No personal experience with the R1. Plenty of friends with the Sonos systems. I went sonos since the 1 was on sale for 150. Got 2 of them, thats just too good of a price. It is a known system with tons of cross support with other systems. That right there is probably the main reason I went with it. It’s history of working well for years.
(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart)
I use pure jongo T2 & S3 speakers. They work great. Also allow for whole house music
Ive had an R1 for about a month and posted this review.
The spamming issue has been corrected and is not a problem. There is still an issue with “abrupt volume drop” that seems to occur when you elect to change the speaker volume for an announcement. Looks like that is caused by the hub submitting a volume reset before the message is complete. The workaround is to not alter the speaker volume, but I’m in a two story house and sometimes I need to increase the volume.
In short if/when they fix they the volume drop problem it will be perfect for my use.
The other thing to look at is chromecast as a sonos setup. At least that was possible like earlier in the year. Not sure if it still is. But I think it was Ars Techinca did a good article on its setup, just google it.
But I just bought 2 sonos and know I want more. Since buying the house I knew I’d get sonos setup at some point.
I had my eyes on more Sonos. Love my Play 2 I already had. Was hoping to get away cheaper, but couldn’t help it, Play1 are $50 off this week. The sound quality on my Play2 is awesome and @ule convinced me to get them. Told my wife it’s all his fault lool.