Always best to compromise with the boss. Everything else belongs in the mancave.
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Try this link and see if it works for a picture of the room. Its a wide angle view but you can see the speakers at the back of the room. They would probably looked better if they had been in rosewood rather than piano black but I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth.
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@mijostyn. You might be surprised.I had that same concern. It was unfounded. I have listened to these speakers with three different amps including a nice Bryston (with Shinyata power cable and power conditioner). I would certainly give the edge to the Bryston, but the difference was not a deal breaker by any means and I'm quite happy with the SQ of the Sonos. (I, apparently, do not have golden ears, for which I am often thankful!)
I still have the Bryston amp and choose not to use it. The SQ difference is not enough to warrant the bulky unsightly equipment that my wife would not like the looks of. She would also not use it with the added complexity that most of us take for granted when approaching a full system.
These speakers have a reputation of being finnicky but that has not been my experience. I think they sound great with almost anything you plug them into. A real tribute to AA in my opinion even though I think they kind of enjoy the reputation of making hard to drive speakers. I think that is an appeal for some folks.
But @aewarren is correct, this whole set up is about compromise and so far I think it is well met. The wife is happy. The room hasn't been transformed into my personal listening room (I already have one of those with my primary system). And I find myself listening in there more than I expected that I would. And so has my wife!
For years we used our living room as a museum. We went in there for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Finally, a friend of mine came over and suggested we turn it into a listening room. So we did and now we use the living room as much or more than the family room. We even added a 65 inch Sony XBR TV and we are enjoying it. We enjoy have people over for dinner and spend time listening to music with them over some wine. Best decision we ever made. If you add a nice stereo cabinet between the speakers and add a nice amplifier or receiver, you might be surprised how much your wife likes the sound. There are some beautiful stereo cabinets available that a beautiful pieces of furniture. One of our favorite rooms in the house is now our music room.
I actually haven't spent a lot on photo gear for a while. Got a D750 when it came out. Matched it with some appropriate lenses. Great set up! Haven't bought anything since. Yes, the initial cost was steep but it has been worth it.
That is the way I am with most things. Once I get the right gear I tend to stop buying. I am not inclined toward constantly having the latest thing.
However, on my last major travel I found the D750 with a big 24-70 2.8 on it got cumbersome. May look into a smaller lighter travel camera at some point...........but COVID has sure limited travel opportunities!