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I mentioned Bose as I would rate their sound quality, in case there is the assumption the homepod would be inferior. I went with sonos as they "integrated" with spotify (if we can call it that, you can't group speakers in spotify, nor can you change an individual speaker's volume. that coupled with the random full volume issue is just icing on the cake.

So if I can press one of 6 buttons on a Bose to play a given playlist on a given set of speakers without getting my phone out, fantastic, couple that with being to group, ungroup and set volume individually without loading an app up (Airplay 2)...

The nicest part of the Spotify "integration" is when you're in spotify, and want to add a speaker to the group and set the volume, it pops up the sonos app and you can add a speaker to the group but not set volumes, so you click out, return to spotify, press the home button, launch the sonos app, which is still on the grouping screen, go to the main screen, then go to the now playing screen, then the volume control then you can finally set a speaker's volume.

Smooth.
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I hope Sonos becomes more responsive to customers. I had already been holding off on future purchases since I had to kluge together support for AirPlay using a Connect and Denon receiver. My other biggest issue was wanting voice control for times I have my hands full or am in the shower etc. With the HomePod announcement, Apple has solutions to both these issues. I'm strongly considering switching. Apple put a shot across Sonos's bow and called Sonos out by name.

I found it interesting they called them out as not being a smart speaker, but I think Sonos has made great strides in introducing lots of cool software updates. I doubt the HomePod will be able to touch the quality of having a Playbar, two Plays, and a sub.. The microphone inclusion might be nice but my phone & watch already do that. Time will tell.

I just hope they decide to implement AirPlay 2 support. My next option would be to setup an "AirPlay server", with an AirPort Express key and modified Sonos firmware for a hacked solution to AirPlay streaming. I don't think that will work for the HomeKit integration though.
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I hope Sonos becomes more responsive to customers. I had already been holding off on future purchases since I had to kluge together support for AirPlay using a Connect and Denon receiver. My other biggest issue was wanting voice control for times I have my hands full or am in the shower etc. With the HomePod announcement, Apple has solutions to both these issues. I'm strongly considering switching. Apple put a shot across Sonos's bow and called Sonos out by name.
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What about Bose? I don't own Bose speakers. I prefer my Sonos.
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What about Bose (and their whole home audio that supports airplay 2)?
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Sonos' doom has been forecast on here for 10 years, because of its lack of Airplay. Sonos is already a multiroom, multisource, multicontroller system, with superior technology to Airplay. May Sonos never touch Airplay with a bargepole.

Not saying Sonos will fail for not supporting AirPlay.. I love my Sonos and it's audio quality. I desire the added capability for my needs.. And having it wouldn't impede on anyone streaming with SonosNet if that's what they prefer.
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Or just wait until Apple brings out a competitive product and watch customers like me replace Sonos with something that better integrates with my ecosystem.

Looks like that might happen with the announcement of the HomePod. I'm dubious it's as good as the advanced Sonos speaker setups, but it looks to be better than the Play 1 - Play 5 AND will support AirPlay 2.
Sonos' doom has been forecast on here for 10 years, because of its lack of Airplay. Sonos is already a multiroom, multisource, multicontroller system, with superior technology to Airplay. May Sonos never touch Airplay with a bargepole.
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Regardless of only needing one Connect, I would prefer AirPlay included on the speaker firmware to avoid having an AirPort Express in each room. AirPlay 2 was just announced with minimal details, but it appears that the AppleTV will act as the controller/hub.. Having the added capability is the superior option because I can stream with Sonos when I want a higher quality listening experience, and for all other needs AirPlay for the win. I'm assuming it comes to a licensing/money issue for why Sonos has chosen not to implement, because other manufacturers are doing it and from a usability perspective, it's not confusing and "just works".
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It's time. These speakers have enough technology inside to support airplay. And if they don't the boost or similar device should allow this to be enabled without buying more already expensive speakers.

AirPlay 2s multi room ability means the current "hack" (it's no solution) solution probably won't work. Come on Sonos, get with it. Your customers are Apple users and Apple users are your potential customers. Or just wait until Apple brings out a competitive product and watch customers like me replace Sonos with something that better integrates with my ecosystem.
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Note that you only need one AirPlay capable device, connected into the Line-In of a CONNECT (or PLAY:5, or CONNECT:AMP), to stream AirPlay to any or all of your SONOS speakers. That's one of the strengths of the SONOS system. If you want multiple AirPlay streams in different rooms, you'll need multiple AirPlay devices.

I don't disagree that native AirPlay support would be nice, for when there's no alternative. For all cases where there is an alternative, SONOS's approach (where the speakers autonomously stream content without requiring the controller) is greatly superior -- and I have extensive experience of using both.