Sonos vs Hifi
So I’ve just sold all my 5.1 kit (bit bored of it all really) and in the process of getting a 2 channel streaming setup together. Initially I was looking toward hifi separates with a budget of about £1.2k-ish but keep thinking maybe Sonos is the way forward, not that bothered by the multiroon aspects of it, though it would be nice. Main listening will be in front room.
So how does Sonos sound compared to proper Hifi, main source will be ripped files (FLAC and MP3) on Synology NASPosted 3 years agoHo humMember
The Sonos output into a decent hifi set-up is supposed to be pretty good (never heard it personally though).
Output it through an external DAC into a decent hifi set-up and it can sound sublime.
I ripped all of my CDs to FLAC and put them on a Synology NAS a year ago and have not used my CD player since.Posted 3 years agovcleysmillMember
Just got a sonos playbar last week and while good at what it does, it doesn’t come close to hi if sound. Admittedly we’re not comparing apples with apples in that a £600 playbar streaming I tunes ripped cd’s or spotify tracks doesn’t match my Roksan Xexes, Audio innovations s500 valve amp and Proac response 1.5 floorstanders. By a long way. How play 3 or 5 compares I have no idea but if you want convenience and immediate impact I.e cinema like bang and crash go for sonos, if you want to hear what’s on the record (yes I’m in my 40’s) get a separates system.Posted 3 years agogravity-slaveMember
As above, I have a mixed setup. Playbar replaced my 5.1 so I dumped 7 boxes from the living room, much more space. Sounds OK, convieience is fantastic.
For my proper listening I have coax out from a Connect into an amp and speakers.
Also have a stand alone player which is nice for ease of use and sounds OK.
So it can be HiFi, or convenient or both. Where it really wins is multi room and ease of use, the sound quality is up to you and can be as good as you need it to be.
I love it, have refound my love of music. Running the beta software on Android and it’s looking great for the future.Posted 3 years agosomoukSubscriber
I’d be getting one of the Samsung tube jobbies that support Airplay and getting an iPad mini as a source to play from my Synology NAS if you’re after some better sound quality 🙂Posted 3 years agovinnyehSubscriber
I’d echo gravity-slave.Posted 3 years ago
I’m in my 50’s, my hearing’s not what it used to be, and I value the convenience and space saving.
Sure, to some people it’s not hifi, and there’s obviously variance in sound quality across the units, but I’ve got rid of a load of boxes, and it’s ease of use, robustness and versatility in comparison to airplay is fantastic.
Surprised to read the ‘bang and crash’ comment in relation to the soundbar, thought it is actually pretty subtle musically. I bought the sub with it, but decided that for the cost it wasn’t worth it to add the bangs and crashes, not really into that in either movies or music, so that went back.petrieboyMember
Play1, play3 and a connect into a mid range Sony av receiver driving both a 5.1 setup and a stereo pair of elderly missions.Posted 3 years ago
I quite like the sound from the plays. I accept that they are not HiFi but given the convenience,low cost and small footprint, it sounds as good as I’d ever need in those rooms (they move between bedroom, kitchen, garage and garden)
The connect in the living room sounds beautiful through the missions for when I want to actively listen to music. I’ve certainly never felt the need to buy audiophile kit but I expect that through a decent DAC and amp, sonos will sound as good as any CD transportce9adpMember
I’ve got a fair bit of Sonos kit. For me, it is excellent, with each product meeting a specific requirement. If you’re into serious listening, I’d recommend a Sonos Connect with your choice of DAC/Amp/Speakers.
I’ve got a Connect feeding a Cyrus 6DAC, Connect Amp driving bathroom ceiling speakers and one each of Play1, 3 & 5 dotted about the house. Although you may think multiroom isn’t a requirement, once it’s available you’ll love it.Posted 3 years agoiamsporticusMember
I echo somouk
We planned to go wireless but are surprised how poor the free standing sonos units were for the money
Our solution was the Samsung unit below the one he listed paired either with airplay to our iTunes devices and various Spotify accounts or with blue tooth to my Android phone
Quality clearly not hifi bit much much better than sonosPosted 3 years agoBimblerMember
In what way is it better than Sonos?
From their website they support 24/192 files, whether you can actually hear the difference out of the iddy biddy little speakers or not is moot.
I was mainly looking at one of these
Pioneer N50 and adding amplifier, although I have the nagging feeling that as these are two years old a new model is around the corner.
Or maybe one of these, Yamaha R-N500 which seems to be a pretty good compromise between hifi and a one box system.
I’ve also listened to one of these Marantz Melody jobs. The sound was amazing really and really surprised me, however it’s a bit plasticky and weighs just 3.5kg and can’t help feeling it won’t last that long. It really does everything though.Posted 3 years ago
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