Well, there’s a lot of reasons why I choosed the heos. And maybe some of the reasons ain’t a problem any more, but since I’ve started with heos I will continue with it.
*heos did support a larger archive of songs than sonos do/did.
*heos did/do support more filetypes/formats then sonos.
*heos had/has more options than sonos ready for it: Spotify connect, tidal, etc…
*heos had/has more inlets/inputs/outlets/outputs than sonos, subwoofer, Bluetooth, dlan, etc.
*heos also communicates directly on your WiFi, both on 2.4 GHz and 5ghz ac band, and does not create their own weird and closed network, but operating on regular open standards (for the most), rather than the sonos which you need a hub of some sort for their own weird network.
The last point is a real deal breaker for me, as I hate when things operate like that, that’s probably also why I hate everything that starts with “I” from Apple.
When I buy a item/thing it’s mine, and I want to control it myself. The thing about systems like sonos is that it’s usually worthless as soon as the vendor don’t support it anymore/go out of business/etc. However if you buy the system with a lot of open standards build into it, the chances are they last longer and will se more support.
Heos is comparable with a standard Bluetooth/WiFi speaker but with extended capabilities like multiroom, etc.
Also did I mention that it’s actually made by denon, which isn’t exactly unused to the hifi scene, they have a lot more experience than sonos.
I had my heos from release, and actually as I hoped, they have polished it for every update, but in the start they were amplifiers that didn’t always work in multiroom, but have been good with the updates.
Which I kinda expected since it was they first serious attempt into the multiroom market.
There are now newer versions (hardware) on the market than what I have, which I’ll guess is working smoothly.
But again, I don’t know if any of these points I made have been changed in favor of the sonos, haven’t bother checking since I’ll already have a multiroom system…