The main advantage is space in this particular room. I currently have a Yamaha 5.1 system in my living room with a PS3, Xbox One, Apple TV, and Logitech Bluetooth receiver. The read speakers are hooked up using a Rocketfish rear speaker kit, which works fairly well. The TV is a 55" 2014 Vizio E-Series. The TV is used to switch the audio, which works well since it passes the full matrix sound mix.
In the new house, the TV will be mounted over a fireplace and the placement of the rear-surrounds will require more flexibility due to the layout of the room. I’m moving the Yamaha system to my office, along with the video game systems and Apple TV. We have literally never watched a BluRay since we stream everything, so the new setup will consist of a TV (the current 55" or a 70"…have to make sure it would fit) with built-in apps and the sound system.
The Sonos Playbar combined with the Sonos Sub and a pair of Play 1s will comprise the system. I already have a Sonos bridge (came free with the Play 1), which is necessary for the 5.1 setup, and one of the Play 1s. I like the Sonos option because there is an easy way to mount the Playbar to the articulating TV mount, the sub looks so nice that the wife doesn’t care about hiding it, and the Play 1s needing only an outlet makes placement very easy. The Play 1s will also serve as the announcement speakers for SmartThings.
Streaming movies are far more likely to send a Dolby signal than any other encoding, and the Sonos system supports that encoding, using spatial modeling software for any other type of signal. They also have the ability to add whatever decoding they want since it’s entirely software based.
And if it sucks…I’ll return it an try another option
Any experiences with this type of setup? Impressions?