Thank you very much for your answers to both of you. Really appreciate a community like this!
My case is that I currently have to add a speaker to my bathroom to play radio when my hue motion sensor out there detects motion. This is my first “project” in Home Assistant that I only recently discovered and started learning about.
Can you guys help me make the right choice of speaker here?
I was weighing between primarily Beoplay M3(based on personal preference and my current setup and the SONOS One(based on assumed best home automation integration.
I decided to buy a SONOS One, as I could always return it within a 30-day period. Also, Beoplay integration vs SONOS integration to HA, based on quick research, made it seemed easier to get to where I want.
I have been testing functionality and differences related to Home Assistant and the rest of my setup(Plex etc) between the SONOS One and Beoplay A9 Mark 2, and I am currently considering returning it for a Beoplay M3. I am just not sure about whether the observations I have done is the whole truth, or if my limited knowledge thus far is affecting my decision.
My experiences, related to actual usage cases are:
-Home Assistant picks up anything I play from the SONOS app with metadata and controls it nicely
-Chromecast audio is not supported
-AirPlay support is there, but seems to be acting up and slow - had problems with my lock screen controls on iPhone
-Lock screen controls when using the SONOS app are not available when there are airplay devices on the network
-Plex in the SONOS app is supported, but I haven’t gotten it to work, cause I do not have remote access enabled. I never needed external access, so my network isn’t really set up for it security wise yet, so haven’t tested
-Voice assistant is not available in my country yet, and basically no ETA anywhere
-Lock screen controls are not working
-Hardly works at all with Home Assistant, I managed to get it to start playing something by sending it a long command that took me ages to figure out
-No statuses or anything showing when playing in Home Assistant
-Works great for airplaying and chromecast audio
-Lock screen controls work great
-The Bang & Olufsen app let me access my Plex library through DNLA, however using that does not trigger my Plex component to show anything in HA, and I see nothing in Plex activity monitor
So I need the speaker to be easy to use for my wife, and this not only work with automations. I feel like the missing lock screen controls in SONOS might be a deal breaker for this. I know I can disable airplay on my other devices to make this work, but that would probably not make too much sense.
In the end, I need to make sure I get a speaker that can provide everything I need in my future setup. Also I would prefer B&O if that would handle it.
What would you guys do? SONOS One? Beoplay M3? Something else?
My further setup:
Living room speakers: Beolab 14 Atmos setup driven by a Denon receiver.
Living room media player: A NVIDIA Shield to play my media in KODI, using Plexkodiconnect to base my KODI off of my Plex server.
Synology NAS Plex + Home Assistant server
iPhones and iPads for anything mobile