The "fuss" is because the massive outlay on Sonos products - buying a 5.1 surround system on Sonos carries a massive price tag and with the beam, for example, it cant even play modern HD audio formats that are found on Blu-ray. For the same price you could have a far better sounding 5.1 surround system with a subwoofer and an AVR, and it would play anything you throw at it. In 10 years time, whilst tech will have moved on, you can still plug any speaker you like into that AVR and enjoy it without needing to rely on a software platform. Thus far the S2 interface for Sonos hasn't delivered anything that has shown it was necessary to do yet, and they could have easily just made those services not compatible with legacy products instead of fragmenting the system. We had several Play 5 gen 1's around the house which we had no problems with. but we had more modern speakers elsewhere. These play 5's were instantly devalued and despite not having any need to upgrade, we had to sell them and buy other speakers purely to keep our system receiving updates and working together, and this makes it harder to replace older speakers/add new speakers to the system (as they will already have upgraded firmware). Sonos is great as a music system but they handled this really poorly and have yet to demonstrate an actual need for it. Why not just make it so if using an as-yet un-launched HD audio service, just make the legacy products not available for playback. you will never have this issue with an AVR and speakers, and they will sound better than any Sonos product will. You can buy an AVR and speakers from the 70s and it will still work.
Can you link an amazon echo show to this?
Excellent! Thank you, just what I want! Glad you are enjoying it.
Nothing to stop you unpairing and moving them but it will be a right PITA. Especially if you have trueplayed too. Alternative is to not have the suroounds paired with the beam at all, but as a seperate stereo pair. You can then group/ungroup with the beam for tv as needed, but you wont get 5.1 surround so is not worth it imo.
£329 is the max I'd pay for this, not sure why £320 is so hot. I paid <£300 2 years ago, so I'd expect it to be trending a bit cheaper given it's a slightly older product now with the new ARC out (even if that's super expensive).