there's never enough capacity LOL. thankfully it's relatively cheap nowadays, i just got a new 4Tb internal for less than an 80Gb internal cost me not all that long ago...
how does the sonos work? i've not looked into it much as i run a server already, but it seems to be getting popular. do you have to use sonos specific gear?
In case anyone is going through the same music problem solving I recently went through...here's my LONG take on SONOS.
Yeah, it's thus far the most popular mass marketed streaming system. It's super convenient....some people feel the sound quality isn't what it should be. And, I'll admit, it's not high end audiophile sound. But, it's decent for what it is. Their speakers are pretty balanced and you can increase the sound with a soundbar or sub woofer which are their newest components and very popular right now. The components are expensive, but you have the ability to start with one component and slowly build.
You typically get a bridge for about $50 that connects to your router. It streams through your wifi. You have access to any music you have on any computer you own or mobile device, Internet radio and any music service you want to stream, really anything that can be streamed....any music to be found on the internet. I like the interface...you can use your computer and any mobile device. My stereo system is in a spare bedroom/computer room, so I use the computer for the most part with my stereo. Then, in another room, I'll use my cell phone as a controller/remote or my wife's kindle.
From there you can add components:
Connect device which allows you stream through a pre existing stereo you already own.
Sonos Amp that allows you skip your stereo and stream straight through any speakers you may have.
Play 3 or Play 5 (individual speakers)-they have two sizes which can be placed anywhere you want in your house. You can move them around and you just have to wait a minute or so to re buffer. You can play two play 3 or 5 in stereo mode which is kind of nice and then place the speakers wherever you want or move them.....here the kind of big deal...it's wireless. Not true completely,there is a chord that plugs into an outlet for power. But, you can place them and move them wherever you want. They're small.
Woofer-this is their newest hottest thing. The play 3 (especially) and 5 (to a lesser extent) lack in the low end and this resolves this issue. It costs quite a bit, but is balanced and really expands the sound.
Sound Bar-can be used on its own, but really designed to connect to a TV-so now you can stream your music through their playbar and use as a home theater for TV/DVDs, etc. You can also incorporate two play 3's that will function as rear speakers if you choose to.
My take: hassle free, plug and play system that really shines for multi room wireless music....will not fulfill anyone's audiophile wet dreams, but sounds pretty good all things considered. If you have a decent speaker system and want to expand to other rooms and have access to all your digital music and streaming and play throughout the whole house....that's where it shines. Additionally, the components can play different music at the same time. So, my daughter can play her music on a play 3 in her room and I can headbang to my music in the computer room. I like that versatility.
If I had a small one bedroom apt, there's probably better options.
I purchased the Connect to connect to my stereo. I was looking for a way to access my CD collection digitally. I didn't want to use a PC and I wanted stereo sound. The connect has a lot of convenience. But, to get my collection to really shine, I'll probably invest in a better external DAC....so that's a downside.
After I got my connect for use with my stereo, I've purchases a play 5 and play 3. I'm going to buy an additional play 5, so I can play two play 5's in stereo mode and use the smaller play 3 for a bedroom.
so, that will give me two of their speakers to play in stereo mode and I can move them around the house. I'm using them mostly in the largest living area in my house: kitchen/dining room/family room space.
But, then from there, I'm going purchase one of their woofers cause it really does sound good and the soundbar for my TV.
I'll probably be in about $2,500 at that point...so I'm investing pretty heavily in this system. If you've read this far, you're probably thinking, $2,000 plus!!! I could buy a killer stereo system for that kind of money. And, you would be correct in that assessment which is why I contend if you already have a good speaker system, and want to expand wirelessly into other listening zones then Sonos begins to make sense. For many of you single dudes living in an apt, Sonos probably makes little sense, but for my needs it works.
If you don't care about the stereo piece, one could buy a bridge ($50) for the router and one of their speakers-$300 or $400 depending which size you buy. The play 3 sound pretty good for a small space like a bedroom or small kitchen. I'd say two play 5s is a good way to go. Two play 5s and a bridge will set you back about $850-but at that point you would have two speakers that could operate essentially as a stereo...think shelf speakers and you could split them up and move around your living space. But, as I said, the system really comes into its own as a multi room wireless streaming and digitized music system. I'm going to take 2 play 5s and add their sub because I'm insane, greedy and want bigger, beefier sound!
For me, I wanted to be able to hear all of my CDs that I had on an ipod through a stereo I was putting together. And, I liked the idea of digitizing my entire CD collection as well as streaming from music services anywhere in my house I wanted to...that's about it. The system is supposed to handle up to 65,000 tracks...doesn't matter the length....two minute songs or symphonies...doesn't matter. With my 8-10,000 collection (estimate), I've got a lot of growing room.
Along the way, I decided to buy a NAS to store my music-it has the advantage of operating without the use of a computer...doesn't tie a computer up to use.
Wow-that's way more than I'm sure anyone wants to know!
Edited by markm1 - 7/21/13 at 2:18pm