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From Sonos: CONNECT
Three-room Sonos Wireless Music System
From Sonos: Controller App
From Sonos: Enjoy Music In HiFi Sound
Our take on the Sonos CONNECT by Crutchfield's Tara W.
Enjoy music from your computer and the Internet on any audio system
Play music from your PC and the Internet with the Sonos CONNECT. This tiny player works with almost any existing audio system — hook it up to a receiver or powered speaker system in any room of your home. The CONNECT uses your existing Wi-Fi® network to connect to the Internet. Or, you can connect it to your network router, and Sonos will create its own dedicated wireless network for even better performance. If your router is in another room, pick up the optional Sonos BOOST to make this connection. Either way, you'll be ready to start enjoying music within minutes.
Small player fits almost anywhere
The CONNECT's footprint is remarkably compact — less than 5-1/2" square. Analog and digital audio outputs make it compatible with just about any audio/video receiver or shelf system.
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.
Excellent product. Easy to set up and use the Sonos App with your existing stereo. We love that we can easily stream Pandora and use our whole house speaker system. Incredible range and keeps the signal unlike Bluetooth.
Anonymous, Greensboro, NC
What's in the Box:
- Connect player
- 6' AC power cord
- 5' Ethernet cable (with male RJ-45 plugs on each end)
- 6' Audio patch cable (with 3.5mm miniplug on one end and stereo RCA plugs on the other end)
- 3' Audio cable (stereo RCA plugs on each end)
- "Set It Up" booklet
- Important Product Information booklet
- 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
- coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
- analog stereo output
- analog stereo input
- 5-7/16"W x 2-15/16"H x 5-1/2"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- requires high-speed Internet connection
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Sonos Connect: 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. The Connect player is designed to be used with an external amplifier or a pair of powered speakers. Start with the Connect:Amp and add more Sonos products over time. 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 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 wireless music system is approximately 100 feet. Thick walls, microwave ovens, and the presence of other wireless devices can interfere with or block the wireless network signals. When interference occurs, you can relocate the Connect player in order to receive the signal, make a wired (Ethernet) connection, or add a Sonos Boost between the router and the Connect 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:Amp zone player (ZP120), 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'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 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 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 updates itself.
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.
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Why did you buy this?
to go with existing system [ JOHN Jun 22, 2017 ]
I have hardwired, outdoor speakers in a patio and courtyard connected to a nice NAD stereo. Recently, I bought five Play 1's to scatter throughout rooms in my house. I love the Sonos system and needed a way to connect my existing outdoor speakers to it. The Connect should do the trick. [ ALAN Jun 19, 2017 ]
Bought one for our home and love it so I am buying one for our lake house now. [ CHRISTOPHER A Jun 13, 2017 ]
The Sonos Connect provides incredible music flexibility, by using your home wifi network to transmit music from your phone to dedicated Sonos (or other) speakers. [ J May 28, 2017 ]
Trying to get streaming music to several receivers in different rooms/buildings [ John May 12, 2017 ]
Need online and blue tooth connectivity. [ Odonata Ltd Cow May 11, 2017 ]
Easy to use and add to any existing system. [ HOME TECHNOLOGY May 06, 2017 ]
I heard it was pretty awesome. [ Kevin Apr 10, 2017 ]
ease of use [ William Apr 01, 2017 ]
Excellet streaming device, easy app user interface....very, very reliable and trouble free [ sgk Mar 16, 2017 ]
Recommended by our installer of a/v equipment [ Mary Mar 11, 2017 ]
Add Wi-Fi to Denon mini system in bedroom. [ Steven Mar 09, 2017 ]
works with my old stereo [ allen Feb 19, 2017 ]
Because I had a nice stereo that I wanted to add the convenience of Pandora to. [ Michelle Jan 17, 2017 ]
Great solution for whole-house music including yard by leveraging existing stereo and home theater systems. Can sync all rooms to play same source simultaneously, or play separate content in each zone. Works extremely well with Spotify. [ Frank Dec 31, 2016 ]
Had to. Network sourced audio on zone 2 overwrites zone 1. Grrr. [ Michael Dec 31, 2016 ]
My HVAC installer has one running through a Parasound Halo amp and said he loves it. [ DAMON Dec 30, 2016 ]
Wanted simple music streaming to existing home theater surround sound system. Had prior experience with Sonos and have been very happy with it. [ Eric Dec 28, 2016 ]
Wireless multi room connection [ Leslie Dec 26, 2016 ]
Chose this product to drive a whole home audio amplifier source. [ Jason Dec 07, 2016 ]
Connect to stereo [ VINCENT J Dec 05, 2016 ]
Adding a speaker to my system. Small room soon to be full of crystal clear wireless sound! Love Sonos.... [ Kenneth Nov 27, 2016 ]
So I can use my office laptop as my media controller and listen to music on the living room stereo. [ John Paul Nov 26, 2016 ]
Sonos Rocks (and Rolls) Big Time -- Very high quality audio throughout or house with no speaker wires! [ Donald Nov 25, 2016 ]
This was a very practical way to get got signals from my Sonos system into my music room system, and also to take a feed from the music room, and send through the Sonos network. It works just right for both tasks. [ STEVE Nov 25, 2016 ]
Used this to get all music i have downloaded to my computer available in the Sonos system i have in the house. [ bjorn Nov 24, 2016 ]
Chose this as I have several others and the multi-room capacity is super simple to use [ J Nov 24, 2016 ]
It's simply the best out there! [ Clay Brown Pool Nov 15, 2016 ]
Favorable reviews on Crutchfield [ Keith Oct 31, 2016 ]
I had an existing wired speaker setup in my house. Not every room had speakers, so I drive the amp and existing in ceiling speakers with the Sonos Connect and fill the other rooms with Play:1 or Play:5. It is seamless whole house audio. Simply amazing the way Sonos stiches the different segments together and the audio syncs perfectly. I can also hook my TV audio output up to the input on the connect at game time and hear the game audio throughout the house. Brilliant! [ Steve Oct 24, 2016 ]
I needed a bridge between my existing stereo receiver and my outdoor speakers. [ Shawn Sep 19, 2016 ]
Already have 1 and very pleased with it that I decided to get another for the other room. [ Vincent Sep 06, 2016 ]
Looks like a great way to augment the capabilities of my stereo receiver. The reviews are excellent. [ Donald Holt Aug 28, 2016 ]
Needed to connect my equipment to play through the sonos speakers and network [ Wayne Aug 21, 2016 ]
Crutchfield recommendation [ Carl P. Aug 15, 2016 ]
I used these to power rock shaped speakers around my pool area. They work awesome! [ MARIO C Jun 15, 2016 ]
Wanted to connect to my existing receiver. [ MILTON Jun 12, 2016 ]
Very easy to use and set up. Best on the market [ Dennis Jun 11, 2016 ]
Looking for a device that will allow me to play our Pandora Business receiver through wireless speakers. [ SCOTT Jun 05, 2016 ]
I have two others, that work wonderfully, and just remodeled our family room and will be completed this week. Adding a music capability that was sitting in storage and now can enjoy my library of songs in this room as well.... [ DOUGLAS Jun 05, 2016 ]
To connect to my receiver [ Feyzi Jun 01, 2016 ]
Excellent product, I own a few Sonos Gif card Crutchfield excellent service [ paul May 31, 2016 ]
Wanted to connect existing/new stereo receiver to Sonos [ James S. May 31, 2016 ]
Addicted to Sonos and wanted to have control over my already installed in wall speakers. [ Patrick May 26, 2016 ]
I already have a Sonos system with free-standing speakers. I'm now adding in-ceiling speakers during my kitchen remodel. [ Cecilia May 16, 2016 ]
Best price - trust Crutchfield [ Timothy. May 15, 2016 ]
My friend has it and love what it brings to my music entertainment inside and outside. [ CHARLES D May 11, 2016 ]
Previous experience with Sonos and love it [ Mark May 11, 2016 ]
provides a way to use wired speakers with sonos [ DONALD May 04, 2016 ]
We love these products and the overall experience from using them. [ Rick May 03, 2016 ]
Dallas was patient and explained how this device would bring my audio system into the 21st century. Thank you. Dallas' Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=47 [ Erin Apr 11, 2016 ]
Crutchfield Advisor Tony very ably helped me work through my multi-room audio questions and led me to choose the Sonos Connect device as the music source for my ABUS system. Tony's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=69 [ Steve Mar 11, 2016 ]
I needed a way to have streaming audio and internet radio accessible through my Russound multi-room system. Very is to set up and very easy to use. [ Randy Mar 04, 2016 ]
Friend recommended it. [ charles Feb 20, 2016 ]
I have a 2 play 3's 1 play 1, 1 play 5 and the sub. Now I want to connect my home theater to the Sonos system, [ JEFF Jan 25, 2016 ]
This will allow me to connect my existing equipment to my Sonos system [ Laurance Jan 10, 2016 ]
Sonos is great stuff! [ JAMES J Jan 08, 2016 ]
To connect my outdoor wired zone speakers to my home theater after wife booted me out of living room setup. [ MARTIN Jan 06, 2016 ]
Needed a wifi hub to stream media to the various sound systems in my home with control via our smartphones (Droid and iPhone) [ THOMAS Dec 26, 2015 ]
To be able to play on my 3.1 A/V receiver attached speakers the digital music stored on my home server. [ George G. Dec 22, 2015 ]
used a friends and liked it [ Jonathan Dec 18, 2015 ]
Works perfect for hooking up the stereo to my Sonos system. Gets a bit warm. [ R Dec 18, 2015 ]
it was needed to operate the sonos1 and other applications I wanted for the giftee to have access to [ Andy Dec 16, 2015 ]
I am interested in diving into the SONOS ecosystem and decided to start with hooking up my current 2 channel system. [ Aubrey Dec 15, 2015 ]
Paired with Sonos AMP to provide the ability to listen to albums, CDs and radio through ceiling mounted speakers and the ability to stream music through existing stereo speakers AND ceiling mounted speakers. [ Jeffrey Dec 08, 2015 ]
13 questions already asked
Sure Terry hook up cd player rca to input on sonos connect. In sonos app select line in to hear your cd player. ?? [ RICALDO R Feb 19, 2017 ]
I am not 100% certain, but I believe you can. There are the red/white audio inputs on the back which should allow you to hook up a CD player or turntable and play the music through the Connect to your Sonos speakers. [ Michael Feb 18, 2017 ]
Don't believe so. Connect is for a hookup to a receiver. I think there's another component where you can accomplish what you're looking to do, but the Connect needs a receiver. To the best of my knowledge. [ Joe Feb 18, 2017 ]
2 answers I understand that the Connect will let me play music from my library through my existing surround sound speakers - but what I want to know is, if I connect my TV/surround audio through Sonos Connect, can I share my TV/surround sound audio with other Sonos speakers in my home? If I have a football game on in the living room, can I hear that audio on the Play:5 in my kitchen, if 'grouped'? I think the Sonos Playbar can do this but don't want to have to replace my existing surround sound with full Sonos line. [ Jon Aug 04, 2016 ]
You can connect an external source (such as the outputs from your TV/surround system) to the Sonos Connect's left and right RCA jacks. The input jacks automatically detect a device is connected, and the source appears in the Sonos System App screen. Audio from the RCA connection can then be played through any Sonos speakers you have in your home. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry Aug 09, 2016 ] Staff
Yes........exactly how you describe in your question, it can be grouped with other Sonos speakers in other rooms in your home. [ Charles Aug 08, 2016 ]
3 answers I want a wireless (meaning, no wires to my speakers) solution for a patio. I want to be able to stream sound from a Zone 2/B amp to outdoor wireless speakers. So, not just music, which is what Sonos seems best suited for, but football games and movies. Is there a Sonos setup that will let me take my Zone 2 audio and cast it out to wireless speakers on the patio? [ Scott May 19, 2016 ]
Its pretty easy with sonos. Add a sonos connect to your receiver, and run a rca line out from your receiver to the line in on the sonos. Now you have a receiver source. Group your sonos patio speaker with the sonos connect, select line in from the connect, and you'll get receiver source on the patio. [ BRIAN G May 21, 2016 ]
Not with the Sonos Connect. Sonos Connect is an INPUT device to your system, not an output. The SONOS Controller has TuneIn and iHeart Radio, so you can listen to streaming radio broadcasts. The Sonos Bar has an input from a TV, but it is wired and only able to be played at that particular device and paired rear channel speakers. That might accomplish what you are looking for, but there is a hard-wired connection required to the Sonos Bar. I do not use the Sonos Bar for a home theater - just as a better experience with my Samsung LED TV with totally crappy internal rear-firing speakers! I have a full-blown home theater system in my sunroom (my wife hates home theater-too loud) so I can watch movies at night without keeping her awake. The Play 5 (older version, I cannot speak for the new one) has an Aux input for output from an MP3 or other device, but it has to be headphone level, not standard pre-amp out. [ CHRISTIAN E May 20, 2016 ]
I believe if u want to hear foot ball music 9 from tv) to wireless speakers, powered via an amp, u can get a blue tooth receiver hooker to the output to ur sonos connect, and it will send to a blue tooth receiver that you hook it up to your amplifier. it is a bit cumbersome, and u ll need different adapter for the audio out and in, but it is feasible. [ paul May 20, 2016 ]
1 answer Hello I have a Yamaha RX-A1020 unit hooked to a pair of Polk floor standing speakers model # RTI A7. I am looking into adding more sound in the room. I would like to go wireless, but don't know if it would be the best choice for the Yamaha unit. I use the Yamaha unit to listen to music, which I can max out the volume control and still looking for more. The question is do I need to hook up more of speaker or add a amp? If more speakers would wireless work well? Thanks for any advise in this matter. Ty [ Ty Mar 28, 2016 ]
It sounds like you need a higher power amplifier. Adding a Connect will give you another source (streaming music) but will not add more power. You might be able to add the Connext to the Yamaha and add a couple Play 5's but I do not know if this would be the best solution for you. I have several Connects in my house one feeds an old Proton Integrated amp with Klipsch speakers and another feeds my Yamaha home theater system with Klipsch speakers in my sunroom. The rest of the house consists of single Play 5's, Play 3's and a Soundbar for my LED tv in the family room as the integral speakers are worthless. [ CHRISTIAN E Mar 30, 2016 ]
theres a bunch of confusing things in this question, like hooking up an amp to a receiver? does this receiver already have an amp? and a speaker selector is just a wired sonos connect. either way i can say that the sonos is a very good system for wirelessly transmitting audio around a house. it is NOT a good amp and speaker solution. the optimal, but pricier solution, is connect units in all 4 zones, connected to good quality (not sonos) amps and speakers. [ NORMAN Mar 16, 2016 ]
Overall I would say the Connect Amp would be the best way to go. It alleviates the issue of having to buy another piece of equipment and the Sony Connect can do the job effectively [ Don Mar 08, 2016 ]
You say you have an Impedance matching selector. If it's just a switch, or is you have Impedance matching volume controls in each room (I prefer this over an on/off switch by the stereo), then the Connect will run all 4 rooms as 1 zone. If you plan to connect the Connect to a receiver, then you'll want to use the fixed output of the Connect (in the zone setting) and use the receiver's master volume for the 4 rooms. Depending on your receiver's wattage per channel, you'll divide that power by 4 and that's the power you'll have per room/per channel. So, if you have a 100 wpc amp, you'll have 25 watts per channel...if all 4 rooms are playing. The Connect:Amp has 55 wpc RMS and the amp is 4 ohm capable. If you listen to low volumes indoor, the Connect:Amp might just be enough for you. If you like your volume to be rather higher, then I'd suggest either a higher powered amplifier (check your switch to determine what its rated for in watts/ch) or you could do what I REALLY suggest is getting a multi-ch amplifier. This way you'll get so much more volume in each of the rooms and you won't need to use a speaker switch; unless you want to turn off some rooms but keep some on. And, you'll benefit from using the Sonos App's volume from your cell phone or tablet. Stereo Receiver's can become a thing of the past if you dive into Sonos and it's capabilities. Or, another option, although expensive for some, would be to get a Sonos Connect Amp for each room. Each room could then have its' own volume and source capability. But at $499/room, it can get pricey FAST! Hope this gives you some insight ! [ ROBERT CARTER Mar 08, 2016 ]
I think it really depends on how many speakers will be powered through the amp. The Connect AMP is expensive for its output, and at best can power 2 speakers. If you don't need much power the connect AMP works, and the set up is super simple. If you want to power more than 2 speakers, I would go with the Connect unit, and use a separate amp or receiver for the set up. I personally have a mix of both. I have two connect AMPs for 2 different smaller rooms, and 1 receiver powering the speakers in the living room that is connected through the connect unit. My set up works great. I will be adding an outdoor area to the set up this fall. [ francisco Mar 07, 2016 ]
The Connect is all you need if speaker selector is already wired into your receiver. Just set up whatever zone will feed out to your selector from the amp. You won't have the control you would with the Connect Amp ( such as single speaker control, treble, bass, volume, etc) but you will be able to set them as a whole and control volume through your receiver. Of course...you can buy some Sonos speakers for each and every room and be in complete control heaven! [ ERIC Mar 07, 2016 ]
I think all of the Sonos products are expensive (I have a connect and 2 Play5s). But, they are well thought out, easy to setup and sound decent. If you want to use your own stereo system then you need the Connect. [ Jack Mar 01, 2016 ]
The Connect is designed to be used with your own amplifier. You are paying for the App control and integration of the Sonos system and it can be easily added to other Sonos components on your system. [ Andrew Mar 01, 2016 ]
As far as I can tell the Sonos prices are based on value to the customer rather than the cost of the materials and software. [ W Mar 01, 2016 ]
You need to treat the Sonos Connect as another source of music playback material when using it with your existing stereo receiver. The variable output of the Connect (using the App) is actually varying the signal to your stereo receiver. There's a big difference between Signal and Volume!!! You essentially want full signal from every source to the stereo receiver...then adjust the volume of the stereo receiver for higher and lower volumes. If you want volume control from your cell phone or tablet, I'd look at bypassing the preamp section of your stereo receiver (if possible with the model you have.) Some stereo receivers have Pre Out / Main In RCA jacks in the rear connection area. If yours has it, you could run the Connect output to the Main In jacks and voila! You now can control the volume, mute, PLUS: Bass, Treble, Loudness, and Balance from the App (Room settings in the Sonos App.) Either way, you can also utilize the Aux In of the Sonos Connect for another source of equipment. Hope this helps !! [ ROBERT CARTER Mar 08, 2016 ]
Yes, you can to a limited extent. The volume control on the Sonos App / Controller will adjust the line out volume on the Sonos Connect. This line out volume will then vary the sound level you hear coming out of the amp, will it will not actually change the volume setting on the amp. [ Erik Dec 11, 2015 ]
No u can just control what plays thru the unit you would have to control the amp via the volume control [ Edward Dec 11, 2015 ]
Yes it can, via analog (RCA), or digital (optical or coaxial) cabling. For sonos I would use toslink cable. [ BRIAN Jun 26, 2015 ]
3 answers I have home theater receiver I use for main speakers in living room and a second power amp that I use to drive multi room speakers. Recently I've been streaming music though apple tv to my receiver but have not been able to pass the signal to my second power amp. The home theater receiver has both digital and analog inputs but the power amp only has analog input. I want to be able to stream music to both amps simultaneously so that music plays from all speakers. Will Connect output to both devices? Also, does connect have to remain hard wired to router? [ Eric Jun 11, 2015 ]
Sonos supports all connections in your question. I'd get a Connect for every amp/receiver in my home to set up a separate music zone. You can play separate music in each zone, or go to "party" mode to play the same music throughout totally in sync. You need one device to connect to a music source, typically hard-wired to a router. I use a Sonos Bridge (very inexpensive) connected to my router to give ultimate flexibility in choosing music off my NAS drive, any computer, the internet, etc. That way music is always "on" - available 24/7. I hardly ever have to worry about turning a computer on, or connecting a music source to one of my amps. My NAS drive and internet connection are always available. All communication among my zones (Connect boxes) is wireless. That's the whole point! [ GEORGE W Jun 12, 2015 ]
The Sonos connect has multiple outputs including 2 analog outputs so you can hook it up to both both your power amp and receiver. As long as you don't mind always streaming the same content to the two devices you will be fine. The connect is wireless, it communicates with other connects and the base station (separate unit) that connects to your router. [ JEFF Jun 11, 2015 ]
Connect will work just like Apple TV, but with that said - assuming you are directly connecting to your 2nd power amp, there is really no reason why you should not be able to access all speakers. There is something wrong with your setup - its not communicating properly. In answer to your second question, you will want a sonos bridge if you want to connect wirelessly. [ DOUG Jun 11, 2015 ]
4 answers I want to connect my existing stereo (a Yamaha integrated Amp and some Polk speakers) to the music on my desktop and have access to internet radio like Pandora. This Sonos Connect sounds like what I want, but I have read the quality is capped and it can't handle loss-less files. That may not be a deal breaker for me, but I am curious about overall sound quality. And will it pick up my homes Wi-Fi, or do I need to buy the Bridge? Or maybe there is a better or less expensive way to do what I want, since I am not interested in multi room speakers? [ Jeff Jun 03, 2014 ]
The Sonos Connect will do what you want. It can handle loss-less files like FLAC, but not high resolution quality. So if you rip a CD into a FLAC format it can handle it. The sound quality is excellent. You need to hard wire the Connect to your LAN. It does not use Wi-Fi. I am not currently using the multi-room speakers. The SONOs software is excellent and very convenient (it can be used from a PC, tablet, or phone). It also works really well with Rhapsody ( you can search for music directly from the Sonos app and basically play anything). [ JOHN C Jun 04, 2014 ]
Jeff, I'll start with your question on the bridge, because I always had the same question before I purchased. You have to have the bridge, somewhere around $50. Right around Christmas, SONOS did some special offers where you got a bridge free with several devices, including the "Connect", but this apparently only happens about once a year.The bridge is a great thing to have, especially if you buy several of their devices, because you then can simply plug the device in and the bridge will recognize it and set it up, without you having to log into the SONOS site and answer a bunch of stuff. Even with just one device, like you want (and I have), it's still nice the way it operates.I have around 15 stations set up on Pandora and, if I want to listen to the station I was using when I turned my system off, I simply click on a button on my Connect, and the station is available on my music system. The really nice thing is that you can select your stations from a phone, tablet, laptop, etc., simply by scrolling down a list and selecting "Play". (I don't want to say it too loudly, but you don't ever get bothered by advertisements, which Pandora leaves off, if you subscribe, because you aren't watching them on the Internet. I'm using the free service and I never see the ads.)You mentioned that the sound quality is said to be limited. In some of the subscription stations, some offer a higher level of quality if you subscribe, versus simply using their free service, but I don't know of any special lossless signal you couldn't get through the SONOS connection, provided it was streamed on the internet. If a CD signal is sent, versus mpeg or whatever, it comes to your Connect device in digital format, which you can feed to your sound system using an optical connection. This is what I do and it, of course, requires that I have a digital-to-audio converter in your system; otherwise, I can hook up using a standard RCA cable.The bottom line is that I'm sold. [ MAURICE Jun 04, 2014 ]
Sonos connect will work great. While more expensive than other options, the interface/app is so slick it is worth it in my opinion. I do believe it can handle various file formats including loss-less files but i could be wrong about that. Still, I don't think it's relevant because the sound quality is excellent. Given that you are using a relatively ordinary amp and set of speakers, i think the Sonos will be up to the task quality wise.Unless you have a hard wired ethernet cable near where your stereo is, you will need the sonos bridge. these things are available cheap i would not pay full price for one.hope this helps. [ STEPHEN Jun 03, 2014 ]
Jeff. You will need a bridge unless you could hardwired to your router/switch, no Wi-Fi. We play mostly music we bu on the iTunes store and they sound great, nothing loss-less that I could vouch for, sorry. [ ISSAC Jun 03, 2014 ]
4 answers I am building a new house and I want to have in wall/cieling speakers in different rooms for whole house audio as well as having 5.1 surrond in the family room. Do I run all the wired speakers into the reciever and then plug in the connect and then will I be able to just play music in certain rooms and or watch video with surrond sound.?. [ K Jan 17, 2014 ]
The Connect will not control which room you can listen to unless you are using Sonos speakers. You will not be able to hook up a whole house system with just one A/V receiver. You would need additional amps and some type of controller if you want to control each room separately. I would need to research that one. The easy way to do this is to set up your theater system (I would not go in wall, I would use some nice Focals, Monitor Audio, Klipch, Energy, Golden Ears etc.). Many to chose from but you will get much better sound especially for music. Then I would just set up a Sonos Play 5 in every other room and a Connect to the receiver. They are self amplified and are controlled with the great Sonos software. You can listen to each room separately, whole house, or however you wish. I hope this helps [ ROY Jan 21, 2014 ]
The Sonos product is one of the best things that I have bought for my home in terms of music and ease of use. You will be able to listen to music throughout your home with Sonos and can select which rooms you listen to as long as you have a volume control for each set of speakers or per room. I would suggest running your in walls off of a seperate amp for more volume/power. As far as music through the home and then watching video.surround sound, I do not believe you can do that becuase sonos will run through one of your preouts. So you can do one or the other. The only way to do that is to not run in walls and use Sonos speakers like the Sonos 5. It is a wireless speaker you can place anywhere and listen to music just on that speaker and still use your main stereo for anything you want. I have one in our kitchen. It's awesome!! hope this helps [ MIKE Jan 20, 2014 ]
With one receiver you may have two zones. I would use multiple sonos units and not wire it all back to the main amp. You can add many sonos connects and control all the rooms through your smart phone. That is what I did [ GARY A Jan 19, 2014 ]
you need a receiver for your family room and separate sons amps for each room. if you want sons in the family room, you need a sons without an amp connected to the receiver in the main room. what i have is a denon e200 in the main room and sons for rest of the rooms. [ VIMARSH Jan 19, 2014 ]
The sonos connect is a preamp of sorts and taps into any RCA input on your receiver. It also has input jacks for a CD player etc. to daisy chain into the receiver. It has no amplifcation. If your'e mounting ceiling speakers, you'll need the sonos amp. It has a 110 watt class D amp built in to drive the ceiling speakers. Both require the sonos bridge for wireless operation. You can hardwire everything via cat 5 to a switch off your router, but its alot of work. U get a free bridge with the sonos 1, 3 or 5. Hope this helps. -b [ BRIAN G Jan 03, 2014 ]
Yes, if you wish to access your legacy stereo system (amp, receiver, speakers and inputs for CD, cassette and phono) you will need a Sonos Connect. However, connect itself also allows you to access music (iTunes etc.) that is already resident on your PC (or home server) and send that to both your legacy speakers, and SONOS speaker (which are very nice.) The only problem is that these are expensive (probably worth it as they sound great - but expensive.) Because of the expense (especially the speakers) I've buying components 1 by 1... I can't wait for the prices to come down - or for a bundle package - or for some coupon discount to existing custommers... "points" don't add up quick enough. [ Mike Jan 02, 2014 ]
I suggest you talk to Crutchfield's Sonos man and describe what you want it to do. My system is different than what you want in that the Sonos goes to my tuner amplifier and house wired speakers. Also contact Sonos as you will probably going to have to do in setup. The system works great, never fails and a variety of music sources. I use internet radio mostly. All controlled with an iPad 1, computer doesn't have to be on [ GILFORD G Jan 02, 2014 ]
Hey William, I have two existing receivers, nothing high-end on either one . If you already have receivers you will need the bridge and a connect for each receiver. The connect comes with audio cables to connect to audio jacks on the receiver. If you do not have receivers and want wireless speakers, you will need the bridge and wherever you want the speaker placed. You will also need wi-fi obviously . This is one of the best purchases I have ever made! It works seemlessly and was real easy to hook up! The smart phone app allows you to control the volume and change song selections from anywhere in the house! Great product,,hope this helps! [ RANDALL Jan 02, 2014 ]
If you plan on using only the Sonos products (speakers, bridge) and your wi-fi you don't need a connect. If you plan on integrating existing wired system with Sonos either a connect or a connect amp will make that possible. [ JULIE L Jan 02, 2014 ]
You need more than a Bridge. The Bridge is what make the system wireless. If you want to use unamplified speakers, and have an amplifier already, your first need is a Connect. This will provide input to your amplifier and access to all the music you have ripped to a hard drive, plus internet radio (including stuff like Pandora and Spotify). If you don't buy a Bridge, the Connect must be connected to your wireless router with a Ethernet cable. With the Bridge, it connects to your router with an Ethernet cable, and the Connect hooks in wirelessly (plus up to 31 additional Sonos devices). The Connect:Amp just adds an amplifier to the Connect, so you can use unamplified speakers with out a separate amp. The Play:1, 3, 5, are amplified speakers with a Connect built in. They can be used with a Bridge or connect to you router with a cable. I have been delighted with my system. Hope this helps. [ NORMAN Jan 02, 2014 ]
Yes, I believe you need the connect for it s amplifing ability. Shawn at cruthcfield was super in setting the systemup! [ KURT J Jan 02, 2014 ]
You only need the connect for two things: 1. If you have a system that you want to use with the SONOS system (I use the connect for this - it is connected to my receiver which drives my TV room and outdoor speakers - when I have a party, the outdoor & TV room speakers play the same thing as the SONOS speakers). 2 If you want to do the reverse - have a receiver play music and have it drive the SONOS spreakers with the same music (I have not done this - but if you look at the back of the connect you will see that it has an IN and OUT) [ KENNETH Jan 02, 2014 ]
The Connect is for any existing Stereo systems that you have already. I have a Home entertainment system in my family room that I have hooked up to a connect. It plays the Sonos music in that system just like the individual Sonos speakers. I absolutely love my Sonos system. It is so nice to have the ability to have the sound throughout the entire house. I also am very pleased with my experiences with Crutchfield. I have been buying products from them since in the early 90's and their knowledge and support exceed any from any other companies I have ever bought from. Good luck with your new Sonos system. I am sure you will enjoy.... [ JERRY M Jan 02, 2014 ]
The Sonos Connect is only needed should you want to include your home stereo in the Sonos Network. It takes the Sonos Network and passes the audio via PCM/RCA out to your receiver/amplifier. If you only plan on placing Sonos components with integrated speakers around your house, you do not need the Connect. [ THOMAS Jan 02, 2014 ]
Yes, as I understand the system, you will need the Connect to deliver the digital streamed data wirelessly from the bridge to the audio system (the Connect has its internal DAC(digital/analog converter) . I have my Connect "connected" to my amplifier "Aux" input via RH/LH analog cables. I am able to listen to all sorts of streamed content, including Pandora radio (the free version). The content sound quality varies considerably from different source material. I have not experimented much with the high res music sources yet, so I cannot judge whether the DAC in the Connect is going to handle this data well or not. I hope that helps. [ MICHAEL J Jan 02, 2014 ]
The Bridge and Sonos Speaker(s) is all you will need to release Sonos. With a Sonos Bridge and your wireless router-you will be able to play any Sonos speaker anywhere in or around your house. The Connect allows you to tie existing stereo equipment (a receiver and speakers) to your Sonos system. We have both-they are amazing. [ PATRICK Jan 02, 2014 ]
You should be able to hook the Connect up to your Denon via optical cable in order to play your Sonos music over your surround system. [ DANIEL Jan 02, 2014 ]
It's easier to add the Play 5 but using the connect with a receiver will give you much better sound. All you need to do is run sound cables from the connect to one of your receiver's audio inputs. I suggest using the receiver. [ DARREN Jan 02, 2014 ]
John, you can absolutely add your Denon into the network mix by using the Connect. In fact, I would absolutely do so over adding a Play 5 (and did in my own home network... twice) for two reasons: 1) you've already paid for the amp (your Denon) and 2) you presumably have that Denon hooked up to some good speakers that are strategically placed in your room for optimal listening. No need to pay for the amp and speakers again and also risk sub-optimal sound. The SONOS Connect is designed to take advantage of your existing audio system for these very reasons. A Play:5 is only needed when there are no pre-existing components, and you need a "all-in-one" node in the network (think dining room or home office, etc). Hope this helps, and happy listening! [ CHARLES H Jan 01, 2014 ]
I have a connect hook to my pioneer system and works great. If you like your system just get the connect but if you want to save on space then get the Play 5. [ DAVID E Dec 31, 2013 ]
We have several play 5 units in places we did not have speakers. In the living room my wife has a very expensive nakamachi system with top of the line speakers. All of this plays perfectly with the sonos connect. From what you are describing it seems this hookup will work perfectly for you as ours does. We are not technical at all -the experts at Crutchfeld walked us through the complete process-even sonos on my wife's ipad. we couldn't be more pleased. One time our sonos went out and we called them they are extremely knowledgeable. To be absolutely positive give Sonos a call. Hope this helps. regards. SJ. [ STEPHEN J Dec 30, 2013 ]
John, Unless there's a "patch" solution (such as going inside one of the Play stations and intercepting the connections to the speakers and feeding these to a pair of your Denon's high voltage inputs), you need the Connect device. I hadn't thought about it, but, if the play stations have headphone jacks, you could plug a patch cord that has male RCA jacks as outputs and try connecting these to your Denon. I've never seen headphone connections mentioned, so I doubt they are there, and this would be too good to be true. :-). Regards, Maurice G. [ MAURICE Dec 30, 2013 ]
To run the unit through your Denon, you need the Sonos Connect. I am running 4 Sonos Amp units & one Connect to run music thru my Denon as you are wanting to do. [ DEAN Dec 30, 2013 ]
You can do this John. The downside is that you would need to have your Denon turned on, volume set correctly and input set correctly to get sonos playing thru your surround sound. If you have a wife and kids who are less familiar with the mechanics of a setup like this, it can be discouraging to them and thereafter, you. If you just add another Play 5, you get to turn the system on/off and control volume from your app which is so much simpler and elegant. My suggestion is get the Play 5 and make your life easy. [ STEPHEN Dec 30, 2013 ]
You sure can!!!! You just use either the analog, digital coax or optical output on the connect to one of your inputs on the receiver. Enjoy!!!! [ TIMOTHY P Dec 30, 2013 ]
John -- The simple answer is yes. I have several Play speakers in the house but in my home office, I have a CONNECT connected to a Cambridge Audio Sonata receiver because I also use Sirius Radio. The other question about your audio listening relates to how you wand to control your listening and access your music. Your Denon receiver probably can connect to your music storage using DLNA like my Onkyo TX-NR809, but maybe you find accessing it a chore using the remote...or if they have an applet, maybe that's not as easy to use. In that case, the ease of use of the Sonos Controller app makes it worth using a CONNECT instead of the built-in capabilities of the receiver (so long as you have a spare set of inputs). I personally like the Sonos app. Where my Onkyo is located is where I have the music server, so it's directly connected to the receiver. If I want to listen to music there, I use the music server directly. I hope this helps. Rich [ Richard Dec 30, 2013 ]
You can absolutely hook it up to your Denon and rock out. I have a Connect hooked up to my receiver and use it that way all the time. The Play 5 sounds good for its size but you will almost certainly get better sound through your larger speakers. [ WINIFRED Dec 30, 2013 ]