HEOS Receiver or Sonos for whole home audio?

phillihp23

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I am considering installing in ceiling speakers in my house...for whole home streaming of music.
I would be running the speakers hardwire to a switch....but should i just hook up a denon receiver with HEOS to the switch....or a Sonos. What are the advantages / disadvantages?
 

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I might be curious about this myself... as whole home audio might be nice. Maybe have some jazz playing in the background during the day... of course my wife would want it on SiriusXM - The Bridge.

We use two HEOS boxes at our shop... one on each end... linked together, and it sounds great, but that wouldn't be near as nice as ceiling speakers.
 

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I always wanted whole home audio...a visit to my sisters who has a system, all be it less than whole home ( 4 speakers) peaked my interest to persue it.
I just have so many questions on how the two systems work and what capabilities they have.

My sisters setup is four in-ceiling speakers wired to a Niles SSVC-4 and then the input is a Sonos.
The Niles acts as a switch for the speakers...the Sonos / amp I assume allows you to direct the music type (Sirius/amazon/apple etc.) wirelessly from a mobile device with the sonos app.
What else can you control with the sonos app. ? volume, which rooms the speakers are active in (or is this only by the Niles switch).
My initial application would be on the second floor of my house as it is most accessible from the attic space.

Option 1:

Niles SSVC-6 $300
6 in-ceiling speakers $600 (Polk 70RT)
Sonos (not even sure which model, very confusing, different models) $400 ? , amazon echo controllable, Sonos App controllable
It appears you would still require an amp of some sort also...sonos amp $500?

Option 2:
Niles SSVC-6 $300
6 in-ceiling speakers $600 (Polk 70RT)
Denon with HEOS S730H $220 (accessories for less), amazon echo controllable, HEOS App controllable

Part of the advantage of HEOS would be that I already have a Denon with HEOS on the first floor of my house and one on my outdoors patio. This would mean I can control the first floor and patio speakers with the HEOS APP also.
 
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Main Amp
Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 Monoblocks
Additional Amp
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Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
OPPO UDP-205 4K UHD Player
Front Speakers
Emotiva T2
Center Channel Speaker
Emotiva C2
Surround Speakers
Emotiva T1
Front Height Speakers
MartinLogan EM-IC
Rear Height Speakers
MartinLogan EM-IC
Subwoofers
Dual Custom Built 18" Subs
Video Display Device
Epson 4040
Screen
Elite Screen
Remote Control
Universal MX-890
I would probably opt for the HEOS ... simply because I am familiar with their software and it's pretty easy to use. Several of us have the app on our phones to control it at our gun shop.
 
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