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Amplified streaming music system for passive home speakers

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Overview

Our take on the Sonos Amp

Do you love the convenient streaming capabilities of Sonos, but want to use your own speakers? The Connect:Amp was the go-to solution for that scenario for years. Now, the new Sonos Amp has even more to offer.

Sonos Amp with TV and speaker

More power, more possibilities

Do you love the convenient streaming capabilities of Sonos, but want to use your own speakers? The Connect:Amp was the go-to solution for that scenario for years. Now, the new Sonos Amp has even more to offer.

With 125 watts per channel, it has more than double the power of its predecessor. It will easily power a pair of bookshelf speakers in your office, towers in the living room, or outdoor speakers on the deck. It's also a great solution for those architectural speakers in your wall or ceiling.

Music and more — anywhere you want it

Connect your disc player or turntable with a built-in phono preamp to the Amp to enjoy vinyl or CDs — not only on the connected speakers, but also throughout the house, wherever you have a Sonos player. The Amp's HDMI input means the same thing goes for your TV's audio.

Top of Sonos Amp with a circle-in-square design

Sonos wanted the Amp to be a visual representation of music, so its circle-in-a-square design is reminiscent of turntables, records, and CDs.

And like all Sonos products, the Amp works seamlessly with a host of streaming music services, including Pandora®, Spotify®, and TIDAL. You also have access to thousands of radio stations with TuneIn and iHeartRadio. And if you subscribe to SiriusXM, you can listen to all your favorite programming on any Sonos player in your system.

Want to pick up where you left off in your audiobook or podcast? You can do that, too. 

Easy app control

You can use your smartphone or tablet to control any and all Sonos components in your system. Download the free app to turn your mobile device into a full-fledged Sonos controller. Easily navigate and search through playlists and tracks stored on your computer, or select an internet radio station. Create customized playlists on the fly for individual rooms or for playback over your entire Sonos system. You can also mute or adjust the volume of each of your players.

Compatible with AirPlay 2

The Sonos Amp has AirPlay® 2 built in. That means you can stream audio directly from your iPhone®, iPad®, or Mac® computer through your Sonos system. That includes soundtracks from YouTube® videos and Netflix movies.

And if you subscribe to Apple Music®, you can do even more. Use Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV 4K to control Apple Music with voice commands. Tell it what selection or playlist to play — and which Sonos speakers you want it to play through.

Thoughts from Morgan — Crutchfield Commercial Design Specialist

"We are very excited about the new Sonos Amp because of upgrades like HDMI connectivity, Airplay 2, and additional power. This version is also clearly designed with the professional installer in mind — it's rack-mountable with a clean, black finish that looks great when installed with other components. And I like that it can output in mono for installations where speakers are too far apart for true stereo sound."

Back of Sonos Amp

Sonos will work on your existing Wi-Fi® network. Or, you can connect the Amp to your network router, and Sonos will create its own dedicated wireless network for even better performance.

Product Highlights:

  • Class D amplifier provides 125 watts x 2 into 8 ohms
  • communicates with other Sonos players via Wi-Fi or a dedicated Sonos wireless network
    • dedicated network requires direct connection from Sonos component to router via Ethernet cable
  • control with free Sonos app on your Apple® or Android™ device
  • supports MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, and Ogg Vorbis files
  • stream from online music services including Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, SiriusXM, and Tidal (subscription required for some services)
  • stream internet radio stations from TuneIn and iHeartRadio
  • Apple AirPlay 2 for streaming from compatible Apple devices and computers running iTunes®
  • play the same music in multiple zones simultaneously or different music in each zone
  • front-panel controls for volume, play/pause, previous/next track
  • 2-port Ethernet switch
  • powers your architectural, outdoor, floor-standing, or bookshelf speakers
    • binding-post speaker terminals
    • capable of stereo or dual mono output
  • auto-detecting mono RCA subwoofer output
    • user-adjustable 50-110 Hz crossover
  • analog stereo RCA input
    • allows connection of an audio component such as a CD player or turntable (phono preamp required)
  • can connect to a TV
    • HDMI input (ARC)
    • optical digital input supported (with adapter, sold separately)
  • can power a pair of surround speakers if you have a Sonos sound bar or another Amp connected to your TV
  • rack-mountable
  • 8-9/16"W x 2-1/2"H x 9-3/8"D
  • weight: 4.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Network audio integrated amplifier
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • 2 Speaker terminals
  • Quickstart Guide
  • Important Product Information
Reviews

Sonos Amp Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

I am very disappointed in SONOS

Nick from Dallas, TX on 12/7/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought Sonos amp to power 4 Polk Audio Atrium 8 speakers which Sonos claim it should be able to do without issues. Well in a way they are correct and they are running but I expected them to be loud. Louder than 2 Polk Audio Atrium 8s sounded with the old Sonos Connect: AMP . Unfortunately I was disappointed because my four speaker running on the new Sonos AMP don't sound nearly as loud. I am glad I did not hook up four speakers to the old Connect:AMP which Sonos said it could do as well. Sonos really needs to make a truely powerful AMP for the price. It is a joke what you get for spending that kind of money. I guess they just want you to buy multiple. Yes I know Sonos equipment is expensive I own a bunch of it. I wouldn't believe all the hype in their advertisement. Sonos AMP is only marginally better than old Connect:AMP at best.

Pros: Gets my backyard speakers in the Sonos ecosystem

Cons: Only marginally better than the older AMP. Does not place 4 speakers loud enough as they advertise for Sonos AMP. It is designed for reach people to be bought in dozens not for individual like me I guess.

Exactly as expected.

Tim from East Hampton, NY on 12/6/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First Sonos product I own. Build quality is excellent, design is a great improvement over the previous generation Sonos Amp. It's a shame it will be tucked up into my basement rafters, it really looks great out on my table right now. This amp will ultimately be used to run two Klipsch All Weather Rock AWR-650-SM. As a test, I connected my rear surround speakers (PSB XB and my Emotiva Sub), they really sounded great. I think they sounded better than when connected to my Sony ES STR-ZA810ES. They should sound better since its a dedicated amp for 2 speakers. Sony AVR does a lot more and costs less. The Klipsch All Weather Rock AWR-650-SM speakers don't sound nearly as full as the PSB XB, or my other outdoor PSB-500s but there is plenty of power to fill my backyard and are still breaking in. Overall I like it, price is high just like all Sonos products, but there isn't many options out there that achieves what you can do with the Sonos Amp in a small compact easy to operate package, which is why I chose to spend the extra on the Sonos Amp, vs going an amp or second hand AVR with streaming device. Sonos is easier to get music playing and have volume control compared to using zone two on the Sony AVR which I use to run deck speakers. Sonos for the price should have included the HDMI to Optical Adapter or had an optical in. I may occasionally play outdoor movies on a projector and will need to make use of that. Oh and drop the exclusivity with Alexa.

Pros: Compact Great Design Excellent build quality Easy to operate Sounds great Ability to go Mono / Stereo via app

Cons: Should have included HDMI to Optical connector Price No Google Assistant Support, only Alexa voice control App is a little cumbersome with lots of menus and setting that are not explained

Cant Wait!!

Abner from Austin, TX on 11/26/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm rating it 5 stars because of how excited i am! hahahha! i'll return and write up a real review when the product is actually released. For reference, i'll be adding this to my living room, that will power a pair of JBL S310 II speakers, that are about continual, 140 Watts RMS (200 MAX RMS). I have (2) Play:5s , (4) Play:1s and 1 Sub. The Sub will have to be relocated to maybe the opposite end of the house now, since i'll have plenty of Bass in the living area. I can't wait to have them all playing at the same time. :-) Super stoked.

Pros: 125 Watts per channel!

Cons: I can't think of any. I'll update after 1 week of continuous use.

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Integrated Amplifier Section

125W x 2Ch Amplifier: The Sonos Amp features a built-in state-of-the-art Class D amplifier that can power large or small speakers so you can enjoy superior audio in practically any room. Packing 125 watts per channel into 8Ω or 200 watts per channel into 4Ω, the Sonos Amp powers even the most demanding speakers. And because the Amp is 4 stable, you can even power up to four speakers instead of just two. Use the Amp to power your bookshelf, floor-standing, in-wall, and in-ceiling speakers. Thanks to its centralized heatsink, air inlets, and a discrete output stage, the Sonos Amp is built to stay cool and deliver lasting power.

Note: The Sonos Amp can drive a pair of loudspeakers with a nominal impedance above 4 or two pair of 8Ω loudspeakers wired in parallel. Do not wire speakers in series to the integrated amplifier because it will result in poor sound quality. Do not connect speakers rated at less than 4.

Applications: The Sonos Amp offers flexibility and can be used in a variety of applications. Connect your favorite bookshelf, floorstanding, in-wall, or in-ceiling speakers to the Amp and stream all your favorite music.

  • Connect the Sonos Amp to a pair of loudspeakers to listen to network audio and a connected line-level source.
  • Use the Amp to add stereo sound to your TV through a HDMI ARC connection and a pair of loudspeakers.
  • Use the Sonos Amp with a pair of loudspeakers to add surround sound, if you already have a Sonos home theater speaker - such as the  Playbar / Playbase / Beam, or another Amp) connected to your TV.

HDMI ARC: The Sonos Amp is equipped one HDMI ARC output to connect the integrated amplifier to your TV's HDMI ARC input. The Amp's HDMI ARC output allows audio from your TV to be sent to the integrated amplifier. The HDMI ARC output supports Dolby Digital (up to 5.1ch) and 2ch PCM. Some televisions will only pass 2ch PCM through the ARC-enabled HDMI input from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog, and will only pass Dolby Digital via the TV's built-in tuner, network apps, or USB. Audio from your TV can be played back just on the Sonos Amp or in any zone of your Sonos multiroom audio system.

Note: If your TV does not have a HDMI ARC input, but does have an optical (toslink) digital output, an HDMI-to-optical digital adapter (sold separately) is available directly from Sonos. The HDMI-to-optical digital adapter features a female HDMI connector on one end to slip on to a HDMI cable's male connector and a male optical (toslink) connector on the other end to plug into your TV optical digital input (you cannot use a dedicated optical digital cable with the Sonos Amp). This type of connection will still support 5.1ch Dolby Digital and 2ch PCM.

Analog Input: The Sonos Amp is equipped with a set of stereo analog RCA inputs for connecting an external line-level audio device, such as a CD or SACD player (sold separately). You can also connect a turntable which features a built-in phono-preamp or a turntable with an external phono-preamp (all sold separately). Audio from the external source can be played back just on the Sonos Amp or in any zone of your Sonos multiroom audio system.

Custom Speaker Outputs: A pair of binding-post terminals provide connection of your speaker wire (up to 10AWG). The binding-posts are removable and pull-out to expose speaker terminals that will accept banana plugs (single only).

Mono-Sub Out: The integrated amplifier features a mono-RCA output for connecting a powered subwoofer (sold separately) with an LFE or line-level input. The unit will detect when a cable is connected to the subwoofer output and adjust the low-pass crossover frequency automatically.

Front-Panel Controls: There are touch-sensitive controls across the front-panel of the Sonos Amp. These controls included Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track. There is also an IR (infrared) sensor on the front-panel that receives signals sent by a programmable IR remote control (not included and sold separately).

Mounting Options: You can place the Sonos Amp just about anywhere - in an electronics rack, on a shelf, on a credenza with your TV, or wall-mounted using a proprietary bracket (sold separately). On a shelf or table-top, mount the integrated amplifier horizontally with a least 3" of clearance around the unit. The Amp will also work perfectly in a rack-mount system (one amp will fit in a 1U rack space, two amps will fit a 2U rack space, and up to four amps will fit in a 3U rack space). Using a propreitary wall-mount bracket the Sonos Amp hangs vertically on the wall

AC Power: The Sonos Amp comes with a detachable 6.5' AC power cord that will plug into the back of the integrated amplifier and into and AC power outlet or surge protector (sold separately).

Network Multiroom Audio

Sonos Multiroom Eco-System: The Amp is part of the Sonos wireless multiroom music eco-system consisting of a family of wireless network speakers, players, and amplifiers. Start with the Amp and add more Sonos products over time - including the Sonos PLAY:1 / PLAY:3 /PLAY:5 powered speakers, the Sonos One voice-activated speaker, the Sonos Connect:Amp / Connect zone players, and the PLAYBAR / PLAYBASE / BEAM soundbar speakers (all sold separately). With multiple zones, you can play the same or different songs in different rooms of your home. Up to 32 Sonos devices can be connected in one system.

Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: Sonos brings great sounding music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring project through SonosNet or WiFi.

  • SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: Sonos can utilize its own SonosNet proprietary wireless mesh network technology to provides superior wireless range for whole-house coverage, ensure synchronous music playback, and avoid sources of wireless interference. The transmitting range of the Sonos wireless system is approximately 100', depending upon your home's layout. In addition to the Beam, you will need a Sonos Boost (sold separately) connected to your network router/modem via a Ethernet cable.
  • WiFi Wireless Network: Sonos can also operate over your home's existing WiFi network (802.11 b/g/n; 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 Sonos system's wireless range will be dependent on your home's existing WiFi network.
Notes:
  • You cannot connect the Sonos system via both the SonosNet proprietary mesh network and WiFi; you will need to choose one. Sonos recommends using its proprietary SonosNet wireless mesh network over WiFi when applicable.
  • The Sonos proprietary mesh network 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 (you will have to use the Sonos wireless mesh network in this case).

Ethernet Port (10/100 Mbps): In addition to built-in WiFi, the Sonos Amp is equipped with two Ethernet ports (10/100 Mbps). Use it to wire directly to your router to operate Sonos if WiFi is unstable, or use the Ethernet port to provide Internet accessibility to non-wireless devices if you're using a SonosNET Boost setup. The second Ethernet port can be used to daisy-chain one Sonos Amp to another in a rack-mount system.

Sonos Controller App: Sonos allows you to control its audio setup, playback functions, and search features through the Sonos Controller app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.3+) or the Sonos Controller software (for Windows PC (7-up) and Mac OS X 10.10-up) - letting you control the entire Sonos eco-system from your compatible smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer. The new navigation bar (My Sonos, Rooms, Browse, Search and More) at the bottom of the app makes finding what you're looking for effortless and moving between music quicker than ever.

  • My Sonos: Organize your music with the My Sonos tab. It's the simplest way to combine and access all the music you love. Bringing together in one simple screen all your favorite songs, playlists, albums, podcasts and radio stations from across your different music services.
  • Now Playing: The Now Playing screen features album art and basic playback controls. For a deeper look into the music you're listening to, the "Info View" screen gives you artist bios, album reviews and concert listings. See related artist suggestions to discover a new band for your queue. You can also add to your playlists, delete songs from your library, and share tracks to Twitter or Facebook.
  • Rooms: You can choose to play different songs in different rooms, choose to group all rooms together to hear the same music throughout your home, or choose to group only certain rooms together for music playback. You can also crank up the volume for each room individually or together.
  • Browse & Search: Browse your music services, favorites, internet radio, personal music library and playlists. You can browse your music content by Album, Artist, Song, or Playlist. You can even search across all of your music services and files simultaneously, so you can find the music you love instantly.
  • More: Provides personalized & custom settings for your Sonos system. Adjust and audio settings like bass, treble, balance, and loudness for each room location.
Note: The Sonos device, Apple iOS/Android device, Windows PC, and/or Mac computer must be connected to the same wireless network.

Music Streaming Services: Sonos gives you access to unlimited music; such as your iTunes library, your favorite music services, and thousands of Internet radio stations, shows, and podcasts.

  • Online Music Services: Sonos works seamlessly with Apple Music, Amazon Music, TIDAL, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Google Play Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Rhapsody, Deezer, SoundCloud, and more; plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service availability varies by region.) Click here for the latest online music services (some online services require a paid subscription).
  • Music Libraries: Sonos supports playback of music from any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home network where you have shared music folders. Sonos 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. Sonos indexes your music folders so you can view your music collection by categories (such as artists, albums, composers, genres, or tracks). Sonos 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 wireless music system supports the playback of music and playlists managed with your iTunes account (playlists are limited to 40,000 tracks). Sonos can access your iTunes music files from your network computer or directly from your Apple iPod iOS device (4.0+) running the Sonos app.

AirPlay 2: AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for iTunes, Apple Music, and other Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer (running OS X 10.13.2) on the Sonos Amp, One, Play:5, Beam, and other compatible AirPlay 2 products throughout your home. You will also be able to ask Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control playback of your Apple Music on compatible Sonos speakers. You can even watch videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on a Sonos One, Play:5, or Beam speaker. You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room.

Note: Even though the Play:1, Play:3, Playbar, and other Sonos products are not AirPlay 2 compatible, you can still group these Sonos speakers with an AirPlay 2 compatible player (like the Sonos One, Play:5, or Beam) to unlock AirPlay for your entire system.

Alexa Compatible: Through a free network software update you'll be able to control your Sonos system through any Alexa-enabled device - including the Sonos One and Amazon Echo (all sold separately). Using the Amazon Alexa device as you normally would; just say "Alexa" and the name of the Sonos room you want to play a particular music service through when instructing Alexa to play music. Play a song, skip forward and back through playlists, target one room or an existing group of rooms, and adjust volume - all using your voice.

  • Alexa supports Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn Radio, and SiriusXM music services (Spotify control is coming soon). When instructing Alexa to play a particular artist, the song will begin playing from your default music service, set in the Alexa app, unless you specify the service in your voice instruction.
  • Any non-music related commands will still play over your Alexa device (weather, traffic, flash briefs, etc).
Note: For a complete list of Alexa voice commands you can use with Sonos, click here. Your Sonos equipment and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices must be on the same WiFi network.

Google Assistant: The Google Assistant will be supported by Sonos in 2018 through an over-the-network firmware update.

Home Network Requirements: 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 wireless router in your home network. If you don't have a wireless router, you will need to purchase and install one before setting up your system.
  • You will need the Sonos Controller application for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.3+, or the Sonos Controller software program for Windows PC 7-up and Mac OS x 10.10-up.
  • 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 connection.
  • 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.
  • Make sure all of your Sonos components have the latest software update installed.
Note: Although Sonos is compatible with most networking equipment, some network devices are incompatible. Usually when networking hardware does not work with Sonos, it's because it lacks support for the network protocols that Sonos uses to operate, like UPnP, STP, and SMB/CIFS.

Automatic Updates: The Sonos Amp supports free automatic software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services to enjoy. Simply register the Amp and Sonos will automatically notify you when software updates are available through Sonos Controller app. By simply pressing one button your system updates itself.

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