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Old 15-09-2016, 11:51   #401
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Depends what you mean to send "anything".

A play 5 will do everything. You can send local music from iphone etc without a chomecast audio. Adding one to a 5 makes sense to cover off any eventuality. What's the PLay1 for?
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Old 15-09-2016, 12:25   #402
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You're right - there is an element of changing your needs to match the product...which happens because the product works so well. Well, it did with me - I quickly forgot about the things it CAN'T do because the things it does are so elegant and easy.
It also sounds fantastic, which helps
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The thing with Sonos is that you're buying into it's system and (most people think) you get what you pay for. It's a setup that you can grow as and when you want to, and it's so flexible. It's not perfect, but they are constantly making changes and improvements to the software (and slowly to the hardware).

If you just want one standalone speaker (or a pair) for bluetooth, Chromecast or DLNA you can get decent alternatives, but there's nothing that's a well designed or as comprehensive as Sonos. We have a Play 5, two 1s and a Playbar as we use them all the time, probably more for radio than anything else, but we still use it a lot for music (local FLAC collection from a NAS and streaming).

The biggest problem with it is that I'm constantly trying to work out where I can put another speaker!
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The only thing I would like is a battery version of the play1 so I can use it in the garden and get rid of the Bluetooth speaker in the bathroom n
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The only thing I would like is a battery version of the play1 so I can use it in the garden and get rid of the Bluetooth speaker in the bathroom n
I have a "mobile" Play1 that we move outside, to the dining room or into the conservatory as we need. A battery version would be nice, but to be honest you're always going to be tied to the wireless network with Sonos so it would have lots of limitations.
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I'd be very happy if they released a battery powered speaker. I use a Bose Soundlink Colour when I want the radio in the bathroom, garden, etc and when we go away. I'd prefer to be able to use a Sonos one for all around the house.
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Depends what you mean to send "anything".

A play 5 will do everything. You can send local music from iphone etc without a chomecast audio. Adding one to a 5 makes sense to cover off any eventuality. What's the PLay1 for?
I know a Play 5 will do everything. Trouble is I can't afford one.

I don't want a single box stereo system, I want two speakers on different sides of the room. Hence the need for the Play 1.

I totally understand Sonos is fantastic, but... ah, maybe I should just compromise... damnit....
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Old 15-09-2016, 20:40   #408
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Get the connect amp and use your own speakers then.
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Old 20-09-2016, 14:23   #409
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The only thing I would like is a battery version of the play1 so I can use it in the garden and get rid of the Bluetooth speaker in the bathroom n
I put ceiling speakers in our bathroom running off a bluetooth amp hidden in the loft above - you could do the same with the Connect amp if you can get into the space above.
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Cheers but I don't have the amp and have no plans to get one.
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Never let it be said I don't bow helplessly in the face of relentless peer pressure - I figured I had to find out what all the fuss was about and four hours ago picked up a pair of Play 1's from the local John Lewis, on the basis they'd be easy to return if I didn't like them.

Bloody love them.

The set-up from iPhone is easy. The set-up from a Windows 10 PC was easy. Even setting up a third party Windows app (Stream What You Hear) so I can stream iPlayer and the like to the speakers was easy (See here for instructions]). I've got a cheap Fire tablet on the way to use as the main controller for the speakers, and I'm feeling pretty confident that'll be easy to set up too - apparently the AirAudio app should allow me to stream anything to the speakers, but we'll see.

Only problem now is I want at least another two for the other rooms. And it'd be nice to have stereo in there as well, so maybe four...
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Only problem now is I want at least another two for the other rooms. And it'd be nice to have stereo in there as well, so maybe four...
We did warn you about the danger of this....!

Glad you like them!

Thanks for the Stream What You Hear link, not heard of that before, will check it out!
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It's pretty cool. Only caveats
1) There's a slight delay, so it doesn't really work for video
2) You end up with audio coming from both the computer and the speakers, and with the delay that's a bit messy. However, if you stick the computer in another room or, now I think of it, plug earphones into it, you should be fine.
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Now got the Fire tablet set up as I want. The Sonos app works great. However to use AirAudio to stream *anything* to the speakers you need a rooted device. I ended up stripping off the FireOS and installing a default Android ROM, but a simple root (and preventing OTAs so you don't lose it) would have been enough, I think. It's £4 for a nagware free version (and as the nags are delivered audibly via your speakers, you probably want it), but I've got that and it seems to be working fine.

I'm pleased with this, as this means I'm now streaming Iplayer content in stereo, rather than the mono I'd have had over Bluetooth if I'd gone for, ie, the Bose Soundtouch option.

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Why mono?
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Now got the Fire tablet set up as I want. The Sonos app works great. However to use AirAudio to stream *anything* to the speakers you need a rooted device. I ended up stripping off the FireOS and installing a default Android ROM, but a simple root (and preventing OTAs so you don't lose it) would have been enough, I think. .
I installed Cynaogenmod on my Fire 7 tablet, it's very quick and slick on it.
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Why mono?
Ignore me, think I'd misunderstood something I read somewhere.

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I installed Cynaogenmod on my Fire 7 tablet, it's very quick and slick on it.
I should probably have done that. It's working how I want it now though, so not inclined to tamper. Mind you, at £50 I could just get one to play with...
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Play bar question. So, obviously, using the App on Google play, streaming etc it's business as usual.

But, what about TV?

If I connect optical out from TV to Sonos and then choose a particular volume level does using the TV remote alter the volume level from the Sonos?
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Old 17-10-2016, 16:35   #419
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Yes - you can pair the remote with the Sonos. You have to disable the internal TV speakers though

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