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Crutchfield had great customer service and very fat shipping. This unit was quick and easy to install and works great.
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From Sonos: CONNECT
Three-room Sonos Wireless Music System
From Sonos: Controller App
From Sonos: Enjoy Music In HiFi Sound
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Crutchfield had great customer service and very fat shipping. This unit was quick and easy to install and works great.
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Crutchfield had great customer service and very fat shipping. This unit was quick and easy to install and works great.
Great bring your existing system into the Sonos world. This is my preferred setup. You can get Sonos connectivity on a much larger sound scale.
Pros: The software
Cons: Spotify premium account required for Spotify to run on your Sonos system.
Great product, exactly what I was looking for. I run my turntable through the connect and I am still impressed with the sound and ease of use.
Pros: Easy set up and use.
Cons: If using a turntable use the speakers to adjust the volume.
This is a great product. I bought it to feed the audio from my XM SkiFi receiver to my Sonos wireless speakers. It only took a few minutes to set up and it works like a charm. Now I have satellite radio throughout the house! Crutchfield's service was awesome, as usual!
Pros: Easily feeds analog audio outputs from TVs, stereos, etc. to your Sonos system. Easy to set up.
Cons: You can't really fault the Sonos CONNECT for this, but while it enables you to pipe your analog audio output to your wireless Sonos speakers throughout your home it doesn't enable you to control the analog source from anywhere in the home. In my case I have an XM Skyfi receiver connected to it. If I want to change the channel on the XM receiver I have to go to the room where the XM receiver is located.
This is an update to a previous review. Compared to Sonos, the integration of iTunes is weak; only airplay is available; can not control iTunes from app; can not search music library; Pandora's implementation is not very good compared to Sonos; no desktop app. Musiccast via browser app does not sync with mobile devises. The sound quality is excellent and has more connection options than Sonos. A lot more control over sound output vis mobile app than Sonos. My guess is if your music is iTunes dependent you are not going to like it, but if you use other music players then this product will work nicely for you. I like the product; also nice looking but the lack of a search function was a deal killer for me.
Pros: Lots of connections possible, well made, great sound via optical
Cons: No search function
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.
The sonos was easy to set up and is working great! needed an outside stereo solution and a Crutchfield rep pointed me in this direction with a couple amplifiers to have separate zones, and I couldn't be happier.
Pros: the sonus app to control the system is great!
Dont know why I waited so long. Installed in my system and now have full home control and no more Bluetooth
My iPhone is no longer held hostage streaming music; now it's just a remote control. With the Sonos app, I play iHeartRadio and my 200+ CD collection from a USB NAS drive. The music quality is significantly better than my former AirPlay/Air Port Express setup. This is probably due to using my NAD T752 DAC, which is only possible because of the Sonos digital output. Plan to expand with Connect:Amp and passive speakers upstairs. It's all good.
Pros: Extremely versatile Easy setup Quality music delivery One stop shopping app
Great product. Simple and beautiful. Sonos and Crutchfield make it simple.
Pros: All good. Perfect.
I added this Sonos Connect to my main system. I had one already for the backyard rock speakers. As usual, Sonos Connect hooked to my existing Sonos system and worked perfectly. One of the main advantages is creating "zones" , in my case only 2 areas, the Patio and the Living room make for a multiple zone. Going from the Living room to the Patio with no audio delay with any music is just perfect. Highly recommend this product to anyone serious about creating zones of audio anywhere in your home or outside the home. Worth every penny!!
Pros: Easy set up Numerous streaming options Having family and friends be able to stream music from their cellphones using the Sonos app.
Cons: None yet........
Great interface with existing system.
If my wife can program music on it and use it effortlessly ( and she can ) Then you have a great product.
Pros: Sounds great but the big key is the ease of set-up and use.
Cons: None found
Just connected it to me TV so we could have a wireless speaker, sound is great and radio stations come in crystal clear.
Pros: easy to connect, sounds great, lots of music options
Cons: Does not appear that it can automatically switch to line-in mode, when the TV is on. must change it manually.
After getting a somewhat astronomical estimate from a local outfit to upgrade my stereo system to a Sonos-based one, I decided to call Bob at Crutchfield to see if he had any suggestions to find a more economical solution. After he asked what I wanted to accomplish and exactly what I already had in place, he recommended the Sonos Connect unit based upon my needs. The unit was relatively easy to hook up, and has about 90% of the functionality of what the other guys suggested. I saved a ton of money, and couldn't be happier that I called Crutchfield. Bob and Crutchfield rock!
This was the perfect solution for my requirements. Installing 2 Sonos Connects allows me to easily stream Spotify/iTunes /NAS files, etc. through my existing Home Theater setup (which also controls wired whole house and back yard audio) as well as a separate existing stereo in my family room. The music is perfectly in sync in every zone; seamless sound inside and out, and it is all controllable from my phone. After installing the Connects, I purchased a Play 3 speaker to fill in a dead spot in kitchen. The cost can add up, but very satisfied with this solution for my needs.
Pros: Simple set up, very easy control.
Sonos is a great product and I added this to expand my original system. Thank you for your advice.
We have 3 Sonos play 1 and 2 Sonos connect. Use one Connect for home stereo and one for outside stereo. We can play the same music on all units for parties. Very easy to setup and use.
Works great! I've been searching for a solution for years and this is it! Easy to get wireless music all over and to pull from my network server where my personal music files are stored. The app to control is awesome and other than some MINOR annoyances i just have to get used to, it's extremely user friendly. Pro- ease of use, app, ability to connect to ALL music files and locations even in an unusual environment. Con- Setup was easy once I learned the problem. SONOS only works on the 2Ghz wireless setting... I tried for over an hour to connect to 5 Ghz before something finally popped up and told me that. This would be helpful information in today's world! Con- When connect is pumped through your home audio receiver, it has a delay because the audio receiver processes the sound which takes time. This is not a SONOS problem, BUT defeats the purpose of the "mesh" for all speakers... Sonos REALLY needs to add an option to their other speakers to delay the sound. So if you want to mesh the home audio with other sonos speakers this WILL be a problem and you need to avoid the connect and go with their ridiculously expensive home theater package instead. I have other Sonos speakers in other rooms and the delay isn't an issue, but I can't add more Sonos near my home theater setup because of this problem. Other than that, this system is a dream come true... better than I expected it to be!!
I am glad that I didn't read any of the "professional" reviews for the Connect before I purchased one. My experience has been just the opposite of theirs. Most of these reviews were old and possibly Sonos has made some upgrades to it. I do not know. What I do know is detailed below. I purchased the Connect to replace an aging - but still functioning - AppleTv Gen 1. My system (Anthem Statement D2, Bel Canto Ref-150S amp & Martin Logan Ascent speakers) always sounded a little bright and occasionally harsh on some recordings with the AppleTv. Not with the Connect. Every piece of music that I have listened to has sounded much better. There is nothing that is harsh. Detail has improved. My system is now playing music, not tracks. Setup was easy as pie. I was a bit concerned when the volume was low, just like I had read in some reviews, but the Connect has a feature installed called a Volume Control that fixes that problem. Amazing! I was also pleased to find the setting in the app that sets the output to "fixed". Very nice! The one disappointment in this piece is that it will not play anything with a sample rate above 44k. I was hoping to be able to play 96 and 192k FLAC files, but Sonos tech support says that this is not possible. If I had known this before I purchased it, I probably would have purchased something else that would play these files. As it turns out, I am still very happy with it and what it does do.
Pros: Sounds far better than its price suggests App is fine
Cons: No Hi-Res playback App could use a little more work An IR remote would be nice
This is a great addition to my stereo system! Since I already had SONOS, the setup was a piece of cake. I just added this to my existing SONOS, and was able to play all of my existing music, including Pandora, through my new Polk speakers. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to play streaming music through their current system.
Pros: Easy setup. Does exactly what it's supposed to do.
Easy to set up. Works great!
Needed simple solution for source material. CD collection was a mess, PC needs too much attention so it was between sonos and bluesound. Only reason for considering Bluesound was press regarding Bluesound having better DAC and higher resolution. I wasn't sure if sonos sound would meet my needs but I can tell you that I have Revel f208s and Yamaha integrated and when it's a good recording I do not believe 99% of the population could tell what the streaming rate is or the price of the streamer. I'm sure Bluesound is fine too but don't buy based on hype around stream rates etc...buy best sounding speakers to your ears then amp. Modest cables and Sonos...skip CD player, PC and high end DAC & media servers unless your going to spend north of $10,000
Pros: Simple to use. It works the way it should. Sound is good to very good.
Cons: Why not offer higher resolution option? Why not have audiophile grade DAC option? How hard would it be to add utube?
Once set up it does exactly what it says it will do. I've set up a Sono Bridge, Play 5, Play 3 and multiple Play 1s. This Connect was never recognized. Took two days and numerous posts to Sonos forum to get it going. I love the Sonos software and overall architecture, plus the ease of use. Just wish I did not waste most of my weekend getting it to see the rest of the system. Crutchfield support was great, as usual. Line out sound is a bit on the low side. You will need to turn the volume on your tuner/pre/amp way up. That makes it a bit annoying when switching sources. Overall I like it but for the money I wish it just worked out of the box like other sonos products and the output was higher.
Pros: Simple, does what it says
Cons: Set up Output is low
It was smaller than I anticipated, which is a good thing! Set up is easy. Haven't challenged it yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so.
Pros: Compact package, easy to set up, easy to use.
Really a great solution for streaming music. Bought this for family gift to be used by someone who is not "tech" savvy. Ease of use and constant performance made this a great choice.
I Love Sonos! I've owned them since they came out. I used this Sonos CONNECT to reuse an old Bang and Olufsen BeoSound 4000 that I wasn't using. It still sounds great but wasn't hooked up to all my other music since I use Sonos throughout my house with Apple Music, Pandora, & my music collection. Love how easy the setup is and the great sound. Highly recommend Sonos and Crutchfield.
Sonos products are functionally superior to other similar products from my experience. Simple to install and to use with a design that fits into any home or office environment. I have multiple units in two residences and am very happy with the resulting systems. I am waiting for a portable unit for pool side. Until then I am very happy with this unit and all Sonos products.
I have had two sonos connects stop working in a two year span. That's enough for me.
Pros: wonderful product
Cons: stops working in months, not reliable
This was a piece of cake to set up. The unit is an unbelievable way to use WiFi to connect radio stations and sirius to my stereo system. My kids can also just as easily now hook their iphone stuff into my stereo system.
Pros: Ease of setup, versatility to link all sorts of stuff.
So far so good. I just got it installed, but it works great and the app is easy to use!
Excellent piece of hardware, solid UI on Windows and Android, minor API issuds with Spotify app (where is the Artist menu?!?!?).
Pros: Hardware, software, ease of set up.
Cons: Slow software improvements to third party apps/APIs.
I bought this to comnect to my Sony home theater reciever which powers my Yamaha outdoor speakers. It is amazing!!! It sounds better than a wired commection. No skipping, crystal clear and louder than I could play it withput the cops showing up. It is always on, so anytime I walk outside I just open the app on my phone and I have instant music. I couldn't be happier. This was a scratch and dent buy. If there was a scratch or dent I couldn't find it and all original packaging was in the box. I highly recommend this product from Crutchfield!!!!!
Pros: Ease of use and performance.
Very Impressive Technology
The Sonos system works very well, drastically simplifying the chaos that was once whole-house audio. Rather than mucking with our receiver, volume controls, sources, power amps, etc. each time we want to fire up sound in one of the rooms of our house, we can simply access the named room via the Sonos app, select what we want to play, and play it. When you dedicate a Sonos Connect device to each room, you gain built-in volume/mute control per-room, eliminating the need for other less elegant solutions (e.g. elaborate remote control systems or in-wall switches). The app is simple to use, and my wife has no trouble with it after a brief introduction. We had some minor hiccups during the initial setup when our Sonos initially refused to connect. After factory resetting the device and uninstalling/reinstalling the app, it finally synced up and we haven't had a problem since. Because the Sonos device would initially get recognized and only fail further down the setup process during the final connection, I am reasonably certain that the fault was with the Sonos, though it does appear to be resolved. My only complaint about the system is its price-tag. A single zone audio source costing $350 without amplification is quite expensive, even when weighted against its benefits. I would gladly purchase several more of these if they were more practically priced, say $150~$200, but at the current pricing it is hard to justify adding a dedicated device to rarely used z
Pros: Simple zoned audio control Support for virtually ALL music sources and providers Decentralized - no server required. Everything can be connected and run from the App.
Cons: Had to factory reset device multiple times to get set up Quite pricey still - limits the number of zones you can reasonably purchase this for
I have been using SONOS products for over 5 years now slowly increasing my inventory of devices. Currently our house has several play 3's, a couple play 1's, a play 5 and now the CONNECT. From my first experience with the SONOS system I have been impressed with how easy it is to use and how flexible it allows us to be with our music collections. Over the years, the SONOS software has only gotten better. I bought the CONNECT for use in our hopefully soon to be home theater system. Until that happens, it is attached to an amplified GENELEC speaker system and the combo sounds awesome. I also love the ability to pipe my own source into the CONNECT and control it through the SONOS app. The CONNECT is managed like any of the other SONOS components which makes for a seamless experience.
Pros: Easy to use, great sound, lots of connection options. Quality product.
Cons: Runs a little warmer than I think it should when sitting idle.
I purchased this system as a gift for a family member. They had experienced how wonderful the Sonos music system was in my home and always commented on how amazing the sound quality was and how easy the system was to use. I continue to add speakers in additional areas of my own home with perfect results. I couldn't be happier. Just waiting for Sonos to produce outdoor speakers!
Pros: Ease of installation and operation
Easy setup. Links my receiver to Sonos speakers in distant areas of home
Pros: Easy setup
Cons: Very pricey for simple device
For the past 4 years I've had a blended whole house audio system with 3 Sonos Connects as Audio sources and an HTD whole house system (controller, amps, keypads in each room) driving audio. Overtime I've continue to add Sonos Connect Amps to add to my system as my needs expanded to new spaces. In my opinion, Sonos is unmatched in terms of the flexibility to expand a whole house system. Plus I find the components simple, straight-forward and reliable. We now have 15 music zones controlled through a combination of Sonos Connects, Sonos Connect Amps and a Clare Controls Amp 1640. It's pretty much a flawless system in my geeky, gear head view. My wife differs a bit. In my wife's view, she liked the keypads in every room vs going to the iPhone or ipad to turn on or off music or raise or lower volume. She also liked that keypads could more quickly enable playing the same source in different rooms. She knows how to use Sonos well, but just doesn't want to find or carry her phone around with her to adjust volume or group rooms. She has a point. I yearn for the day that Sonos can be controlled by Echo. "Echo play my Spofity Happy Day playlist is Sonos zones Kitchen, Family Room and Master Bedroom" or "Echo lower Sonos volume in Master Bedroom." Echo Dot makes this a possibility. I am geek. (Read in your best Groot voice) I
Pros: Flexibility Variable or fixed audio control Grouping to play same audio in different rooms Interfaces with all popular internet music sources Audio input if you absolutely must play vinyl or CD based music through the house Lots of component options... Sound Bar, Play:1/3/5 Speakers, Connect, Connect Amp to meet nearly any configuration need
Cons: Require smart phone, tablet or computer to control audio, volume or group Not yet controllable by Echo
Easy to set up and great sound
Pros: My Avant speakers and Onkyo receiver work with SONOS to provide great sound and I can control volume and content with my iPhone. I am very happy with my purchase. SONOS revived my old sound system and brings in my local radio stations without static. I haven't tried the alarm clock yet.
Cons: Longer cords would have been helpful
This takes your awesome analog stereo into the digital age.
Pros: Makes your older system viable again with your new digital collection and streaming services. Great app makes it easy.
Cons: You can't send literally everything you want from your device to the Sonos system. It has to have a plug in for the player. Missing some of my NPR and other choices I haven't been able to play.
Very satisfied. It's super easy to set up and I'm impressed with it's functionality. Accesses files quickly from my desktop in the basement and no buffering or snags streaming music with DSL as internet provider. Very impressed with how easy is was to set up and the ease of operation.
I own several Sonos speakers. I wanted to add my surround system to the Sonos network and thought this would be great. Unfortunately you have to turn the volume up very high on the receiver to get any sound out of the speakers. Then you calibrate the Sonos volume. My issue here is that when the receiver switches to TV the volume blasts. Since we have several users of our TV, this isn't feasible. I used the optical output to my Aux in.
Pros: Simple to hook up
Cons: Needs the amp to be turned up high.
Have 2 of these now and love house user friendly it is nice product for beginner or high end system.
Pros: Ease of use
Fantastic, especially for a wireless product. How to get my 40 year old Yamaha receiver & Nakamichi 550 Tape Player?--This is it! Easy to use. Controls are very intuitive.
I originally purchased a Harmon Kardon Adapt from Crutchfield. I had no luck with this product and the user interface seemed to be dismally slow. I returned it and ordered the SONOS Connect from Crutchfield. I was able to set it up on the first attempt and play audio from a tablet through it immediately. I had occasion to contact SONOS support about how SONOS playlists work. I was initially disappointed at the answer but I asked to talk to a superior and he stayed with me until he was able to guide me to an alternate way to do exactly what I wanted to do.
Pros: It just works, mostly intuitively.
Cons: I can't think of any other than the cost. But it's worth it.
my 10th sonos product. This one will add audio to a new AV receiver. Works perfectly. Great sound and convenience.
Pros: compact, excellent sound, easy to use
Seems to do everything they said it would. Allows me to play my i pod and wifi stations through my existing system. I can now have the same Pandora station playing on the deck and in the sunroom (kitchen, screen house) and control the volumes from the sonos app. Much better than my various tries at Bluetooth.
Pros: great sound and separation. great range
Cons: wish it wasn't quite as expensive and would like to see some waterproof speakers.
I did extensive research on ordering a product for our school weight room. I wanted something that could be accessed by authorized staff and that was capable of playing a wide variety of music. The Sonos seemed like the perfect product for me. One hang up was that our amplifier and mixer were installed in 2007 when the school was built. The newer products are set up a little different for hook up then what we had here at the school. When I was deciding on the Sonos, one of my main factors was Customer Care and having someone, not only that I could talk to and get help from, but someone that I could understand. I received both from Crutchfield. They were extremely helpful, patient and educated about their products. They were honest with what I needed and didn't need and did not attempt to sell me on things that were not necessary for me.
Pros: knowledgeable, patient, kind, easy to understand, pleasant
Great product. I love the wireless and the ability to control everything from my tablet.
Pros: Small, wireless, easy to connect.
Cons: A little expensive
I purchased several Bluesound products hoping to set up an awesome system. With a terrible customer support system they have and no real method to connect to my existing sound system I had to send all the products back and go with Sonos. I am glad I did. Sonos is user friendly, connects to existing systems with no problem, and I could access my iTunes music from my computer with ease. It took me several hours attempting with Bluesound (and finally email communication because they don't speak to customers) to find out that it didn't work with macs. To say the least, I am SO happy Sonos took about 15 minutes to set up: my entire iTunes library (most of which was simply waiting for the library to download), Connect, Boost, and Play 5 to my existing system. Don't waste your time with Bluesound.
the connect plays great with Pandora and music from my phone, but when connected to my tv not to great have to turn the volume to the max just to hear anything
Pros: plays music great
Cons: connected to tv not so great
I purchased this to allow us play via our iOS devices digital music stored on a Mac Mini server on our legacy Pioneer AVR and Mirage OS3 speakers. I connected the Connect to the AVR using a TOSLINK digital audio cable. Everything worked the first time and we can now enjoy our digital music library on our legacy hardware controlled via our iOS devices. Sonos also offers an app for the Mac that we have used over the last two weeks with similar success. This app is available for download from the Sonos web site and not via the Apple App Store.
Pros: Quality construction. Worked out of the box. Quality app for both iOS and Mac.
Cons: Price. That's the reason for the four out of five stars rating.
Awesome product. The integration between the HW and SW is drop-dead simple. They truly figured this out.
I was a bit leery about the sonos system. In the stores, I wasn't sure that I would be happy with the sound quality. After consulting with the advisors at Crutchfield, I decided that running a connect through my existing system (HK receiver,Energy bookshelf speakers) would be the way to go. I also added a Peachtree DACItx to the setup along with a sonos bridge and play 3 in my home office. I am really pleased with the sound output through regular streaming services (Pandora, Amazon Music. etc.) The product meets or exceed expectations. As they are noted for, the SONOS app is a breeze. I am a happy customer and was well pleased with the advice from the Crutchfield staff through the decision making process.
Pros: simple setup, relatively small footprint, good sound through my existing system
This is the first Sonos product I've purchased, and I will be buying more items of the Sonos family in the future !!!
Pros: It is so very user friendly, and I'm just amazed with all the options, be it adding to the system itself or the abundance of music available.
Cons: None at this point !!
I have a love/hate relationship with technology. Sonos Connect definitely falls in the LOVE category. It was so easy to set up and works perfectly. I can now sit outside and control the music & volume w/my iPhone or laptop.
Pros: easy to set up convenient cool
I purchased this item to connect my old school stereo receiver to wireless speakers. I also purchased the Sonos Play3. The setup was easy and it works as expected. It is a little pricy, but I now can play my old 33 RPM records and have the music wirelessly streamed to other rooms in the house.
Pros: Easy setup.
Cons: Price. Only works with Sonos wireless speakers.
I was hesitant to spend this amount of money for a hardware piece that is worth a quarter of that. But after trying Toslink out of Roku, the problem is running the software that works your way. I tried Plex and Emby and they were flat out refusing to read some of the ID tags or just skipped some rips all together. Clients were flaky as well. Getting Sonos was me giving up on doing things on a tight budget. I can tell you that the money is in the software here. It works, it is intuitive, it can be run on anything hardware wise. Do I wish Sonos supported high resolution files - yes. But with a mid level DAC, the WAV rips sound as close to great as possible and my life is finally simple. I can store CD's in the garage and join the 21st century while getting instant access to all my music.
Pros: Simple, reliable
This is a great product which is amazingly simple to set-up, use and customize. The devise itself is very stylish with a low profile so it blends in with the decor nicely. It connects easily to my home theater set-up and has that always on readiness you are looking for. The mobile and desktop apps are well designed and easy to use.
Pros: Always on and very customizable
Cons: Do not seem to be able to shuffle within a playlist
This is an amazing piece of equipment. Set up is fairly straight forward, but the functioning is even better. I wish I had purchased this long ago. After using bluetooth with all the drops and interference the Sonos is a dream.
Pros: Works flawlessly
Cons: None to date...
Simple setup, flawless integration onto my home network. Great app. Absolutely no issues.
Pros: Was struggling with connectivity issues with AirPlay. This solved all my problems Great integration with Deezer Elite! FLAC for $10/mo. is awesome!
Cons: Gets a little warm.
The Connect performs very well indeed, that is once you get it setup. Sonos's onwers manual is virtually non-existent. However, their tech help by phone was very helpful and patient. So the 4 rating was only because the poor set up instructions. Crutchfield gets 5 Stars as always, quick, efficient and accurate.
Pros: Performs as advertised.
Cons: Instructions leave everything to be desired.
What a great product Sonos makes. This is just part of their solution but integrates seamlessly into the Sonos environment. I purchased a Play:3 before this Connect just to test it out - I immediately purchased the Connect to hook up to my existing entertainment system. Installation is a breeze. Crutchfield shipped extremely quick and had this in 2 business days.
Pros: Awesome solution - well worth the price.
This is a great product if you want to have music from the various sources like Pandora, etc. throughout your house. It is not really for sending music from you receiver attached devices like a CD player to the remote speakers. It required a level of complexity it was not simply playing a CD.
Pros: Quality product, seems well made, works well for designed purpose
Cons: Not really for sending music from a receiver to remote speakers
Great product that's easy to set up and use. I have a number of PLAY series, bu this is my first CONNECT. I use it to drive my back yard speakers through an Onkyo amp. The A set is in the eaves of the house and the B set is by the outdoor kitchen. I even buried a passive sub with the second set and the sound is great!
Pros: Easy to use
Received the Sonos connect in a couple of days, (Thank you Crutchfield) and was using it within an hour. Easy to setup and using Pandora streaming music. Great to be able to control Sonos from my iPhone.
Pros: wireless, bluetooth
The Sonos products are great. I have them in several rooms of our house.
Pros: * Easy to set up and connect * Works all the time vs. Apple Airplay * Plays lossless music * Easy to sync music in multiple rooms
Cons: * A bit more expensive then other players.
I had to replace a Whole house sound system Amplifier/controller which died after four years!!! Replacement meant buying a new unit and paying a dealer to install and program it. The Sonos product was able to replace the whole system for a few dollars more for the hardware. The programming and set up were a snap. Sonos leads you thru the set up. I was able to connect the Music Server to the Sonos connect and the Home Theater receiver/Amp video receiver to the Sonos connect Amp. Between the music service apps, music on our computers, Music server, Smart TV, Satellite TV and the Home Theater receiver/Amp we have more music choices that ever.
Pros: Easy to install and program. Lots of music choices.
Cons: If any, Cost.
Good piece to hook up to an amplifier to get the songs signal. I have this hooked up t the amp and have a speaker selector for my wired up speakers. Good piece a little pricey but works real well.
Pros: Good piece its small. picks up frequency well.
This is my third sonos purchase (soundbar, and now two connects). These products are flawless and just work. Sound is amazing, app is great. Price is high, but willing to pay a premium for this type of product.
Pros: Ease of use
Clever piece of gear that allows me to add a couple of rooms and speakers to my existing hardwired home sound system as well as providing internet streaming capability to my system. Well designed, just bit costly.
Pros: Well designed and adds significantly functionality and flexibility
Cons: A little on the expensive side
I've been using the Sonos Connect for about a week and have been extremely impressed. I hooked it up to the digital audio converter that's connected to my amplifier, both of which are in another room about 50-75 feet away from my computer. The signal is very strong and stable, much moreso than for the NAD product that I'd previously tried using in the same arrangement. Also, the software setup was very easy, taking about a minute or two.
Pros: Easy setup Strong, stable signal
Cons: None thus far
I have been more than pleased with the Sonos Connect. My intended use of the Sonos Connect was to stream music to a heritage high end (McIntosh) stereo system. My first concern was sound quality for streaming music, and my second was the flexibility of using my laptop and Iphone as remotes. My expectations were exceeded in terms of the quality of the sound. It is extremely lifelike, and a huge improvement over simply having a direct connection from the laptop or phone to the pre amp. I am using the new Tidal streaming service primarily and it seems to be a perfect match with the Sonos quality, since it streams at a much higher rate than ordinary music services. At least as good as CD quality to my ears. I should add that I had some concern as to whether the built in DAC in the Sonos was of sufficient quality. My initial impression is a resounding yes. The sound on my system is very crisp and lifelike and does not display any murkiness as noted in another review. Finally I should add that I do not use the Sonos speakers in different rooms, but rather use my heritage system in my main listening room and a Soundcast Outcast speaker as the remote portable speaker, which is fed through a line out in the Macintosh pre amp to its I Cast wireless transmitter.
Pros: Quality of the sound. Perfect companion for high quality streaming service such as Tidal. The remote functions of Sonos are great as well.
Cons: None that I can see.
I LOVE SONOS! We started with a Play 5 and have added several other units. Now I'm using the Connect to tie in to some built-in speakers. The only downside is I keep spending more and more $$$ because I want more SONOS.
Pros: Easy setup and operation, very stable network, excellent sound
Cons: I keep buying more SONOS
Best music streaming device ever. Must have. Also pay for a subscription to Spotify with the Sonos.
Pros: All the must in the word
Cons: No stand alone controller. Must have a pc/tablet, or a smart device to operate.
This small device is perfect for your odd shaped room. Allowed us to connect the Play 1's and Sound Bar for a wireless system. Looks and sounds great
This product was perfect for my needs. In fact, I liked the first so much, I bought another so that I could separately control certain zones in my house. I have an eight zone amp with wired connections to speakers in various zones in my house. I have a very long house, so I need a wireless router and wireless access point to provide full coverage. I had some issues controlling the Sonos Connect from the access point -- the Connect would periodically just "disappear" from the network. Sonos tech support was very patient (escalated to the highest level tech), but ultimately was unable to solve my issue. Subsequently, after swapping the location of my router and access point, the system is now stable. Now the Connect joins the network via the access point and the dhcp router is at the far end of the house. I think this works because the Connect must now continually renew its IP lease via the access point to the router. In my prior configuration, I think the Connect got "lazy," since it was connected directly to the dhcp router, at which point the access point could no longer find it ... as I told Sonos tech support, that's just my theory, but it works.
Pros: Easy to configure in simple network situation. Adding additional Connects is a breeze. Good iPad and Android app, and desktop program.
Cons: Installing in complex network configuration can be challenging. App/desktop program does not accurately index music on your NAS devices. Some of my albums/songs are not properly found by artist/composer, or genera. I have to browse my Music Library to find the applicable folder. That works if I remember I have the album, otherwise I have no easy way to find it from the app/desktop program.
Great solid product, connect easily to my existing sonos network...sonos app allows easy config... have been running sonos for many years no problems...my second connect, a connect: amp and a play 1
Pros: easy setup... solid device
I bought a Sonos BOOST and Sonos COnnect last week. We got it all connected this weekend and I am amazed at how easy the setup was. It works as explained and does just what I want it to. I am now streaming my iTunes, Pandora, and I Heart Radio thru our component stereo speakers. I love the sound quality and the flexibility and ease of use. The Sonos equipment is a wonderful investment in our existing stereo equipment and has given new life to our 40+ year old speakers which are still going strong and playing wonderful sound.
I am an old school audiophile with a Harmon Kardon stereo receiver, JBL bookshelf speakers, and a turntable. I am slowly entering the 21st century having put my CD collection on my IPOD and playing it through my 'stereo system'. I am a SiriusXM radio subscriber and was looking for a way to listen to SiriusXM and internet radio on my stereo. Sonos Connect is it. Connect provides the SiriusXM app connection as well as Pandora and Spotify, as well as a host of other subscription services, too many to mention. In addtion, there are lots of free internet radio stations that can also be played. Music, talk, politics, etc., are all available. There are really more that I have time to listen to but I am sure I will try most of them over time. Set up was pretty easy, not much in the way of printed instructions but the web instructions were pretty good. I set up the control app on my IPAD, which I use for control, and also on my desktop computer where my music collection is stored. I had some trouble adding the links for SiriusXM, Spotify, and Pandora from my IPAD and having them show up as available. I had to add them using the desktop and then the links showed up on the IPAD, not sure why exactly, but it worked that way. Overall, I am very pleased with Connect and have already been considering adding another Sonos speaker or two, but haven't decided yet. I would recommend it highly.
Pros: Pretty simple setup. Kinda pricey, but a better solution with more options that buying a new receiver.
Cons: Very limited printed install instructions.
Works great and ease of hook-up.
Pros: Easy to install.
Cons: Expensive considering on what it does only, however you need this if you want to use your existing stereo.
A wonderful product that allows you to utilize your own power and speakers.
Pros: Smooth and straight forward set up.
Cons: A bit pricey for what it accomplishes. Be patient with the time the set up requires - at times no feedback as to set up progress.This is really a nit pic. If you have several Sonos zones in use and an existing audio set up (powered speakers, a sub and an equalizer in my case), it is a no brainer to proceed with this purchase. Enjoy !!
We purchased a couple of Play:1s and a Play:5 for the house but wanted something to provide music in a large carpeted great room. Already had some nice Klipsch speakers and a BK ST-202 power amp, so we purchased the Sonos connect to finish the package. Sound quality is great and the Connect output married nicely to the amp.
Pros: Compatible with a vintage power amp Sonos flexibility and convenience Excellent sound quality
Works well with other Sonos products. Was worried about possible delay between pure Sonos Play products and Connect. Worked very well.
Pros: East setup.
Wow, what a great product. replaced an 8 zone Crestron whole house audio system with 8 - Connect boxes and two multi-zone amplifiers. It couldn't have been easier to set up. Let me say that again, it couldn't have been easier to set up. I have it on a wired network connection and the apps work great on computers, iPads and iPhones. We mostly use internet radio, Pandora and our music library. We do have a multidisk CD changer as a auxiliary input just in case. I'm so glad I made the switch.
Pros: Ease of set up Friendly interface variety of sources good fidelity
Cons: it would be nice if they made a single box with say 4 zones at a reduced price.
Easy setup, wonderful app, sounds great
Once you get this thing set up, it works like a dream. If you can't figure out how to do it on your own, however, you're out of luck. The instructions are minimal and vague, even to the point of being unclear as to whether or not you hook up at "output" or "input" on the back of the speaker. Also, it is inexcusable that it only comes in white. If only one color, it should be black. That said, however, it works wonderfully well once you get it hooked up.
Pros: Quality of sound. Transmits well. No drops in quality.
Cons: Vague instructions. Ugly white box.
Very good product. Easy to set up to WiFi. Works flawlessly. Thanks Sonos and thanks Crutchfield.
Pros: Great product with solid construction
Cons: Gets a little warm.
This is my fourth connect and this one worked as flawlessly as the other 3. Sonos products are great
Pros: Very easy to install
Cons: Price should be around $300.
Great product...this is my second Connect that I have in my network. Very easy setup and operation. I really like the ability to play different audio in multiple rooms simultaneously.
Pros: Great access to multiple music sources. Very easy to use with iPad and iPhone.
Cons: None so far...except they are a bit pricey to set up several different stations.
It is a well thought out product, for the most part. Setup was easy, although they're marketing higher resolution streaming services recently as they recognize this is a growing market. Their forum is lit up with customer comments about wanting the flexibility to play higher resolution files than just mp3 quality. So they signed on Deezer Elite, which is the only reason I finally got comfortable buying the Connect. It proved difficult to set up Deezer and get it to work on the Sonos app because nowhere in the instructions did it indicate you needed to do that on your laptop vs my iPad mini or my iPhone...figured it out on my own after a while. It's white or white...sticks out pretty good in my living room. Black would be a nice option, like on the Sonos player I purchased at the same time. I use my Connect to pump digital files to my external DAC (digital to analog converter) and send that analog signal to an amplifier that powers good quality headphones. The Deezer Elite provides 16bit/44Hz files (think CD's ripped at their actual file size/resolution...not a compressed format where details are lost) to the Connect...what I had been waiting for. Beats is 320kbps and while that's OK, it's not great with higher quality equipment. Anyhoo...I'm glad I purchased the Connect but I think Sonos is slow to respond to a market that is going, and when there is a flood of competition on their doorstep. The Deezer Elite option is only reason I bought a Sonos.
Pros: wireless, reliable connection, fairly user friendly graphical user interface (GUI)
Cons: few higher quality streaming options and late to that game, white or white, somewhat pricey for what you get
Sonos is awesome.
Pros: Easily add stereo components to your Sonos environment. 1 input to your Sonos system. 3 outputs (optical, coax, component).
Cons: Expensive. Only 1 input.
Amazing addition to the existing Sonos system. Installation is so simple, as is with all their products, that some people may find it difficult.
Easy to set up and operate either through the Ipad or phone.
Pros: System streams music library stored on Ipad and the ability to access thousands of radio stations and music services (ie Pandora) with ease.
Excellent product. I bought it to replace a Grace internet receiver.
Pros: I now have 4 Sonos speakers in the house, and they work together perfectly. I stream internet radio or Pandora all day without an interruption.
Great way to connect songs with existing speakers.
Pros: Very useful
5 rooms of in ceiling speakers, a notebook, IPAD and Android phone with playlists, first dinner party coming up. Not a clue how to get it all together. Enter Crutchfield. Two days later we have a Niles amplifier and a Sonos Connect. End result, 4 rooms of music and music out on the patio... The SONOS Connect is absolutely great and very easy to set up
Pros: Love controlling my music from my IPAD, Notebook or Android phone. The SONOS apps lead you through the initial connection and the online help and intuitive app makes it easy to import from ITUNEs. I see some SONOS wireless speakers in our future for the master bedroom and bath. Could not be happier!
Cons: A bit expensive but I quickly got beyond that once I had my music playing in 5 areas!
I hesitated before buying the sonos system because of concerns about sound quality. Yes, the bitrate is capped, but if you have good source material, it sounds just as good as a CD. I have the Connect and play it through my stereo and for the most part, it rocks. And all the internet radio is awesome! The app controller is great, very easy to use and works with little to no delay. I am just really impressed overall with Sonos, it has done better then I ever expected. I'm now listening to my music every night instead of watching tv. and I love it.
Pros: Simple setup, ease of use, works as advertised
This is a great product, the Sonos connect, connects your home stereo to the Sonos speakers. it will also connect the Sonos music source to your home stereo. So things like Pandora, on line radio stations and music on your computer can be played on your stereo. I can also use my turntable and CD and Cassett players and all Speakers in the house can now play the same music or have different speakers playing different things. If you have a radio station you like it can be played over the Sonos network, with all the clarity that you get with digital source as apposed to over the air transmissions. The connection was very easy and it is simple to operate. This is the way the other systems should operate, under a very open platform. Now I can use a real to real tape deck or any other input to get music in to deliver it to all speakers in the house or outside.
Pros: Easy to install, easy to use. Music that is coming from any source or another input sounds good, and no lag time from Sonos speakers to speakers connected to the main stereo.
Cons: Software was a little tough to work around, but one call to tech support with Sonos they were able to get me going in about 3 min. Tech support is great and they will help anytime you need it.
This is the third Sonos CONNECT that I have purchased over the past three years. That in and of itself should be enough of a review. I highly recommend all of the SONOS products. I started at Christmas of 2011 with a SONOS Connect, SONOS Bridge and a SONOS Controller. I used the Connect as an input for my home office component stereo system. I live on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, and radio reception is marginal. I used Terk amplified antennas to help, but varying atmospheric conditions made reception spotty. We live in an area of rolling hills. Plus frankly, the local over the air radio stations are going down hill and not playing my preferred music much any more. I bought these to stream Pandora and other services such as iHeart Radio, and stream from my computer and iPhone. This lead to a second CONNECT and a PLAY:5 "Radio" for the master bedroom and kitchen, respectfully. The second Connect is used with a home theatre amp in the master bedroom, and the radio in the kitchen gets more play than any other. Their PLAY:5 is awesome - Bose cannot compare. Then I bought a second PLAY:5 for my real office (with a free bridge) last Christmas along with a PLAY 3 as a "roamer" for washing the cars, out on the deck/patio, and when in the shower. I just got the third CONNECT for the surround sound in the sunroom. The next purchase will be the SONOS sound bar and sub to replace the Polk Audio ones in the family room. The SONOS uses your iPhone or Android phone to control.
Pros: Extremely easy to set up, and with the latest version of the Controller App, you can easily control several different SONOS System Networks (Home and Office, etc). That used to be difficult, but they listened to their customers and corrected that. Amazingly great sound from their "radios" PLAY:5 and PLAY:3. I do not have a PLAY:1 so I cannot honestly comment on that one.
Cons: A little pricey, and forget about discounts. Like Apple products. But I have to say they are worth every penny. I would have replaced my Polk Sound Bar for my LED TV, as its proprietary remote sucks and it will not integrate with my Samsung TV, but the SONOS Sound Bar and Sub are $1398 and the Polk unit does work and sounds good, so it is hard to justify. $999 for the pair and I would jump...
Nothing really goes as planned on a big project, but the Sonos system worked like a champ. So easy to set up and navigate.
Pros: Clean and easy setup.
Cons: Little expensive, once you plug it in and you use it. It was worth it.
Easy setup, great sound in 3 different zones. Sonos just works and the new app is great too. Worth every penny.
Pros: Easy setup, great sound, nice new app
Cons: price, but it's worth it.
Just amazing product. Easy to connect, music sources are endless. Could not be anymore satisfied
As always the sonos products exceed expectations. Easy set up. Fast shipping and shipping free!
Pros: Great system
This Sonos Connect is the bomb! It streams music stations from all over the world in about every and any language you can think of. I never use the tuner off of my receiver. And the music off my I-pad sounds great. Very easy to install and it all runs off of a free App. Wish I would have bought this along time ago.
Pros: Easy to install and is about the size of half abox of Kleenex.
The Sonos system and hardware are second to none. That said their software is decidedly anti-Microsoft. Their Windows desktop controller software is looking dated. They have no Windows 8 support. Absolutely nothing for RT or Winphone. The third part app is ok for Winphone but the RT app is unusable. So if you are a Windows user prepare to be a little frustrated. Sonos recently had a survey for Windows users to tell them what we would want in a controller and they have new Mac and Android controllers scheduled. Lets hope they follow up with a new Windows app. I swore I wasn't going to get another Sonos product until they had full Windows support. I was using a laptop in the basement in order to wireless send music to my stereo but alas it had XP. With XP support gone away I didnt want a potentially unsecure computer on my network
Pros: Versatility Internet music Ability to access NAS
Cons: Lack of Windows support
Simple. Easy setup as advertised. I have a network attached storage unit and was concerned if the Sonos unit would work with it. It easily accessed and indexed all of my music. I used a wired LAN connection so I didn't need the bridge unit. I have not tried the internet radio yet.
Pros: Easy set up.
Cons: Price but I suppose simplicity has its price. Limited inputs.
Added my second Sonos Connect unit in my house. I will definitely be adding a third. A great investment for music throughout the house.
The Sonos connect brings all of my music together. I have it connected to my whole house audio system. This is a perfect way to listen my music. Rock solid device!
Pros: Simple installation.
Cons: Favorites on iheart radio don't work properly sometimes.
Hooked the connect to my mixer and now it's an "Official House Party". It's cool for people thru out the house to hear my mixes (even on the patio) without setting up the PA and running cables everywhere. Nice!
Pros: Once again easy set up and use!
Cons: I thought it was a little expensive, but once set up and working, I'm glad I made the purchase. Maybe not a con after all.
The Sonos does exactly what it is supposed to do and it is not hard to set up and produces the best FM sound from anywhere you want it.
Haven't been able to get operational , the connection guidance is so vague I am having problems , my tuner has many audio in connections, can't seem to get it right!
Cons:Crutchfield response on 3/19/2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
I would give the Sonos Connect a high recommendation based on the ability to reliably stream music to various parts of your home. For me, I got a Connect so I could integrate Sonos into my existing stereo system. Set-up was quick & easy, and the apps control the player through any tablet or smart phone, including a desktop PC. I would prefer a screen like the logitech squeezebox touch, which I also own, but I like that Sonos is not being discontinued like the SBT, and like its reliance on a proprietary mesh network to increase coverage and decrease wifi congestion.
Pros: Easy to us; integrates well with existing components. Reliably works.
Cons: No screen, 65k song limit, inability to play higher resolution files (e.g. 96/24).
If I could give the Sonos' product more than 5 stars, I would!!!
Pros: Very easy to set up. Music quality and sources available. perfect audio streaming. Service support and up grade.
Cons: Price but worth the cost.
GREAT- Love it- easy to connect and setup
Interface is beyond five star - easy, easy, easy. So much you can do with playlists. You can be playing any song anyone names within 10 seconds or less - even if you don't have the album, or never heard of the artist, thanks to spotify. Only reason I didn't give five stars is because they don't support hi resolution audio.
Pros: The interface - sound quality is very good (CD Quality) but not DVD or Blue Ray quality fidelity. Can synchronize many sonos players (party mode) or control independently.
Cons: Resolution is limited to CD quality max, regardless of source resolution.
very impressed,easy to set up.
Best multiroom music system
Pros: Ease of use, control interface, stability,
Cons: Pricey, library limited to 64000 songs
A little history. I've been using Rhapsody for years, allowing me to stream music to my computers, MP3 players, and more recently, iOS devices. Works great, and I love that you can download music to portable devices for a low monthly price. Recently, I started a HUGE DIY project, which is a 13 zone A/V system for my home. I am using two matrix switches, one is an HDMI 8x8 matrix with SPDIF switching incorporated, and the other is an analog RGB 8x8 video switch with stereo analog audio. Short story long, I originally decided NOT to use a SONOS because I would have to switch between the SONOS app and an iRULE system to control the volume (so I thought, I understand that iRULE is coming out with a SONOS inset soon that will integrate this limitation away.) So I bought a ROKU player and decided that I would use SPOTIFY on this box instead. All was fine with this, and the ROKU works well, but the SPOTIFY app within ROKU is nothing like their PC based interface. It's essentially too much work to keep a flow of music going when I'm trying to accomplish other things. It's a no-go. So, I ponied up the money and took a plunge with the SONOS, having heard great things. Couldn't be happier right now. Came home from a trip last night at 2 am and found the Crutchfield box on the kitchen island, and 15 minutes later I was sitting in my living room chair streaming music via SPDIF digital into my Yamaha's DACs feeding my B&W speakers. Best component I've ever bought
Pros: Seamless integration with all your digital sources... Rhapsody, Spotify, Pandora, and computer music files in my case. I am just using one Sonos Connect and feeding 13 zones, 8 are feeding analog stereo zones and the other 5 are feeding digital (via SPDIF). You should know by looking at the picture this box doesn't have any video capability and therefore no HDMI. I am feeding an HDMI matrix via SPDIF inputs that makes this possible for me. SPDIF output simultaneously works with analog L/R.
Cons: I'm having a problem getting the digital TOSLINK to work with the Yamaha, but don't jump off a cliff yet. I think I'm doing something wrong with my receiver or have a bad cable. Still troubleshooting. Also a possibility that the optical output is turned off when the SONOS output volume is set to "variable", but I don't know the answer to this because there really isn't much of a manual to speak of. Biggest con for SONOS is that they don't do HD video the same way. Pretty please???
Super easy to set up, use and to add to existing system.
Pros: reliable, easy to set up, use and expand to existing system.
This is an absolutely great device to mix into a home audio system. It's a lot like having an almost inexhaustible music collection to choose from. You can choose artists, composers, songs, etc., even from many of the free music services Sonos connects to. The sound quality is great, plus the device does not take up the space required for the typical tuner or CD player, or whatever. You can even build your own music collection on your PC and search for selections out of it. The device is great, but the software that you interact with is superb and is extremely well thought out. It's quick and easy, and, if you just want to listen to one of the many thousands of radio stations it can access, you simply select that station, tell it to play and listen for hours. You can power down your system, come back the next day, turn it on, and you're right back with the station you were using before.
Pros: This can take the place of a tuner, a CD player, or whatever else you use to select music, news, comedy, or whatever you can find on the thousands of places you'll be able to access.
Cons: I can't think of any. The cost is certainly reasonable.
The Sonos Connect is PERFECT! It did EXACTLY what my son wanted it to do and he is OVER the MOON!!!! He now can listen to is VAST vinyl collection EASILY and flawlessly through Sonos!!!!!! Best gift of Christmas!!!!! HIGHLY, highly recommended!!!! And, Crutchfield is FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Pros: Sooooo user friendly!!!! And, sounds really great, to boot!
Cons: ZIPPO, Ziltch, Zero!!!
Exactly what it's purported to be - great network connectivity and painlessly simple connection to my A/V system. Even has a setting to turn off the LED indicator!
Pros: Cost-effective way to turn my 20th century A/V setup into a 21st century access point for internet and network-based music
Very easy set up, to my stereo system, easy apps on my android devices, and plays all internet music as well as my own music library. Much easier then the Logitech squeezebox to handle and to navigate. Very strong connection to internet and has a wonderful sound. I have access in one place to my own music library on my PC, Pandora, MOG, and every possible internet music service available. The PC desktop app is second to none. I have mine set up as follows: Sonos connect--> Emotiva XDA-1 ( DAC)---> Emotiva USP-1 ( pre amp)----> Emotive XPA-2 ( AMP 300 wpc)---> Def, Tech. BP 7006 Towers speakers. The sound is simply amazing. The product is a bit pricy but it is worth it. Highly recommend it.
Pros: Small size, Easy set up, easy navigation screen.
Works exactly as adverised. Great sound quality.
We have waited for years to get a stereo system, waiting for the perfect balance of sound quality, wireless technology, and aesthetics. The Sonos system is all of this.
Pros: Looks, ease, wireless, sound quality.
Cons: Sometimes hard to figure out why some songs/playlists don't play. But the Sonos customer service is great help.
The Sonos Connect is an excellent product to turn your separate stereo room units into a whole house system. The ability to reach digital music sources is excellent.
Pros: Control music with your smart phone or tablet.
I love my Sonos system! I started with a Play:5 about a year ago and used its line out to feed my stereo. I recently purchased the Connect to serve this purpose - for which it is designed, and free up the Play:5 to be portable around the house. Using the Connect is great. It connects to my Onkyo tuner with a fiber optic digital connection, which gives excellent sound quality through my KEF speakers (some users add a DAC, but I find it is not really necessary) Others may argue about the sound quality, but I have no problems - I think that my system is well balanced, and a few minor adjustments on the Sonos EQ, as well as the tuner's Bass and Treble gives me bright full sound. The Sonos setup is simple and barring any obstacles - such as firewall settings- you can have your first component unpacked and playing music in about 15 minutes (adding a new component to an existing system takes less than 5 minute from opening box to having sound!). Sonos requires a direct internet connection (plug into your router) to access streaming internet music and a NAS to have your own music library operate independent of a computer. Love it!
Pros: Easy to set up Easy to expand simple design fully integrated
Cons: no real issues I have come across yet price may be an obstacle for some but it you have probably spent more on less in the past
Worst product made and even worse customer service. Sonos could not help me and tried to resolve my broken Connect by trying to sell me the Connect:AMP. Product stopped working at 13 months old. Warranty is 12 months and Sonos wants 2/3 the cost for replacement, shipping and taxes. Only used it 5 times. Will not buy Sonos again. Going back to Crutchfield for Sony products only.
Cons: Product Reliability and Customer Service
Own several Sonos products for 3 years +... no problems, no complaints...
Pros: Reliability... Online updates Due to comment below I get to buy from Crutchfield... Which I always try to do...
Cons: Price seems somewhat fixed... no deals anywhere... They even quit offering bundles... which was the affordable way to get a system off the ground.
I've been searching for a device that would allow me to play mp3 on my home theater system. Tried a few other things like Apple TV, verizon dvr, and play station 3. All worked but none were reliable. I had read about the Sonos system but shied away from it because of the expense. I'm so sorry I waited so long. It works flawlessly. It's a very high quality device that bridges your computer to your home stereo. Thank you.
Pros: Easy to set up. Works as advertised.
Love having music in every room and with this, you don't need to run wires everywhere! Highly recommeded!
Pros: Fast and easy! Great music available from multiple on-line sources.
Cons: $$ - but worth it$
I connected this unit to my home stereo, and now without hassles of any kind, I can listen yo music from the Internet including MOG, which delivers an extensive list of music in a high bit rate format. This unit is a music lovers dream come true. Sonos truly delivers.
Pros: Ease of use, extensive catalog, high quality bit stream
Cons: The price is a little high, but perhaps you get what you pay for.
connected to my Russound MCA-C5, it's magic. streaming all intranet and internet content with ease!
Pros: Easy set up. Nearly endless internet content controlled with nearly any intranet connected device
Cons: does not have metadata for Russound control pad
Works as advertised and then some ... The documentation highlights how the CONNECT hooks to your existing receiver and expands it functionality by providing access to your Rip Libraries, iTunes and a great number of internet music services. Yet for me the best feature is that the CONNECT also allows you to expand the coverage of sound sources connected to your A/V receiver. The Analog Inputs allowed me to connect the Sonos CONNECT to the Zone2/3 output of my Yamaha RX-A2000 A/V receiver. I do not need to run speaker wires from my Yamaha A/V to my Patio, or anywhere else outside the Home Theater room. By just turning on my AV Zone 2, any source (local radios stations, CD, DVD, Blue Ray, selection on the A/V, is automatically & wirelessly send to my Sonos speakers This is the one feature that made me happy as I needed a way to expand my A/V coverage to my Terrace Patio and it was impossible to run speaker Wires. Plus, although my A/V provided me with services like Pandora, Rhapsody and SIRUS, the CONNECT now allows me to expand the range of option that I can enjoy on my A/V
Pros: -easy installation -lets you expand your A/V with internet music services -analog input allows Sonos speakers to connect to A/V Zones, and expand the coverage of the music sources connected to your A/V system
Cons: Expensive solution
Enjoy my Sonos connect. My only concern was in downloading HD Tacks to my iTunes account. I wanted to listen to HD tracks from Sonos thru iTunes. I was able to load HD tracks to the Sonus but they would not play. Keep getting info from Sonos that said the HD Tracks was not supported. Contacted Sonos and was told that they don't support 24 bit music. That was disappointing to hear but I will get over it. I will connect my laptop using Audioquest Dragonfly 96/24 DAC to the input of my McIntosh amp and listen to my HD Tracks that way. Much better sound anyway
Pros: good for what it was designed to do but does need to be updated so it can handle 24 bit music
Cons: not able to play any music that has more than 16 bits
Settip up the CONNECT was a piece of cake. The unit is truly plug and play and it took me less than 10 minutes from opening the box to listening to music. The BRIDGE took a bit longer to setup but the controller picked up the CONNECT and was streaming my music in short order.
Pros: Easy install and setup
I bought the CONNECT as an add-on to my existing system and to connect to a Cambridge Audio AR30 receiver as my primary source of music. It's very easy to connect and works once you add it to the Sonos network. The sound it great and the controller software is fine to use although sometimes picky as to where the music library is stored.
Pros: Easy to connect to an existing network or to setup a new one; has a network hub.
Cons: None really. I wish it came in black, though, to blend in better with my other components.
Device does what it is supposed to do, however it is very suceptible to intereference from other wireless devices Unfortunately it works on an older more crowded 2.4 mhz band rather than the newer more stable and less crowded 5mhz band. The device should have more shielding and the ability to shift between the two frequencies. Device is prone to dropouts unless an extra bridge "amplifier-repeater" is added for additional $.
Pros: Small footprint ; excellent tech support; well made
Cons: Too prone to external interference
This may be one of the coolest gadgets I have bought in a very long time. If you like to stream music from multiple sources, it's a must! Very easy setup, great set of features and works perfectly with no issues. I'll be buying more Sonos components.
Pros: easy setup, great feature set, great sound
This completes my Sonos home control system. I have a bridge and two connects. My entire music collection and a variety of on line options are in my hands. The entire system is controlled off either my iPad or my iPhone. Installation was quick and easy. No more iPods or other less than perfect solutions for me. Sonos is the answer to all your music needs.
Pros: Easy install.
Cons: Price is well... The price
The perfect item for music lovers. Puts the controls in your hands
Pros: Easy to operate
Wow! I have installed whole home automation and music systems for years, this one is by far the best music product. Very simple to install with or without built in speakers, the unit links automatically and merges with iTunes seamlessly. Tech support superior and very responsive. ( I called tech support because I knew I had missed something, it was all too easy)
Pros: Ease of use
Cons: Connects don't work with sub.
Used with the Sonos Connect, this is a fantastic probuct. It is very easy to set up and it is reliable. I have already recommended this product, along with the Sonos Plays for those without existing steres, to three friends.
Pros: Small, reliable, easy to setup
I have had Sonos in my house for almost two years. We have a connect unit as a source into our existing multiroom sound system. I love the freedom to change music from our iPad from anywhere in the house. The latest units I ordered were for a friend. After seeing our system they HAD to have one.
Pros: Easy to set up and even easier to use.
Cons: I am waiting for the Play 3 to have an aux in independent of the network that I can use it away from home with my iPod as a source.
Showed up in 2 days, took 5 minutes to add to my existing sonos setup. Works perfectly.
Product was easy to install and manage my Bose 321 speaker system
Suggested by a Crutchfield Advisor, this little gem allows me to play music through my stereo receiver from my computer. Virtually any source on the computer plays seamlessly. Been looking for this solution for a long time. Chimp easy to set up and best of all, your mobile device is the controller - from anywhere within Wi-Fi range. Awesome!
Pros: Easy to set up. Just works as advertised.
Easy install. My husband and I love it!
I was a bit concerned when I decided to replace my old Bose Sound Dock with the Sonos system for two reasons: 1) I was concerned the Sonos might not sound as good and 2) my family is used to the Sound Docks and I was not sure the iPhone app would be as simple. Turns out my concrens were completely unfounded. The wireless sound is excellent and the iPhone and iPad apps are top notch. I particularly like being able to stream from both the i-device AND my iTunes library on hard drive. Top notch and a breeze to install.
Pros: A breeze to setup and sounds great
Cons: Your teenagers can change your music!
Works as expected
Pros: Easy and quick set up in less than 5 minutes to existing Sonos system.
Cons: Pricey, only $50 less than Play 5, and $50 more than Play 3,why? It's just Sonos guts without speakers. Granted here are more I/O choices.
I got the Sonos CONNECT and BRIDGE from my fiance for Christmas. First, the Customer Service from Crutchfield was fantastic. My fiance gave glowing reviews to the folks she dealt with. They were able to explain to her exactly what she needed to purchase and why, which is no easy task given how little she knows about electronics. As for the product itself, setup was an absolute breeze. Being able to play music both from my iTunes library and various streaming services through my stereo is absolutely awesome. The apps for both Apple and Android are great and make controlling your playlist a breeze. Having a Sonos beats the heck out of having an iPod dock that you have to control manually. Would highly recommend for anyone whose music library is digitized. Only thing that didn't come in the box was an optical cable, so if you want a truly digital experience, probably best to order as well (also has an output for digital coax). Many thanks to Crutchfield for helping out.
An absolutely top rate product. Based on experience I am usually skeptical about how much practical use new technology really provides. Well I can say that the Sonos product is phenomenal. I am so impressed because it is simple yet elegant in its implementation and brings all the music my family likes together in one place in a package that is simple to install and works perfectly. I have never been impressed more with a product. For it's intended use (music only) it is the standard by which others should be judged. This is a very impressive and well thought out product.
Pros: Installs simply. Works flawlessly. With both analog and digital outputs, I can use the DAC from my Cary preamp for one listening area and then use the DAC in the Sonos Connect box to pump the same music into another room using the Zone 2 feature of my Cary preamp. I had one question for customer service which was answered very quickly.
Cons: I can't think of anything negative to say about the product.
My son turned me onto the sonos system and its the easiest thing I've ever installed! Just plug in the bridge to your router and then plug in the connect box to your stereo amp and download the sonos software! If you don't have a stereo system then you would buy the play 3 or 5 speaker. Goodby CD's ! Mike
I have a Sonos Connect on my network for internet and iTunes content with a digital connection to the hardwired whole house audio system. My remote controls are Android (HTV-EVO) phones and two PC's. I am very pleased with the sound quality, my wife asked why the radio stations sounded so much clearer. When we have guests we both love being able to adjust the volume or control the music from anywhere in the house without getting up. I'll ask the guests what music they prefer and immediately start playing something they enjoy from Pandora. TODAY WE ADDED two Sonos Play:5 units for two new zones (to play unique content at the same time or configure them for Left and Right channels in the same area). Crutchfield included two bridge units at no charge. These additions will strengthen the signal in the house and to the yard, with one S5 my wife can play different content in her office and with the other S5 we can augment the whole house content in a room w/o speakers, or play something different. The two S5's can also be reconfigured to go outside for a yard party and serve as Left and Right channels.
Cons: The Bridges and Connects are difficult for the Android's to find on the network if placed too close to your wireless router. Mine is 3' away and work fine.
Added this to an existing Sonos system without a hitch, like all Sonos products. Using it with a Onkyo 200 watt amy and Niles speaker selector with fours sets of speakers, each with Niles volume controls at the speaker location. These speakers are either JBL or Infinity 8 ohm units; two sets oustide by the pool. Works seamlessly with either SirusXM or music library on 1TB NAS drives hooked to my system. Will probably add some more Sonos in other rooms not serviced by the current system. These are great products, well made, but I think they are still too pricey and Sonos could come down somewhat in price and still do well.
Pros: Ease of install; "anyone can control it" from iPads, iPhones software. Sounds are really great when you pait two 3's together, Altogether a great system.
Cons: Prices too high
This purchase was the latest piece added to the rest of the system in our house. We've now got the kitchen, living room and master bedroom covered by Sonos. We love the flexibility and listening options the system provides. We've also gotten great customer service when we were having some network issues. We'd highly recommend it to anyone thinking about a whole house audio system.
Pros: Ease of use and listening options
I used the zone player to feed an amp connected to four outdoor speakers. Control of music content and volume from my iPhone and iPad out on the deck is perfect. The whole lineup of Sonos integrated speakers, bridges and zone players is terrific. I continue to add speakers throughout the house.
Pros: No wires to run
Cons: It's too easy to set up and makes me feel stupid because there is no challenge to it. It's virtually plug and play.
Works flawlessly with an existing amp / receiver. Easy to set up, compact. If I knew how good the sound quality of the zp120 was, I would have just got another 120 instead of the 90, and put the receiver somewhere else ( the receiver is in a closet powering our kitchen / living room ceiling speakers)
Pros: Compact, easy to set up, works flawlessly
Cons: Stays on constantly using electricity 24/7 ( minimal but adds up over time) . Have to turn the volume way up on the receiver to get sound, even with volume up on the zp90. As much as I love my sonos system, I still think its more expensive than it should be, theres more and more alternatives out there now, these didnt exist when sonos started, but there here now-cmon sonos, lower your prices!
Fantastic, If you like music, and listing to Radio. Very easy to set up. Worked right away, no problems. I use my iPad to control my music from my Family room, and out on the Patio. Really neat to control volume and change music selection.
Pros: Five Star Plus
Cons: There are NO Cons
Player does everything it claims. Works great....doesn't skip like apple airplay. I have all apple equipment routers, computers,phones and ipad works seamless. I also set up an airport express as Sonos recommends and it works great with my itunes. No complaints here.
Cons: None yet.
Lots of Internet Sources, Spotify and Sirius are the best. The on board DAC is okay but i bit stream to my pre amp and use that DAC for a more true to life sound.
Pros: Can turn off that on indicator light Uses its own wireless network to avoid network clutter. Very Small compact box, little to no heat when in use for long sessions.
Cons: Very little, If they can incorporate Air Play support that would be great so I do not have dock my Iphone to use those source files.
I'm setting up whole house audio system and was looking for versatile music source input for the multiroom amp and this is it. The product is truly amazing. I'm pretty tech savvy and don't mind having to work with settings and configurations to get things going but this item was up and running in just a few minutes. I've only tested it so far with my stereo amp and speakers and it sounds great and the iPad interface is slick.
Pros: Ease of set up. Large online user base for support questions. I had one obscure question and called support and actually reached a human at Sonos who was very helpful. And Crutchfield of course is always great.
Easy setup. If you've already got a high quality sound system, why not use it? I already had a Sonos Play3, which sounds good enough but not great, and I took the leap on buying the Connect (ZP90) to add to my existing hi-fi system (NAD pre-amp, David Hafler amp, Mission speakers). It was a breeze to hook up using my pre-amp's empty tape input & output connections, and I am VERY pleasantly surprised by how good the Sonos sounds with my system, and that's just listening to MP3s and internet radio. Looking forward to ripping some FLAC files from my favorite CDs to see just how good this Sonos really is.
This is the second Sonos Connect that I've added to my home system. Install was utterly painless. It works flawlessly. The free remote control app for iPhone also works flawlessly -- icing on the cake.
Pros: Ease of installation. Highly reliable in operation..
Cons: You must have your computer or a dedicated media server on to use the Sonos system.
I received a Sonos Bridge and Play:5 as Christmas gifts and with the accompanying warning: These things are addictive. How right the donor, my son, was. I immediately fell in love with the Sonos system and set it up next to my computer. Then, of course, I wanted to be able to drive my home theater system wirelessly. Enter the Sonos Connect. I first used it with the home theater, then moved it to my listening room where it now controls my tube amplifier and Klpisch Heresy speakers. What a dream. So now I need yet another Connect for the home theater. See, it is addictive.
Pros: Easy setup; very good software, both on the Mac and the iPad;unobtrusive
Cons: Somewhat pricey;addictive
I purchased my Sonos system ( 2 Play 5's, 1 Zone Player 90 and a Bridge) from Crutchfield and I couldn't be happier! The system is fantastic and so easy to use. The setup was a breeze and the directions were excellent. I downloaded the free controller App to my Iphone and 2 I Touches and that was free and quick. The sound is great and paired with the free Pandora makes your music library endless! I have a large collection of CD's that I thought I would have to download to my computer to use with the Sonos system but the Zone Player 90 allows me to access them and play them wirelessly through my house. This system is a homerun and I would highly recommend it to anyone!
Pros: Ease of use, sound quality and music selection is endless!
Cons: Sometimes the controller Iphone/Itouch App runs a little slow with the Pandora selections. The screen on the remote display gets stuck on a song but I listened to it everyday and it only happens every once in a while. This maybe a problem with Pandora and not the remote because it doesn't happen when you listen to your own music library
This is an Excellent product. Simple setup and works as well as the manufacturer claims. Would definitely recommend Sonos as it adds a whole new dimension to your home Audio.
I have two of these components and a portable player. It gives me the versatility I need to listen to my music anywhere in my house. I am limited only by my desire to spend the money on additional zones. The system itself does what I need it to do - play my iTunes library and give me plenty of radio choices. I could do much more but have not found the need as yet. I use the iPad and android apps and both work well. Very happy.
Pros: the Sonos system overall is just great. Simple to set up and great to have streaming music where I want it.
Cons: Nothing yet.
I am using a laptop with a Sonos Zone Player 90 to send uncompressed Itunes music files recorded from CDs to my Bose V30 audio system. The Sonos 90 connects to my latop with a network cable and then connects to the Bose with RCA jacks. When the PS Audio Digital Link III DAC is inserted in the system you connect the Sonos to the Link III Dac with an optical cable and then connect the RCA jacks from the Link III DAC to the Bose system. I left the Link III on for several hours before running tests. I like high quality music at fairly loud volumns. After playing Herb Alpert and Tchaikovsky's "March from the Nutcaracker Suite", I can not hear any discenable difference between having the Link III or just using the Sonos 90 without the Link III. I repeatedly played whole songs and switched back and forth on specific sections of the songs and could not tell any difference. This may be because the Sonos 90 does not use the computers sound cards DAC. The Sonos 90 must have a very good DAC. I was expecting a substantial improvement in soud quality and didn't get it. In addition the unit is 8.5" wide and 15" deap which makes it very hard to fit in a stero cabinet if there is a back on the cabinet. I then compared the Sonos 90 to my hi end Marantz cd player and could tell no difference between an origninal CD and the Sonos 90 playback. If you have a Sonos system, don't waist you time and money on a separate DAC if you are using uncompressed music files.
I have two of these and they work exactly as described. I use both the iPhone and iPad apps for control and they too work perfectly. I have also integrated my other sources of internet music and can easily access them through the sonos system. Highly recommended.
Love it ! I have the zonebridge hooked up to the router in livingroom on other side of house, and the zp90 hooked up to a receiver I had in garage which feeds new outside Klipsch speakers for a patio.I control everything on an Ipod touch, itunes,all local radio stations and a ton of internet radio stations along with volume control, I am more excited about this set up than the big $$ home theatre set up inside house. another bonus was the small size of these, easily hidden....
Very easy set-up and works flawlessly as advertised.
I just finished installing a new Sonos system, consisting of the Sonos 90 and the ZoneBridge for the connection to my wireless router. Took about an hour -- and it works, so far, just as advertised. So I can now pick up my iPhone, click a few buttons ... and music i've stored on my laptop is streaming out of the speakers in the living room. It's kind of a dream come true. For all the complicated stuff going on in the background, it's about as simple as it could possibly be. Buy this thing - you'll be very, very happy that you did
This product blew me away. It was easy to set up and gives one a whole new access to a a ton of music via Pandora and possibly other services and literally unleashes your Itunes library by giving easy ready access to all your artists and albums. It makes internet radio so easy to use. It organizes everything in such a great way. There was some great thought that must have gone into designing this product line and I know that I am only scratching the surface of what it will do. Best sound investment I've made in years. Go to their online site to learn more about what this product will do.
I did a lot of research on many components of the Sonos system for months before I finally decided to pull the trigger. I ordered a Zone Player 90 (hooked to my AVR in family room), an S-5 (for my fire pit) and of course a Zone Bridge which is the heart of the system. I expected this wireless system to be awesome when it was set up but it is so much more than that. Why I didn't buy this 3 years ago is beyond me. The set up for everything was really a piece of cake. I did run into a minor problem when trying to add my iTunes into the Sonos software of my PC. It turned out to be a glitch with my McAfee anti-virus software and was easily resolved directly with Sonos over the phone (they accessed my computer remotely and fixed the problem). Also downloaded the Sonos app on my iTouch which works seamlessly as the controller for my system. The customer service that Crutchfield and Sonos (direct) offers is just phenomenal. I now have an incredible wireless system in my home that I can build upon for years!! If you are wavering on this purchase, JUST BUY IT!
Finally I have hi fi again instead of ipod quality. Ripped my CD's into FLAC audio format and when played back though the SONOS connected to my amplifier via a fiber TOS and the output is into some grand old AR speakers have a sound I haven't heard is many years. I've had these speakers through vinyl to CD's and now digital. My FLAC collection is on a NAS and I can sit in my arm chair and hear great audio and select any song from thousands in my collection in any order and instantly. The best experience yet.
If only my dad could see me now....back in the day he had charts and graphs for all of us to understand the intricate stereo system he had set up in the house. The Sonos system is so easy I had my husband using it within 5 minutes!! The amazing universe of music choices is fantastic....even with a huge music library, your own songs can get boring sometimes. It's great to have so many choices. I would recommend the Sonos to anyone!
I had been listening to Pandora through my iphone hooked to my central music system for some time but was not satisfied with the sound quality. After much research I chose the Sonos ZP90. I decided to hard wire the ZP90 to my ATT modem instead of using the Zone Bridge wireless in order to save some money. The cat5 cable was about $20. Once installed the system was very easy to set up. The sound quality was very good from Pandora but still not excellent. I purchased the Pandora upgrade (once a year fee) and am now very satisfied with the sound quality. I use my iphone as a controller as well as my desktop. It's been non-stop music ever since. I have found both old music I hadn't heard in decades as well as new music I have now purchased. What a great innovation.
After reading about the product I was amazed that it was everything and more. The ease of use and installation is wonderful. I probably don't have the appreciation for sound quality as some but this sounds really good to me. It truley adds alot to my home entertainment. I would also like to comment on Crutchfield service it to is amazing. I actualy talked to someone who had and tested this equipment and answered my questions from the point of view of a user.
I learned of the Sonos system at a New Year's Eve party and decided to try it. I went to the local big box store and despite a major display the sales help was clueless. I called Crutchfield and the representative answered all of my questions with total precision and professionalism. I ordered 2 Zoneplayer 90's and 1 S5 that arrived in 2 days with free shipping. I loaded the software on my PC, hooked one zoneplayer up to my ethernet network router and followed the simple instructions to create the Sonos wireless mesh network. Within 20 minutes I had the most incredible music coming from all over my house. I'm an audiophile and I can honest say that the quality of the sound is incredible. Morevoer, the software is outstandingly simple yet totally comprehensive. Add the free iPhone application and it just does not get any better. Congrats to Sonos for a great invention and to Crutchfield for their outstanding service!
I set up my whole house with 4 zones, with Bose Companion 3 systems. Very nice combo. The optical jack are a nice feature too. Extremely easy to set up. You can't beat the iphone app. I always carry my phone with me, so i always have a remote. [Didn't even get the Sonos remote.] I was told by the Crutchfield guys that the iPhone App might take a second or two to adjust the sound levels, or change music. I find NO lag at all. I do, notice that when you go into the Sonos App, it takes about 2 seconds to connect to the system. The Sonos remote MAY be react more immediately, but i can't confirm. Not a huge deal either way. Also, on the iPhone app: You can't change the playlist from random to playing in order. You can only do that from the computer [and possibly the Sonos remote, again, can't confirm that]. If you play a playlist, and you set it to play randomly from the computer, when you try to play just an album or artist by itself, it will play one song from that album, and then go to another song in the system at random. The workaround is to have additional playlists, or take the system off the random setting via the computer. Not a huge deal. One note on speakers: Some have auto shutoff timer mechanisms. My Bose CineMate system has that. After 90 minutes of no sound, it shuts off. Kind of defeats the purpose of a whole-house system. When I want to play that zone, I have to turn on the system separately.
Great sound, great software and easy setup. This device does everything the manufacturer claims it will do. Setup took about 10 minutes, but only because the software did an automatic update when I installed it on my computer. I will buy another one soon.
I love music but found I was only using my Denon AVR-3805 amplifier and Denon DVD-2910 DVD/CD player to watch the occasional movie because constantly changing music CDs was inhibiting. So I recorded all the tracks of my CDs in uncompressed WAV files to an external drive, used Ethernet cat 6 cables to connect through a Wireless Router, and connected the ZonePlayer 90 optically. Then I installed the simple software on my Windows laptop (connected to my external drive by USB cable), the hardware connected and a quality of music played from my speakers that sounded every bit as good if not better than if I played those same tracks on the CD player! This is a high quality medium whose delivery only can only be impaired by compressing music files (garbage in, garbage out) or by using an analog rather than optical (digital) output from the ZonePlayer to the amplifier. (The optical (digital ) connection bypasses the ZonePlayer's digital/analog converter to use the higher quality built-in d/a converter of your amplifier.) For those wishing with Macs wishing to store music files on HP MediaSmart drives (my next situation), the trick according to HP engineers is to run a full Windows operating system on a separate partition. Failure results when Mac people rely on the Windows emulation software 'Bootstap' and then express frustration at the unsatisfying result. I highly recommend the Zonos system.
How many times have you shelled out a bit more for electronics than you (and significant other) would have liked, only to be disappointed? Fortunately, this will not be one of those times. This smaller non-amped zone for the Sonos system is the perfect starter piece or addition to your sonos setup, assuming you have powered speakers or any kind of stereo or home theater receiver already set up. The size and price are much smaller than the larger ZP120 (which you would use for non powered speakers). I use one of these for my "base" in that I have it wired to my router (for internet radio, pandora, other music services and the occasional sonos update) wired to my network storage (for all my own music, and this way i don't need a computer on, though you could instead have a computer on your network with your files) and wired via digital co-ax to my onkyo receiver for playing the music. I also have my TV outputting its audio TO this sonos box, so that it can be distributed to other rooms in my house. Every other Sonos box I have in my house is a ZP120 with speakers wired to it, that is only plugged into the wall for power but everything else is wireless to and from each other using the Sonos mesh network. It only takes minutes to plug it in and have it working. Also, there is excellent service both on crutchfield's side for getting the pieces and price, etc. and then surprisingly excellent customer service on sonos' side for any help and diagnostics. Highly recommended.
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.
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 system 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.
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.
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:
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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I have been very happy with the Sonos Connect in my living room system. I am setting up a secondary system in my garage and ordering one for the garage system. I live in an area with poor radio reception and we have a great jazz station here in San Diego (shout out for KSDS 88.3) so now I can listen to it in great fidelity while doing stuff in the garage :) [ James Sep 19, 2017 ]
I've been happy with the Sonos PLAY:1 and want to add streaming capabilities to my existing component system.[ Walter Sep 19, 2017 ]
To connect my current system to my Sonos system.[ James Sep 16, 2017 ]
Sonos is the most reliable multi-room music system.[ Thomas Van Sep 06, 2017 ]
Have one already and like it a lot; expanding system to another room; good price on open box item[ Roberto Sep 04, 2017 ]
This thing rocks[ V Sep 01, 2017 ]
I wanted the flexibility of slaving a "sonosnet" from my Denon entertainment unit; having all the same tunes throughout the house or breaking up the house into zones.[ Jason A. Aug 20, 2017 ]
looks like a good upgrade to my older SqueezeBox device. may add wireless speakers in future.[ Ed Aug 13, 2017 ]
To couple our Marshall Woburn bluetooth speaker with our Sonos Playbar.[ Douglas Aug 07, 2017 ]
I've used both for a number of years and when I needed sound again for another home, there was no question what I would buy.[ Michael Aug 02, 2017 ]
Connecting this to a Russel amp to get Sonos through my existing in-wall speaker system![ Steven Jul 30, 2017 ]
Ease of used and friend recommendations[ Daniel Jul 28, 2017 ]
Easy, reliable software.....sounds great.[ Harvey Jul 27, 2017 ]
needed to finish sound system at home[ Robert Jul 12, 2017 ]
Product fulfills additional needs with my home stereo system. Was fairly priced and merchant has always been good to deal with.[ Jack Jul 11, 2017 ]
AWESOME PRODUCT!!!!! AMAZING QUALITY OF SOUND AND EASE OF USE![ Christopher Jul 10, 2017 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]