I am in the process of building a new home. I want background music throughout the house via in-ceiling speakers, but hi-quality music in my main listening room.
Sonos seeemd to be just the ticket for me: I could use their units with built-in amps throughout the house, and the digital out of their non-amped unit (into my Reimyo DAC) in the main room. I have since learned that the Sonos generates considerable jitter, so I am considering adding either an Empirical Audio Pacecar between it and the Reimyo, or perhaps a Cullen-modified Sonos. (I assume the basic Sonos will be fine for background music.)
Knowing my tastes in audio, I am also considering switching from the Reimyo to a Wavelength Cosecant. This will require me to have my computer in the music room; I originally resisted this but upon further consideration, it may not be so bad after all. I would still use the Sonos for the rest of the house.
At RMAF it was suggested to me in strong terms that I should use an Apple system instead of Sonos. But here is where my ignorance really shows: Precisely what Apple products would I need to distribute music throughout the house? Are they simple to use, or do they require a degree in computer science? ;) Would I need an external amp in each room, or could I use a multi-channel amp in a centralized location? And last but not least, how could I control it from each room? I absolutely positively do not want to have to carry around an iPhone; instead, I want a controller in each room.
Thanks for not laughing. ;)