I'm using an up-to-date Sonos One as speaker for my Macbook Air (also up to latest Mac OS X version "Mojave"), connected only via GbE cables with a 1000Mbps switch in between.
The first odd thing is that the link speed on the Sonos One side is only 100Mbps (odd, I would expect 1000 from such a high-end device, but whatever, compressed sound is only tenths of Kbps anyway, and uncompressed just above three hundred at worst).
What actually disappointed me is the lag in various scenarios:
* Control actions (play, pause, volume change) take 1-2 seconds since commanded from say, iTunes
* In most video applications and websites the audio lag (always behind video) is just brutal (seconds)
Is this normal? Am I doing perhaps something wrong regarding network setup?
PS: my local wired network runs just fine, with consistent speeds nearing 1000Mbps.
Best answer by ratty
The original complaints were two-fold:
* Control actions (play, pause, volume change) take 1-2 seconds since commanded from say, iTunesThis is iTunes/Apple/Airplay-related. Control actions from a Sonos controller take a fraction of a second to have effect (not including any delay to start a stream, which depends on external factors).
* In most video applications and websites the audio lag (always behind video) is just brutal (seconds)As already explained, this is in Apple's court for Airplay. If you wanted to have near-instantaneous response from Sonos you'd need to hardwire the computer to a Line-In jack (on Play:5, Connect, Connect:Amp and shortly Amp). There'd still be a small (~75ms) network latency but for many it's acceptable.