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Streaming music system for home theater or stereo

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Enjoy music from your computer and the Internet on any audio system

Play music from your PC and the Internet with the Sonos® CONNECT. This tiny player works with almost any existing audio system — hook it up to a receiver or powered speaker system in any room of your home, and it connects to the Internet and your computer wirelessly through the Sonos BRIDGE (sold separately). You'll be ready to start enjoying music within minutes.

Small player fits almost anywhere

The CONNECT's footprint is remarkably compact — less than 5-1/2" square. Analog and digital audio outputs make it compatible with just about any audio/video receiver or shelf system.


Sonos controllers

You probably already own a Sonos controller

You can use an iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad®, or Android™ phone to control any and all Sonos players. A free download turns your smartphone and tablet into a full-fledged Sonos controller. Easily navigate and search through playlists and tracks stored on your computer, or select an Internet radio station. Create customized playlists on the fly for individual rooms or for playback over your entire Sonos system. You can also mute or adjust the volume of each of your players.


Rhapsody®, Pandora® Internet radio, SiriusXM, and more at your fingertips

The Sonos system works seamlessly with a host of Internet-based digital music services, including Rhapsody, Pandora, Spotify, last.fm™, Napster®, and SiriusXM Internet Radio. Rhapsody offers instant access to millions of songs and ad-free radio stations through your Sonos Controller. Sirius Internet Radio gives you access to over 80 channels of programming. Every Sonos system includes free 30-day trials of these two services, so you can start listening the moment you take it out of the box. Pandora and last.fm create customized Internet radio streams just for you — all you have to do is enter the name of your favorite song or artist. And because Sonos connects directly to the Internet for all of these music services, you don't even have to turn on your PC.

Play music stored on your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®

Sonos now gives you convenient wireless access to music and podcasts stored in the Music app of iOS devices, for playback throughout your entire Sonos system. This function works on devices running iOS6 or later (see below for full list of compatible Apple devices). The system even lets you connect multiple Apple players at once. For instance, you can queue up songs from your iPhone to play in the kitchen while you cook, and your spouse can stream a podcast in the den at the same time.


Expand your Sonos system

You can have up to 32 Sonos music players in your system, and each one can play an independent selection of individual tracks or playlists. Listen to jazz in the den while your spouse plays rock music in the kitchen, or pump a single playlist of songs throughout the entire house during a party.


Highlights:

  • communicates with other players via proprietary Sonos wireless technology, or wired Ethernet connections
  • control your Sonos system with your iPhone or iPod touch — free download available from the App Store at apple.com
  • plays MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and Ogg Vorbis files (firmware is upgradable to support future audio formats)
    • compatible with protected WMA files from Napster, Urge, AOL, and many other music download sites
    • not compatible with protected AAC files from iTunes
  • play music and podcasts stored in the Music app of an iPhone (3GS or later), iPad (iPad 2 or later), and iPod touch (4th generation or later)
  • plays MP3 and WMA streaming Internet radio stations
  • plays songs from Rhapsody® digital music service — subscription required after free 30-day trial
  • plays songs from SIRIUSXM Internet Radio — subscription required after free 30-day trial
  • plays personalized Internet radio stations from Pandora® and last.fm™
  • multi-zone synchronous playback (same music plays in multiple zones simultaneously) or multi-stream playback (each plays individually selected music)
  • allows connection of an audio component such as a CD player, FM tuner, or a portable music player (music from such sources can be played back on any player in your system)
  • front-panel controls for volume and muting
  • bass, treble, balance, and volume controls accessible via remote
  • 2-port Ethernet switch
  • coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
  • analog stereo output
  • analog stereo input
  • 5-7/16"W x 2-15/16"H x 5-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires high-speed Internet connection
 

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  • Connect player
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 5' Ethernet cable (with male RJ-45 plugs on each end)
  • 6' Audio patch cable (with 3.5mm miniplug on one end and stereo RCA plugs on the other end)
  • 3' Audio cable (stereo RCA plugs on each end)
  • "Set It Up" booklet
  • Important Product Information booklet

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Features
Network Requirements
Connections

Features

Overview: The Sonos Connect (formerly the ZP90 Zone Player) works exclusively with the Sonos Digital Music System. In a multi-room sound system, one player is connected to your home network, and each subsequent player can be connected wired or wirelessly to the system. The Connect player is designed to be used with an external amplifier or a pair of powered speakers.

Controls/Indicators: The Connect player's only controls are a mute button and a rocker-type volume control, both mounted on the front of the unit. An LED status indicator flashes white when powering up or connecting to the Sonos Digital Music System, and lights solid white when powered up and connected to the music system.

Zones: You can place a Sonos player in each zone where you want to listen to music. The Sonos Digital Music System can accept up to 32 players (such as the Connect, the amplified Connect:Amp, Play:3 or Play:5). You can control the entire system from a your PC or Mac, your smartphone or tablet (using a free app), or a separate Sonos controller (such as the CR200). With multiple zones, you can choose to play the same song in different rooms, or different songs in different rooms.

Placement: It is not necessary to place the player in a visible place in the home. The transmitting range of the Sonos Digital Music System is approximately 100 feet. Thick walls, microwave ovens, and the presence of other wireless devices can interfere with or block the wireless network signals. When interference occurs, you can relocate the Connect player in order to receive the signal, make a wired (Ethernet) connection, or add a Sonos Bridge between the router and the Connect player to extend the wireless range.

Sonos Controller: The Sonos Connect allows you to control its audio setup, playback functions, and search features through the Sonos Controller software for Windows and Mac computers, or from the Sonos Controller app for Apple iOS and Android devices. You'll have access to thousands of pre-loaded nternet radio stations, dozens of online music services, your iTunes music, and your network music library; all from one control app on your computer/laptop or smartphone/tablet. 

  • Sonos Controller for Windows/Mac: The Sonos Controller software allows you to control the Sonos Connect from your computer. Simply download the Sonos Controller software from the Sonos website onto your Windows PC or Mac computer. The Sonos Controller software is compatible with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Macintosh OS X (10.6 or higher) operating systems.
  • Sonos Controller for Apple iOS/Android: You can also wirelessly control the Sonos Connect from your Apple iOS device (4.0+) or Android smartphone/tablet (2.1+) running the Sonos Controller App from the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store.

Note: The Sonos Connect, computer, and Apple iOS/Android device must be connected to the same home network.

Music Streaming Services: The Sonos Connect gives you access to unlimited music; such as your iTunes library, your favorite music services, and thousands of Internet radio stations, shows, and podcasts.

  • Pre-Loaded Internet Radio: The Sonos Connect includes TuneIn, an Internet Radio Service, that provides immediate access to 100,000 Internet radio stations and broadcast programs. You can easily find radio stations from all over the world broadcasting music, news, and variety programming, including archived shows and podcasts.
  • Online Music Services: The Sonos Connect works seamlessly with 7Digital, Amazon Cloud Player, AUPEO!, DAR.fm, Hearts of Space, iHeartRadio, Last.fm, MOG, Murfie, Pandora, Rdio, Rhapsody, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Slacker Radio, Songza, Spotify, Stitcher, & Wolfgang's Vault, plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks (service availability varies by region). Check out the Sonos website for the latest online music services. (Some online services require a paid subscription.)
  • Music Library: The Connect supports playback of music from any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home network where you have shared music folders. The Connect can play music stored on up to 16 PCs, Macs or NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices on your home network, supporting the most popular audio formats. The Connect indexes your music folders so you can view your music collection by categories (such as artists, albums, composers, genres, or tracks). The Connect supports the following audio file formats - MP3 (compressed), WMA (compressed), AAC (MPEG4), iTunes, Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, FLAC (lossless), WAV (uncompressed), and AIFF (uncompressed).
  • iTunes Music: The Sonos Connect supports the playback of music and playlists managed with your iTunes account (playlists are limited to 40,000 tracks). The Connect can access your iTunes music files from your network computer or directly from your Apple iPod iOS device (4.0+) running the Sonos Controller app.

Simple Installation: Setting up the Connect is quick and easy. No technical or wiring expertise is required and no need to break through walls or re-wire your entire house. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection and a router to get started. One player or Bridge in your system must be connected to the router and all the rest will work wirelessly. You can add more players in more rooms without additional wires.

Network Requirements

Home Network: To access Internet music services, Internet radio, and any digital music stored on your computer or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device, your home network must meet the following requirements:

  • High-speed DSL/Cable modem, or fiber-to-the-home broadband connection for proper playback of Internet-based music services. If your Internet service provider only offers Satellite Internet access, you may experience playback issues due to fluctuation download rates.)
  • If your modem is not a modem/router combination and you want to take advantage of Sonos' automatic online updates, or stream music from an Internet-based music service, you must install a router in your home network. If you don't have a router, you will need to purchase and install one before setting up your system.
    • If you are going to use a Sonos controller application on an Android smartphone, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or other tablet, you may need a wireless router in your home network.
  • Connect at least one Sonos component to your home network router using an Ethernet cable, and then you can add other Sonos components wirelessly.
  • For best results, you should connect the computer or NAS drive that contains your personal music library collection to your home network router using an Ethernet cable.

Automatic Updates: The Connect allows for free automatic software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services to enjoy. Simply register the Connect and Sonos will automatically notify you when software updates are available. By simply pressing one button your system updates itself.

Connections

2-Port Ethernet Switch: There are 2 female RJ-45 connectors for plugging in Category 5 Ethernet cables. You can connect a router, computer, or an additional network device, such as a network-attached storage (NAS) device. Specifications: 10/100 Mbps, auto MDI/MDIX.

Analog Inputs: You can connect an external source, such as a portable music player or a CD player, to the unit's left and right RCA jacks. The input jacks automatically detect a device is connected, and the source appears in the system. Music from the external source can be played in any zone. The volume is controlled by the Sonos Digital Music System, however, the playback (pause, music selection, etc.) must be controlled at the source.

Analog Outputs: The Connect is equipped with stereo RCA jacks for connecting the player to a separate amplifier or receiver. The stereo RCA jacks have a variable audio output, with the volume controlled by your wireless controlling device (iPhone, iPad, etc.), Sonos controller or the Connect's front panel volume controls.

Digital Outputs: The player has both coaxial and optical digital outputs for connecting the unit to a receiver or amplifier with digital inputs.

 

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5 out of 5

Sonos CONNECT

Written By Steve A., Albert Lea, MN on Monday, April 14, 2014
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This Sonos Connect is the bomb! It streams music stations from all over the world in about every and any language you can think of. I never use the tuner off of my receiver. And the music off my I-pad sounds great. Very easy to install and it all runs off of a free App. Wish I would have bought this along time ago.
Pros:
Easy to install and is about the size of half abox of Kleenex.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Sonos Connect

Written By BruceF, South Range, WI on Monday, April 14, 2014
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The Sonos system and hardware are second to none. That said their software is decidedly anti-Microsoft. Their Windows desktop controller software is looking dated. They have no Windows 8 support. Absolutely nothing for RT or Winphone. The third part app is ok for Winphone but the RT app is unusable.

So if you are a Windows user prepare to be a little frustrated. Sonos recently had a survey for Windows users to tell them what we would want in a controller and they have new Mac and Android controllers scheduled. Lets hope they follow up with a new Windows app.

I swore I wasn't going to get another Sonos product until they had full Windows support. I was using a laptop in the basement in order to wireless send music to my stereo but alas it had XP. With XP support gone away I didnt want a potentially unsecure computer on my network
Pros:
Versatility Internet music Ability to access NAS
Cons:
Lack of Windows support
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5 out of 5

Sonos CONNECT

Written By JackL, California on Sunday, April 13, 2014
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Simple. Easy setup as advertised. I have a network attached storage unit and was concerned if the Sonos unit would work with it. It easily accessed and indexed all of my music. I used a wired LAN connection so I didn't need the bridge unit. I have not tried the internet radio yet.
Pros:
Easy set up.
Cons:
Price but I suppose simplicity has its price. Limited inputs.
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5 out of 5

Sonos

Written By Chris, Reston, VA on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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Added my second Sonos Connect unit in my house. I will definitely be adding a third. A great investment for music throughout the house.
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5 out of 5

Brings all the music together

Written By Geopatchen, Mount Bethel, PA on Saturday, April 05, 2014
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The Sonos connect brings all of my music together. I have it connected to my whole house audio system. This is a perfect way to listen my music. Rock solid device!
Pros:
Simple installation.
Cons:
Favorites on iheart radio don't work properly sometimes.
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5 out of 5

DJ in tha house

Written By KmfT, Columbia, TN on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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Hooked the connect to my mixer and now it's an "Official House Party". It's cool for people thru out the house to hear my mixes (even on the patio) without setting up the PA and running cables everywhere. Nice!
Pros:
Once again easy set up and use!
Cons:
I thought it was a little expensive, but once set up and working, I'm glad I made the purchase. Maybe not a con after all.
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5 out of 5

sonos connect connects

Written By ER, Lawrenceville, NJ on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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The Sonos does exactly what it is supposed to do and it is not hard to set up and produces the best FM sound from anywhere you want it.
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2 out of 5

Sonos connect

Written By Roger, Yorktown, va on Monday, March 17, 2014
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Haven't been able to get operational , the connection guidance is so vague I am having problems , my tuner has many audio in connections, can't seem to get it right!
Crutchfield response on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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4 out of 5

Easy and Functional

Written By walkman666, NYC on Friday, March 07, 2014
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I would give the Sonos Connect a high recommendation based on the ability to reliably stream music to various parts of your home. For me, I got a Connect so I could integrate Sonos into my existing stereo system. Set-up was quick & easy, and the apps control the player through any tablet or smart phone, including a desktop PC. I would prefer a screen like the logitech squeezebox touch, which I also own, but I like that Sonos is not being discontinued like the SBT, and like its reliance on a proprietary mesh network to increase coverage and decrease wifi congestion.
Pros:
Easy to us; integrates well with existing components. Reliably works.
Cons:
No screen, 65k song limit, inability to play higher resolution files (e.g. 96/24).
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5 out of 5

Sonos Connect

Written By Harry, Joliet, IL on Friday, March 07, 2014
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If I could give the Sonos' product more than 5 stars, I would!!!
Pros:
Very easy to set up. Music quality and sources available. perfect audio streaming. Service support and up grade.
Cons:
Price but worth the cost.
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5 out of 5

Sonos Connect

Written By JAB, Long Beach, CA on Friday, February 28, 2014
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GREAT- Love it- easy to connect and setup
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4 out of 5

Fun replacement for radio, and CDs

Written By Brian, Mason, OH on Thursday, February 27, 2014
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Interface is beyond five star - easy, easy, easy. So much you can do with playlists. You can be playing any song anyone names within 10 seconds or less - even if you don't have the album, or never heard of the artist, thanks to spotify. Only reason I didn't give five stars is because they don't support hi resolution audio.
Pros:
The interface - sound quality is very good (CD Quality) but not DVD or Blue Ray quality fidelity. Can synchronize many sonos players (party mode) or control independently.
Cons:
Resolution is limited to CD quality max, regardless of source resolution.
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5 out of 5

sonos connect

Written By beeper, springfield,ohio on Monday, February 10, 2014
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very impressed,easy to set up.
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5 out of 5

Sonos connect

Written By Hikher, NY on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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Best multiroom music system
Pros:
Ease of use, control interface, stability,
Cons:
Pricey, library limited to 64000 songs
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Mark's Sonos

Written By Mark, Texas on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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A little history. I've been using Rhapsody for years, allowing me to stream music to my computers, MP3 players, and more recently, iOS devices. Works great, and I love that you can download music to portable devices for a low monthly price.

Recently, I started a HUGE DIY project, which is a 13 zone A/V system for my home. I am using two matrix switches, one is an HDMI 8x8 matrix with SPDIF switching incorporated, and the other is an analog RGB 8x8 video switch with stereo analog audio. Short story long, I originally decided NOT to use a SONOS because I would have to switch between the SONOS app and an iRULE system to control the volume (so I thought, I understand that iRULE is coming out with a SONOS inset soon that will integrate this limitation away.) So I bought a ROKU player and decided that I would use SPOTIFY on this box instead. All was fine with this, and the ROKU works well, but the SPOTIFY app within ROKU is nothing like their PC based interface. It's essentially too much work to keep a flow of music going when I'm trying to accomplish other things. It's a no-go.

So, I ponied up the money and took a plunge with the SONOS, having heard great things. Couldn't be happier right now. Came home from a trip last night at 2 am and found the Crutchfield box on the kitchen island, and 15 minutes later I was sitting in my living room chair streaming music via SPDIF digital into my Yamaha's DACs feeding my B&W speakers. Best component I've ever bought
Pros:
Seamless integration with all your digital sources... Rhapsody, Spotify, Pandora, and computer music files in my case. I am just using one Sonos Connect and feeding 13 zones, 8 are feeding analog stereo zones and the other 5 are feeding digital (via SPDIF). You should know by looking at the picture this box doesn't have any video capability and therefore no HDMI. I am feeding an HDMI matrix via SPDIF inputs that makes this possible for me. SPDIF output simultaneously works with analog L/R.
Cons:
I'm having a problem getting the digital TOSLINK to work with the Yamaha, but don't jump off a cliff yet. I think I'm doing something wrong with my receiver or have a bad cable. Still troubleshooting. Also a possibility that the optical output is turned off when the SONOS output volume is set to "variable", but I don't know the answer to this because there really isn't much of a manual to speak of. Biggest con for SONOS is that they don't do HD video the same way. Pretty please???
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sonos connect

Written By Anonymous, Pasadena, MD on Saturday, January 04, 2014
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Super easy to set up, use and to add to existing system.
Pros:
reliable, easy to set up, use and expand to existing system.
Cons:
expensive
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5 out of 5

Great Device for Home Audio System

Written By MGreene, Knoxville, TN on Friday, January 03, 2014
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This is an absolutely great device to mix into a home audio system. It's a lot like having an almost inexhaustible music collection to choose from. You can choose artists, composers, songs, etc., even from many of the free music services Sonos connects to. The sound quality is great, plus the device does not take up the space required for the typical tuner or CD player, or whatever. You can even build your own music collection on your PC and search for selections out of it. The device is great, but the software that you interact with is superb and is extremely well thought out. It's quick and easy, and, if you just want to listen to one of the many thousands of radio stations it can access, you simply select that station, tell it to play and listen for hours. You can power down your system, come back the next day, turn it on, and you're right back with the station you were using before.
Pros:
This can take the place of a tuner, a CD player, or whatever else you use to select music, news, comedy, or whatever you can find on the thousands of places you'll be able to access.
Cons:
I can't think of any. The cost is certainly reasonable.
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5 out of 5

AMAZING!!!

Written By Deb F, Glen Ellyn, IL on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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The Sonos Connect is PERFECT! It did EXACTLY what my son wanted it to do and he is OVER the MOON!!!! He now can listen to is VAST vinyl collection EASILY and flawlessly through Sonos!!!!!! Best gift of Christmas!!!!! HIGHLY, highly recommended!!!! And, Crutchfield is FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Pros:
Sooooo user friendly!!!! And, sounds really great, to boot!
Cons:
ZIPPO, Ziltch, Zero!!!
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5 out of 5

seamless

Written By David, Hartford, CT on Friday, December 20, 2013
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Exactly what it's purported to be - great network connectivity and painlessly simple connection to my A/V system. Even has a setting to turn off the LED indicator!
Pros:
Cost-effective way to turn my 20th century A/V setup into a 21st century access point for internet and network-based music
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5 out of 5

A small slice of music heaven

Written By pallpoul, Lubbock, TX on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Very easy set up, to my stereo system, easy apps on my android devices, and plays all internet music as well as my own music library. Much easier then the Logitech squeezebox to handle and to navigate. Very strong connection to internet and has a wonderful sound. I have access in one place to my own music library on my PC, Pandora, MOG, and every possible internet music service available. The PC desktop app is second to none.

I have mine set up as follows: Sonos connect--> Emotiva XDA-1 ( DAC)---> Emotiva USP-1 ( pre amp)----> Emotive XPA-2 ( AMP 300 wpc)---> Def, Tech. BP 7006 Towers speakers.

The sound is simply amazing. The product is a bit pricy but it is worth it. Highly recommend it.
Pros:
Small size, Easy set up, easy navigation screen.
Cons:
Price.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Connect

Written By RickT, Providence, RI on Monday, December 09, 2013
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Works exactly as adverised. Great sound quality.
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5 out of 5

Love Sonos!

Written By Lydia, Charlottesville, VA on Friday, December 06, 2013
 
We have waited for years to get a stereo system, waiting for the perfect balance of sound quality, wireless technology, and aesthetics. The Sonos system is all of this.
Pros:
Looks, ease, wireless, sound quality.
Cons:
Sometimes hard to figure out why some songs/playlists don't play. But the Sonos customer service is great help.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sonos Connect

Written By G.E., Godfrey, IL on Friday, December 06, 2013
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The Sonos Connect is an excellent product to turn your separate stereo room units into a whole house system. The ability to reach digital music sources is excellent.
Pros:
Control music with your smart phone or tablet.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Love It!

Written By Stew in New York, Larchmont, NY on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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I love my Sonos system!

I started with a Play:5 about a year ago and used its line out to feed my stereo. I recently purchased the Connect to serve this purpose - for which it is designed, and free up the Play:5 to be portable around the house.

Using the Connect is great. It connects to my Onkyo tuner with a fiber optic digital connection, which gives excellent sound quality through my KEF speakers (some users add a DAC, but I find it is not really necessary) Others may argue about the sound quality, but I have no problems - I think that my system is well balanced, and a few minor adjustments on the Sonos EQ, as well as the tuner's Bass and Treble gives me bright full sound.

The Sonos setup is simple and barring any obstacles - such as firewall settings- you can have your first component unpacked and playing music in about 15 minutes (adding a new component to an existing system takes less than 5 minute from opening box to having sound!). Sonos requires a direct internet connection (plug into your router) to access streaming internet music and a NAS to have your own music library operate independent of a computer.

Love it!
Pros:
Easy to set up Easy to expand simple design fully integrated
Cons:
no real issues I have come across yet price may be an obstacle for some but it you have probably spent more on less in the past
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Garbage Product

Written By Former Sonos User, Long Island, NY on Sunday, September 22, 2013
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Worst product made and even worse customer service. Sonos could not help me and tried to resolve my broken Connect by trying to sell me the Connect:AMP. Product stopped working at 13 months old. Warranty is 12 months and Sonos wants 2/3 the cost for replacement, shipping and taxes. Only used it 5 times. Will not buy Sonos again. Going back to Crutchfield for Sony products only.
Pros:
None
Cons:
Product Reliability and Customer Service
2 out of 11 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sonos Rules the airwaves...

Written By LHP, in Music City on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
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Own several Sonos products for 3 years +... no problems, no complaints...
Pros:
Reliability... Online updates Due to comment below I get to buy from Crutchfield... Which I always try to do...
Cons:
Price seems somewhat fixed... no deals anywhere... They even quit offering bundles... which was the affordable way to get a system off the ground.
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5 out of 5

Finally something that works

Written By Sonos connect, Pikesville, MD on Friday, August 02, 2013
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I've been searching for a device that would allow me to play mp3 on my home theater system. Tried a few other things like Apple TV, verizon dvr, and play station 3. All worked but none were reliable. I had read about the Sonos system but shied away from it because of the expense. I'm so sorry I waited so long. It works flawlessly. It's a very high quality device that bridges your computer to your home stereo. Thank you.
Pros:
Easy to set up. Works as advertised.
Cons:
Expensive.
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5 out of 5

Music everywhere

Written By GKM, New Jersey on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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Love having music in every room and with this, you don't need to run wires everywhere! Highly recommeded!
Pros:
Fast and easy! Great music available from multiple on-line sources.
Cons:
$$ - but worth it$
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5 out of 5

Easy to use and easy on the ears

Written By TomT, Charlottesville VA on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
 
I connected this unit to my home stereo, and now without hassles of any kind, I can listen yo music from the Internet including MOG, which delivers an extensive list of music in a high bit rate format. This unit is a music lovers dream come true. Sonos truly delivers.
Pros:
Ease of use, extensive catalog, high quality bit stream
Cons:
The price is a little high, but perhaps you get what you pay for.
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5 out of 5

Best thing since sliced bread

Written By Dave, Fullerton, CA on Sunday, June 30, 2013
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connected to my Russound MCA-C5, it's magic. streaming all intranet and internet content with ease!
Pros:
Easy set up. Nearly endless internet content controlled with nearly any intranet connected device
Cons:
does not have metadata for Russound control pad
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4 out of 5

Great to Expand A/V Zone Coverage

Written By Hiram B., Aguada, PR on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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Works as advertised and then some ... The documentation highlights how the CONNECT hooks to your existing receiver and expands it functionality by providing access to your Rip Libraries, iTunes and a great number of internet music services. Yet for me the best feature is that the CONNECT also allows you to expand the coverage of sound sources connected to your A/V receiver.

The Analog Inputs allowed me to connect the Sonos CONNECT to the Zone2/3 output of my Yamaha RX-A2000 A/V receiver. I do not need to run speaker wires from my Yamaha A/V to my Patio, or anywhere else outside the Home Theater room. By just turning on my AV Zone 2, any source (local radios stations, CD, DVD, Blue Ray, selection on the A/V, is automatically & wirelessly send to my Sonos speakers

This is the one feature that made me happy as I needed a way to expand my A/V coverage to my Terrace Patio and it was impossible to run speaker Wires. Plus, although my A/V provided me with services like Pandora, Rhapsody and SIRUS, the CONNECT now allows me to expand the range of option that I can enjoy on my A/V
Pros:
-easy installation -lets you expand your A/V with internet music services -analog input allows Sonos speakers to connect to A/V Zones, and expand the coverage of the music sources connected to your A/V system
Cons:
Expensive solution
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4 out of 5

SONOS CONNECT SOME WHAT

Written By LarryT, Greenbrier, AR on Sunday, June 16, 2013
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Enjoy my Sonos connect. My only concern was in downloading HD Tacks to my iTunes account. I wanted to listen to HD tracks from Sonos thru iTunes. I was able to load HD tracks to the Sonus but they would not play. Keep getting info from Sonos that said the HD Tracks was not supported. Contacted Sonos and was told that they don't support 24 bit music. That was disappointing to hear but I will get over it. I will connect my laptop using Audioquest Dragonfly 96/24 DAC to the input of my McIntosh amp and listen to my HD Tracks that way. Much better sound anyway
Pros:
good for what it was designed to do but does need to be updated so it can handle 24 bit music
Cons:
not able to play any music that has more than 16 bits
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5 out of 5

Setup was a piece of cake

Written By RLoving, Denver, CO on Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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Settip up the CONNECT was a piece of cake. The unit is truly plug and play and it took me less than 10 minutes from opening the box to listening to music. The BRIDGE took a bit longer to setup but the controller picked up the CONNECT and was streaming my music in short order.
Pros:
Easy install and setup
Cons:
N/A
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5 out of 5

Works as it should - great product

Written By RichC, Long Island, NY on Saturday, May 18, 2013
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I bought the CONNECT as an add-on to my existing system and to connect to a Cambridge Audio AR30 receiver as my primary source of music. It's very easy to connect and works once you add it to the Sonos network. The sound it great and the controller software is fine to use although sometimes picky as to where the music library is stored.
Pros:
Easy to connect to an existing network or to setup a new one; has a network hub.
Cons:
None really. I wish it came in black, though, to blend in better with my other components.
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3 out of 5

sonus connect

Written By Anonymous, arr on Thursday, May 16, 2013
 
Device does what it is supposed to do, however it is very suceptible to intereference from other wireless devices Unfortunately it works on an older more crowded 2.4 mhz band rather than the newer more stable and less crowded 5mhz band. The device should have more shielding and the ability to shift between the two frequencies. Device is prone to dropouts unless an extra bridge "amplifier-repeater" is added for additional $.
Pros:
Small footprint ; excellent tech support; well made
Cons:
Too prone to external interference
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5 out of 5

great product

Written By GB, Livermore CA on Thursday, May 16, 2013
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This may be one of the coolest gadgets I have bought in a very long time. If you like to stream music from multiple sources, it's a must! Very easy setup, great set of features and works perfectly with no issues. I'll be buying more Sonos components.
Pros:
easy setup, great feature set, great sound
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Sonos Connect

Written By Tim, Round Lake Il on Saturday, April 20, 2013
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This completes my Sonos home control system. I have a bridge and two connects. My entire music collection and a variety of on line options are in my hands. The entire system is controlled off either my iPad or my iPhone. Installation was quick and easy. No more iPods or other less than perfect solutions for me. Sonos is the answer to all your music needs.
Pros:
Easy install.
Cons:
Price is well... The price
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5 out of 5

great product

Written By Dave, Sacramento on Friday, April 19, 2013
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The perfect item for music lovers. Puts the controls in your hands
Pros:
Easy to operate
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Super easy to use

Written By Tony, Kaysville, Ut on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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Wow! I have installed whole home automation and music systems for years, this one is by far the best music product. Very simple to install with or without built in speakers, the unit links automatically and merges with iTunes seamlessly. Tech support superior and very responsive. ( I called tech support because I knew I had missed something, it was all too easy)
Pros:
Ease of use
Cons:
Connects don't work with sub.
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5 out of 5

Sonos Bridge

Written By Mitch, Naples on Sunday, March 31, 2013
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Used with the Sonos Connect, this is a fantastic probuct. It is very easy to set up and it is reliable. I have already recommended this product, along with the Sonos Plays for those without existing steres, to three friends.
Pros:
Small, reliable, easy to setup
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Sonos CONNECT

Written By Pat, Columbia MO on Sunday, March 24, 2013
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I have had Sonos in my house for almost two years. We have a connect unit as a source into our existing multiroom sound system. I love the freedom to change music from our iPad from anywhere in the house. The latest units I ordered were for a friend. After seeing our system they HAD to have one.
Pros:
Easy to set up and even easier to use.
Cons:
I am waiting for the Play 3 to have an aux in independent of the network that I can use it away from home with my iPod as a source.
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5 out of 5

Sonos CONNECT

Written By Anonymous, Maryland on Friday, March 22, 2013
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Showed up in 2 days, took 5 minutes to add to my existing sonos setup. Works perfectly.
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5 out of 5

Sonos Connect

Written By LouM, Sun City West, Az on Thursday, February 07, 2013
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Product was easy to install and manage my Bose 321 speaker system
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5 out of 5

Connect

Written By Bumlinger, Eden Prairie, MN on Monday, January 14, 2013
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Suggested by a Crutchfield Advisor, this little gem allows me to play music through my stereo receiver from my computer. Virtually any source on the computer plays seamlessly. Been looking for this solution for a long time. Chimp easy to set up and best of all, your mobile device is the controller - from anywhere within Wi-Fi range. Awesome!
Pros:
Easy to set up. Just works as advertised.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Awesome!

Written By Lynn, California on Monday, January 07, 2013
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Easy install. My husband and I love it!
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5 out of 5

Replaced my old sound system

Written By Mark B, Denver, CO on Wednesday, January 02, 2013
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I was a bit concerned when I decided to replace my old Bose Sound Dock with the Sonos system for two reasons: 1) I was concerned the Sonos might not sound as good and 2) my family is used to the Sound Docks and I was not sure the iPhone app would be as simple. Turns out my concrens were completely unfounded. The wireless sound is excellent and the iPhone and iPad apps are top notch. I particularly like being able to stream from both the i-device AND my iTunes library on hard drive. Top notch and a breeze to install.
Pros:
A breeze to setup and sounds great
Cons:
Your teenagers can change your music!
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5 out of 5

Sonos Connect

Written By Anonymous, Baltimore on Tuesday, January 01, 2013
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Works as expected
Pros:
Easy and quick set up in less than 5 minutes to existing Sonos system.
Cons:
Pricey, only $50 less than Play 5, and $50 more than Play 3,why? It's just Sonos guts without speakers. Granted here are more I/O choices.
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5 out of 5

Awesome Product

Written By KevinF, Holly Springs, NC on Friday, December 28, 2012
 
I got the Sonos CONNECT and BRIDGE from my fiance for Christmas. First, the Customer Service from Crutchfield was fantastic. My fiance gave glowing reviews to the folks she dealt with. They were able to explain to her exactly what she needed to purchase and why, which is no easy task given how little she knows about electronics. As for the product itself, setup was an absolute breeze. Being able to play music both from my iTunes library and various streaming services through my stereo is absolutely awesome. The apps for both Apple and Android are great and make controlling your playlist a breeze. Having a Sonos beats the heck out of having an iPod dock that you have to control manually. Would highly recommend for anyone whose music library is digitized. Only thing that didn't come in the box was an optical cable, so if you want a truly digital experience, probably best to order as well (also has an output for digital coax). Many thanks to Crutchfield for helping out.
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5 out of 5

Sonos Connect

Written By garyc, Torrance CA on Monday, December 24, 2012
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An absolutely top rate product. Based on experience I am usually skeptical about how much practical use new technology really provides. Well I can say that the Sonos product is phenomenal. I am so impressed because it is simple yet elegant in its implementation and brings all the music my family likes together in one place in a package that is simple to install and works perfectly. I have never been impressed more with a product. For it's intended use (music only) it is the standard by which others should be judged. This is a very impressive and well thought out product.
Pros:
Installs simply. Works flawlessly. With both analog and digital outputs, I can use the DAC from my Cary preamp for one listening area and then use the DAC in the Sonos Connect box to pump the same music into another room using the Zone 2 feature of my Cary preamp. I had one question for customer service which was answered very quickly.
Cons:
I can't think of anything negative to say about the product.
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5 out of 5

Sonos Connect

Written By Mike, Fort Wayne, In on Monday, December 17, 2012
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My son turned me onto the sonos system and its the easiest thing I've ever installed! Just plug in the bridge to your router and then plug in the connect box to your stereo amp and download the sonos software! If you don't have a stereo system then you would buy the play 3 or 5 speaker. Goodby CD's ! Mike
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Sonos Connect

Written By CGAdkins, Central FL on Wednesday, September 19, 2012
 
I have a Sonos Connect on my network for internet and iTunes content with a digital connection to the hardwired whole house audio system. My remote controls are Android (HTV-EVO) phones and two PC's. I am very pleased with the sound quality, my wife asked why the radio stations sounded so much clearer. When we have guests we both love being able to adjust the volume or control the music from anywhere in the house without getting up. I'll ask the guests what music they prefer and immediately start playing something they enjoy from Pandora.

TODAY WE ADDED two Sonos Play:5 units for two new zones (to play unique content at the same time or configure them for Left and Right channels in the same area). Crutchfield included two bridge units at no charge. These additions will strengthen the signal in the house and to the yard, with one S5 my wife can play different content in her office and with the other S5 we can augment the whole house content in a room w/o speakers, or play something different.

The two S5's can also be reconfigured to go outside for a yard party and serve as Left and Right channels.
Cons:
The Bridges and Connects are difficult for the Android's to find on the network if placed too close to your wireless router. Mine is 3' away and work fine.
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5 out of 5

Great peice of equipment

Written By Palmer, New Smyrna Beach, FL on Friday, August 24, 2012
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Added this to an existing Sonos system without a hitch, like all Sonos products. Using it with a Onkyo 200 watt amy and Niles speaker selector with fours sets of speakers, each with Niles volume controls at the speaker location. These speakers are either JBL or Infinity 8 ohm units; two sets oustide by the pool. Works seamlessly with either SirusXM or music library on 1TB NAS drives hooked to my system. Will probably add some more Sonos in other rooms not serviced by the current system. These are great products, well made, but I think they are still too pricey and Sonos could come down somewhat in price and still do well.
Pros:
Ease of install; "anyone can control it" from iPads, iPhones software. Sounds are really great when you pait two 3's together, Altogether a great system.
Cons:
Prices too high
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By TJB1995, California on Sunday, July 22, 2012
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This purchase was the latest piece added to the rest of the system in our house. We've now got the kitchen, living room and master bedroom covered by Sonos. We love the flexibility and listening options the system provides. We've also gotten great customer service when we were having some network issues. We'd highly recommend it to anyone thinking about a whole house audio system.
Pros:
Ease of use and listening options
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Really Works

Written By tod, Crownsville, MD on Friday, July 13, 2012
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I used the zone player to feed an amp connected to four outdoor speakers. Control of music content and volume from my iPhone and iPad out on the deck is perfect. The whole lineup of Sonos integrated speakers, bridges and zone players is terrific. I continue to add speakers throughout the house.
Pros:
No wires to run
Cons:
It's too easy to set up and makes me feel stupid because there is no challenge to it. It's virtually plug and play.
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5 out of 5

Sonos CONNECT

Written By AndyC, Chicago,IL on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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Works flawlessly with an existing amp / receiver. Easy to set up, compact. If I knew how good the sound quality of the zp120 was, I would have just got another 120 instead of the 90, and put the receiver somewhere else ( the receiver is in a closet powering our kitchen / living room ceiling speakers)
Pros:
Compact, easy to set up, works flawlessly
Cons:
Stays on constantly using electricity 24/7 ( minimal but adds up over time) . Have to turn the volume way up on the receiver to get sound, even with volume up on the zp90. As much as I love my sonos system, I still think its more expensive than it should be, theres more and more alternatives out there now, these didnt exist when sonos started, but there here now-cmon sonos, lower your prices!
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5 out of 5

Sonos Bridge and Sonos Connect

Written By Jim, Coral Springs, Fl on Tuesday, July 03, 2012
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Fantastic, If you like music, and listing to Radio. Very easy to set up. Worked right away, no problems. I use my iPad to control my music from my Family room, and out on the Patio. Really neat to control volume and change music selection.
Pros:
Five Star Plus
Cons:
There are NO Cons
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5 out of 5

Zone Player does what is says...it works!

Written By JeffS, Orange,CA on Friday, June 15, 2012
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Player does everything it claims. Works great....doesn't skip like apple airplay. I have all apple equipment routers, computers,phones and ipad works seamless. I also set up an airport express as Sonos recommends and it works great with my itunes. No complaints here.
Pros:
Works!
Cons:
None yet.
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5 out of 5

Great Multi Purpose Streamer

Written By Ryan, New York, NY on Friday, April 20, 2012
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Lots of Internet Sources, Spotify and Sirius are the best. The on board DAC is okay but i bit stream to my pre amp and use that DAC for a more true to life sound.
Pros:
Can turn off that on indicator light Uses its own wireless network to avoid network clutter. Very Small compact box, little to no heat when in use for long sessions.
Cons:
Very little, If they can incorporate Air Play support that would be great so I do not have dock my Iphone to use those source files.
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5 out of 5

Sonos CONNECT

Written By Anonymous, York Beach ME on Monday, April 16, 2012
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5 out of 5

Sonos Connect

Written By Anonymous, Boston MA on Sunday, March 25, 2012
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I'm setting up whole house audio system and was looking for versatile music source input for the multiroom amp and this is it. The product is truly amazing. I'm pretty tech savvy and don't mind having to work with settings and configurations to get things going but this item was up and running in just a few minutes. I've only tested it so far with my stereo amp and speakers and it sounds great and the iPad interface is slick.
Pros:
Ease of set up. Large online user base for support questions. I had one obscure question and called support and actually reached a human at Sonos who was very helpful. And Crutchfield of course is always great.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Sonos CONNECT

Written By JM, MA on Monday, February 13, 2012
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Easy setup. If you've already got a high quality sound system, why not use it? I already had a Sonos Play3, which sounds good enough but not great, and I took the leap on buying the Connect (ZP90) to add to my existing hi-fi system (NAD pre-amp, David Hafler amp, Mission speakers). It was a breeze to hook up using my pre-amp's empty tape input & output connections, and I am VERY pleasantly surprised by how good the Sonos sounds with my system, and that's just listening to MP3s and internet radio. Looking forward to ripping some FLAC files from my favorite CDs to see just how good this Sonos really is.
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5 out of 5

Sonos is trouble free.

Written By TomT, New York, NY on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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This is the second Sonos Connect that I've added to my home system. Install was utterly painless. It works flawlessly. The free remote control app for iPhone also works flawlessly -- icing on the cake.
Pros:
Ease of installation. Highly reliable in operation..
Cons:
You must have your computer or a dedicated media server on to use the Sonos system.
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5 out of 5

Sonos Connect (formerly ZonePlayer 90)

Written By Jim, Boulder, CO on Thursday, February 02, 2012
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I received a Sonos Bridge and Play:5 as Christmas gifts and with the accompanying warning: These things are addictive. How right the donor, my son, was. I immediately fell in love with the Sonos system and set it up next to my computer. Then, of course, I wanted to be able to drive my home theater system wirelessly. Enter the Sonos Connect. I first used it with the home theater, then moved it to my listening room where it now controls my tube amplifier and Klpisch Heresy speakers. What a dream. So now I need yet another Connect for the home theater. See, it is addictive.
Pros:
Easy setup; very good software, both on the Mac and the iPad;unobtrusive
Cons:
Somewhat pricey;addictive
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5 out of 5

Sonos system

Written By Mike C, Wading River, N.Y. on Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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I purchased my Sonos system ( 2 Play 5's, 1 Zone Player 90 and a Bridge) from Crutchfield and I couldn't be happier! The system is fantastic and so easy to use. The setup was a breeze and the directions were excellent. I downloaded the free controller App to my Iphone and 2 I Touches and that was free and quick. The sound is great and paired with the free Pandora makes your music library endless! I have a large collection of CD's that I thought I would have to download to my computer to use with the Sonos system but the Zone Player 90 allows me to access them and play them wirelessly through my house. This system is a homerun and I would highly recommend it to anyone!
Pros:
Ease of use, sound quality and music selection is endless!
Cons:
Sometimes the controller Iphone/Itouch App runs a little slow with the Pandora selections. The screen on the remote display gets stuck on a song but I listened to it everyday and it only happens every once in a while. This maybe a problem with Pandora and not the remote because it doesn't happen when you listen to your own music library
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5 out of 5

Well designed and easy to use

Written By Britannia Sight and Sound, Waterloo, SC on Friday, January 27, 2012
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This is an Excellent product. Simple setup and works as well as the manufacturer claims. Would definitely recommend Sonos as it adds a whole new dimension to your home Audio.
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5 out of 5

sonos ZP90 & portable player

Written By Jim, palm harbor, FL on Monday, November 07, 2011
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I have two of these components and a portable player. It gives me the versatility I need to listen to my music anywhere in my house. I am limited only by my desire to spend the money on additional zones. The system itself does what I need it to do - play my iTunes library and give me plenty of radio choices. I could do much more but have not found the need as yet. I use the iPad and android apps and both work well. Very happy.
Pros:
the Sonos system overall is just great. Simple to set up and great to have streaming music where I want it.
Cons:
Nothing yet.
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5 out of 5

Sonos 90 Zone player and PS Audio Digital Link III DAC

Written By Jeff E, Inverness, IL on Friday, October 07, 2011
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I am using a laptop with a Sonos Zone Player 90 to send uncompressed Itunes music files recorded from CDs to my Bose V30 audio system. The Sonos 90 connects to my latop with a network cable and then connects to the Bose with RCA jacks. When the PS Audio Digital Link III DAC is inserted in the system you connect the Sonos to the Link III Dac with an optical cable and then connect the RCA jacks from the Link III DAC to the Bose system. I left the Link III on for several hours before running tests. I like high quality music at fairly loud volumns. After playing Herb Alpert and Tchaikovsky's "March from the Nutcaracker Suite", I can not hear any discenable difference between having the Link III or just using the Sonos 90 without the Link III. I repeatedly played whole songs and switched back and forth on specific sections of the songs and could not tell any difference. This may be because the Sonos 90 does not use the computers sound cards DAC. The Sonos 90 must have a very good DAC. I was expecting a substantial improvement in soud quality and didn't get it. In addition the unit is 8.5" wide and 15" deap which makes it very hard to fit in a stero cabinet if there is a back on the cabinet. I then compared the Sonos 90 to my hi end Marantz cd player and could tell no difference between an origninal CD and the Sonos 90 playback. If you have a Sonos system, don't waist you time and money on a separate DAC if you are using uncompressed music files.
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5 out of 5

Absolutely great

Written By RickT, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, September 01, 2011
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I have two of these and they work exactly as described. I use both the iPhone and iPad apps for control and they too work perfectly. I have also integrated my other sources of internet music and can easily access them through the sonos system. Highly recommended.
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5 out of 5

excellent

Written By BostonBoy, Boston on Sunday, August 21, 2011
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Love it ! I have the zonebridge hooked up to the router in livingroom on other side of house, and the zp90 hooked up to a receiver I had in garage which feeds new outside Klipsch speakers for a patio.I control everything on an Ipod touch, itunes,all local radio stations and a ton of internet radio stations along with volume control, I am more excited about this set up than the big $$ home theatre set up inside house. another bonus was the small size of these, easily hidden....
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5 out of 5

Sonos CONNECT

Written By DocTD, Chicago, IL on Thursday, June 09, 2011
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Very easy set-up and works flawlessly as advertised.
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5 out of 5

Pretty sensational ...

Written By DavidP, Marlboro VT on Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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I just finished installing a new Sonos system, consisting of the Sonos 90 and
the ZoneBridge for the connection to my wireless router. Took about an hour --
and it works, so far, just as advertised. So I can now pick up my iPhone, click
a few buttons ... and music i've stored on my laptop is streaming out of the
speakers in the living room. It's kind of a dream come true. For all the
complicated stuff going on in the background, it's about as simple as it could
possibly be. Buy this thing - you'll be very, very happy that you did
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5 out of 5

This will change the way you listen to music

Written By Mitch, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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This product blew me away. It was easy to set up and gives one a whole new access to a a ton of music via Pandora and possibly other services and literally unleashes your Itunes library by giving easy ready access to all your artists and albums. It makes internet radio so easy to use. It organizes everything in such a great way. There was some great thought that must have gone into designing this product line and I know that I am only scratching the surface of what it will do. Best sound investment I've made in years. Go to their online site to learn more about what this product will do.
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5 out of 5

Everything I Expected & So Much More!!!!

Written By Toby L., Davidsonville, MD on Monday, January 03, 2011
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I did a lot of research on many components of the Sonos system for months before I finally decided to pull the trigger. I ordered a Zone Player 90 (hooked to my AVR in family room), an S-5 (for my fire pit) and of course a Zone Bridge which is the heart of the system. I expected this wireless system to be awesome when it was set up but it is so much more than that. Why I didn't buy this 3 years ago is beyond me. The set up for everything was really a piece of cake. I did run into a minor problem when trying to add my iTunes into the Sonos software of my PC. It turned out to be a glitch with my McAfee anti-virus software and was easily resolved directly with Sonos over the phone (they accessed my computer remotely and fixed the problem). Also downloaded the Sonos app on my iTouch which works seamlessly as the controller for my system. The customer service that Crutchfield and Sonos (direct) offers is just phenomenal. I now have an incredible wireless system in my home that I can build upon for years!! If you are wavering on this purchase, JUST BUY IT!
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5 out of 5

Sonos CONNECT

Written By mohr, South Ogden, UT on Friday, August 13, 2010
 
Finally I have hi fi again instead of ipod quality. Ripped my CD's into FLAC audio format and when played back though the SONOS connected to my amplifier via a fiber TOS and the output is into some grand old AR speakers have a sound I haven't heard is many years. I've had these speakers through vinyl to CD's and now digital. My FLAC collection is on a NAS and I can sit in my arm chair and hear great audio and select any song from thousands in my collection in any order and instantly. The best experience yet.
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5 out of 5

Wow!!

Written By Karen, Salem, OR on Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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If only my dad could see me now....back in the day he had charts and graphs for all of us to understand the intricate stereo system he had set up in the house. The Sonos system is so easy I had my husband using it within 5 minutes!! The amazing universe of music choices is fantastic....even with a huge music library, your own songs can get boring sometimes. It's great to have so many choices. I would recommend the Sonos to anyone!
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5 out of 5

Sonos CONNECT

Written By glen, Grosse Pointe, MI on Thursday, January 21, 2010
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I had been listening to Pandora through my iphone hooked to my central music system for some time but was not satisfied with the sound quality. After much research I chose the Sonos ZP90. I decided to hard wire the ZP90 to my ATT modem instead of using the Zone Bridge wireless in order to save some money. The cat5 cable was about $20. Once installed the system was very easy to set up. The sound quality was very good from Pandora but still not excellent. I purchased the Pandora upgrade (once a year fee) and am now very satisfied with the sound quality. I use my iphone as a controller as well as my desktop. It's been non-stop music ever since. I have found both old music I hadn't heard in decades as well as new music I have now purchased. What a great innovation.
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5 out of 5

Sonos CONNECT

Written By Stephen, Tulsa, Oklahoma on Thursday, January 14, 2010
 
After reading about the product I was amazed that it was everything and more. The ease of use and installation is wonderful. I probably don't have the appreciation for sound quality as some but this sounds really good to me. It truley adds alot to my home entertainment. I would also like to comment on Crutchfield service it to is amazing. I actualy talked to someone who had and tested this equipment and answered my questions from the point of view of a user.
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5 out of 5

Sonos CONNECT

Written By Andrew, NY on Wednesday, January 06, 2010
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I learned of the Sonos system at a New Year's Eve party and decided to try it. I went to the local big box store and despite a major display the sales help was clueless. I called Crutchfield and the representative answered all of my questions with total precision and professionalism. I ordered 2 Zoneplayer 90's and 1 S5 that arrived in 2 days with free shipping. I loaded the software on my PC, hooked one zoneplayer up to my ethernet network router and followed the simple instructions to create the Sonos wireless mesh network. Within 20 minutes I had the most incredible music coming from all over my house. I'm an audiophile and I can honest say that the quality of the sound is incredible. Morevoer, the software is outstandingly simple yet totally comprehensive. Add the free iPhone application and it just does not get any better. Congrats to Sonos for a great invention and to Crutchfield for their outstanding service!
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5 out of 5

wicked awesome!

Written By Curt, detroit, mi on Monday, November 09, 2009
 
I set up my whole house with 4 zones, with Bose Companion 3 systems. Very nice combo. The optical jack are a nice feature too. Extremely easy to set up. You can't beat the iphone app. I always carry my phone with me, so i always have a remote. [Didn't even get the Sonos remote.]

I was told by the Crutchfield guys that the iPhone App might take a second or two to adjust the sound levels, or change music. I find NO lag at all. I do, notice that when you go into the Sonos App, it takes about 2 seconds to connect to the system. The Sonos remote MAY be react more immediately, but i can't confirm. Not a huge deal either way.

Also, on the iPhone app: You can't change the playlist from random to playing in order. You can only do that from the computer [and possibly the Sonos remote, again, can't confirm that]. If you play a playlist, and you set it to play randomly from the computer, when you try to play just an album or artist by itself, it will play one song from that album, and then go to another song in the system at random. The workaround is to have additional playlists, or take the system off the random setting via the computer. Not a huge deal.

One note on speakers: Some have auto shutoff timer mechanisms. My Bose CineMate system has that. After 90 minutes of no sound, it shuts off. Kind of defeats the purpose of a whole-house system. When I want to play that zone, I have to turn on the system separately.
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5 out of 5

A great product

Written By Bill, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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Great sound, great software and easy setup. This device does everything the manufacturer claims it will do. Setup took about 10 minutes, but only because the software did an automatic update when I installed it on my computer. I will buy another one soon.
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5 out of 5

Perfect Medium for Streaming Music to Amplifier

Written By MV Audio Enthusiast, Mill Valley on Friday, May 08, 2009
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I love music but found I was only using my Denon AVR-3805 amplifier and Denon DVD-2910 DVD/CD player to watch the occasional movie because constantly changing music CDs was inhibiting. So I recorded all the tracks of my CDs in uncompressed WAV files to an external drive, used Ethernet cat 6 cables to connect through a Wireless Router, and connected the ZonePlayer 90 optically. Then I installed the simple software on my Windows laptop (connected to my external drive by USB cable), the hardware connected and a quality of music played from my speakers that sounded every bit as good if not better than if I played those same tracks on the CD player! This is a high quality medium whose delivery only can only be impaired by compressing music files (garbage in, garbage out) or by using an analog rather than optical (digital) output from the ZonePlayer to the amplifier. (The optical (digital ) connection bypasses the ZonePlayer's digital/analog converter to use the higher quality built-in d/a converter of your amplifier.)

For those wishing with Macs wishing to store music files on HP MediaSmart drives (my next situation), the trick according to HP engineers is to run a full Windows operating system on a separate partition. Failure results when Mac people rely on the Windows emulation software 'Bootstap' and then express frustration at the unsatisfying result.

I highly recommend the Zonos system.
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5 out of 5

Fantastic Product

Written By Frank, Chicago, IL on Thursday, March 19, 2009
 
How many times have you shelled out a bit more for electronics than you (and significant other) would have liked, only to be disappointed?

Fortunately, this will not be one of those times. This smaller non-amped zone for the Sonos system is the perfect starter piece or addition to your sonos setup, assuming you have powered speakers or any kind of stereo or home theater receiver already set up. The size and price are much smaller than the larger ZP120 (which you would use for non powered speakers).

I use one of these for my "base" in that I have it wired to my router (for internet radio, pandora, other music services and the occasional sonos update) wired to my network storage (for all my own music, and this way i don't need a computer on, though you could instead have a computer on your network with your files) and wired via digital co-ax to my onkyo receiver for playing the music. I also have my TV outputting its audio TO this sonos box, so that it can be distributed to other rooms in my house.

Every other Sonos box I have in my house is a ZP120 with speakers wired to it, that is only plugged into the wall for power but everything else is wireless to and from each other using the Sonos mesh network.

It only takes minutes to plug it in and have it working. Also, there is excellent service both on crutchfield's side for getting the pieces and price, etc. and then surprisingly excellent customer service on sonos' side for any help and diagnostics. Highly recommended.
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3 questions already asked

I am building a new house and I want to have in wall/cieling speakers in different rooms for whole house audio as well as having 5.1 surrond in the family room. Do I run all the wired speakers into the reciever and then plug in the connect and then will I be able to just play music in certain rooms and or watch video with surrond sound.?. [ K  Jan 17, 2014 ]
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  • The Connect will not control which room you can listen to unless you are using Sonos speakers. You will not be able to hook up a whole house system with just one A/V receiver. You would need additional amps and some type of controller if you want to control each room separately. I would need to research that one. The easy way to do this is to set up your theater system (I would not go in wall, I would use some nice Focals, Monitor Audio, Klipch, Energy, Golden Ears etc.). Many to chose from but you will get much better sound especially for music. Then I would just set up a Sonos Play 5 in every other room and a Connect to the receiver. They are self amplified and are controlled with the great Sonos software. You can listen to each room separately, whole house, or however you wish. I hope this helps [ ROY   Jan 21, 2014 ]
  • The Sonos product is one of the best things that I have bought for my home in terms of music and ease of use. You will be able to listen to music throughout your home with Sonos and can select which rooms you listen to as long as you have a volume control for each set of speakers or per room. I would suggest running your in walls off of a seperate amp for more volume/power. As far as music through the home and then watching video.surround sound, I do not believe you can do that becuase sonos will run through one of your preouts. So you can do one or the other. The only way to do that is to not run in walls and use Sonos speakers like the Sonos 5. It is a wireless speaker you can place anywhere and listen to music just on that speaker and still use your main stereo for anything you want. I have one in our kitchen. It's awesome!! hope this helps [ MIKE   Jan 20, 2014 ]
  • With one receiver you may have two zones. I would use multiple sonos units and not wire it all back to the main amp. You can add many sonos connects and control all the rooms through your smart phone. That is what I did [ GARY A   Jan 19, 2014 ]
  • you need a receiver for your family room and separate sons amps for each room. if you want sons in the family room, you need a sons without an amp connected to the receiver in the main room. what i have is a denon e200 in the main room and sons for rest of the rooms. [ VIMARSH   Jan 19, 2014 ]
I do not own any Sonos products. I am looking at the system. What do I need to get started with this system other than a bridge and speakers for individual rooms. Do I need the Connect? [ William  Jan 02, 2014 ]
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  • The sonos connect is a preamp of sorts and taps into any RCA input on your receiver. It also has input jacks for a CD player etc. to daisy chain into the receiver. It has no amplifcation. If your'e mounting ceiling speakers, you'll need the sonos amp. It has a 110 watt class D amp built in to drive the ceiling speakers. Both require the sonos bridge for wireless operation. You can hardwire everything via cat 5 to a switch off your router, but its alot of work. U get a free bridge with the sonos 1, 3 or 5. Hope this helps. -b [ BRIAN G   Jan 03, 2014 ]
  • Yes, if you wish to access your legacy stereo system (amp, receiver, speakers and inputs for CD, cassette and phono) you will need a Sonos Connect. However, connect itself also allows you to access music (iTunes etc.) that is already resident on your PC (or home server) and send that to both your legacy speakers, and SONOS speaker (which are very nice.) The only problem is that these are expensive (probably worth it as they sound great - but expensive.) Because of the expense (especially the speakers) I've buying components 1 by 1... I can't wait for the prices to come down - or for a bundle package - or for some coupon discount to existing custommers... "points" don't add up quick enough. [ Mike   Jan 02, 2014 ]
  • I suggest you talk to Crutchfield's Sonos man and describe what you want it to do. My system is different than what you want in that the Sonos goes to my tuner amplifier and house wired speakers. Also contact Sonos as you will probably going to have to do in setup. The system works great, never fails and a variety of music sources. I use internet radio mostly. All controlled with an iPad 1, computer doesn't have to be on [ GILFORD G   Jan 02, 2014 ]
  • Hey William, I have two existing receivers, nothing high-end on either one . If you already have receivers you will need the bridge and a connect for each receiver. The connect comes with audio cables to connect to audio jacks on the receiver. If you do not have receivers and want wireless speakers, you will need the bridge and wherever you want the speaker placed. You will also need wi-fi obviously . This is one of the best purchases I have ever made! It works seemlessly and was real easy to hook up! The smart phone app allows you to control the volume and change song selections from anywhere in the house! Great product,,hope this helps! [ RANDALL   Jan 02, 2014 ]
  • If you plan on using only the Sonos products (speakers, bridge) and your wi-fi you don't need a connect. If you plan on integrating existing wired system with Sonos either a connect or a connect amp will make that possible. [ JULIE L   Jan 02, 2014 ]
  • You need more than a Bridge. The Bridge is what make the system wireless. If you want to use unamplified speakers, and have an amplifier already, your first need is a Connect. This will provide input to your amplifier and access to all the music you have ripped to a hard drive, plus internet radio (including stuff like Pandora and Spotify). If you don't buy a Bridge, the Connect must be connected to your wireless router with a Ethernet cable. With the Bridge, it connects to your router with an Ethernet cable, and the Connect hooks in wirelessly (plus up to 31 additional Sonos devices). The Connect:Amp just adds an amplifier to the Connect, so you can use unamplified speakers with out a separate amp. The Play:1, 3, 5, are amplified speakers with a Connect built in. They can be used with a Bridge or connect to you router with a cable. I have been delighted with my system. Hope this helps. [ NORMAN   Jan 02, 2014 ]
  • Yes, I believe you need the connect for it s amplifing ability. Shawn at cruthcfield was super in setting the systemup! [ KURT J   Jan 02, 2014 ]
  • You only need the connect for two things: 1. If you have a system that you want to use with the SONOS system (I use the connect for this - it is connected to my receiver which drives my TV room and outdoor speakers - when I have a party, the outdoor & TV room speakers play the same thing as the SONOS speakers). 2 If you want to do the reverse - have a receiver play music and have it drive the SONOS spreakers with the same music (I have not done this - but if you look at the back of the connect you will see that it has an IN and OUT) [ KENNETH   Jan 02, 2014 ]
  • The Connect is for any existing Stereo systems that you have already. I have a Home entertainment system in my family room that I have hooked up to a connect. It plays the Sonos music in that system just like the individual Sonos speakers. I absolutely love my Sonos system. It is so nice to have the ability to have the sound throughout the entire house. I also am very pleased with my experiences with Crutchfield. I have been buying products from them since in the early 90's and their knowledge and support exceed any from any other companies I have ever bought from. Good luck with your new Sonos system. I am sure you will enjoy.... [ JERRY M   Jan 02, 2014 ]
  • The Sonos Connect is only needed should you want to include your home stereo in the Sonos Network. It takes the Sonos Network and passes the audio via PCM/RCA out to your receiver/amplifier. If you only plan on placing Sonos components with integrated speakers around your house, you do not need the Connect. [ THOMAS   Jan 02, 2014 ]
  • Yes, as I understand the system, you will need the Connect to deliver the digital streamed data wirelessly from the bridge to the audio system (the Connect has its internal DAC(digital/analog converter) . I have my Connect "connected" to my amplifier "Aux" input via RH/LH analog cables. I am able to listen to all sorts of streamed content, including Pandora radio (the free version). The content sound quality varies considerably from different source material. I have not experimented much with the high res music sources yet, so I cannot judge whether the DAC in the Connect is going to handle this data well or not. I hope that helps. [ MICHAEL J   Jan 02, 2014 ]
  • The Bridge and Sonos Speaker(s) is all you will need to release Sonos. With a Sonos Bridge and your wireless router-you will be able to play any Sonos speaker anywhere in or around your house. The Connect allows you to tie existing stereo equipment (a receiver and speakers) to your Sonos system. We have both-they are amazing. [ PATRICK   Jan 02, 2014 ]
I have the Play 5 and the Sonos bridge. If I add the Sonos Connect can I hook this to my Denon AVR-591 to play over my surround system? Or is it easier to just add another Play 5? [ John  Dec 30, 2013 ]
11 answers
  • You should be able to hook the Connect up to your Denon via optical cable in order to play your Sonos music over your surround system. [ DANIEL   Jan 02, 2014 ]
  • It's easier to add the Play 5 but using the connect with a receiver will give you much better sound. All you need to do is run sound cables from the connect to one of your receiver's audio inputs. I suggest using the receiver. [ DARREN   Jan 02, 2014 ]
  • John, you can absolutely add your Denon into the network mix by using the Connect. In fact, I would absolutely do so over adding a Play 5 (and did in my own home network... twice) for two reasons: 1) you've already paid for the amp (your Denon) and 2) you presumably have that Denon hooked up to some good speakers that are strategically placed in your room for optimal listening. No need to pay for the amp and speakers again and also risk sub-optimal sound. The SONOS Connect is designed to take advantage of your existing audio system for these very reasons. A Play:5 is only needed when there are no pre-existing components, and you need a "all-in-one" node in the network (think dining room or home office, etc). Hope this helps, and happy listening! [ CHARLES H   Jan 01, 2014 ]
  • I have a connect hook to my pioneer system and works great. If you like your system just get the connect but if you want to save on space then get the Play 5. [ DAVID E   Dec 31, 2013 ]
  • We have several play 5 units in places we did not have speakers. In the living room my wife has a very expensive nakamachi system with top of the line speakers. All of this plays perfectly with the sonos connect. From what you are describing it seems this hookup will work perfectly for you as ours does. We are not technical at all -the experts at Crutchfeld walked us through the complete process-even sonos on my wife's ipad. we couldn't be more pleased. One time our sonos went out and we called them they are extremely knowledgeable. To be absolutely positive give Sonos a call. Hope this helps. regards. SJ. [ STEPHEN J   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • John, Unless there's a "patch" solution (such as going inside one of the Play stations and intercepting the connections to the speakers and feeding these to a pair of your Denon's high voltage inputs), you need the Connect device. I hadn't thought about it, but, if the play stations have headphone jacks, you could plug a patch cord that has male RCA jacks as outputs and try connecting these to your Denon. I've never seen headphone connections mentioned, so I doubt they are there, and this would be too good to be true. :-). Regards, Maurice G. [ MAURICE   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • To run the unit through your Denon, you need the Sonos Connect. I am running 4 Sonos Amp units & one Connect to run music thru my Denon as you are wanting to do. [ DEAN   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • You can do this John. The downside is that you would need to have your Denon turned on, volume set correctly and input set correctly to get sonos playing thru your surround sound. If you have a wife and kids who are less familiar with the mechanics of a setup like this, it can be discouraging to them and thereafter, you. If you just add another Play 5, you get to turn the system on/off and control volume from your app which is so much simpler and elegant. My suggestion is get the Play 5 and make your life easy. [ STEPHEN   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • You sure can!!!! You just use either the analog, digital coax or optical output on the connect to one of your inputs on the receiver. Enjoy!!!! [ TIMOTHY P   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • John -- The simple answer is yes. I have several Play speakers in the house but in my home office, I have a CONNECT connected to a Cambridge Audio Sonata receiver because I also use Sirius Radio. The other question about your audio listening relates to how you wand to control your listening and access your music. Your Denon receiver probably can connect to your music storage using DLNA like my Onkyo TX-NR809, but maybe you find accessing it a chore using the remote...or if they have an applet, maybe that's not as easy to use. In that case, the ease of use of the Sonos Controller app makes it worth using a CONNECT instead of the built-in capabilities of the receiver (so long as you have a spare set of inputs). I personally like the Sonos app. Where my Onkyo is located is where I have the music server, so it's directly connected to the receiver. If I want to listen to music there, I use the music server directly. I hope this helps. Rich [ Richard   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • You can absolutely hook it up to your Denon and rock out. I have a Connect hooked up to my receiver and use it that way all the time. The Play 5 sounds good for its size but you will almost certainly get better sound through your larger speakers. [ WINIFRED   Dec 30, 2013 ]

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