Good morning all. I am a fairly recent new homeowner and finally looking to spring for a home stereo system. Having done some research, Sonos is clearly a no brainer. I cannot wait to get my hands on some of this gear. I'm literally obsessed and own nothing at this point.
In researching what pieces of equipment will be best for me, and reading through lots of this community, I'm running into a question about stereo pairing. It is clear that 2 x Play:1s in a stereo pair is a hugely popular set up on this forum. Likewise, it seems 2 x Play:5s is also mentioned as a good set up.
My question: is a stereo pair still recommended if you're not likely to be in the "sweet spot" very often?
In my living room, I am looking at getting a Play:5 for use with the line in so I can start enjoying my record player more regularly. I am thinking if I have this set horizontally in the corner, it will set a wide enough soundstage to adequately cover the room. Please note that the corner is the ideal placement due to being near the optimal place for the record player and router for easy connectivity to Ethernet for the Play:5. It seems the sound could be improved by adding another Play:5 in the other corner, but my couch isn't in the middle of the room. Where we sit would likely favor one channel (the left). In this situation, would a stereo pair be counterproductive?
Likewise, looking at using the Play:1 in the kitchen. Again, this is a room with a lot of movement, from being at the stove, to the sink, to the counter, to the breakfast nook in the corner. Although as a gear whore 2 x Play:1s seems awesome, I might only ever be in the sweet spot when either at the stove or at the sink, depending on placement decisions. Again, would doing a stereo pair be counterproductive as opposed to just having one Play:1 in the corner?
Appreciate any insight you can offer! It seems the beauty of Sonos is I can always easily add more speakers as my budget allows and test things out, but I'm more interested in confirming whether or not my theory regarding rarely being in the stereo sweet spot defeats the purpose of paying for a stereo pair. Thank you!