Forgot to mention.... don't forget, that the Sonos can be used as a wireless streaming pre-amp and connected into, for example, an AUX input in your existing amp so you can continue to use your existing system. The Sonos ZP would, in this scenario, only strem the music in, and then pass the audio via it's pre-outs to your amp of choice. Best of both worlds!!
PS Just got a 60GB iPod and all the music on it is in AIFF and it sounds superb! We owe it to our kids to educate them and stop them thinking that music is MP3!
PPS - In response to Mike Watson, no the equipment most certainly is not more important than the music in my opinion, that is why I make the point above about MP3 and compressed music in general. I would much rather have a select number of CDs (which with today's disk sizes can mean 100+) ripped to my MP3 player/iPod which I chop and change when I want, and listen to them in a high quality uncompressed format, then have 1,000 CDs ripped in MP3.
Hey Brucie, yeah it looks like it has now been released, unfortunately it's out of stock.
I'm thinking that I'm going to wait until the new year to get mine (dreaming of January sale - but it will probably never happen!).
I'm pretty hectic at work at the moment and one of the things I need to do is test out database stuff on linux. But once thats done then I'm going to pick back up on this - any developments I make I'll let you guys know about!
Message for Dave Oliver - When you say 'it's compressed music we're talking about' in your review of the Sonos system, what exactly do you mean? My CD collection is backed up onto a network drive as AIFF files so they're not getting anywhere near any compression, but is it the wireless transfer process you are thinking of, does it somehow also add compression? Haven't bought the Sonos yet but I'm tempted.
At the time of the review I was playing MP3 and AAC files and I'm afraid I don't recall which (if any) lossless formats the Sonos supported at that time. I know that it now supports AIFF files among others so you should be good to go for uncompressed streaming.