I'm considering investing in a Sonos system, but have a few question before I invest in the bucks.
1. I have an Xbox One X (4K), Apple TV (4K) and Nintendo Switch (and maybe a Wii U as well). All HDMI connections. I'm using a receiver at the moment to accommodate the number of inputs. The receiver isn't 'Works with Songs' compatible.
If I plan to buy a Beam, what's the best way to connect? HDMI splitter? It needs to feed through 4K and 3D.
2. I would then like to get some satellite speakers. Is there any difference with Play One and Play:1, apart from Alexa/Google Assistant? Is it worth getting two Play:5 (space isn't huge).
3. What's the 'fill' in a room from a Play:1 or One? Do I 'need' to get two for a standard sized bedroom? Or perhaps even a Play:5
4. Similar question... If I have an open planned kitchen/living room in an apartment area, do I need another speaker, say a Play:5 in somewhere to fill the open space? Or Can I use the surround theatre setup (as above) to fill that space?
Sorry if these appear to be basic questions, but despite reading through lots of website, I'm still very in the dark...
Thanking in advance...
Best answer by AjTrek1
A lot of what you plan to do depends upon your TV. Because it appears as though you plan to sideline your receiver if you plan on purchasing a Beam. If your TV will process DD5.1 over HDMI-ARC and you have enough HDMI inputs to accommodate your devices then you may not need a HDMI/Optical processor. At best at this point you may need an HDMI switch. 3D video processing has nothing to do with Sonos.
When you say satellite speakers are you referring to surrounds to be used with the Beam or speakers just placed strategically around your space? If used as surrounds you can use Play 1 x 2 or Sonos One x 2. You cannot mix a Play 1 with a Sonos One.
If you are planning to place speakers strategically around your space and maybe later create stereo pairs then then same logic as mentioned above applies. If the speakers will always be stand-alones then it doesn't matter.
Sonically speaking you'd be hard pressed to discern a difference between a Play 1 and Sonos One. Although some with canine ears claim there is.
Play 5's x 2 (IMO) would be overkill as surrounds and maybe for your space in general. The only reason at this juncture (again IMO) to employ Play 5's x 2 is if you are a purest and want a genuine stereo sound stage with them placed up front as left and right speakers. Also know...that if you plan to use a Sonos sub with the Beam it cannot be used simultaneously with the Play 5's.
For a standard size bedroom Play 1's or Sonos One's as stereo pairs IMO will suffice. Again the same logic for creating stereo pairs as mentioned above applies.
Without a diagram of your space it's hard to say if the Beam HT setup will suffice vs adding a Play 5. However, know that Sonos speakers used as surrounds can be set to switch from surround mode to FULL on speaker mode when playing music. After the music stops they will automictically return to surround mode.
I hope this helps and gives you a start to bring you into the light. Feel free to post back with more questions.