Long time Sonos user here. I have an old ZP90 (first gen Connect/Port) and slowly it seems like my ZP90 is slowing down or not connecting at all at random times ever since the S1 and S2 platform integration.
What i don’t understand is why the latest Connect remains so damn expensive for a “Line out” box. From the outside looking in from a consumers perspective: Though apples to oranges, fundamentally the Play5 and other Sonos products offer similar network/wireless capabilities as they are relatively the same Sonos internal infrastructure and computer proprietary integration, Ethernet ports, Line in, etc. Those products offer much more by being indeed a multi speaker device with drivers that will produce you sound. Great sound at that. The Connect and Port on the other hand is a Sonos enclosed box with a rear I/O panel, and with internals similar to whatever Sonos product lesser in price you want to name off.
So Why such the mark up? Our feeling is Sonos somewhat penalizes those who have their own receiver setup. I’m sure their margins are the biggest on something like Port vs an actual speaker. I’m in need of two Connects/ports, for the living room receiver and for our finished basement which we use as a second living room. Any cheaper alternative for my two setups where i can still be connected to Sonos? Its hard to justify the expense when its $900 for just two separate Line Out.