Excerpt: I now have a whole house and pool area Sonos sound system with this product. It integrated with my existing speakers and some additional sonos portables. The windows were rattling. Bose has nothing on Sonos!!!
Pros: Clear Sound, Interfaces Well With TV, Thundering Bass
Summary: I've always wanted whole house, zoned audio. I have the necessary skills and knowledge to install it and have actually designed it about 3 times! But I'm lazy and have never put any of those designs to use. So I've been looking at Sonos for about 3 years as an alternative. Finally, I ordered a Play:1 to use as a "portable around the house" speaker and this Connect to hook up to my AVR in my media room.
Summary: Like many, I have read reviews and endorsements of Sonos products for many years. They are almost invariably glowing. So good, in fact, as to make me suspicious (remmeber the old adage "if something seems to good to be true, it usually is"). Moreover, I was and am a traditional hifi aficionado, having started many years ago in a dorm room with a Pioneer receiver and Advent speakers. And even today I have a largely "old school" semi-audiophile set up throughout my house.
Summary: In our experience the Sonos Connect is all you need in the Sonos line-up. The Sonos Play speaker series are underwhelming for anybody accustomed to half-way decent audio equipment. We auditioned the Play:5 to add sound to another room in our home and returned it to purchase additional wired speakers in its place. The sound quality doesn't compare favorably to our relatively modest set-up ($160 Onkyo stereo receiver and $500 Axiom M3s bookshelf speakers).
Excerpt: This has to be the most easy thing to set up. It's (just about) plug and play. I didn't believe it at first when the sale person at B&H said it, but he was right. I plugged it into my switch, pushed two buttons.....and I was good to go. It took about 5 minutes of research on how to link my iTunes account, but that went smooth too.
Pros: Clear Sound, Easy To Set Up, Intuitive Controls
Excerpt: For it's fundamental task this player does it well. It was easy to set up. It looks great in my entertainment center and has a small footprint. I have this connected via the digital coax out to my surround sound receiver and the audio quality is very clean. No distortion, no noise, just a clean audio signal. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to connect Sonos to their existing system.
Summary: Hooked the connect to my mixer and now it's an "Official House Party". It's cool for people thru out the house to hear my mixes (even on the patio) without setting up the PA and running cables everywhere. Nice!
Pros: Once again easy set up and use!
Cons: I thought it was a little expensive, but once set up and working, I'm glad I made the purchase. Maybe not a con after all.
Summary: I've been using the Sonos Connect for about a week and have been extremely impressed. I hooked it up to the digital audio converter that's connected to my amplifier, both of which are in another room about 50-75 feet away from my computer. The signal is very strong and stable, much moreso than for the NAD product that I'd previously tried using in the same arrangement. Also, the software setup was very easy, taking about a minute or two.
Summary: I have been more than pleased with the Sonos Connect. My intended use of the Sonos Connect was to stream music to a heritage high end (McIntosh) stereo system. My first concern was sound quality for streaming music, and my second was the flexibility of using my laptop and Iphone as remotes. My expectations were exceeded in terms of the quality of the sound.
Pros: Quality of the sound. Perfect companion for high quality streaming service such as Tidal. The remote functions of Sonos are great as well.