Since my previous thread has been hijacked and gone off topic, with most replies along the lines of “we’re not going to recommend alternatives to Sonos because if Sonos doesn’t work on your network it’s your fault, even though Sonos is the one and only piece of hardware that has any issues on your network”, I’ll try again.
Can you recommend some alternatives to Sonos?
The reason why I am not keen on Sonos is irrelevant; please don’t try to convince me Sonos is great - that is NOT the question.
I am based in Europe. My wishlist is:
multi-room like Sonos (I should be able to play different stuff in different rooms)
works with Roon but also without, ie should also be able to play music on my NAS, from Tidal and from internet radio independently of Roon (I don’t want a system that’s unusable should Roon go out of business/shut down)
can be controlled from Android phones and tablets; ideally from a PC, too; don’t care about Apple devices
I am not after audiophile-level quality and prices – something in a similar price range as Sonos would be great
The stability of the wifi connection and of the Android app are more important than pure audio quality
Must be able to work without internet. Sonos works when your WiFi doesn’t have internet access – chromecast speakers don’t.
Must work with wifi but ideally have ethernet as a backup
Ideally, both 2,4 Ghz and 5 Ghz; not because music requires a huge bandwidth but because 5 Ghz is less congested
I have read a lot about HiFiBerry used to stream audio, but it’s not clear to me if that supports multiroom, nor how the practicality of installing it would work – having speaker plus HiFiBerry would be a bit of an eyesore.
I have read contradicting feedback on Kef (too expensive anyway) and Bluesound.
The Bluesound Pulse Flex 2i https://www.bluesound.com/products/pulse-flex/ seems interesting but it’s not Roon certified (not yet at least) and it’s not clear to me how well it works with Roon.
Thoughts / suggestions?