Just an observation really but the price point of the Connect irks me. As far as i can tell the Play 1, 3 and 5 all have the same core functionality you just get bigger sound the more you pay. The connect has the the same features but no speaker or amplification, just a couple of output sockets in leui of this.
It must be by far the cheapest unit to produce but it is more expensive than the Play 3. I would buy a Play 3 but my Onkyo Mini HiFi is still going strong and I don't need two players, just a middle man to bridge the gap between my NAS and internet radio. I do really like the Android based control app and I may introduce some zones at a later date when we complete house renovations.
It just seems like a real con job to be. The Connect should be more like half the price it is now. If it was maybe two hundred and priced appropriately within the range I'd just buy it.