1) I'm one of those guys with 80 gigs of music on his computer, and I'd still rather play from the PC -- and use my years of iTunes playlists -- to play through the Sonos. Can I do that?
2) Should I get another Beam for music in the kitchen or do I need to go to separate standalone Sonos speakers? Advantages?
Best answer by Airgetlam
1) Yes, and no. Or maybe no, and yes. In the Sonos system, you don't "play from the PC". The Sonos system plays from the speakers. You point the Sonos system at the data on your PC and it then goes out and grabs the music from your PC to play, as long as the PC is up and running, and not asleep in any way. The controller app, which you can run on your PC if you so choose, is merely a remote control to tell the Sonos system running on the speakers what to do.
2) I'd recommend different speakers for the kitchen, perhaps the Sonos SL, or the Sonos One. They're smaller in size than the Beam is, and can be tucked away in various locations more easily. And would probably distribute the music better. I've got a pair of Sonos Ones set up as a stereo pair in my kitchen. Awesome sound.