I'm hoping someone from Sonos can chime in here, as there's not a lot of concrete information in the blog post. I have a Playbar 5.1 system and am willing to buy a Sonos ONE to add Airplay 2. The blog post mentions When you group one of these Airplay-enabled speakers with older Sonos devices, you can bring AirPlay capabilities to your entire Sonos system. and the image on the airplay page shown the Playbar. But I'm confused and concerned on exactly what this statement means. I would like it to mean:
"When you have one Airplay 2 speaker in your Sonos ecosystem, Airplay 2 will work on all of your Sonos speakers."
But to me the statement really seams to say
"When you group an Airplay 2 speaker with older speakers, Airplay 2 will work with that group."
I fear that the latter is how this is being implemented, which would mean that, for example, if you have older Sonos speakers in 3 rooms, you would need 3 Sonos ONEs to add Airplay 2 to every room. Which would suck. And in particular, if you have a Sonos ONE grouped (not paired) with the Playbar, it will default ungroup when TV audio plays. This is usually desired (I won't want to play TV audio in the kitchen usually, but I will want to play music in there), but would be a pain to constantly regroup. And also would be a pain to keep grouped but mute the speaker when I want to watch TV.
I suppose another option is to switch to Sonos ONE as the rear surround (which would make the Playbar system Airply 2, right? RIGHT???) but I don't really need two more speakers around the house (don't even really need 1 more), so I'd rather not spend the extra $200.
Any official input on how this works would be much appreciated!