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
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 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 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 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
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.