What information should I know before setting up the Sonos Wireless HiFi System?

When it comes to setting up your Sonos Wireless HiFi System, we live by the age-old adage keep it simple. You don’t need to be a tech genius or a wireless expert. You don’t have to break through walls or hire someone to re-wire your house. And you don’t need to know what hex keys and SSID are. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection, a router and two fingers so you can push the buttons on every BRIDGE, PLAY:3, or other Sonos component. When you want to expand, just add more components and Controllers and get those fingers ready. Check out the diagrams below to see just how easy Sonos setup really is.

How easy is the setup?

1) Connect one BRIDGE or Sonos component to your broadband router. Be sure that the BRIDGE or Sonos component is at least 3 feet away from the Router to avoid any interference between the Sonos and your home WiFi.

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2) Add more Sonos components wirelessly. Wherever you want music.

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3) Wirelessly control all your music and all your rooms from the palm of your hand.

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Do you make an outdoor speaker?

The speakers units that we sell, the PLAY:3 and PLAY:5, are not weather-rated. They can certainly be moved outside, but they are not designed to live outside unless they are in a covered space.

Where does the music come from?

Get your playlists right from iTunes, Rhapsody, WinAmp, Windows Media Player, or MusicMatch with Sonos’ support for nearly every format, including: MP3, iTunes Plus, WMA, AAC (MPEG4), AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, Flac (lossless) music files, as well as uncompressed WAV and AIFF files. You can even stream music from a NAS, if you have one.

What is the difference between the CONNECT(ZP90) and the CONNECT:AMP(ZP120)?

The CONNECT is an un-amplified unit designed to run into an existing amplifier or receiver as a music source. You simply run an audio cable from an output on the CONNECT into an input on your existing equipment. The CONNECT has both digital and analog outputs, as well as a line-level input.

What’s the difference between the PLAY:3 and PLAY:5?

The PLAY:5 is a great fit for the larger, more open rooms in your home, or the rooms where you do the majority of your listening and entertaining. It has noticeably better bass response that the PLAY:3 and, in general, gives you a richer, fuller sound. The PLAY:5 has a line-in feature as well as a headphone output which are not available on the PLAY:3.

Do I need a bridge?

Sonos needs one component connected to your router with an Ethernet cable to create the Sonos wireless network. Any player (PLAY:3, PLAY:5, CONNECT, CONNECT:AMP) or a BRIDGE can make this hard-wired connection. If you don’t want to hard-wire a player unit, you can use a BRIDGE instead. A single BRIDGE will allow up to 31 other Sonos components to operate wirelessly.

Will Sonos work with my existing equipment?

The CONNECT is designed specifically to integrate with an external amplifier/receiver, and bring Sonos functionality to a third party system.

Do I need a Sonos control?

The Sonos system can be controlled by a variety of devices- an iPhone/iPad/iTouch running our Controller app, an Andorid phone running our Controller app, our dedicate Sonos Control, and/or any PC or Mac on the network running the Sonos Control software.  All of these interfaces will have the same functionality- and you can have up to 16 remotes on a single system, any combination of the above interfaces.  You do not need to have the Sonos remote to use the system- although, people often find it is advantageous to have a dedicated way to control your system.

Can I connect Sonos to my TV?

The CONNECT has a line-level RCA input which can bring in audio from any device with an analog output, such as a TV. Once you bring a line-in source into a CONNECT, that audio will be available to any other Sonos players in your configuration.

Can I connect more than 2 speakers to the CONNECT:AMP?

The CONNECT:AMP is designed for a single pair of speakers- it is a stereo amplifier, right and left channel.  However, if your speakers are rated at 8 ohms, you can wire up to 2 pairs, or 4 speakers, to one Connect: Amp- you just won’t have independent control between those two pairs of speakers, in terms of volume and music selection.

Can I use two PLAY speakers as a stereo pair?

A single PLAY:5 will play sound in stereo – it has left and right speaker drivers built in. However, if you are looking for better stereo separation, you can use two PLAY:5′s in a stereo pair. This simple software toggle turns one speaker into a dedicated left and the other into a dedicated right.