Long story short. I have a Gen 1 Connect. I’m about to upgrade my HiFi system (speakers and amp) and hoping to improve my streaming source (currently using Spotify) to CD quality using TIDAL, Apple or Amazon Music. I may not notice the difference, but want to at least give it a try.
The Gen 1 Sonos Connect obviously isn’t suitable for CD quality streaming, so I’m thinking I should upgrade to a Sonos Port and move to the S2 app. I’ve been hesitant to upgrade due to the mixed reviews over the past few of years, and am curious to know if there have been any improvements with the sound quality issues some people have had (either from the unit itself or in the app) since it’s launch 3 years ago. The sales guys in the hifi stores here in Sydney like to push the BlueSound Node, but I’m already invested in Sonos, and happy with it.
I’m currently using RCA cables on the Connect and thinking I would possibly use the digital coax on the Port if this would work better with the Amp (Cambridge Audio CXA81)? I’ve read that this seems to work better for the Port when the line out is fixed, but this makes the Sonos app volume redundant. I’ve also read there may not be an issue when using the RCA cables, so a bit confused as I thought the digital out produced a better sound even if it is marginal.
As most of the negative reviews and mixed comments in the discussions are over a year+ old now, I’m wondering if the general consensus has improved. If not I may try and hunt down a second hand Gen 2 Connect. I’m also now wondering if a Gen 2 Port is in the works, admittedly it was 6½ years between the two Connects and 4½ years between the Connect Gen 2 and Port, and with delays on almost everything else nowadays I wouldn’t be expecting it anytime soon.
Appreciate your thoughts?
Best answer by rattyView original