I have a love/hate relationship with technology. Sonos Connect definitely falls in the LOVE category. It was so easy to set up and works perfectly. I can now sit outside and control the music & volume w/my iPhone or laptop.
I purchased this item to connect my old school stereo receiver to wireless speakers. I also purchased the Sonos Play3. The setup was easy and it works as expected. It is a little pricy, but I now can play my old 33 RPM records and have the music wirelessly streamed to other rooms in the house.
The only trouble free way to go
I was hesitant to spend this amount of money for a hardware piece that is worth a quarter of that. But after trying Toslink out of Roku, the problem is running the software that works your way. I tried Plex and Emby and they were flat out refusing to read some of the ID tags or just skipped some rips all together. Clients were flaky as well. Getting Sonos was me giving up on doing things on a tight budget. I can tell you that the money is in the software here. It works, it is intuitive, it can be run on anything hardware wise. Do I wish Sonos supported high resolution files - yes. But with a mid level DAC, the WAV rips sound as close to great as possible and my life is finally simple. I can store CD's in the garage and join the 21st century while getting instant access to all my music.
Sonos where have been my whole life...
This is a great product which is amazingly simple to set-up, use and customize. The devise itself is very stylish with a low profile so it blends in with the decor nicely. It connects easily to my home theater set-up and has that always on readiness you are looking for.
The mobile and desktop apps are well designed and easy to use.