Overview: The Sonos Connect (formerly the
ZP90 Zone Player) works exclusively with the Sonos Digital Music System. The Connect player is designed to be used with an external amplifier or a pair
of powered speakers.
Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: The Connect brings
great sounding music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring
project through SonosNet or WiFi.
- SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: SonosNet, a proprietary
wireless mesh network technology, provides superior wireless range for
whole-house coverage, ensures synchronous music playback, and avoids sources
of wireless interference. The transmitting range of the Connect's built-in
wireless system is approximately 100', depending upon your home's layout. In
addition to the Connect, you will need a Sonos
Boost (sold separately) connected to your network router/modem via a
- WiFi Wireless Network: The Connect can also operate over
your home's existing WiFi network (802.11 b/g; 2.4GHz). Because you are
connecting wirelessly to your home's existing WiFi network, you do not need
to hardwire a Sonos
Boost to your router/modem. The Connect's range will be
dependent on your home's existing WiFi network. Connect devices manufactured
after March 2014 are loaded with the proper firmware and ready to go out of
the box for WiFi connectivity. All Connect devices manufactured prior to
that date will require a first wire connection to facilitate a firmware
upgrade and hereafter they will be able to work over WiFi.
Note: You cannot connect the Connect via both SonoNet and
WiFi; you will need to choose one. Sonos recommends using its proprietary
SonosNet wireless mesh network over WiFi when applicable. SonosNet will
provide a more secure wireless connection with fewer interruptions for
optimum performance. WiFi is subject to greater interference from other WiFi
and 2.4GHz devices on your network. WiFi connectivity is not compatible with
5GHz and N routers (you will have to use SonosNet in this case).
Controls/Indicators: The Connect'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
Boost 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.
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 in 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 will 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.
Or setup your Sonos component wirelessly via WiFi without any hardwire
- 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.