Summary: I would give the Sonos Connect a high recommendation based on the ability to reliably stream music to various parts of your home. For me, I got a Connect so I could integrate Sonos into my existing stereo system. Set-up was quick & easy, and the apps control the player through any tablet or smart phone, including a desktop PC.
Pros: Easy to us; integrates well with existing components. Reliably works.
Cons: No screen, 65k song limit, inability to play higher resolution files (e.g. 96/24).
Summary: I hesitated before buying the sonos system because of concerns about sound quality. Yes, the bitrate is capped, but if you have good source material, it sounds just as good as a CD. I have the Connect and play it through my stereo and for the most part, it rocks. And all the internet radio is awesome! The app controller is great, very easy to use and works with little to no delay. I am just really impressed overall with Sonos, it has done better then I ever expected.
Pros: Simple setup, ease of use, works as advertised
Summary: The Sonos system and hardware are second to none. That said their software is decidedly anti-Microsoft. Their Windows desktop controller software is looking dated. They have no Windows 8 support. Absolutely nothing for RT or Winphone. The third part app is ok for Winphone but the RT app is unusable. So if you are a Windows user prepare to be a little frustrated.
Pros: Versatility Internet music Ability to access NAS
Loving the SONOS system, just feels like the CONNECT is a little over-priced.
James L, Amazon
18 February 2014
Summary: I paired this CONNECT with my home theater system to drive my indoor surround speakers and my outside patio speakers (via Zone2 on my receiver). The CONNECT works flawlessly with my system and interacts well with my SONOS:PLAY5. My biggest concern is that the CONNECT feels overpriced. It's only $50 less than a PLAY5, yet contains no amplifier or speakers.
Summary: Interface is beyond five star - easy, easy, easy. So much you can do with playlists. You can be playing any song anyone names within 10 seconds or less - even if you don't have the album, or never heard of the artist, thanks to spotify. Only reason I didn't give five stars is because they don't support hi resolution audio.
Pros: The interface - sound quality is very good (CD Quality) but not DVD or Blue Ray quality fidelity. Can synchronize many sonos players (party mode) or control independently.
Cons: Resolution is limited to CD quality max, regardless of source resolution.
Summary: Sometimes something can be so elegantly simple that it seems like it's very expensive for what it is. This is one of those times and that's the beauty of it. I'm willing to pay for all those engineering hours that went into making a product that just works. Why only 4 stars? Sirius does drop out every now and then. And I do wish Sonos was clearer about how the Connect fits into the picture.