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Sonos CONNECT:AMP

Amplified streaming music system for home speakers

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Get ready for more of your favorite music in any room of your house. The Sonos CONNECT:AMP makes it simple, and you won't have to run wires around your home. Hook this amplified music player up to a pair of speakers, and it connects to the Internet and your computer wirelessly — either with your existing Wi-Fi® network or by creating its own dedicated network with a wired connection with the Sonos BOOST (sold separately).

Listen to music from your computer and the Internet on any speakers

Get ready for more of your favorite music in any room of your house. The Sonos CONNECT:AMP makes it simple, and you won't have to run wires around your home. Hook this amplified music player up to a pair of speakers, and it connects to the Internet and your computer wirelessly — either with your existing Wi-Fi® network or by creating its own dedicated network with a wired connection with the Sonos BOOST (sold separately).


ZonePlayer 120

Powerful amplifier for crystal-clear playback

A built-in 55-watt-per-channel amplifier delivers your music in full-bodied, dynamic stereo sound. And the CONNECT:AMP's compact design means it can fit in much smaller spaces than traditional stereo components.

Pair this player with Audioengine's high-performance P4 speakers for a great-sounding — and cosmetically matched — system.


Sonos controllers

You probably already own a Sonos controller

You can use an iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad®, or Android™ phone to control any and all Sonos players. A free download turns your smartphone and tablet 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.


Spotify®, Apple Music™, SiriusXM, and more at your fingertips

The Sonos system works seamlessly with a host of streaming music services, including Pandora®, Spotify, Apple Music, Rhapsody®, TIDAL and more. You also have access to thousands of Internet radio stations from around the world through TuneIn Radio, and terrestrial radio stations through iHeartRadio. If you subscribe to SiriusXM Internet Radio, you can tune into all your favorite programming on any Sonos player in your system.

Play music stored on your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®

Sonos now gives you convenient wireless access to music and podcasts stored in the Music app of iOS devices, for playback throughout your entire Sonos system. This function works on devices running iOS6 or later (see below for full list of compatible Apple devices). The system even lets you connect multiple Apple players at once. For instance, you can queue up songs from your iPhone to play in the kitchen while you cook, and your spouse can stream a podcast in the den at the same time.


Expand your Sonos system

You can have up to 32 Sonos music players in your system, and each one can play an independent selection of individual tracks or playlists. Listen to jazz in the den while your spouse plays rock music in the kitchen, or pump a single playlist of songs throughout the entire house during a party.


Love it!!! Really brought the backyard to life. Nice clear sound. Really happy with it.

Anonymous, Staten Island, NY

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What's in the Box:

  • Connect:Amp player
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 5' Ethernet cable (with male RJ-45 plugs on each end)
  • "Set It Up" booklet
  • Important Product Information booklet

Product Highlights:

  • built-in stereo amplifier: 55 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.02% THD
  • communicates with other Sonos players via Wi-Fi or a dedicated Sonosnet™ 2.0 wireless network
  • control your Sonos system with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android device, or computer — free download available
  • plays MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and Ogg Vorbis files (firmware is upgradable to support future audio formats)
    • not compatible with protected AAC files from iTunes
  • play music and podcasts stored in the Music app of an iPhone (3GS or later), iPad (iPad 2 or later), and iPod touch (4th generation or later)
  • plays songs from subscription streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Rhapsody, TIDAL, and more
  • plays streaming Internet radio stations from TuneIn Radio and iHeartRadio
  • plays programming from SiriusXM Internet Radio - subscription required
  • plays personalized Internet radio stations from Pandora®
  • multi-zone synchronous playback (same music plays in multiple zones simultaneously) or multi-stream playback (each plays individually selected music)
  • allows connection of an audio component such as a CD player, FM tuner, or a portable music player (music from such sources can be played back on any player in your system)
  • front-panel controls for volume and muting
  • bass, treble, balance, and volume controls accessible via remote
  • 2-port Ethernet switch
  • binding-post speaker terminals
  • subwoofer output
  • analog stereo input
  • 7-5/16"W x 3-1/2"H x 8-1/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires high-speed Internet connection
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Features

Sonos Connect:Amp: The Connect:Amp (formerly the ZP120 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:Amp and add more Sonos products over time. Up to 32 Sonos devices can be connected in one system.

Class-D Amplifier: The Sonos Connect:Amp incorporates a built-in state-of-the-art Class-D amplifier that can power large or small speakers.

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:Amp, 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 require a first wire connection to facilitate a firmware upgrade and  hereafter they will be able to work over WiFi.
Note: 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).

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 Boost between the router and the Connect:Amp player to extend the wireless range.

Multi-Zone Compatibility: You can place a Connect:Amp in each zone where you want to listen to music. The Sonos wireless music ystem can accept up to 32 Sonos players. With multiple zones, you can play the same or different songs in different rooms. The PLAY:1 can be combined with other Sonos components; including the PLAY:1, PLAY:3 or PLAY:5 amplified wireless music speakers, the Connect zone player (ZP90), and the PLAYBAR soundbar speaker; all sold separately.

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.

  • Internet Radio: Sonos includes TuneIn, an Internet Radio Service, that provides immediate access to 100,000 Internet radio stations and broadcast programs. You can easily find radio stations from all over the world broadcasting music, news, and variety programming, including archived shows and podcasts.
  • Online Music Services: Sonos works seamlessly with Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Rhapsody, TIDAL, 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 Library: 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 (from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) for Apple iOS (6.0+) and Android (OS 2.3+) devices, or the Sonos Controller software for Windows PC (XP SP3 and higher) or Mac computer (OS X 10.6 and higher). You'll have access to thousands of pre-loaded internet radio stations, a variety of online music services, your iTunes music, and your network music library; all from one control app on your smartphone/tablet or laptop/computer. The app is divided into 5 screens.

  • Main Menu: The main menu is the gateway to your world of Sonos music. Browse your music services, favorites, internet radio, personal music library and playlists. You can also find settings to easily add new Sonos components.
  • Now Playing: The Now Playing screen features album art, basic controls, and easy access to all of your music on the Sonos network. From the Now Playing screen you can also access the main menu, control songs and volume by room, access more options from the Info View, and add songs to the queue.
  • Room Modes: 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.
  • Info View: 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.
  • Queue: The Queue screen gives you ultimate control in listening to whatever you want, whenever you want. Choose any song from your Sonos library and add it to your queue on the fly or create your favorite playlists in a few seconds. From this screen you can also easily edit and save playlists, shuffle and repeat music tracks, and access additional controls like Play Now, Play Next, Add to Queue, & Replace Queue.
Note: The Sonos device, Apple iOS/Android device, Windows PC, and/or Mac computer must be connected to the same home network.

Controls/Indicators: The Connect:Amp'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.

Optional Wireless Subwoofer: The optional Sonos Sub (sold separately) 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.

Network Requirements

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 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 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. Click here for a list of networking equipment that is incompatible with Sonos; be aware that the majority of this list is made up of older networking equipment, but may still exist as part of a home network.

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 through the Sonos Controller app. By simply pressing one button your system updates itself.

Connections

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 Connect:Amp.

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 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 automatically.

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Why did you buy this?

Great fun to have music everywhere I want it! I am replacing units damaged by an electrical surge- and a surge protector! [ Martin  Jun 09, 2017 ]
Adding to existing Sonos system [ Hitesh  Jun 05, 2017 ]
Love to use Sonos products, I have many throughout my home, and wanted one to power outside speakers! [ Tucker  May 24, 2017 ]
Liked what I read about the product on the Crutchfield site [ Robert  May 17, 2017 ]
To work with my other Sonos gear, the best whole house audio system on the market. [ Danny  May 15, 2017 ]
I am familiar with the product and suites my needs for expansion of outdoor speakers [ howard  May 14, 2017 ]
Love my Play 3s and want to enjoy Sonos on my back patio which is pre-wired for speakers [ Michael  May 08, 2017 ]
to add to my existing sonos systems. Needed a 'connect' for exterior speakers. [ M  May 06, 2017 ]
for wireless [ Jeffrey  May 05, 2017 ]
Great reviews! Going to use this with my Polk Audio Atrium Garden speakers [ Philip  May 01, 2017 ]
I have purchased previously [ TIMOTHY D  Apr 11, 2017 ]
online reviews [ Matthew  Mar 31, 2017 ]
already have other compatible SONOS products [ Jan  Mar 20, 2017 ]
Versatile amp for computer speakers as well as use in a multiple speaker set up all Sonos. Good power. [ David  Mar 14, 2017 ]
Great experience with previous Sonos products. [ David  Mar 14, 2017 ]
I can't say enough good things about SONOS' Connect:Amp, they are so sweet. Full features (except for the fact that you can't setup them to output in mono like competitor HEOS products) and perfect for powering a set of outdoor patio speakers etc. I've got about six (6) zones of SONOS in my home and continue to add more and more each year. Keep it up SONOS ! [ HiTech Upgrades  Jan 09, 2017 ]
I can go anywhere in my house and still control the wireless system. It has great range and the sound is amazing. Thank you to my advisor(Tony) who recommended this for my home. I liked the first one so much, I am ordering a second to add to my system. [ FARRAR  Jan 09, 2017 ]
Adding a zone to existing Sonos-based distributed audio in home, powering in-ceiling Monitor Audio CW-180 speakers. I already know this to be a quality product with robust and versatile operation and audio sourcing options, and great tech support when needed. [ Jack  Jan 08, 2017 ]
Easy to use [ Charles  Dec 01, 2016 ]
Recommended by Dallas [ Chesley  Nov 29, 2016 ]
I have existing speakers around my pool and did not want to abandon them for new ones just yet, but wanted to upgrade to poolside control of the audio source. The SONOS Connect:Amp was the perfect solution to my issue. This unit drives all of the existing speaker units easily and allows me to have control of the music, or any other content, from my mobile devices as long as I am in range of my home's Wi-Fi. I highly recommend SONOS and plan to buy more of their products in the future. [ Richard  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Adding a new music zone to an outstanding system of 10+ rooms. [ RICHARD  Oct 01, 2016 ]
Own one and love it. [ CHRISTOPHER  Sep 24, 2016 ]
Already had speakers. [ James  Jul 12, 2016 ]
I love sonos. Have it everywhere in my house and need these to get my outdoor speakers connected. [ John  Jul 06, 2016 ]
I purchased two; one powers 4 ceiling mounted Klipsch speakers in a casita and one powers 4 PSB CS1000 outdoor speakers. They are 4-ohm stable and provided plenty of clean power for the speakers, and are able to drive the speakers nicely at volumes well above my normal requirements. [ GARY  Jun 16, 2016 ]
Item was chosen to add Sonos speakers to outdoor deck. [ John  Jun 09, 2016 ]
Songs is amazing [ Suresh  Jun 02, 2016 ]
System is wonderful have enjoyed it for the past two years [ Jim  Jun 01, 2016 ]
Purchased (2) to hook up two sets of outside speakers to be controlled by Sonos App without having to go inside to my manual Niles SSVC-6 [ James S.  May 31, 2016 ]
Best quality [ Jeffrey Alexand  May 08, 2016 ]
The connect amp solves several needs in one easy-to-use package [ Kent  May 04, 2016 ]
Needed it to drive existing outdoor speakers. [ Ryan  May 03, 2016 ]
Love Sonos products [ H  May 01, 2016 ]
Existing system [ Martyn  Apr 23, 2016 ]
AMP to drive my ceiling speaker in the kitchen. [ Vladimir  Apr 04, 2016 ]
I love the Sonos system. When I was renovating my house, Crutchfield advised me to install speakers in the walls and ceilings and use the Sonos amp to drive those speakers. Now I have music in every room of the house. I love it because it's like magic; there are no components in the rooms, but each is filled with music. It's a brilliant system. [ JEANNE  Mar 29, 2016 ]
Best WIFI wireless amp on the market. [ JIM  Mar 25, 2016 ]
To insure that my audio system will work with my Sonos purchases [ P  Mar 25, 2016 ]
to play music at the house [ DAVID  Mar 20, 2016 ]
Base unit to drive other components [ Oreste  Mar 09, 2016 ]
reception [ John  Mar 03, 2016 ]
I love the concept of having control over my music from anywhere in the house, while being using my existing speakers. [ CHAD  Mar 02, 2016 ]
Powers a great set of older Klipsch speakers with Sonos functionalities; will be my 3rd of these Sonos Connect amps; expensive but excellent [ David  Feb 27, 2016 ]
To connect outdoor speakers to Sonos system! [ Carolyn  Feb 20, 2016 ]
I have in-ceiling speakers in two rooms. I wanted to use them with Sonos :) [ ALEX  Feb 04, 2016 ]
This is my second unit. The first one was purchased upon the recommendation of Tony, who selected the connectAMP for my application. It was an excellent choice and I'm very pleased with the results. [ B  Jan 28, 2016 ]
My house has in-ceiling speakers in multiple rooms, I wanted a simple system to merge all rooms into the same audio delivery network. [ Chris  Jan 18, 2016 ]
Simplicity. We have an old connect and was looking for another low cost amp to drive the Polk 4's but I hate cables and boxes plus Sonos is just hands-down the best in our minds. It's a lot to spend but it beats some big clunky stereo receive as the amp, it eliminates noise from RCA cables going from a Connect to a stand alone AMP. One power cord, two speaker wire pairs and I'm done. Love it. [ DAN  Jan 15, 2016 ]
Advisor recommended [ Benjamin  Jan 14, 2016 ]
To connect my outdoor wired zone speaker to my home theater after my wife booted me out of living room setup. [ MARTIN  Jan 06, 2016 ]
To use as a remote amp to power existing in ceiling speakers for whole house system. [ Stephen  Jan 05, 2016 ]
Needed to get streaming music to bathroom that had pre-wired in-ceiling speakers. This Sonos Connect:Amp sits next to my surround Amp and can be switched (via remote audio switch) in and out depending on streaming or local content. [ Stanley  Jan 02, 2016 ]
Power new speakers in backyard. Pricey, but simple and convenient system. [ Nicholas  Dec 22, 2015 ]
I already own SONOS components and can attest to there quality! [ LUIS A  Dec 22, 2015 ]
we need to connect our outdoor hard wired speakers to the rest of the system [ Patrick  Dec 17, 2015 ]
like play 1 [ THOMAS L  Dec 15, 2015 ]
Ability to stream music through in-ceiling speakers. Eventually plan to add additional Sonos PLAY units to stream throughout house. [ Jeffrey  Dec 08, 2015 ]
I am using 2 already and they work great. [ Mina  Dec 07, 2015 ]
Recommended by Andy in customer group at Crutchfield [ Robert  Dec 03, 2015 ]

20 questions already asked

I use mine to do that. You could connect two I suppose but I'm not sure why you would want to do so. It works great with one connect powering the two BOSE [ PAUL  Jun 04, 2017 ]
I would use a Sonos Connect and a separate amp that meets the power needs of your installation [ E  Jun 03, 2017 ]
I believe this unit is only good to 4 ohms, so if you are running 8 ohm speakers you can only connect 2 pairs. That said, I currently run 8 pairs off of 1 unit. I installed impedance matching volume controllers from Niles ion each room... One controller for each pair of speakers. I set all of the controllers to 8 ohms and they ensure that the Sonos amp only "sees" a load it can safely handle. I have had this setup in place for over 4 years and run the speakers for hours at a time with no issues. Hope this helps [ Jeff  Mar 02, 2017 ]
You can link up to 1 pair of 4 ohms speaker or 2 pairs of 8 ohms speakers to each Sonos Connect amp....if you need to connect all 14 speakers you would have to get a speaker switch/ selector to play all speakers at the same time..... However please note that the Sonos Connect amp can only play 1 zone of music or source.....that's means all 14 speakers will be playing the same music or source at the same time. If you want to play different music in each room or separate the rooms or zones ...then you would have to get a Sonos Connect amp per zone or room of your choice. I would recommend using a much advance multi-room /source amplifier/ processor to connect all 14 speakers , which would then be 7 zones, ... just to have the flexibility of powering and playing each room independently. I hope this helps you....... [ Richard  Mar 02, 2017 ]
My understanding is that in theory you can connect as many as you like. The power of this will limit the # of speakers. I would suggest the using the bridge with a separate amp with enough power to run them all. Crutchfield has many. I am currently using the bridge connected to a Russound amp and love the sound quality. It gets quite loud too if wanted. [ Brent  Mar 01, 2017 ]
so i think the problem you will run into is capacity of the amp. its only around 50 watts which isn't alot of power for 14 speakers. i have a connect amp which i ran into a speaker selector and i can run 4 sets of small speakers off it, but thats about it. the Sonos is great so maybe if i were you i would get a Sonos connect and run that into a multi amp which the capacity would be endless depending on the size of the amp. [ Jon  Mar 01, 2017 ]
Sorry for not seeing you question earlier. The answer is yes, They will be playing a left and right channel in parallel on one Connect amp. You use the Sonos App on your phone to balance to the left or right channel ande turn off the channel you don't want playing. I'm unfamiliar with the Niles switch, functionality and cost, between the Connect amp and speaker. I have a Connect w/o amp outputting to a Yamaha amp which outputs to 2 6-zone speaker volumn controls. [ Charlie  Dec 18, 2016 ]
Without a switch, they would play in parallel at the same time. I run switch with two zones. The inside zone handles 4 speakers, 2 rooms - volume level is the same in each. Outside, we run 4 speakers, but impedance is increased on one pair, volume slightly differs. Going to add second sonos and re-route speakers to correct that issue [ DAVID  Nov 08, 2016 ]
Yes, that's no problem at all. [ mitsu  Sep 06, 2016 ]
Yes, I do just this with my in-ceiling speakers in two separate rooms. If you have large floor-standing speakers you are running, I'd question the Amp's ability to handle the load, but with my Sonance in-ceiling I have no problems whatsoever. [ Andrew  Sep 06, 2016 ]
Absolutely. The Sonos Connect:AMP offers 55 watts on each of it's stereo channels which is more than enough to get great performance from the Bose Acoustimass 5 system. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  May 25, 2016 ]  Staff
I have the Sonos connect amp hooked up to outdoor speakers but am just running those 2 speakers only. I don't think you could hook up a tv to it since there's no inputs for that. I assume you want tv's sound outdoor. I hope this helps....you may want to also call Crutchfield advisors to ask them. [ MARIANO  Apr 07, 2016 ]
The Sonos Connect Amp has a line in that you could use to feed sound from the TV, you would just have to use the sonos app to select "line in" for the source for the Amp. I haven't done it myself, but I don't see any reason why not if you are just looking to get stereo sound. Make sure the TV audio out connection is compatible with the line in on the sonos though, if your output on your TV is optical (typical) then you may run into an issue getting that signal to work with the analog stereo connections on the Sonos. [ andrew  Apr 02, 2016 ]
Connect:amp will work. Has analog inputs for audio out from TV or cat box. Remember sonos is indoor rated only, but I've had a play 3 on my covered outdoor deck for 3 years, and works fine. [ BRIAN G  Apr 01, 2016 ]
You would need the sonos connect amp to provide amplification to the polks. The connect amp has a pair of analog inputs for tv connection. Note the sonos gear is not outdoor rated, but I keep a sonos play 3 on my covered open air outdoor deck with no performance issues. Starting to look weathered tho after 3 years. [ BRIAN G  Apr 01, 2016 ]
You should be able to connect the TV out put to the input connection on the back of the connect:amp. You will be able to pick that TV as a source from the input of that connect:amp. [ Michael  Apr 01, 2016 ]
This is my exact setup. I have two outdoor Bose wired speakers that ate connected to my Sonos connect amp. Now I have Sonos outside. Works great! [ JEFF  Mar 23, 2016 ]
You will have to hard wire the speakers. [ Jerry  Mar 19, 2016 ]
It is designed to use a hard wire. [ Nich  Mar 19, 2016 ]
Buy a speaker selector switch with impedance protection and it will work. [ BRIAN G  Apr 01, 2016 ]
i am driving 4 speakers with one connect amp. i don't know the ohms. they are wired the same way you wire one set of speakers. you connect 2 wires to the left and right side of the amp instead of one. [ AL G  Dec 05, 2015 ]
Yes it works. Ive done several. Def need a phono preamp tho [ BRIAN G  Apr 01, 2016 ]
I have not. Seems like it might work? Ask Sonos support. They can be very helpful and easy to get to. [ SANFORD  Oct 13, 2015 ]
I would check the speaker specs to ensure it can handle the power of the SONOS AMP and conversely that the power of the SONOS AMP is sufficient to drive the speakers. I would also check the SONOS AMP specs to see if the speaker resistance (in ohms) is acceptable to the SONOS AMP. [ ROBERT  Sep 28, 2015 ]
Yes you'd need a connect:amp and you'd run speaker wire from it to a pair of outdoor speakers. [ Guy  Mar 16, 2015 ]
You can use regular wired speakers (indoor/outdoor) with connect amp. You just need to be able to run wires to it. Works and sounds great [ MARK  Mar 14, 2015 ]
Yes... to drive another speaker set, you will need Connect:AMP. My SONOS system consists of a bridge and three Connect:AMP's because I love the speakers I have and want to use them. My outside speakers are a pair of Niles OS20, powered by one of the AMP's. Hope this helps. [ DARREN  Mar 14, 2015 ]
That is exactly what I am using my two connect:amps for. I have in ceiling Polk speakers installed in my farmers porch, and another pair of wall mounted waterproof speakers on my back deck. Each pair are connected to their own connect:amp so I can use each area separately and have different music playing in each. [ Nick  Mar 14, 2015 ]
Connect amp since most speakers are not amplified. [ VIMARSH  Mar 14, 2015 ]
I used a Connect:Amp for my outdoor speakers. [ MICHAEL R  Mar 14, 2015 ]
Faced with the same need, I purchased a connect amp and a pair of Definitive Technology AW6500 speakers and achieved amazing results. You can accomplish the same thing with a connect but you will need a separate stereo receiver or amp. [ DAN  Mar 14, 2015 ]
I use the connect amp to power my Polk Audio outdoor speakers and this works great. I would put the connect amp inside the house because it's not waterproof. [ TIMOTHY P  Mar 14, 2015 ]
You need a ConnectAmp to plug in your outdoor speakers. The Connect is for integrating your existing stereo with sonos. [ EDWARD J  Mar 14, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: To be able to control all four zones independently you would actually need four of the Sonos Connect Amps. If you only use two then you will have two independent zones with four speakers in each zone. You can easily add a Sonos Play 1, 3 or 5 to an existing Sonos system as all they need is a power outlet. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Mar 05, 2015 ]  Staff
An inexpensive android tablet will work fine as long as it can access the play store and you can get the sonos app. [ Guy  Sep 30, 2014 ]
The system will work with any of those. You may evaluate the value against a new tablet. The cost is so low that a new one maybe better alternative. [ JUAN  Sep 28, 2014 ]
I have a variety of Apple iPads in the house, all of which I have loaded the Sonos app on. I don't recall what generations they all are, but the kids, for example, are a few years old. I believe I also still have a first generation iPad in the house and it also has the Sonos app. I can't speak for any other brand tablets, however. [ Nick  Sep 27, 2014 ]
We use old iphones to control ours. An old iphone or iPad will work fine.. BTW, there's really no need to purchase a device if you have a smartphone. [ MICHAEL R  Sep 27, 2014 ]
You can just use the sonos amp is awesome. ...I haven't use the playbar but I would thing it would be a great addition ..... I'm looking to add one to my system as well [ ANDREW V  Jul 13, 2014 ]
You can just use the sonos amp is awesome. ...I haven't use the playbar but I would thing it would be a great addition ..... I'm looking to add one to my system as well [ ANDREW V  Jul 13, 2014 ]
You need, at a minimum, a sonos bridge and the bar. [ PHILIP  Jul 12, 2014 ]
The amp is designed to be plugged into your own speakers and can act as the rear speakers along with a play bar if that is what you are after... [ Guy  Jul 12, 2014 ]
You only need a connect Amp if you need to power two speakers. All the other Sonos speakers are stand alone. You don't need a Conndct Amp with the bar. I hope this helps. [ ANEL M  Jul 12, 2014 ]
What type of outdoor speakers do you reccomend? [ Rob  May 07, 2014 ]
You can. But the output power of the amp will be split by two. I had outdoor Bowes speakers int two different zones handled by one Connect Amp and didn't have a problem. I eventually bought a second connect Just to be able to control the different zones. I don't think that is such an issue since the speakers are in the same room. [ ANEL M  Mar 22, 2014 ]
Yes they will. They will have a less power but they still sound great. [ RON A  Mar 22, 2014 ]
I would say yes. I have a few connect amps. One in particular is powering two large outdoor speakers as well as a powered sub. Just try it and see if they have the quality sound your looking for when cranked up. Good luck Phil [ PHILIP  Mar 21, 2014 ]
I do have 4 speakers attached to one and they work fine, but I have no technical background as far as full range of speakers. I use it outdoors and it sounds good to me around my pool Tic ground speakers [ JOSEPH F  Mar 21, 2014 ]
I found this from Sonos' web site: Amplifier - Class-D Rated Output - 110W RMS (2x55W continuous average power into 8 ohms, THD+N<0.02%)* Subwoofer Output - Auto-detecting RCA type, 80 Hz crossover There wasn't any frequency response info, but that's usually speaker stuff. But 55W RMS per channel with <.02% THD is really good. I initially scoffed at this thing for $500, but am reconsidering after finding this info. I would post the link but I don't think this site will allow me to. Here's what I googled for: Sonos CONNECT:AMP RMS It was the first search result. [ Brian  Feb 06, 2014 ]
Kelvin, I couldn't find the tolerances for the frequency response, I would call Sonos direct. You can't go wrong with the Sonos connect, I'm the normal guy that compares products like crazy and read reviews and I can tell you that you will LOVE the system. I purchased six of these along with 8" Polks in ceiling from crutchfield and love the flexibility. Tim Murphy [ TIMOTHY P  Jan 31, 2014 ]
55 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.02% THD [ Jeff  Jan 30, 2014 ]  Staff
sorry. wish i could help but you would need to ask the manufacturer or a test lab this sort of stuff. i use my connect:amp on a screened patio where sits concealed in a cabinet, delivers big flawless sound through ceiling mounted speakers will all of the great sonos flexibility and control. [ MICHAEL  Jan 30, 2014 ]
The Sonos product spec page covers power and THD; but, not frequency response. [ MICHAEL R  Jan 30, 2014 ]
It really depends on whether or nor you have speakers in the other room. If you already have speakers, then a connect amp would be the way to go. If you don't then you would need a PLAY (1, 3 or 5). In either case you may need a bridge if you want the source of the music to be from the receiver which has airplay capability or if your internet connection is also in this room. [ JASON  Jan 21, 2014 ]
Anand - It's not a question of which one; it's about how you configure and use your system. Technically, you don't "need" a bridge. You only have to have one of your Sonos components plugged into your router. The bridge just gives you greater flexibility with placement of components. For me, it wasn't even a question... I knew I wanted it. And, for a $50 expenditure (often promo'd for around $25) it's not a major investment. I have 3 Connect AMP's because I like my own speakers and drive them with the AMP's. The bridge sits next to my router and the AMPs are all in other rooms. Does this help? Watch out for the AirPlay direction. Sonos does not interoperate with other wireless technologies. It is self-contained with its own proprietary network technology. - Darren [ DARREN  Jan 21, 2014 ]
I would suggest the bridge with a play 5 speaker. The amp is nice but you have to hard wire speakers to the amp [ ANDREW V  Jan 21, 2014 ]
If you want to run Speakers without wires you will need both the bridge and the Sonus connect with amp [ MICHAEL  Jan 21, 2014 ]
I'm not 100% certain how Airplay works, but I have a Sonos Connect amp powering speakers on my front porch, and another powering a pair on my back deck. Both Connect amps are in my basement out of sight. These two connect amps, plus my play 5 and play 1 speakers all work wirelessly off my Sonos Bridge (which is in my office) and I control all with my iPhone or iPad. I can control all 4 independently and play different music in each place. I hope this helps. [ Nick  Jan 21, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question Jonathan. This unit will indeed power either 4-ohm or 8-ohm speakers. [ Jeff  Nov 21, 2013 ]  Staff
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