Currently, I have a 2nd Gen Play 5 in our office. Very happy with it, but the Mrs is not the biggest fan of the aesthetics.
We're looking to add a couple more wireless speakers throughout the house and want to be able to control what plays where via the Sonos app. We're not married to Sonos specific speakers... from what it sounds like, a HomePod could be an option? We don't have a need for any voice controls (ie Alexa or Siri). Primary use will be for music, and the occasional podcast.
Move the 2nd Gen Play 5 into our bedroom
Add a Play Beam and Sub to the office
The question is our Living/Dining/Kitchen area which is entirely open, 8' ceilings, perhaps 750 or so sqft. We have a cabinet (13.5" deep) that we were thinking of placing the speaker on top of. Aesthetically, the beam would fit the bill, but I'm worried that it won't have enough "oomph" to fill the room. A play base is probably a smidge too deep. The Mrs is not a fan of the playbar aesthetics, and I don't think I can sneak a sub in there either. Play 5 is a bit tall.
As a reference point, we had a JBL Authentics L8 in that area, and we were perfectly happy with its sound in that room, but JBL stopped manufacturing that speaker about a year or two ago (also wasn't Airplay 2).
Any other options for the living/dining/kitchen area? How under powered would a beam be? Would a homepod be better than the beam in that application.