units were added.[quote]</p> <p>Actually if anything that would become LESS likely, unless you're intending to locate a unit a long way from the rest of the network (in a shed at the end of the garden for instance).</p> <p>[quote wrote:
I'm not particularly familiar with their "mesh". What's the range like compared to wireless N?

It's based on the wireless G spec, so the range is actually further than N but not as quick (it doesn't need to be though, it's only passing audio, so G is more than fast enough).

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Is there known interference with other electrical/wireless devices?

Yes, it's using the same frequency spectrum as "normal" wi-fi, so you need to ensure the Sonos is using a different channel to your own wireless router (and turn off wideband, 40Mhz, "turbo" modes on the router as well) and that of any near neighbours (which can be a little more difficult if you're in a block of flats for example).

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