Sonos Zone Player (ZP120)
Zone Player Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Dimensions of Sonos Zone Player and Controller
Zone Player Features
Product Overview: The Sonos
ZP120 Zone Player works exclusively with the Sonos Digital Music System, and
contains a stereo amplifier to drive a pair of speakers. In a multi-room sound
system, the first Zone Player is connected to your home network, and each
subsequent Zone Player can be wired or completely wireless (except for power and
Class D Amplifier: The ZP120's built-in
Class D amplifier produces 55 watts RMS per channel (8 ohms, 20-20kHz, THD+N<0.02%). You
can connect 4-ohm speakers rated to accept up to 150 watts or 8-ohm speakers
rated up to 75 watts. The unit is equipped with two sets of spring-loaded
Controls: The Zone Player only
has a mute button and a volume control, both mounted on the front of the unit.
Between the buttons lies a Zone Player LED status indicator, which flashes white
when powering up or connecting to the Sonos Digital Music System, and lights
solid when powered up and connected to the music system.
Dual Voltage: The ZP120 is
capable of accepting 115/120 Volts AC or 230/240 Volts AC. The voltage switch is
located on the rear panel next to the AC power input.
Zones: You can place a ZP120
Zone Player in each zone where you want to listen to music. The Sonos Digital
Music System can accept up to 32 Zone Players and up to 32 CR100 Controllers.
With multiple zones, you can play the same song in different rooms, or different
songs in different rooms.
Placement: It is not necessary
to place the Zone Player in a visible place in the home. Although the unit has
mute and volume controls on the front, it can be fully controlled using a CR100
controller. Typically, the Zone Player is placed in the crawl space in a house,
and used to drive in-wall or in-ceiling speakers.
Range: The transmitting range
of the ZP120's built-in wireless system is approximately 100 feet, depending
upon your home's layout. Thick walls, microwave ovens, and the presence of other
wireless devices can interfere with or block the wireless network signals of the
Sonos Digital Music Signal. When interference occurs, you can relocate the Zone
Player, change the wireless channel, or make a wired (Ethernet) connection.
Desktop Controller Software: The supplied setup disc contains the
software for the Desktop Controller, which allows you to control the Sonos
Digital Music System from your home computer. It includes easy-to-use wizards
for setup and music sharing so the music folders on your hard drive can be
shared across all Zone Players. You can also add Internet Radio stations and set
preferences for online updates. Once the system is set up, all you need to do is
choose your music, choose your zone and press Play. The Desktop Controller is
compatible with Windows XP and Vista, as well as Macintosh OS X (10.4 and 10.5)
Sound Settings: From your
computer, you can change the sound settings for each individual Zone Player in
the system. Adjustable sound settings include volume, bass, treble, balance, and
Music Storage: Your digital
music files can be stored on your computer, music server, a
network-attached storage (NAS) box, or an external source like a CD player.
Hardware: In order to play the
digital music files stored on your computer throughout the Sonos Digital Music
System, you must meet the following hardware requirements:
- Ethernet: You must have an
Ethernet network interface connection in your computer. If you do not have
one, you will need to buy and install a Network Interface Card (NIC) before
setting up your system.
- Modem: It is highly
recommended that you have a DSL/cable modem, or LAN-based high-speed
Internet connection. It is not designed for a dial-up system.
- Router: If you have a
cable or DSL modem connected directly to your computer, you should have a
router connected between your modem and your computer to maintain your
computer's security. If you don't have a router, you will need to buy and
install one before setting up your system.
System Requirements: In addition to the above-described
hardware, your computer must have the following:
- CPU: 500 MHz processor or better
- RAM: 128MB RAM minimum/256MB RAM recommended
- Compatible Operating Systems: Windows XP (including
Windows XP Media Center), Windows Vista, or Macintosh OS X (Version 10.4 or
- Compatible Playlist Formats: Rhapsody, MusicMatch,
Windows Media Player, WinAmp, or iTunes
- Compatible Play Formats: MP3, WMA (not including
lossless), AAC (MPEG4), WAV/LPCM (uncompressed), AIFF (uncompressed), FLAC
(lossless), Ogg Vorbis, Apple Lossless, and Audible Format 4. The unit is
firmware upgradeable to support future audio formats.
- Note: Apple "Fairplay" and Microsoft
"Plays-for-Sure" DRM-encrypted files are not currently supported.
Automatic Updates: The ZP120 allows for free automatic
software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services
to enjoy. Simply register the ZP120 and Sonos will automatically notify you when
software updates are available. By simply pressing one button your system
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Speaker Outputs: The ZP120 Zone
Player has two pairs of spring-loaded binding posts, which can accept pin
connectors, single banana plugs, and bare wire. The terminals cannot accept dual
banana plugs or spade connectors. You can connect a pair of 4-ohm or 8-ohm
speakers to the ZP120.
2-Way Ethernet Port: 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.
Subwoofer Output: The ZP120 is
equipped with a mono RCA subwoofer output, allowing you to
connect the Zone Player to a powered subwoofer. The system will detect when a
cable is connected to the subwoofer output, and apply an 80Hz low pass filter.