SoundTouch Firmware 19.0.13 - Finally, a stable release!
After approximately 10 days of testing my experience with 19.0.13 compared to other firmware releases is very positive (!).
With a total of 8 SoundTouch speakers I had a lot of issues related to the "Play All" feature with speakers dropping out intermittently and sometimes completely with a hard power-cycle as the only recovery option. With 19.0.13 I have not experienced any bug-related issues still after playing music for 10+ hours and finally it seems we are getting the quality we should expect from Bose products. Compared to other releases I have not seen many complaints from the community, anyone out there with a contradictory experience?
Putting that aside I am still hugely disappointed about the "clean start" direction with respect to Smart Home and SoundTouch. I am still waiting for AirPlay 2 functionality to be available for ST, sticky grouping (e.g. create separate speaker groups for "living room", "kitchen" etc.) and ultimately a roadmap indicating that SoundTouch products will be compatible with Smart Home / Bose Music products in the future. The latter is at least a deal or no deal for me whether I will buy Bose products going forward.