I have a 5.1 system from 15+ years ago that worked great until the pre-amp died. I've been trying to decide what to do and the wife bought some Sonos gear for my birthday - we're trying (soundbar + sub + 1s I haven't connected yet). The compactness is great as is the app, whole home sound, etc.
My wife doesn't like the size and wires we have today and really likes the compactness of a Sonos setup. I do feel like the soundbar has a less wide field than I got with 3 front speakers (this doesn't surprise me). If I didn't have all the existing gear I'd be pretty happy with a Sonos 5.1 setup though would be happier if Sonos supported 3 front speakers I think. Part of my issue is potentially parting with a sizable past investment (classic sunk cost
) and the fact the gear is high quality. I've read a bunch of posts but the fact I have a dead pre makes my situation a bit different.
Sony E9000ES pre (had a flawed power supply design and died after many good years)
Rotel RB985 THX amp (5x100w)
M&K 3xS125 front speakers
M&K 2xMX150THX for rears
M&K MX150THX Sub
I see a few options:
- Buy new pre-amp and a connect (and other units for additional rooms)
- Buy 1 or 2 Sonos Amps and connect to the existing speakers
(not sure I like losing the center - wish there was a "real" solution for 3 existing fronts)
- Buy 1 amp for fronts and replace rears with 1s
- Sell what I have and go all in on Sonos with Soundbar + sub + 1s for rears
- I'd be way happier with the above option if I could use my current sub with the bar (as others have posted)
Other options or thoughts?