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Sonos Connect Streaming music system for home theater or stereo

Item # 616ZP90

You don't have to upgrade all your equipment to enjoy the convenience of wireless music streaming.

You don't have to upgrade all your equipment to enjoy the convenience of wireless music streaming.

26 questions - 86 answers

Item # 616ZP90

About the Sonos Connect

David Brown

Add streaming music to your existing system

You don't have to upgrade all your equipment to enjoy the convenience of wireless music streaming. Add the Sonos Connect to your existing stereo or home theater system, and you can stream tunes from dozens of music services over Wi-Fi®. This compact player works with almost any existing audio system — hook it up to a receiver or powered speaker system in any room of your home.

Add streaming music to your existing system

You don't have to upgrade all your equipment to enjoy the convenience of wireless music streaming. Add the Sonos Connect to your existing stereo or home theater system, and you can stream tunes from dozens of music services over Wi-Fi®. This compact 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. Analog and digital audio outputs make this player compatible with just about any audio/video receiver, shelf system, or powered speakers.

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Easy control with your smartphone

The free Sonos app is one of the best in the A/V world. It's easy to navigate and play music, whether it's stored on your phone, a networked computer, or in the cloud. Sonos works seamlessly with a host of streaming music services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora®, SiriusXM, TIDAL, Amazon Music, and more (subscription required for some services). You also get access to thousands of radio stations.

Add more Sonos gear for a whole-home audio system

Once you own one Sonos product, there's a good chance you'll want to add more. They can all sync perfectly, so you can play the same selection in multiple rooms. You can also play different songs in different rooms at the same time. The app makes it easy to control multiple zones at once, with intuitive independent volume controls and source selection. Play a Spotify playlist in the living room with the Connect while a Sonos One speaker streams a Pandora station in the kitchen.

Stream audio from connected devices

The Connect has an aux input, so you can plug in an external audio device. Imagine connecting your turntable with phono preamp to the Connect and being able to listen to vinyl throughout the house using Sonos gear. It's a great way to get more mileage out of your LPs.

Add Alexa voice control

That aux input also opens up Sonos to voice control. Connect an Echo Dot or other Alexa-compatible voice control assistant and pair it with your existing Sonos system via the Alexa mobile app. Alexa will "see" all the rooms that you have set up in your Sonos system, and you can control music playback in all of them, simply by talking to your Alexa device. As of May 2018, the following music services work with Alexa: Spotify (Premium), Pandora, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, and Deezer.

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.


Product highlights:

  • communicates with other Sonos players via Wi-Fi or a dedicated Sonosnet™ 2.0 wireless network
  • free Sonos app allows control from smartphones and tablets, as well as Mac and Windows computers
  • plays music and podcasts stored on your phone, tablet, or networked computers (MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC and Ogg Vorbis files)
  • plays songs from subscription streaming services such as Spotify (premium), Apple Music, Pandora, TIDAL, Amazon Music, 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, turntable, or a portable music player (music from these connected sources can be played back on any player in your system)
  • front-panel controls for volume and muting
  • 2-port Ethernet switch
  • coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
  • analog stereo output
  • analog stereo input (RCA)
  • 5-7/16"W x 2-15/16"H x 5-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • requires high-speed Internet connection

What's in the box:

  • Connect player
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 5' Ethernet cable (with male RJ-45 plugs on each end)
  • 6' Audio patch cable (with 3.5mm miniplug on one end and stereo RCA plugs on the other end)
  • 3' Audio cable (stereo RCA plugs on each end)
  • "Set It Up" booklet
  • Important Product Information booklet

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Features & specs

Ethernet Port Yes
USB-A Port No
USB-B Port No
3.5mm Input No
RCA Input Yes
XLR Input No
Phono Input No
Digital Input No
HDMI Input No
Headphone Jack No
Subwoofer Output No
Wireless Features
Bluetooth No
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Wi-Fi Bands 2.4 GHz
Audio Specs
Max. Digital Audio Bit Depth 16-bit
Max. Digital Audio Sample Rate 44.1 kHz
High-res Audio Playback
From Network No
From USB Thumb Drive (USB-A) No
From Computer (USB-B) No
Apple AirPlay No
Apple AirPlay 2 No
DTS Play-Fi No
Chromecast built-in No
Roon No
Sonos No
MusicCast No
SoundTouch No
Bose Home Speaker No
BluOS No
Klipsch Stream No
KEF Stream No
Music Services
Amazon Music Amazon Music HD
Apple Music Yes
iHeart Radio No
Pandora Yes
Qobuz No
SiriusXM Yes
Spotify Connect (Free)
Tidal Yes
TuneIn TuneIn,iHeart,SiriusXM
YouTube Music No
Handheld Remote No
Control by app iOS,Android,Windows,Mac
Amazon Alexa Optional
Google Assistant Optional
Other Specs
Width (Inches) 5.367
Height (Inches) 2.906
Depth (Inches) 7.205
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
The Sonos Connect replaces these items:

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Network Requirements

Sonos Multiroom Eco-System: The Connect (formerly the ZP90 Zone Player) is part of the Sonos wireless multiroom audio eco-system consisting of a family of wireless network speakers, players, and amplifiers. Start with a single Sonos product and add more Sonos products over time - including speakers, soundbars, players, and amplifiers (all sold separately - see Accessories Tab). With multiple zones, you can play the same or different songs in different rooms of your home. Up to 32 Sonos devices can be connected in one system.

Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: Sonos brings great sounding music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring project through SonosNet or WiFi.

  • SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: Sonos can utilize its own SonosNet proprietary wireless mesh network technology to provides superior wireless range for whole-house coverage, ensure synchronous music playback, and avoid sources of wireless interference. The transmitting range of the Sonos wireless system is approximately 100', depending upon your home's layout. In addition to the Connect, you will need a Sonos Boost (sold separately) connected to your network router/modem via a Ethernet cable.
  • WiFi Wireless Network: Sonos can also operate over your home's existing WiFi network (802.11 b/g; 2.4GHz). Because you are connecting wirelessly to your home's existing WiFi network, you do not need to hardwire a Sonos Boost to your router/modem. The Sonos system's wireless range will be dependent on your home's existing WiFi network. Sonos products manufactured after March 2014 are loaded with the proper firmware and ready to go out of the box for WiFi connectivity. All Sonos products manufactured prior to that date will first require a wire connection to facilitate a firmware upgrade and thereafter they will be able to work over Wi-Fi.
  • You cannot connect the Sonos system via both the SonosNet proprietary mesh network and WiFi; you will need to choose one. Sonos recommends using its proprietary SonosNet wireless mesh network over WiFi when applicable.
  • The Sonos proprietary mesh network will provide a more secure wireless connection with fewer interruptions for optimum performance.
  • WiFi is subject to greater interference from other WiFi and 2.4GHz devices on your network. WiFi connectivity is not compatible with 5GHz (you will have to use the Sonos wireless mesh network in this case).

Ethernet Port (10/100 Mbps): In addition to built-in WiFi, the Sonos Connect is equipped with two Ethernet ports (10/100 Mbps). Use them to wire directly to your router to operate Sonos if WiFi is unstable, or use the Ethernet ports to provide Internet accessibility to non-wireless devices if you're using a SonosNET Boost setup.

Music Services & Libraries: Sonos gives you access to popular online music services and internet radio stations, and well as music libraries stored on your computer or NAS drive.

  • Online Music Services: Sonos works seamlessly with Apple Music, Amazon Music (including HD), TIDAL, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Google Play Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Rhapsody, 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), Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, FLAC (lossless), WAV (uncompressed), and AIFF (uncompressed).

Sonos Controller App: Sonos allows you to control playback functions, search features, and multiroom audio distribution through the Sonos Controller app (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) 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, allowing you to adjust audio settings like bass, treble, balance, and loudness for each room location.
Note: The Sonos device, Apple iOS/Android device, Windows PC, and/or Mac computer must be connected to the same wireless network.

Optional Voice Control: Through a free network software update you'll be able to control your Sonos system through any Alexa or Google Assistant enabled device (including the Sonos One, Amazon Echo, and Google Home - all sold separately). Specific control functions will vary by digital voice assistant.

  • Amazon Alexa: You can ask Alexa to play music on a specific Sonos device in an specific room of your home from these featured music services (Apple Music, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, & Spotify). Using the Alexa app, you can group your Sonos products and your Alexa-enabled devices together. This makes it easier for Alexa to control your Sonos products based on which room or area they are in. You can pause, resume, and skip songs, as well as change the volume with all Sonos compatible online music services.
  • Google Assistant: You can ask Google to play music on a specific Sonos device in an specific room of your home from these featured music services (Google Play, Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio). You can pause, resume, and skip songs, as well as change the volume with all Sonos compatible online music services.
  • You can only configure your Sonos system to work with one digital voice assisant; choose either Alexa or Google Assistant (you cannot use both). You will need to search and enable the Sonos skill from the Alexa or Google Home app on your mobile device or computer. Your Sonos equipment and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices must be on the same wireless network.
  • Sonos and Alexa or Google Assistant work together using a single Amazon or Google account. If you have a second Sonos system in another location, you'll need to use a second Amazon or Google account if you'd like to use Alexa. An Amazon or Google account can only be in use on one Sonos system at a time.
  • Click here for more information regarding Amazon Alexa on Sonos. Click here for more information regarding Google Assistant on Sonos.

Sonos Connect Ready (Firmware Update Available): Instantly upgrade the music streaming capability of your Onkyo receiver (sold separately) with the Sonos Connect and a free over-the-network firmware update. With the Sonos Connect connected to your Onkyo receiver via a set of stereo RCA cable, the audio system you've built around the receiver can now be part of a Sonos Wireless Multiroom Audio System (components sold separately). After a simple set up, the Onkyo receiver will seamlessly tie into Sonos, instantly turning on from network standby, changing inputs and playing at the volume you command through the Sonos controller app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.

  • Functionality: Once the Onkyo receiver is connected to the Sonos Connect you will be able to send any music or source on the Sonos app to the receiver. You will also be able to group the receiver to other Sonos devices on the network or use it independently. Whenever you start playing music back from your Sonos app and the Onkyo receiver is selected, the receiver will automatically turn on and switch to the correct input.
  • Compatibility: Compatible Onkyo stereo receivers include the TX-8260 and TX-8270; compatible Onkyo home theater receivers include the TX-RZ920, TX-RZ1100, and TX-RZ3100; compatible Onkyo preamplifier includes the PR-RZ5100 (all sold separately).
Note: Click here to learn even more about Onkyo and Sonos working together to give you the ultimate home theater and multiroom audio experience.

Controls/Indicators: The Connect's only controls are a mute button and a rocker-type volume control, both mounted on the front of the unit. An LED status indicator flashes white when powering up or connecting to the Sonos Digital Music System, and lights solid white when powered up and connected to the music system.

Network Requirements

Home Network Requirements: To access Internet music services, Internet radio, and any digital music stored on your computer or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device, your home network must meet the following requirements:

  • High-speed DSL/Cable modem, or fiber-to-the-home broadband connection for proper playback of Internet-based music services. If your Internet service provider only offers Satellite Internet access, you may experience playback issues due to fluctuation in download rates.
  • If your modem is not a modem/router combination and you want to take advantage of Sonos' automatic online updates, or stream music from an Internet-based music service, you must install a 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.
  • The Sonos Controller app (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) is required for system setup. Initial setup is not possible through the Sonos Controller software (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 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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26 questions already asked

Is this gen 1 or 2? Is it S2 compatible?
ron  Jul 25, 2020
1 answer
I am using one of these in my S2 system and it works fine.
steve  Nov 22, 2020
Does Sonos connect? allow my Sonos app/system to be played through exterior (non Sonos) speakers when powered through an amphifler?
william  Sep 15, 2019
6 answers
Yes - I used different manufactured speakers. In my application the "Sonas Connect" was using powered amplified [200 watt] loud speakers instead of a single amplifier. Either way any properly sized working speaker should perform fine. I think you will grow to like the technology. Good luck.
stephen  Sep 16, 2019
Yes. The line outputs on the SONOS CONNECT should be connected to the inputs on your amplifier. The CONNECT functions as a preamplifier but is controlled by the SONOS APP on your phone. I hope this helps. Enjoy!
mark  Sep 16, 2019
Yes. You connect your Sonos to the Amplifier and this is how it is usually used.
issam  Sep 15, 2019
Yep, that's exactly right.
benjamin  Sep 15, 2019
Yes. I have it hooked up to my receiver. I can play anything I want through the app
kevin  Sep 15, 2019
Yes. I use one as the media source to a Sonance Sonarray outdoor speaker system. You can also do the same indoors.
john  Sep 15, 2019
Can I stack a Sonos Connect on top of a Connect:AMP?
david  May 07, 2019
2 answers
I'm not sure. Mine is on top of my older receiver, works great there. Regards and good luck.
david  May 17, 2019
you can but remember the Sonos Amp is bigger than Sonos Connnect.
issam  May 15, 2019
Have a 5.1 wired surround in living room and want to add 4 pairs of sonos 1's to some other rooms. Can i connect a sonos connect to my main receiver and then use each zone independently as well as together?
chris  May 06, 2019
5 answers
Simple answer is yes. I run three zones (rooms) in my NYC location. I stream different music to each or the same music to all. My understanding is that you can even stream you theater sound to the other rooms as well. Sonos interface is an easy set-up. I hope this helps. FYI, the team at Crutchfield gave me great advice on the hardware and connections.
odonata ltd cow  May 21, 2019
Yes you can. That is the beauty of the Sonos environment. It is all controlled via the SONOS app which can be installed ona smart phone or tablet. From there you can Group different rooms to play content as you like. You can all select all rooms to play the same content.
steve  May 18, 2019
Yes, sonos has features that allow you to do what you described. One caveat: Using sonos connect for this purpose introduces a slight delay in the audio. If, say, you have speakers wired directly to your receiver, and sonos speakers in a nearby room, if there is audible overlap, the result is an induced echo.
william  May 16, 2019
Yes, this would work using the connect's line input. Of coarse the 5.1 system would have to be playing and the Sonos would not be able to control the music being played unless it was one of the sources integrated with Sonos (however I think music control/selection for the main 5.1 system would probably need to be through the music services app). The other Sonos rooms can be grouped into whatever combination you like. Each one can play it's own music or access the main rooms music. Hope that helps.
nicholas  May 15, 2019
Pretty sure. I know you can operate all spear independently. I don't have 5.1 but I don't see why it wouldn't work.
mike  May 07, 2019
In a 2 story home I have whole house audio pre-wired to 3 rooms on the first floor and the back patio. Each location is just for one pair of speakers for a total of 8 speakers. Each location has wires running to a blank wallplate for a volume control and all the wires for those speakers terminate on the first floor. On the second floor a room is pre-wired for a 5.1 surround system and all those wires terminate in that same room. I'm considering using a Sonos Connect and multichannel amplifier to power the 8 speakers on the first floor. I have a couple of questions. Do I have to use a speaker selector or is that optional since I can just turn the volume controls all the way to the "off" position? And also could I use just any surround receiver with WiFi in the 2nd floor 5.1 system so that I can link it with the Sonos Connect and be able to hear the same thing on both the surround sound system as well as the rest of the house?
gabriel  Dec 15, 2018
2 answers
the Sonos connect would not have any affect on how your speakers work. think of the connect as a CD player, you connect it to a cd port or aux port on your receiver and the music from the Sonos app will play thru the speakers connected to that receiver. you cannot connect Sonos to your upstairs set up thru wifi, the Sonos app only works with Sonos speakers or a connect. you could use another Sonos connect connected to your upstairs set up and then you could hear the the same thing or two different things. Terry
terry  Dec 27, 2018
You have to put a separate sonos connect in each location in order to play the same music in both locations. I dont know how you would plug those 8 speakers in without a speaker selector. Then you would connect that to the amp. With the sonos connected to that. Hope this helps.
richard  Dec 22, 2018
Can you shut off its WiFi? I want to use it with a wired internet connection, a wired connection to an amplifier, and no other Sonos products. That would mean not using anything wireless about it. Can I shut off the WiFi or does it have to stay on?
clifton  Nov 09, 2018
2 answers
yes, in settings, you can disable wifi on most all Sonos i believe, but i did confirm on mine you can disable wifi on the connect.
steve  Nov 22, 2020
Yes. If its the only Sonos device you are using, and you're using the wired internet connection this will shut off the WiFi
jason  Nov 10, 2018
I have wired ceiling speakers, and am adding sonos connect with sonos speakers. With turntable connected to audio in on connect, other QA say that the audio in provides a source to select and send to sonos speakers. Is that source also sent out coax/digital out so I can send it to amp connected to ceiling speakers?
daryl  Jul 23, 2018
2 answers
Yes, that's correct. Once it's all connected, you would select the Line-In source in the app.The Connect would then output to the amplifier you use for the ceiling speakers.
brian  Jul 27, 2018
I don't think u can do that. The DAC in sonos connect does not convert analog to digital. Only digital to analog. No harm trying though.
suraj  Jul 27, 2018
The Connect must be wired to your router or you must use a sonos bridge. I'm comparing this to the Bose Soundtouch wireless link adapter. It connects to my home wifi network wirelessly without a bridge. The Sonos Connect does not connect wirelessly to my home network. Correct?
seth  Jun 16, 2018
2 answers
I have a connect and i use it wireless (without an ethernet cable). It works great that way.
steve  Nov 22, 2020
If I am understanding your question, sonos connect also connects to your home WiFi. However, to connect to music streaming or stereo you will need a receiver. The sonos connect amp does not require a receiver. I have 3 sonos amps and 1 sonos connect and do not use a bridge. I don't think the bridge is necessary. However, sonos creates/expands its own network. So the more you have the more stable the sonos communication network.
william e  Jun 16, 2018
Can I hook a Satellite Receiver or DVD Audio to the Sonos Connect and wirelessly play to Sonos Speakers??
jay  Mar 06, 2018
2 answers
Yes, this has RCA inputs and an optical input you can use to have a external source of audio.
steve  Nov 22, 2020
As long as you have this or another Sonos product wired to your wifi router (just needs one ethernet connection to one Sonos device in your system) you will be able to wirelessly setup your other Sonos products. I have my Connect as an input into a receiver which provides power to my wired speakers plus additional Sonos units throughout our home.
bruce  Mar 06, 2018
Is there a way to power on and off my amp when Sonos music plays through this device?
lukasz  Jan 12, 2018
3 answers
there are new receivers out now by onkyo and integra that are compatable with Sonos meaning when you play music thru the Sonos app and you choose your connect that will turn on the receiver and choose the correct input and your music will play thru the receiver
terry  Apr 15, 2019
It may be theoretically possible but there is not a sonos function that I am aware of that can complete the task. The closest solution I can think of would be a universal remote to power on all AV equipment or something like a Bluetooth power strip (assuming such a thing exists) to power on your amp/receiver at the same time as the Sonos. The last possibility would be to replace your amp with a Bluetooth/smart amp that would eliminate the need for the Sonos. I personally chose to stick with my existing amp.
crystal  Jan 14, 2018
The sonus is left on and the on/ off function of the amp is an independent.
richard k  Jan 14, 2018
I understand that the Connect can be wired to my router with an Ethernet cable, then connected to my existing hi-fi system, and I will be able to play music stored in my iTunes library in my desktop computer. Will I be able to use the playlists that are stored in iTunes also, or will I need to create new playlists for the Connect? I don't want to have to create new playlists. Can you describe the interface with iTunes as I would see it on my iPad? Final question: Could I then add a Sonos speaker in a location not already served by my hi-fi system and have it play without any additional Sonos equipment?
donald b  Oct 25, 2017
2 answers
Jake We're not very technical but love Sonos! Crutchfield was great in guidance, selection and a great deal of time with set up! We are connected via WiFi to our router and the Sonos amp which is directly connected to our existing system. We then have access via our wired speakers and Sonos speakers to all our iTunes pandora radio Spotify and playlists etc. we can only play our cd and vinyl via the hard wired speakers. The added Sonos speakers are serving rooms that did not have speakers and can be moved to any room we wish. We used the Sonos connect and the boost and the play 1 starter kit-2 speakers. Cruthfield helped us in 2010 with our original/hard wired system and built in speakers and in 2015 with Sonos. Couldn't and wouldn't do it without them. Good luck and happy listening.
sumner  Oct 30, 2017
You can manually import your iTunes playlists to the Sonos app: You can add additional Sonos Play speakers in other rooms of your home; absolutely. They just need AC power and connection to your your Home Wi-Fi network or the Sonos mesh network. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service:
ryan  Oct 30, 2017 (Staff)
can I hook up a CD player or turntable directly to the connect without using a receiver or amp and play the music on my sonos speakers ? Terry
terry  Feb 17, 2017
3 answers
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
I understand that the Connect will let me play music from my library through my existing surround sound speakers - but what I want to know is, if I connect my TV/surround audio through Sonos Connect, can I share my TV/surround sound audio with other Sonos speakers in my home? If I have a football game on in the living room, can I hear that audio on the Play:5 in my kitchen, if 'grouped'? I think the Sonos Playbar can do this but don't want to have to replace my existing surround sound with full Sonos line.
jonathan  Aug 04, 2016
2 answers
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:
david  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
I want a wireless (meaning, no wires to my speakers) solution for a patio. I want to be able to stream sound from a Zone 2/B amp to outdoor wireless speakers. So, not just music, which is what Sonos seems best suited for, but football games and movies. Is there a Sonos setup that will let me take my Zone 2 audio and cast it out to wireless speakers on the patio?
scott  May 19, 2016
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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  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  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
Hello I have a Yamaha RX-A1020 unit hooked to a pair of Polk floor standing speakers model # RTI A7. I am looking into adding more sound in the room. I would like to go wireless, but don't know if it would be the best choice for the Yamaha unit. I use the Yamaha unit to listen to music, which I can max out the volume control and still looking for more. The question is do I need to hook up more of speaker or add a amp? If more speakers would wireless work well? Thanks for any advise in this matter. Ty
ty  Mar 28, 2016
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I agree with Christian B's comment that it sounds like you need a more powerful receiver/amplifier to power you existing speakers if you aren't getting the output lvl you enjoy at max volume. Adding a wireless unit like the Connect will allow you to have another option for an input (Sonos networked system) where you could add additional speakers, such as the Sonos 1, 3 or 5 (I find the Sonos 1 speakers to be excellent surround sound and small room speakers so you might not need the larger units) to increase the fullness of your sound though it seems that your Polk speakers are currently underpowered (look into getting an amp for the system).
bruce  Mar 06, 2018
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  Mar 30, 2016
I am looking to run Sonos audio into four different rooms, and I already have an impedance matching speaker selector. Am I better off using the Connect Amp, or just the Connect unit, and buying a separate amp to hook up to my receiver?
todd  Mar 07, 2016
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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.
jonathan  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 c  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 can buy some Sonos speakers for each and every room and be in complete control heaven!
eric  Mar 07, 2016
Why is the connect so expensive when it's essentially of the Play devices but without the speaker? Is there something else here that I'm missing?
czbaug  Mar 01, 2016
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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
Can I control the volume of my sonos music from the sonos app when my stereo receiver is connected to the sonos connect? Can this thing basically control my existing amp if I am playing sonos music?
joseph  Dec 10, 2015
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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 c  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
Can the sonos connect be hooked up to my Bose lifestyle 28 ?
owens  Jun 25, 2015
1 answer
Yes it can, via analog (RCA), or digital (optical or coaxial) cabling. For sonos I would use toslink cable.
brian  Jun 26, 2015
I have home theater receiver I use for main speakers in living room and a second power amp that I use to drive multi room speakers. Recently I've been streaming music though apple tv to my receiver but have not been able to pass the signal to my second power amp. The home theater receiver has both digital and analog inputs but the power amp only has analog input. I want to be able to stream music to both amps simultaneously so that music plays from all speakers. Will Connect output to both devices? Also, does connect have to remain hard wired to router?
eric  Jun 11, 2015
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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
I want to connect my existing stereo (a Yamaha integrated Amp and some Polk speakers) to the music on my desktop and have access to internet radio like Pandora. This Sonos Connect sounds like what I want, but I have read the quality is capped and it can't handle loss-less files. That may not be a deal breaker for me, but I am curious about overall sound quality. And will it pick up my homes Wi-Fi, or do I need to buy the Bridge? Or maybe there is a better or less expensive way to do what I want, since I am not interested in multi room speakers?
jeff  Jun 03, 2014
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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  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
I am building a new house and I want to have in wall/cieling speakers in different rooms for whole house audio as well as having 5.1 surrond in the family room. Do I run all the wired speakers into the reciever and then plug in the connect and then will I be able to just play music in certain rooms and or watch video with surrond sound.?.
k  Jan 17, 2014
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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  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
I do not own any Sonos products. I am looking at the system. What do I need to get started with this system other than a bridge and speakers for individual rooms. Do I need the Connect?
william  Jan 02, 2014
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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  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.
michael a  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  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
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
I have the Play 5 and the Sonos bridge. If I add the Sonos Connect can I hook this to my Denon AVR-591 to play over my surround system? Or is it easier to just add another Play 5?
john  Dec 30, 2013
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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  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 a  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

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