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
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
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
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
Amazon Cloud Player,
of Space, iHeartRadio,
SiriusXM Internet Radio,
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.
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
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.