Overview: The Sonos Connect:Amp (formerly the
ZP120 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 by wire or wirelessly to the system.
The Connect:Amp player includes a built-in state-of-the-art digital amplifier
that can power large or small speakers.
Controls/Indicators: The Connect:Amp 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:Amp, the un-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
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:Amp player in order to receive the signal, make a wired (Ethernet) connection,
or add a Sonos
Bridge between the router and the Connect:Amp player to extend the wireless
Sonos Controller Software:
The supplied setup disc contains the software for the Sonos Controller, which
allows you to control the Sonos Digital Music System from your PC or Mac. The
supplied 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.
You can also control the Sonos system with your smartphone or tablet running one
of the following apps:
- Sonos Controller for Android: The free Sonos Controller
application is available for Android smartphones or tablets from the Android
- Sonos Controller for iPhone or iPad: The free Sonos
Controller application is available for the iPhone, iPod touch, or the iPad
from the Apple App Store, or it can be downloaded from iTunes and synced to
Music Sources: The Sonos Connect:Amp can play music from a
variety of sources. Any Sonos controller can make a music or source selection.
You can choose from the following:
- Internet Radio: Sonos includes a radio guide that
provides immediate access to thousands of free Internet radio stations and
- Music Services: You can choose from several music
services that provide audio on a per-song, per audiobook, or subscription
basis. Some examples include MOG, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Pandora, Slacker,
Spotify, Rhapsody, and iHeart radio.
- Apple iOS Device: The latest software upgrade from Sonos now plays your
iTunes music direct from your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (iOS 6 required)
anywhere there is a Sonos speaker or player. No more syncing your Apple
mobile device with your computer just to hear your iTunes music on Sonos.
- Music Folders: The Sonos system can play music from any
computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home network where
you have shared music folders. The system indexes your music folders so you
can view your music collection by categories (artists, albums, composers,
genres, or tracks).
Supported Formats: The Sonos Digital Music System supports
the following formats: MP3 (compressed), WMA (compressed), AAC+, iTunes, Ogg
Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, FLAC (lossless), WAV (uncompressed),
and AIFF (uncompressed).
Simple Installation: Setting up the Connect:Amp 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.
Optional Wireless Subwoofer: The optional Sonos
Sub is a wireless subwoofer that can be associated with the Connect:Amp to
enhance the sound in the room. The set-up procedure for the Sub lets you select
the size of the speakers connected to the Connect:Amp, and adjusts the crossover
automatically. Through the Sonos Controller software, you can also set the phase
and level of the subwoofer to match it to the stereo speakers.
Note: The Connect:Amp also has a mono subwoofer output
for connecting a traditional "wired" subwoofer. See the Connections section
below for details.
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 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:Amp supports free automatic
software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services
to enjoy. Simply register the Connect:Amp and Sonos will automatically notify you when
software updates are available. By simply pressing one button your system
Speaker Outputs: The Connect:Amp 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
2-Port Ethernet Switch: There are
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 Input: 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 Connect:Amp is equipped with a mono
RCA subwoofer output, allowing you to connect the player to a powered subwoofer
with an LFE or line level input. The system will detect when a cable is
connected to the subwoofer output, and adjust the crossover frequency