Features Network Requirements Connections
Sonos Multiroom Eco-System: The Connect (formerly the ZP90
Zone Player) is part of the
Sonos wireless multiroom music eco-system consisting of a family of wireless
network speakers, players, and amplifiers. Start with the Connect and add Sonos
to your existing home entertainment system, and then later add other
Sonos products over time - including the Sonos
PLAY:5 powered speakers, the Sonos
One voice-activated speaker, the Sonos
Connect zone players, and the
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 Connect, 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; 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. Sonos products
manufactured after March 2014 are loaded with the proper firmware and ready
to go out of the box for WiFi connectivity. All Sonos products manufactured
prior to that date will first require a wire connection to facilitate a
firmware upgrade and thereafter they will be able to work over Wi-Fi.
- 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 Connect:Amp is equipped with one Ethernet port (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.
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
Google Play Music,
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.
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, allowing you to adjust 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.
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 (sold separately - see Accessories Tab). 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.
- For a complete list of Alexa voice commands you can use with Sonos,
- Any non-music related commands will still play over your Alexa device
(weather, traffic, flash briefs, etc).
- You will need to search and enable the Sonos skill from the Alexa
app on your mobile device or computer.
- Your Sonos equipment and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices must be on the
same wireless network.
Google Assistant: The Google Assistant will be supported by
Sonos in 2018 through an over-the-network firmware update.
Sonos Connect Ready (Firmware Update Available): Instantly
upgrade the music streaming capability of your Onkyo receiver (sold separately)
with the Sonos Connect and a free over-the-network firmware update. With the
Sonos Connect connected to your Onkyo receiver via a set of stereo RCA cable,
the audio system you've built around the receiver can now be part of a
Sonos Wireless Multiroom Audio System (components sold separately). After a
simple set up, the Onkyo receiver will seamlessly tie into Sonos, instantly
turning on from network standby, changing inputs and playing at the volume you
command through the
controller app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.
- Functionality: Once the Onkyo receiver is connected to
the Sonos Connect you will be able to send any music or source on the Sonos
app to the receiver. You will also be able to group the receiver to other
Sonos devices on the network or use it independently. Whenever you start
playing music back from your Sonos app and the Onkyo receiver is selected,
the receiver will automatically turn on and switch to the correct input.
- Compatibility: Compatible Onkyo stereo receivers
include the TX-8260 and TX-8270; compatible Onkyo home theater receivers
include the TX-RZ920, TX-RZ1100, and TX-RZ3100; compatible Onkyo
preamplifier includes the PR-RZ5100 (all sold separately).
to learn even more about Onkyo and Sonos working together to give you the
ultimate home theater and multiroom audio experience.
Controls/Indicators: The Connect'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.
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 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 will 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.
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 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 through the Sonos Controller app. By simply pressing one button your system
2-Port Ethernet Switch: 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.
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.