One of my Sonos Play:5’s died last week. Sonos support said it was defective and had to be replaced. While they did offer a great deal to swap it out for a second gen Play:5, I figure this is a good time to explore DYI options and slowly break out of the Sonos ecosystem. My plan is to build one zone to drive a pair of JBL Century’s with (either RPi 3B or 4B) and a HifiBerry Amp2 module. This will replace a Sonos Connect:AMP. I’m thinking RoPieee as the OS. If all goes well, I’ll sell my other Sonos Connect and Sonos speakers, then use the funds to build the other devices/zones. I’ve been doing a lot of reading here as there are a ton of threads on the topic, but I still had a few questions.
Grouping 3 or 4 Sonos zones usually results in drop outs, especially when manually switching songs. Do grouped zones running RoonBridge perform any better? Or is this just the nature of grouped zones in general? I realize a lot of it has to do with how solid the network is, but I’ve replaced my Linksys router with a Google Wifi mesh. Things are better, but still not ideal. The majority of my zones are Wifi and I turn all DSP off. I live in a rural area so there’s no interference from neighbors. Just wondering if I can expect better performance or about the same?
Do grouped zones running RoonBridge do a pretty good job of staying in sync?
When I start replacing the Sonos speakers, I’m not sure if I’d be better off building RPi devices that have an amp and pair them with passive speakers. Or, building devices without an amp and pairing them with powered speakers? I’d like to get sound quality at least as good as a pair of Play:5’s setup in stereo mode.