Before I go ahead and pull the trigger I wanted to check 2 things.
Because the AMP Connect seemed underpowered for my needs, my original plan was to buy a non Sonos amp and use a Sonos bridge to link it to my system. It would be considerably cheaper to do this and I plan on using 3rd party speakers outside anyway (the new Architecture ones only come in white which would not work and are also very expensive).
What would you say is the benefit of going for the new £599 AMP over the 3rd party option linked to a bridge?
Secondly, in either case, am I likely to run into any difficulties synching my 3 areas?
I have an open plan living room / kitchen and at the moment have 2 x Play 1, Soundbar and Sub set up in the living room for both music and surround sound and I have a further 2 x Play 1 in the kitchen just for music. I want to be able to play music in both rooms and the garden at the same time, or in just one space. I cannot see a reason why this would not work but just wanted to make sure.
Best answer by John B
The advantage of the Sonos Amp over Bridge + non-Sonos amp is that it would work. You would actually need a Connect, not a Bridge, so I doubt it would be cheaper.
The Sonos Amp would sync perfectly for music. This would not be guaranteed for Connect + other amp, but would probably fine with a hifi amp (as opposed to an AV receiver).