Google Play Music gets direct streaming support for Sonos systems

By Justin Kahn
Apr 10, 2014
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  1. Today, Google and Sonos have announced a partnership that will see the popular home music systems get fully integrated into Google Play Music for Android. Google's Android music service is being updated to include full Sonos support, allowing users to...

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  2. OliTheG

    OliTheG TS Member Posts: 61   +27

    I feel like a bit of an old man here. Can somebody please explain the point of wirelessly streaming music to a hifi?

    When I went out to get a new hifi system (B&W CM8s, Audiolab 8200CDQ preamp/CD player and 8200P poweramp which are biwired to the speakers, sounding amazing by the way) we got a salesman trying really, really hard to push a £500 Sonos streamer onto us aswell. We asked why, he said "to stream music from wifi over your house." But the damned thing is stupid. It's WIRELESSLY TRANSMITTING AN OUTPUT. So there is a MASSIVE quality drop compared to the source CD. You are basically paying £500 to ruin your hifi.

    Surely a better option to do such a thing would be to build a small form factor PC, and then put in a Xonar Essence STX and use the RCE out to interconnect to the amp? £300, can play all forms of music regardless of source, and can be used with spotify, etc.

    Why is wireless music streaming supposed to be good, when it massacres sound quality and is bested by the better sounding, more flexible alternative of a small, quiet PC with a soundcard?

    Or am I right, and this is one of those "OMG IM SO AUDIOPHILE LEWK AT ME WITH MY iPHONE" type thing, done only by people who don't know what they are talking about?

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