Integrated Amplifier Section
Network Multiroom Audio
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 4Ω
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 4Ω 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 4Ω.
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
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
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
powered speakers, the Sonos
One voice-activated speaker, the Sonos
Connect zone players, and the
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.
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
Amazon Music, TIDAL,
Google Play Music, TuneIn,
SoundCloud, and more;
plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service
availability varies by region.) Click
for the latest online music services (some online services require a paid
- 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 -
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,
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
- 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
- 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
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.