Only about a month ago did I find out about wireless speakers, airplay, bluetooth etc. Most of my music I listened to via headphones. I never bought a hi-fi system because the cost was prohibitive and too inconvenient for me. I found out about the Zeppelin Air though and it completely changed my mind. I love the idea of having a totally wireless speaker that I can stream music to from my iphone or ipad (of which I have both). After much research I came upon the B&W A7 (review on this site and others) and the Sonos system (particularly the s5 and sub) I am having a problem deciding which would suit my lifestyle and music choices the best... here is the breakdown:
Right off the bat the Sonos system with the sub is a lot more money than a B&W A7 (which is very pricey in it's own right), right now I only really want to set up in one room, but the possibility of expanding in the future is tempting and the sonos seems better prepared for that.
I know the B&W has a superb sound quality, and if it were based solely on sound quality I'd already have made my choice. I listen to music with a fair amount of bass and having a dedicated sub like the sonos would be great. I'm not sure if the B&W would have that depth of bass I'm after.
This is a factor for me... the Sonos to me is not very attractive visually... B&W on the other hand is fantastic looking. This isn't a deal breaker, but it certainly colors my opinion a bit.
I've not seen any comparisons in sound between Sonos and the new A7 yet, indeed not much in the way of in-depth reviews for the A7 at all to this point (other than this site and 1 other)