Amplified streaming music system for home speakers
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Listen to music from your computer and the Internet on any speakers
Get ready for more of your favorite music in any room of your house. The Sonos Connect:Amp makes it simple, and you won't have to run wires around your home. Hook this amplified music player up to a pair of speakers, and it connects to the Internet and your computer wirelessly — either with your existing Wi-Fi® network or by creating its own dedicated network with a wired connection with the Sonos Boost (sold separately).
Powerful amplifier for crystal-clear playback
A built-in 55-watt-per-channel amplifier delivers your music in full-bodied, dynamic stereo sound. And the Connect:Amp's compact design means it can fit in much smaller spaces than traditional stereo components.
You probably already own a Sonos controller
You can use an iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad®, or Android™ phone to control any and all Sonos players. A free download turns your smartphone and tablet into a full-fledged Sonos controller. Easily navigate and search through playlists and tracks stored on your computer, or select an Internet radio station. Create customized playlists on the fly for individual rooms or for playback over your entire Sonos system. You can also mute or adjust the volume of each of your players.
Spotify®, Apple Music™, SiriusXM, and more at your fingertips
The Sonos system works seamlessly with a host of streaming music services, including Pandora®, Spotify, Apple Music, Rhapsody®, TIDAL and more. You also have access to thousands of Internet radio stations from around the world through TuneIn Radio, and terrestrial radio stations through iHeartRadio. If you subscribe to SiriusXM Internet Radio, you can tune into all your favorite programming on any Sonos player in your system.
Play music stored on your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®
Sonos now gives you convenient wireless access to music and podcasts stored in the Music app of iOS devices, for playback throughout your entire Sonos system. This function works on devices running iOS6 or later (see below for full list of compatible Apple devices). The system even lets you connect multiple Apple players at once. For instance, you can queue up songs from your iPhone to play in the kitchen while you cook, and your spouse can stream a podcast in the den at the same time.
Expand your Sonos system
You can have up to 32 Sonos music players in your system, and each one can play an independent selection of individual tracks or playlists. Listen to jazz in the den while your spouse plays rock music in the kitchen, or pump a single playlist of songs throughout the entire house during a party.
- built-in stereo amplifier: 55 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.02% THD
- communicates with other Sonos players via Wi-Fi or a dedicated Sonosnet 2.0 wireless network
- control your Sonos system with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android device, or computer free download available
- plays MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and Ogg Vorbis files (firmware is upgradable to support future audio formats)
- not compatible with protected AAC files from iTunes
- play music and podcasts stored in the Music app of an iPhone (3GS or later), iPad (iPad 2 or later), and iPod touch (4th generation or later)
- plays songs from subscription streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Rhapsody, TIDAL, and more
- plays streaming Internet radio stations from TuneIn Radio and iHeartRadio
- plays programming from SiriusXM Internet Radio - subscription required
- plays personalized Internet radio stations from Pandora®
- multi-zone synchronous playback (same music plays in multiple zones simultaneously) or multi-stream playback (each plays individually selected music)
- allows connection of an audio component such as a CD player, FM tuner, or a portable music player (music from such sources can be played back on any player in your system)
- front-panel controls for volume and muting
- bass, treble, balance, and volume controls accessible via remote
- 2-port Ethernet switch
- binding-post speaker terminals
- subwoofer output
- analog stereo input
- 7-5/16"W x 3-1/2"H x 8-1/8"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- requires high-speed Internet connection
What's in the Box:
- Connect:Amp player
- 6' AC power cord
- 5' Ethernet cable (with male RJ-45 plugs on each end)
- "Set It Up" booklet
- Important Product Information booklet
By far the best product for streaming music. I own several of these units and am considering buying more.
Mike, Bridgewater, MA
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Sonos Multiroom Eco-System: The Connect:Amp is part of the Sonos wireless multiroom music eco-system consisting of a family of wireless network speakers, players, and amplifiers. Start with the Connect:Amp and add other Sonos products over time - including the Sonos PLAY:1 / PLAY:3 / PLAY:5 powered speakers, the Sonos One voice-activated speaker, the Sonos Connect:Amp / Connect zone players, and the PLAYBAR / PLAYBASE / BEAM soundbar speakers (all sold separately). With multiple zones, you can play the same or different songs in different rooms of your home. Up to 32 Sonos devices can be connected in one system.
Class-D Amplifier: The Sonos Connect:Amp incorporates a built-in state-of-the-art Class-D amplifier that can power large or small speakers. The amplifier is rated 55W x 2Ch into 8Ω, 73.5W x 2Ch into 6Ω, and 110W x 2Ch into 4Ω. You can connect a pair of 4Ω to 8Ω speakers, or four 8Ω speakers.
Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: Sonos brings great sounding music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring project through SonosNet or WiFi.
- SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: Sonos can utilize its own SonosNet proprietary wireless mesh network technology to provides superior wireless range for whole-house coverage, ensure synchronous music playback, and avoid sources of wireless interference. The transmitting range of the Sonos wireless system is approximately 100', depending upon your home's layout. In addition to the Connect:Amp, you will need a Sonos Boost (sold separately) connected to your network router/modem via a Ethernet cable.
- WiFi Wireless Network: Sonos can also operate over your home's existing WiFi network (802.11 b/g; 2.4GHz). Because you are connecting wirelessly to your home's existing WiFi network, you do not need to hardwire a Sonos Boost to your router/modem. The Sonos system's wireless range will be dependent on your home's existing WiFi network. Sonos products manufactured after March 2014 are loaded with the proper firmware and ready to go out of the box for WiFi connectivity. All Sonos products manufactured prior to that date will require a first wire connection to facilitate a firmware upgrade and hereafter they will be able to work over WiFi.
- 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).
Music Streaming Services: Sonos gives you access to unlimited music; such as your iTunes library, your favorite music services, and thousands of Internet radio stations, shows, and podcasts.
- Online Music Services: Sonos works seamlessly with TuneIn, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Rhapsody, TIDAL, Deezer, SoundCloud, and more; plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service availability varies by region.) Click here for the latest online music services (some online services require a paid subscription).
- Music Libraries: Sonos supports playback of music from any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home network where you have shared music folders. Sonos can play music stored on up to 16 PCs, Macs or NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices on your home network, supporting the most popular audio formats. Sonos indexes your music folders so you can view your music collection by categories (such as artists, albums, composers, genres, or tracks). Sonos supports the following audio file formats - MP3 (compressed), WMA (compressed), AAC (MPEG4), iTunes, Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, FLAC (lossless), WAV (uncompressed), and AIFF (uncompressed).
- iTunes Music: The Sonos wireless music system supports the playback of music and playlists managed with your iTunes account (playlists are limited to 40,000 tracks). Sonos can access your iTunes music files from your network computer or directly from your Apple iPod iOS device (4.0+) running the Sonos app.
Sonos Controller App: Sonos allows you to control its audio setup, playback functions, and search features through the Sonos Controller app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.3+) or the Sonos Controller software (for Windows PC (7-up) and Mac OS X 10.10-up) - letting you control the entire Sonos eco-system from your compatible smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer. The new navigation bar (My Sonos, Rooms, Browse, Search and More) at the bottom of the app makes finding what you're looking for effortless and moving between music quicker than ever.
- My Sonos: Organize your music with the My Sonos tab. It's the simplest way to combine and access all the music you love. Bringing together in one simple screen all your favorite songs, playlists, albums, podcasts and radio stations from across your different music services.
- Now Playing: The Now Playing screen features album art and basic playback controls. For a deeper look into the music you're listening to, the "Info View" screen gives you artist bios, album reviews and concert listings. See related artist suggestions to discover a new band for your queue. You can also add to your playlists, delete songs from your library, and share tracks to Twitter or Facebook.
- Rooms: You can choose to play different songs in different rooms, choose to group all rooms together to hear the same music throughout your home, or choose to group only certain rooms together for music playback. You can also crank up the volume for each room individually or together.
- Browse & Search: Browse your music services, favorites, internet radio, personal music library and playlists. You can browse your music content by Album, Artist, Song, or Playlist. You can even search across all of your music services and files simultaneously, so you can find the music you love instantly.
- More: Provides personalized & custom settings for your Sonos system. Adjust and audio settings like bass, treble, balance, and loudness for each room location.
Note: The Sonos device, Apple iOS/Android device, Windows PC, and/or Mac computer must be connected to the same wireless network.
Alexa Compatible: Through a free network software update you'll be able to control your Sonos system through any Alexa-enabled device - including the Sonos One and Amazon Echo (sold separately - see Accessories Tab). Using the Amazon Alexa device as you normally would; just say "Alexa" and the name of the Sonos room you want to play a particular music service through when instructing Alexa to play music. Play a song, skip forward and back through playlists, target one room or an existing group of rooms, and adjust volume - all using your voice.
- Alexa supports Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn Radio, and SiriusXM music services (Spotify control is coming soon). When instructing Alexa to play a particular artist, the song will begin playing from your default music service, set in the Alexa app, unless you specify the service in your voice instruction.
- For a complete list of Alexa voice commands you can use with Sonos, click here.
- Any non-music related commands will still play over your Alexa device (weather, traffic, flash briefs, etc).
- You will need to search and enable the Sonos skill from the Alexa app on your mobile device or computer.
- Your Sonos equipment and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices must be on the same wireless network.
Google Assistant: The Google Assistant will be supported by Sonos in 2018 through an over-the-network firmware update.
Controls/Indicators: The Connect:Amp's only controls are a mute button and a rocker-type volume control, both mounted on the front of the unit. An LED status indicator flashes white when powering up or connecting to the Sonos Digital Music System, and lights solid white when powered up and connected to the music system.
Optional Wireless Subwoofer: The optional Sonos SUB 1 Wireless Subwoofer (sold separately) can be linked to the Connect:Amp to enhance the sound in the room. The set-up procedure for the Sub lets you select the size of the speakers connected to the Connect:Amp, and adjusts the crossover automatically. Through the Sonos Controller software, you can also set the phase and level of the subwoofer to match it to the stereo speakers.
Home Network Requirements: To access Internet music services, Internet radio, and any digital music stored on your computer or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device, your home network must meet the following requirements:
- High-speed DSL/Cable modem, or fiber-to-the-home broadband connection for proper playback of Internet-based music services. If your Internet service provider only offers Satellite Internet access, you may experience playback issues due to fluctuation in download rates.
- If your modem is not a modem/router combination and you want to take advantage of Sonos' automatic online updates, or stream music from an Internet-based music service, you must install a wireless router in your home network. If you don't have a wireless router, you will need to purchase and install one before setting up your system.
- You will need the Sonos Controller application for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.3+, or the Sonos Controller software program for Windows PC 7-up and Mac OS x 10.10-up.
- Connect at least one Sonos component to your home network router using an Ethernet cable, and then you can add other Sonos components wirelessly. Or setup your Sonos component wirelessly via WiFi without any hardwire connection.
- For best results, you should connect the computer or NAS drive that contains your personal music library collection to your home network router using an Ethernet cable.
- Make sure all of your Sonos components have the latest software update installed.
Note: Although Sonos is compatible with most networking equipment, some network devices are incompatible. Usually when networking hardware does not work with Sonos, it's because it lacks support for the network protocols that Sonos uses to operate, like UPnP, STP, and SMB/CIFS.
Automatic Updates: The Connect:Amp supports free automatic software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services to enjoy. Simply register the Connect:Amp and Sonos will automatically notify you when software updates are available through the Sonos Controller app. By simply pressing one button your system updates itself.
Speaker Outputs: The Connect:Amp has two pairs of spring-loaded binding posts, which can accept pin connectors, single banana plugs, and bare wire. The terminals cannot accept dual banana plugs or spade connectors. You can connect a pair of 4-ohm or 8-ohm speakers to the Connect:Amp.
2-Port Ethernet Switch: There are 2 female RJ-45 connectors for plugging in Category 5 Ethernet cables. You can connect a router, computer, or an additional network device, such as a network-attached storage (NAS) device. Specifications: 10/100 Mbps, auto MDI/MDIX.
Analog Input: You can connect an external source, such as a portable music player or a CD player, to the unit's left and right RCA jacks. The input jacks automatically detect a device is connected, and the source appears in the system. Music from the external source can be played in any zone. The volume is controlled by the Sonos Digital Music System, however, the playback (pause, music selection, etc.) must be controlled at the source.
Subwoofer Output: The Connect:Amp is equipped with a mono RCA subwoofer output, allowing you to connect the player to a powered subwoofer with an LFE or line level input. The system will detect when a cable is connected to the subwoofer output, and adjust the crossover frequency automatically.
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Why did you buy this?
more versatile than Heos. It enables me to connect my wired speakers to the connect-amp & stream my computer library wirelessly. Plus I plan on adding more speakers to my Denon Home Audio system. What's not to like?? THANK YOU [ JOHNNY Sep 18, 2018 ]
I have been switching over to Sonos and have been impressed with the quality of the products as well as the ease of use. I have outdoor Bose speakers I plan to power with this and integrate into my Sonos network. [ GREG A Sep 08, 2018 ]
I set up a Sonos multi-amp system for a friend and was really impressed with both the hardware and the support i got from Sonos. I set up 5 Sonos amps for 5 separate zones of music in a very big house. Her husband listens to the news while he works, she listens to her music while she works. On entertainment nights she plays the same music over several amps. It is amazingly versatile and i am still really impressed. It is initially expensive but very much worth it. [ James Aug 17, 2018 ]
Because I bought my speakers, speaker wire and volume controls from you. [ David Michael Aug 07, 2018 ]
My son in law has one and really likes it and the reviews were excellent. [ Thomas Jul 26, 2018 ]
It is great solution for our whole house and bar/office sonos system. This will allow me to expand our outdoor speakers [ john Jul 15, 2018 ]
Excellent sound quality, ease of use, and great Crutchfield service. [ Joe Jul 10, 2018 ]
have speakers and this is a fantastic solution to stream music through out. Love the product!! [ N Jun 26, 2018 ]
Ease of use and ability to connect with multiple music streaming services. [ James Jun 19, 2018 ]
Had sub and satellite combo that wanted to use in my garage rather than sell them [ Lee Jun 10, 2018 ]
works with apple music [ Larry Jun 04, 2018 ]
Free wire [ Kevin May 30, 2018 ]
I thought it would be a good addition and plan to use it with my Bose outdoor speakers. [ RONALD May 14, 2018 ]
Setting up a new system. Suggested by our AV guy and researched by us. Always happy to work with Crutchfield. [ MICHAEL May 07, 2018 ]
simplicity of setup and use.... [ KURT May 04, 2018 ]
To add to our existing sonos system - this will drive outdoor speakers [ Steven Apr 24, 2018 ]
Because it is an awesome product! [ Michael Apr 08, 2018 ]
This will be the third one of these installed in my home. They work very well within the style and volume of music that I listen to. [ WILLIAM Apr 02, 2018 ]
To utilize my current in wall speakers. [ Jim Mar 20, 2018 ]
customer rep walked me through the functionality and fit what I was looking for in order to distribute audio easily via iphone [ Ray Mar 14, 2018 ]
Great reviews and it supports Slacker Radio. [ Shalin Mar 08, 2018 ]
It's Sonos [ JEFF Mar 01, 2018 ]
part of existing system [ JITEN Feb 12, 2018 ]
This one has amplifier equipped on it as well as original Sonos Connect functions. [ Jihyo Dec 04, 2017 ]
Plug and play anywhere you have internet and freestanding speakers. [ Charlie Nov 27, 2017 ]
I have two other Connect:Amps and it just makes listening to music so simple. [ Joseph Nov 13, 2017 ]
Connect existing ceiling speakers [ Pauline Oct 17, 2017 ]
Matched system [ David Oct 12, 2017 ]
Adding to my Sonos system. Finally music in the bathroom! [ Obadiah Oct 02, 2017 ]
Sonos is such a great product! [ ANTHONY Sep 19, 2017 ]
To run outside Klipsch speakers [ Paul Sep 11, 2017 ]
I want to power 6 Polk RC80i in ceiling speakers purchased for a new construction home. Also purchased 3 Play:1's to add to different rooms. [ Anthony Aug 22, 2017 ]
Compact and versatile. [ David Aug 12, 2017 ]
just received my first sonos amp - to power my outdoor speakers - decided to add another to power the built in speakers in the kitchen! [ Gregory Jul 27, 2017 ]
need small amp to power outdoor speakers! [ louis Jul 23, 2017 ]
Great reviews and research I had done. [ James Jul 20, 2017 ]
Great fun to have music everywhere I want it! I am replacing units damaged by an electrical surge- and a surge protector! [ Martin Jun 09, 2017 ]
Adding to existing Sonos system [ Hitesh Jun 05, 2017 ]
Love to use Sonos products, I have many throughout my home, and wanted one to power outside speakers! [ Tucker May 24, 2017 ]
Liked what I read about the product on the Crutchfield site [ Robert May 17, 2017 ]
To work with my other Sonos gear, the best whole house audio system on the market. [ Danny May 15, 2017 ]
I am familiar with the product and suites my needs for expansion of outdoor speakers [ howard May 14, 2017 ]
Love my Play 3s and want to enjoy Sonos on my back patio which is pre-wired for speakers [ Michael May 08, 2017 ]
to add to my existing sonos systems. Needed a 'connect' for exterior speakers. [ M May 06, 2017 ]
for wireless [ Jeffrey May 05, 2017 ]
Great reviews! Going to use this with my Polk Audio Atrium Garden speakers [ Philip May 01, 2017 ]
I have purchased previously [ TIMOTHY D Apr 11, 2017 ]
online reviews [ Matthew Mar 31, 2017 ]
already have other compatible SONOS products [ Jan Mar 20, 2017 ]
Versatile amp for computer speakers as well as use in a multiple speaker set up all Sonos. Good power. [ David Mar 14, 2017 ]
Great experience with previous Sonos products. [ David Mar 14, 2017 ]
I can't say enough good things about SONOS' Connect:Amp, they are so sweet. Full features (except for the fact that you can't setup them to output in mono like competitor HEOS products) and perfect for powering a set of outdoor patio speakers etc. I've got about six (6) zones of SONOS in my home and continue to add more and more each year. Keep it up SONOS ! [ HiTech Upgrades Jan 09, 2017 ]
I can go anywhere in my house and still control the wireless system. It has great range and the sound is amazing. Thank you to my advisor(Tony) who recommended this for my home. I liked the first one so much, I am ordering a second to add to my system. [ FARRAR Jan 09, 2017 ]
Adding a zone to existing Sonos-based distributed audio in home, powering in-ceiling Monitor Audio CW-180 speakers. I already know this to be a quality product with robust and versatile operation and audio sourcing options, and great tech support when needed. [ Jack Jan 08, 2017 ]
Easy to use [ Charles Dec 01, 2016 ]
Recommended by Dallas [ Chesley Nov 29, 2016 ]
I have existing speakers around my pool and did not want to abandon them for new ones just yet, but wanted to upgrade to poolside control of the audio source. The SONOS Connect:Amp was the perfect solution to my issue. This unit drives all of the existing speaker units easily and allows me to have control of the music, or any other content, from my mobile devices as long as I am in range of my home's Wi-Fi. I highly recommend SONOS and plan to buy more of their products in the future. [ Richard Nov 25, 2016 ]
Adding a new music zone to an outstanding system of 10+ rooms. [ RICHARD Oct 01, 2016 ]
Own one and love it. [ CHRISTOPHER Sep 24, 2016 ]
Already had speakers. [ James Jul 12, 2016 ]
I love sonos. Have it everywhere in my house and need these to get my outdoor speakers connected. [ John Jul 06, 2016 ]
I purchased two; one powers 4 ceiling mounted Klipsch speakers in a casita and one powers 4 PSB CS1000 outdoor speakers. They are 4-ohm stable and provided plenty of clean power for the speakers, and are able to drive the speakers nicely at volumes well above my normal requirements. [ GARY Jun 16, 2016 ]
Item was chosen to add Sonos speakers to outdoor deck. [ John Jun 09, 2016 ]
Songs is amazing [ Suresh Jun 02, 2016 ]
System is wonderful have enjoyed it for the past two years [ Jim Jun 01, 2016 ]
Purchased (2) to hook up two sets of outside speakers to be controlled by Sonos App without having to go inside to my manual Niles SSVC-6 [ James S. May 31, 2016 ]
Best quality [ Jeffrey Alexand May 08, 2016 ]
The connect amp solves several needs in one easy-to-use package [ Kent May 04, 2016 ]
Needed it to drive existing outdoor speakers. [ Ryan May 03, 2016 ]
Love Sonos products [ H May 01, 2016 ]
Existing system [ Martyn Apr 23, 2016 ]
AMP to drive my ceiling speaker in the kitchen. [ Vladimir Apr 04, 2016 ]
I love the Sonos system. When I was renovating my house, Crutchfield advised me to install speakers in the walls and ceilings and use the Sonos amp to drive those speakers. Now I have music in every room of the house. I love it because it's like magic; there are no components in the rooms, but each is filled with music. It's a brilliant system. [ JEANNE Mar 29, 2016 ]
Best WIFI wireless amp on the market. [ JIM Mar 25, 2016 ]
To insure that my audio system will work with my Sonos purchases [ P Mar 25, 2016 ]
to play music at the house [ DAVID Mar 20, 2016 ]
Base unit to drive other components [ Oreste Mar 09, 2016 ]
reception [ John Mar 03, 2016 ]
I love the concept of having control over my music from anywhere in the house, while being using my existing speakers. [ CHAD Mar 02, 2016 ]
Powers a great set of older Klipsch speakers with Sonos functionalities; will be my 3rd of these Sonos Connect amps; expensive but excellent [ David Feb 27, 2016 ]
To connect outdoor speakers to Sonos system! [ Carolyn Feb 20, 2016 ]
I have in-ceiling speakers in two rooms. I wanted to use them with Sonos :) [ ALEX Feb 04, 2016 ]
This is my second unit. The first one was purchased upon the recommendation of Tony, who selected the connectAMP for my application. It was an excellent choice and I'm very pleased with the results. [ B Jan 28, 2016 ]
My house has in-ceiling speakers in multiple rooms, I wanted a simple system to merge all rooms into the same audio delivery network. [ Chris Jan 18, 2016 ]
Simplicity. We have an old connect and was looking for another low cost amp to drive the Polk 4's but I hate cables and boxes plus Sonos is just hands-down the best in our minds. It's a lot to spend but it beats some big clunky stereo receive as the amp, it eliminates noise from RCA cables going from a Connect to a stand alone AMP. One power cord, two speaker wire pairs and I'm done. Love it. [ DAN Jan 15, 2016 ]
Advisor recommended [ Benjamin Jan 14, 2016 ]
To connect my outdoor wired zone speaker to my home theater after my wife booted me out of living room setup. [ MARTIN Jan 06, 2016 ]
To use as a remote amp to power existing in ceiling speakers for whole house system. [ Stephen Jan 05, 2016 ]
Needed to get streaming music to bathroom that had pre-wired in-ceiling speakers. This Sonos Connect:Amp sits next to my surround Amp and can be switched (via remote audio switch) in and out depending on streaming or local content. [ Stanley Jan 02, 2016 ]
Power new speakers in backyard. Pricey, but simple and convenient system. [ Nicholas Dec 22, 2015 ]
I already own SONOS components and can attest to there quality! [ LUIS A Dec 22, 2015 ]
we need to connect our outdoor hard wired speakers to the rest of the system [ Patrick Dec 17, 2015 ]
like play 1 [ THOMAS L Dec 15, 2015 ]
Ability to stream music through in-ceiling speakers. Eventually plan to add additional Sonos PLAY units to stream throughout house. [ Jeffrey Dec 08, 2015 ]
I am using 2 already and they work great. [ Mina Dec 07, 2015 ]
Recommended by Andy in customer group at Crutchfield [ Robert Dec 03, 2015 ]
23 questions already asked
2 answers I have an outdoor system around my pool with Niles SI amps connected to a Marantz multi-zone receiver. Is it possible to replace the Marantz with a Sonos unit? I use it for playing movies with a projector and for the sound to come from rock speakers or for music around the pool. [ GregB Aug 21, 2018 ]
You can use the Sonos Connect Zone Player with each of those Niles amps to play any audio that Sonos can stream. Here is the Connect Zone Player: www.crutchfield.com/p_616ZP90/item.html My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul Aug 29, 2018 ] Staff
I'm "not' familiar with the working of a Sonos Unit which apparently work wireless. Niles SI Unit which is wired, allows connecting your Amp. source and controlling several set of speakers wired. [ Devon Aug 21, 2018 ]
4 answers Is it possible to control different speakers with different devices at the same time ? For example, using the App, can i play my music in the living room using my phone/laptop, while my son plays music in his room and outside using his tablet ? Is there a limit to how many devices can be used at the same time, [ assuming that each device would control a different set of speakers/zones ? Thanks ! [ Robert Mar 03, 2018 ]
Yes, I just tested using 2 phones and I'm able to play music in one room, BBC in another controlling from separate phones at the same time. You select the rooms icon to select the room you are interested. You can also see what your son is playing while listening to something else. [ Steve Mar 06, 2018 ]
You sure can. We have at least 6 devices and 15 speakers. I've never noticed anything abnormal as our Sonos farm has grown. We love Sonos! Enjoy! [ Robert Mar 03, 2018 ]
The whole sonos system, which includes your sonos devices (sonos connect/amps and connected speakers, sonos speakers, etc.) and sonos app that you control from mobile devices or computers are all integrated as long as they are all connected to the same WiFi. If so, then any mobile device/computer connected to the sonos system and WiFi can operate sonos devices that are part of the integrated system. So assume you have two sonos devices; one device is connected to a set of outside speakers and the other device connected to a set of inside speakers. Both sonos devices can be controlled from any mobile device or computer connected to the sonos system. You can play the same music on both (integrated) or different music on each. That is the primary value of the sonos products. [ William Mar 03, 2018 ]
Each connect:amp plays one set of speakers streaming the same music. to stream other music in other parts of the house you would need a additional sonos speakers or connect:amp with attached speakers. I run 5 zones in my house and yes, each zone can play different music. [ W. DAVIS Mar 03, 2018 ]
I have used a sonos amp with a whole home audio that has individual volume controls and it works great. We have moved and I've used a sonos connect connected to a multi room amp without any issues. I think you will only need one zone to control the rooms that you have speakers to. [ SETH Aug 18, 2017 ]
You can by using the Russound ADP-1/2 speaker level adapter: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_543ADP12/item.html My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul Aug 07, 2017 ] Staff
I use mine to do that. You could connect two I suppose but I'm not sure why you would want to do so. It works great with one connect powering the two BOSE [ PAUL Jun 04, 2017 ]
I would use a Sonos Connect and a separate amp that meets the power needs of your installation [ E Jun 03, 2017 ]
1 answer Hi - I am building a new house - and I like the idea of in ceiling speakers. But I want to be able to stream. I would like 3 zones (i.e. be able to play music independently in each.) I like the Sonos system but I prefer the look of the wired speakers in the ceiling and given all the ceilings are open am wondering what I should do? I am not a huge audiophile and do not want to spend $$$. Advice for a non-techy much appreciated. [ speaker Apr 21, 2017 ]
The Crutchfield A/V Design Group will be best suited to help you with this: http://www.crutchfield.com/Institutional/diy.aspx This specially-trained group of advisors can go over what you have, what you want, and recommend the components & cabling you'll need to get the performance and capabilities you require in each location. I hope that helps! [ Kenny Apr 22, 2017 ] Staff
4 answers how many speakers can link up to this? Right now we plan to put 14 in ceiling speakers in the house we are building. One in each room of the house. I'm wanting something to be able to play them all, if I could divide them in different zones. I'm really confused as to what all I need to make this work. [ morganlp Feb 27, 2017 ]
I believe this unit is only good to 4 ohms, so if you are running 8 ohm speakers you can only connect 2 pairs. That said, I currently run 8 pairs off of 1 unit. I installed impedance matching volume controllers from Niles ion each room... One controller for each pair of speakers. I set all of the controllers to 8 ohms and they ensure that the Sonos amp only "sees" a load it can safely handle. I have had this setup in place for over 4 years and run the speakers for hours at a time with no issues. Hope this helps [ Jeff Mar 02, 2017 ]
You can link up to 1 pair of 4 ohms speaker or 2 pairs of 8 ohms speakers to each Sonos Connect amp....if you need to connect all 14 speakers you would have to get a speaker switch/ selector to play all speakers at the same time..... However please note that the Sonos Connect amp can only play 1 zone of music or source.....that's means all 14 speakers will be playing the same music or source at the same time. If you want to play different music in each room or separate the rooms or zones ...then you would have to get a Sonos Connect amp per zone or room of your choice. I would recommend using a much advance multi-room /source amplifier/ processor to connect all 14 speakers , which would then be 7 zones, ... just to have the flexibility of powering and playing each room independently. I hope this helps you....... [ Richard Mar 02, 2017 ]
My understanding is that in theory you can connect as many as you like. The power of this will limit the # of speakers. I would suggest the using the bridge with a separate amp with enough power to run them all. Crutchfield has many. I am currently using the bridge connected to a Russound amp and love the sound quality. It gets quite loud too if wanted. [ Brent Mar 01, 2017 ]
so i think the problem you will run into is capacity of the amp. its only around 50 watts which isn't alot of power for 14 speakers. i have a connect amp which i ran into a speaker selector and i can run 4 sets of small speakers off it, but thats about it. the Sonos is great so maybe if i were you i would get a Sonos connect and run that into a multi amp which the capacity would be endless depending on the size of the amp. [ Jon Mar 01, 2017 ]
2 answers What additional equipment (e.g. Niles SSVC-2) would I need to wire up two klipsch R2650 CSM (stereo) speakers, 8ohm? The rooms they are going into are close enough to consider them a single zone, but sometimes I don't want them both on, and more than often it would just be one of the two. I think without a switch with volume control, the music plays in parallel at the same volume level. Is this the right way to think about it? Thanks. [ Blah2u Nov 08, 2016 ]
Sorry for not seeing you question earlier. The answer is yes, They will be playing a left and right channel in parallel on one Connect amp. You use the Sonos App on your phone to balance to the left or right channel ande turn off the channel you don't want playing. I'm unfamiliar with the Niles switch, functionality and cost, between the Connect amp and speaker. I have a Connect w/o amp outputting to a Yamaha amp which outputs to 2 6-zone speaker volumn controls. [ Charlie Dec 18, 2016 ]
Without a switch, they would play in parallel at the same time. I run switch with two zones. The inside zone handles 4 speakers, 2 rooms - volume level is the same in each. Outside, we run 4 speakers, but impedance is increased on one pair, volume slightly differs. Going to add second sonos and re-route speakers to correct that issue [ DAVID Nov 08, 2016 ]
Yes, that's no problem at all. [ mitsu Sep 06, 2016 ]
Yes, I do just this with my in-ceiling speakers in two separate rooms. If you have large floor-standing speakers you are running, I'd question the Amp's ability to handle the load, but with my Sonance in-ceiling I have no problems whatsoever. [ Andrew Sep 06, 2016 ]
Absolutely. The Sonos Connect:AMP offers 55 watts on each of it's stereo channels which is more than enough to get great performance from the Bose Acoustimass 5 system. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan May 25, 2016 ] Staff
5 answers I am looking for an amp/receiver for an outdoor setup. We have a TV and a set of Polk outdoor speakers. I have several Sonos speakers inside the house so I am familiar with Sonos. And like the idea of the Connect to play music on the Polk outside. Will I be able to connect the TV also? [ laura Apr 01, 2016 ]
I have the Sonos connect amp hooked up to outdoor speakers but am just running those 2 speakers only. I don't think you could hook up a tv to it since there's no inputs for that. I assume you want tv's sound outdoor. I hope this helps....you may want to also call Crutchfield advisors to ask them. [ MARIANO Apr 07, 2016 ]
The Sonos Connect Amp has a line in that you could use to feed sound from the TV, you would just have to use the sonos app to select "line in" for the source for the Amp. I haven't done it myself, but I don't see any reason why not if you are just looking to get stereo sound. Make sure the TV audio out connection is compatible with the line in on the sonos though, if your output on your TV is optical (typical) then you may run into an issue getting that signal to work with the analog stereo connections on the Sonos. [ andrew Apr 02, 2016 ]
Connect:amp will work. Has analog inputs for audio out from TV or cat box. Remember sonos is indoor rated only, but I've had a play 3 on my covered outdoor deck for 3 years, and works fine. [ BRIAN G Apr 01, 2016 ]
You would need the sonos connect amp to provide amplification to the polks. The connect amp has a pair of analog inputs for tv connection. Note the sonos gear is not outdoor rated, but I keep a sonos play 3 on my covered open air outdoor deck with no performance issues. Starting to look weathered tho after 3 years. [ BRIAN G Apr 01, 2016 ]
You should be able to connect the TV out put to the input connection on the back of the connect:amp. You will be able to pick that TV as a source from the input of that connect:amp. [ Michael Apr 01, 2016 ]
This is my exact setup. I have two outdoor Bose wired speakers that ate connected to my Sonos connect amp. Now I have Sonos outside. Works great! [ JEFF Mar 23, 2016 ]
You will have to hard wire the speakers. [ Jerry Mar 19, 2016 ]
It is designed to use a hard wire. [ Nich Mar 19, 2016 ]
Buy a speaker selector switch with impedance protection and it will work. [ BRIAN G Apr 01, 2016 ]
i am driving 4 speakers with one connect amp. i don't know the ohms. they are wired the same way you wire one set of speakers. you connect 2 wires to the left and right side of the amp instead of one. [ AL G Dec 05, 2015 ]
Yes it works. Ive done several. Def need a phono preamp tho [ BRIAN G Apr 01, 2016 ]
I have not. Seems like it might work? Ask Sonos support. They can be very helpful and easy to get to. [ SANFORD Oct 13, 2015 ]
I would check the speaker specs to ensure it can handle the power of the SONOS AMP and conversely that the power of the SONOS AMP is sufficient to drive the speakers. I would also check the SONOS AMP specs to see if the speaker resistance (in ohms) is acceptable to the SONOS AMP. [ ROBERT Sep 28, 2015 ]
Yes you'd need a connect:amp and you'd run speaker wire from it to a pair of outdoor speakers. [ Guy Mar 16, 2015 ]
You can use regular wired speakers (indoor/outdoor) with connect amp. You just need to be able to run wires to it. Works and sounds great [ MARK Mar 14, 2015 ]
Yes... to drive another speaker set, you will need Connect:AMP. My SONOS system consists of a bridge and three Connect:AMP's because I love the speakers I have and want to use them. My outside speakers are a pair of Niles OS20, powered by one of the AMP's. Hope this helps. [ DARREN Mar 14, 2015 ]
That is exactly what I am using my two connect:amps for. I have in ceiling Polk speakers installed in my farmers porch, and another pair of wall mounted waterproof speakers on my back deck. Each pair are connected to their own connect:amp so I can use each area separately and have different music playing in each. [ Nick Mar 14, 2015 ]
Connect amp since most speakers are not amplified. [ VIMARSH Mar 14, 2015 ]
I used a Connect:Amp for my outdoor speakers. [ MICHAEL R Mar 14, 2015 ]
Faced with the same need, I purchased a connect amp and a pair of Definitive Technology AW6500 speakers and achieved amazing results. You can accomplish the same thing with a connect but you will need a separate stereo receiver or amp. [ DAN Mar 14, 2015 ]
I use the connect amp to power my Polk Audio outdoor speakers and this works great. I would put the connect amp inside the house because it's not waterproof. [ TIMOTHY P Mar 14, 2015 ]
You need a ConnectAmp to plug in your outdoor speakers. The Connect is for integrating your existing stereo with sonos. [ EDWARD J Mar 14, 2015 ]
1 answer I have four separate zones with wired in-ceiling speakers. I'd like to be able to control each of them independently through a mobile device. Would I need to purchase two Connect Amps to accomplish this or is there another option to have all four zones function independently? Also, I may be interested in adding another wireless speaker to the system so what else would I need for that? [ Anthony Mar 02, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: To be able to control all four zones independently you would actually need four of the Sonos Connect Amps. If you only use two then you will have two independent zones with four speakers in each zone. You can easily add a Sonos Play 1, 3 or 5 to an existing Sonos system as all they need is a power outlet. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Mar 05, 2015 ] Staff
4 answers I will be purchasing a tablet to wall mount for the express purpose of accessing and controlling this system. Can I buy a used, old, or refurbished tablet, or must it be "state of the art"? Any recommendations for a no-frills (cheap) tablet that will work well for this system? [ VINCENT J Sep 27, 2014 ]
An inexpensive android tablet will work fine as long as it can access the play store and you can get the sonos app. [ Guy Sep 30, 2014 ]
The system will work with any of those. You may evaluate the value against a new tablet. The cost is so low that a new one maybe better alternative. [ JUAN Sep 28, 2014 ]
I have a variety of Apple iPads in the house, all of which I have loaded the Sonos app on. I don't recall what generations they all are, but the kids, for example, are a few years old. I believe I also still have a first generation iPad in the house and it also has the Sonos app. I can't speak for any other brand tablets, however. [ Nick Sep 27, 2014 ]
We use old iphones to control ours. An old iphone or iPad will work fine.. BTW, there's really no need to purchase a device if you have a smartphone. [ MICHAEL R Sep 27, 2014 ]
You can just use the sonos amp is awesome. ...I haven't use the playbar but I would thing it would be a great addition ..... I'm looking to add one to my system as well [ ANDREW V Jul 13, 2014 ]
You can just use the sonos amp is awesome. ...I haven't use the playbar but I would thing it would be a great addition ..... I'm looking to add one to my system as well [ ANDREW V Jul 13, 2014 ]
You need, at a minimum, a sonos bridge and the bar. [ PHILIP Jul 12, 2014 ]
The amp is designed to be plugged into your own speakers and can act as the rear speakers along with a play bar if that is what you are after... [ Guy Jul 12, 2014 ]
You only need a connect Amp if you need to power two speakers. All the other Sonos speakers are stand alone. You don't need a Conndct Amp with the bar. I hope this helps. [ ANEL M Jul 12, 2014 ]
5 answers I recently purchased 2 pairs of Polk RC85i in wall speakers to use in the living room (kind of a large, odd shape for just one pair of speakers). Will the Connect:Amp power 4 speakers (2 left, 2 right)? Will it be able to take advantage of the full range of the speakers? [ Jason Mar 21, 2014 ]
What type of outdoor speakers do you reccomend? [ Rob May 07, 2014 ]
You can. But the output power of the amp will be split by two. I had outdoor Bowes speakers int two different zones handled by one Connect Amp and didn't have a problem. I eventually bought a second connect Just to be able to control the different zones. I don't think that is such an issue since the speakers are in the same room. [ ANEL M Mar 22, 2014 ]
Yes they will. They will have a less power but they still sound great. [ RON A Mar 22, 2014 ]
I would say yes. I have a few connect amps. One in particular is powering two large outdoor speakers as well as a powered sub. Just try it and see if they have the quality sound your looking for when cranked up. Good luck Phil [ PHILIP Mar 21, 2014 ]
I do have 4 speakers attached to one and they work fine, but I have no technical background as far as full range of speakers. I use it outdoors and it sounds good to me around my pool Tic ground speakers [ JOSEPH F Mar 21, 2014 ]
I found this from Sonos' web site: Amplifier - Class-D Rated Output - 110W RMS (2x55W continuous average power into 8 ohms, THD+N<0.02%)* Subwoofer Output - Auto-detecting RCA type, 80 Hz crossover There wasn't any frequency response info, but that's usually speaker stuff. But 55W RMS per channel with <.02% THD is really good. I initially scoffed at this thing for $500, but am reconsidering after finding this info. I would post the link but I don't think this site will allow me to. Here's what I googled for: Sonos CONNECT:AMP RMS It was the first search result. [ Brian Feb 06, 2014 ]
Kelvin, I couldn't find the tolerances for the frequency response, I would call Sonos direct. You can't go wrong with the Sonos connect, I'm the normal guy that compares products like crazy and read reviews and I can tell you that you will LOVE the system. I purchased six of these along with 8" Polks in ceiling from crutchfield and love the flexibility. Tim Murphy [ TIMOTHY P Jan 31, 2014 ]
55 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.02% THD [ Jeff Jan 30, 2014 ] Staff
sorry. wish i could help but you would need to ask the manufacturer or a test lab this sort of stuff. i use my connect:amp on a screened patio where sits concealed in a cabinet, delivers big flawless sound through ceiling mounted speakers will all of the great sonos flexibility and control. [ MICHAEL Jan 30, 2014 ]
The Sonos product spec page covers power and THD; but, not frequency response. [ MICHAEL R Jan 30, 2014 ]
It really depends on whether or nor you have speakers in the other room. If you already have speakers, then a connect amp would be the way to go. If you don't then you would need a PLAY (1, 3 or 5). In either case you may need a bridge if you want the source of the music to be from the receiver which has airplay capability or if your internet connection is also in this room. [ JASON Jan 21, 2014 ]
Anand - It's not a question of which one; it's about how you configure and use your system. Technically, you don't "need" a bridge. You only have to have one of your Sonos components plugged into your router. The bridge just gives you greater flexibility with placement of components. For me, it wasn't even a question... I knew I wanted it. And, for a $50 expenditure (often promo'd for around $25) it's not a major investment. I have 3 Connect AMP's because I like my own speakers and drive them with the AMP's. The bridge sits next to my router and the AMPs are all in other rooms. Does this help? Watch out for the AirPlay direction. Sonos does not interoperate with other wireless technologies. It is self-contained with its own proprietary network technology. - Darren [ DARREN Jan 21, 2014 ]
I would suggest the bridge with a play 5 speaker. The amp is nice but you have to hard wire speakers to the amp [ ANDREW V Jan 21, 2014 ]
If you want to run Speakers without wires you will need both the bridge and the Sonus connect with amp [ MICHAEL Jan 21, 2014 ]
I'm not 100% certain how Airplay works, but I have a Sonos Connect amp powering speakers on my front porch, and another powering a pair on my back deck. Both Connect amps are in my basement out of sight. These two connect amps, plus my play 5 and play 1 speakers all work wirelessly off my Sonos Bridge (which is in my office) and I control all with my iPhone or iPad. I can control all 4 independently and play different music in each place. I hope this helps. [ Nick Jan 21, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question Jonathan. This unit will indeed power either 4-ohm or 8-ohm speakers. [ Jeff Nov 21, 2013 ] Staff