New to the forum and to the Sonos product!
After a week with the Beam...first Sonos speaker and first Alexa product...I'm in love guys! Already ended up...after just a few days...ordering a 2-pack of Ones for the kitchen and probably the bathroom after I had to turn the sound bar up too loud to hear it in the next room. Who wants that? haha. We have a small bungalow house with a pretty non-open floor plan, so the sound doesn't carry too well and it doesn't seem like speakers in adjacent rooms will be overkill. My next expansion to get the Sonos infrastructure everywhere I know it'll get used a lot...is to bring the Sonos game to my garage and back yard.
Currently I have a pretty basic 2-zone receiver powering a pair of speakers in the garage, and 3 speakers in the yard (2 mounted on the garage and a rock lookalike in the landscape). Before anyone asks the impedance works...I did the math. haha. In order to extend Sonos out here, I'm thinking about a couple of options:
1. Connect + Echo Dot.
The benefits: this would give me better streaming capability out there...big upgrade over using Bluetooth like I have been. I walk too far in the yard and it cuts out, someone texts me and it comes through the system, etc...lame. This would give me all the benefits of the Sonos operating system, and the Dot would give me Alexa for control. (Not sure if the Connect can be configured to control volume with Alexa? I found some conflicting info when I googled this...).
The drawbacks: I'd have to leave the receiver on all the time in the non-winter months in order to use the system without manipulating it every time, and I'd have to use the existing remote to switch zones (yard and garage). I'd also not be getting any better in terms of sound quality. What I have is decent at low volume which is mostly how I use it outside though...so as not to piss off the neighbors.
1. Connect + One. Or maybe Connect + One + Play:1
The benefits: this would be less cost effective but would be cooler! I'd have a One for the garage which would give me a separate garage zone, with Alexa, and then 2 additional inputs on the receiver I could use to add another outdoor speaker or 2 (replacing the pair currently in the garage). I'd also have separate volume control between the yard and the garage which would be great.
The drawbacks: Cost, but meh. It's still a 3rd party Alexa device...maybe not too big of a deal out there seeing as how I probably won't need too many routines or anything out there...but still it's a limiter on capability.
1. Connect + Play:5 + Dot
The benefits: would give me everything from the options above...plus that sweet sweet Play:5!
The drawbacks: The sound in the garage might be drastically better in quality than the yard which could make the yard sound really noticeable and disappointing. Cost.......
Anything I'm missing here? What would you guys do??
Curious to hear how you guys started your outdoor systems!