Yes, the room isn’t large, maybe 12 ft x 12 ft. It’s where I have the computers and where I do most of my more critical listening. With an aging pair of Mark I human ears that have been cared for, mostly, I can’t be TOO critical.
Aside from a bit of fan noise from the Sager laptop (I need to get the fan replaced with a quieter one, but that’s low priority) I like to listen to headphones and compare to speaker sound using the two Play 3s and the sub for comparison. My best speaker sound is in the living room, but I’m frequently amazed at how good the sound from small, digitally EQd speakers can be. The Sonos Truesound app seems to work very well for what it is. With that room size, and help from the sub, the Play 3s do a very nice job of filling the room.
I have two computers in the room, with screens and keyboards at right angles to each other, The Windows Sager Laptop (basically a re-branded Clevo) faces the wall, and the Mac Mini faces the Play 3s on a low dresser across the room. They are set vertically as a stereo pair. There is a YouTube app that will let me broadcast the sound to the Play 3s. It doesn’t require airplay. My wife likes the sound when I find a video of her music.
I think Sonos is thinking hard about their positioning. They have been improving connectivity - my setup still works off an original Bridge, though it doesn’t have to. They were first in this market, and have very good sound, then others started to come in with some better electronics. Sonos made an incremental improvement with their Gen 2 Play 5s (at the house in State College, that my wife inherited) so AirPlay is now included. They are still only Red Book quality DACs, but standard CD can be very good. Everybody that hears it likes it.
In most environments higher resolution won’t be needed or appreciated. Yes, I know this is from someone who not so secretly covets Wilson Audio speakers and who loves to listen to vinyl. But I’m also realistic (Not a trademark of Tandy, Inc).
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!