Audio Equipment in Consumer Electronics Posted May 19, 2020 1 hour ago, Anthony Bonner said: I guess I don't understand my use case for Sonos if I have a low loss stream as my source? Aren't I still going to need some amplification + dac+speaker in every room and can't I get that better and more future proofed outside of an eco system? SONOS plays a digital stream, and it *is* the speaker. You don't need amp/DAC/speaker, because it's all part of the solution. It'll accept virtually every file format of audio with the limitation that it won't go above 44.1khz (actually, I think it can handle 48khz, but not high resolution files of 88, 96, or higher, but at that point you're beyond CD quality, which would point to Tidal's "Master" streaming level or a couple of tiers of Qobuz). So for Sonos, you're buying the speaker; your home computer provides the networking (and local music library if you want to stream that too). The only thing you'd need amplification or DAC for is for any attached component that by definition you'd want to be connected to a dedicated receiver. So in that case, it's a hybrid solution (as I have), where you've got Sonos for streaming around the house and my base system for my CD/SACD/BluRay/turntable components.