SONOS CONNECT:AMP Smart Wireless Stereo Adaptor £429 Amazon
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SONOS CONNECT:AMP Smart Wireless Stereo Adaptor £429 Amazon

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Found 13th Dec 2017
My first post so go easy

Cheapest around, everywhere else is 499.00 at the moment. These area rarely reduced, even Richer Sounds are full price.

I have just ordered one for a friend, I have one in my kitchen with some Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 and its a cracker. Has one line-in input and you can even connect a sub woofer.

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That seems expensive for what it is ? Does it just let you get the sonos network on your own speakers could you not just do Chromecast audio ?
I agree that it sounds expensive, but it isn't (IMHO) a replacement for Chromecast audio. I have a Sonos Connect (not Amp) which is connected into the back of my AV receiver, turning the lounge into a Sonos "Room". That means I can have the same music playing on the Play:5 in the kitchen, and in the lounge, and 3 other rooms.
I also think the Connect is expensive - I got my Play:1 for £169 - it has the Sonos mesh network & controller etc + a speaker. The Connect just has the Sonos mesh network & controller etc plus Line In, yet costs twice as much... I got mine on eBay for £210
I’m not voting either way as I don’t know if the price is good, but this does seem very expensive for a 2.1 amp with Sonos, the connect is the equivalent to the chromecast, but this has an amp... the connect is a rip off considering no amp
I was reading a couple of days ago that Sonos and Ikea have done a partnership deal which should see the price of Sonos gear come down in price considerably. Its definitely good gear, no doubt about it. But when I was setting my sister's Sonos soundbar up for her last week, my first experience of Sonos equipment, I was amazed to see that it connects to a tv by optical cable. And other than an ethernet connection (2 actually but I'm not sure what the second one is for. Passthrough maybe?) that is the only connection. Surely in this day and age, HDMI connections should be the norm. And the entire thing is controlled by app. Not even a simple Nvidia Shield/Amazon Firestick remote. And at the price it cost.
mickrick5 m ago

I was reading a couple of days ago that Sonos and Ikea have done a …I was reading a couple of days ago that Sonos and Ikea have done a partnership deal which should see the price of Sonos gear come down in price considerably. Its definitely good gear, no doubt about it. But when I was setting my sister's Sonos soundbar up for her last week, my first experience of Sonos equipment, I was amazed to see that it connects to a tv by optical cable. And other than an ethernet connection (2 actually but I'm not sure what the second one is for. Passthrough maybe?) that is the only connection. Surely in this day and age, HDMI connections should be the norm. And the entire thing is controlled by app. Not even a simple Nvidia Shield/Amazon Firestick remote. And at the price it cost.


Honestly it's simplicity is what makes it so good. The Ethernet goes in and the second one goes to the tv. Then optical from tv to the soundbar, you really need a passthrough hdmi tv though as I got frustrated when I never and the ps4 wasn't giving it's true sound. Why would you need hdmi connections if you have that and it's all working fine ? And what would you need a remote for ? It plays music and as soon as you turn the tv on it switches to tv sounds...
Why use with a Diamond 9.1?
A Play 5 gen 2 sounds better than those.
Save space and £200
chrisredmayne57 m ago

Honestly it's simplicity is what makes it so good. The Ethernet goes in …Honestly it's simplicity is what makes it so good. The Ethernet goes in and the second one goes to the tv. Then optical from tv to the soundbar, you really need a passthrough hdmi tv though as I got frustrated when I never and the ps4 wasn't giving it's true sound. Why would you need hdmi connections if you have that and it's all working fine ? And what would you need a remote for ? It plays music and as soon as you turn the tv on it switches to tv sounds...



Well tv's can't passthrough any HD digital sound for a start, which is probably why you're having the audio issue with your PS4. So if you have, say, a PS4 and its putting out Dolby Digital True HD or DTS Master Audio, your telly wont put out any sound to the Sonos through the optical cable at all. It won't even downmix it to stereo. But if you have your PS4 connected to your Sonos by HDMI, it will play all audio formats.
chrisredmayne58 m ago

Honestly it's simplicity is what makes it so good. The Ethernet goes in …Honestly it's simplicity is what makes it so good. The Ethernet goes in and the second one goes to the tv. Then optical from tv to the soundbar, you really need a passthrough hdmi tv though as I got frustrated when I never and the ps4 wasn't giving it's true sound. Why would you need hdmi connections if you have that and it's all working fine ? And what would you need a remote for ? It plays music and as soon as you turn the tv on it switches to tv sounds...


Don't need a hdmi pass through tv fyi.
robo9892 m ago

Don't need a hdmi pass through tv fyi.


You do if you connect just the optical from sonos to your tv and you want your ps4 to play Dolby surrpund on sonos. Through my old tv it was coming through as stereo
mickrick5 m ago

Well tv's can't passthrough any HD digital sound for a start, which is …Well tv's can't passthrough any HD digital sound for a start, which is probably why you're having the audio issue with your PS4. So if you have, say, a PS4 and its putting out Dolby Digital True HD or DTS Master Audio, your telly wont put out any sound to the Sonos through the optical cable at all. It won't even downmix it to stereo. But if you have your PS4 connected to your Sonos by HDMI, it will play all audio formats.


I'm not having problems with my ps4 sound now it's coming through as Dolby digital and it's connected to the tv and the tv connects to the playbar
mickrick5 m ago

Well tv's can't passthrough any HD digital sound for a start, which is …Well tv's can't passthrough any HD digital sound for a start, which is probably why you're having the audio issue with your PS4. So if you have, say, a PS4 and its putting out Dolby Digital True HD or DTS Master Audio, your telly wont put out any sound to the Sonos through the optical cable at all. It won't even downmix it to stereo. But if you have your PS4 connected to your Sonos by HDMI, it will play all audio formats.



This post is mostly nonsense.
You set the ps4 to output dd5.1 / bitstream etc.
It' trivial to pipe in 5.1 to the Sonos from decoded he that's then been transcoded to 640k dd5.1.

You might be unaware that HD audio sounds better because it's been remastered and not because it's HD audio.

Audio equipment at this level has plenty of headroom with a bog standard 640k dd5.1 signal.
chrisredmayne6 m ago

You do if you connect just the optical from sonos to your tv and you want …You do if you connect just the optical from sonos to your tv and you want your ps4 to play Dolby surrpund on sonos. Through my old tv it was coming through as stereo


In that case you need a hdmi in -> hdmi + spdif out.
It's a ps4 only problem where the ps4 reads the audio abilities of the output device and forces them.
The boxes cost £10 on ebay and make it so it' not an issue.
You will then need an spdif switched though as only one digital input on the Sonos.
It all works well enough though and is compatible with a harmony remote setup.
robo9892 m ago

In that case you need a hdmi in -> hdmi + spdif out.It's a ps4 only …In that case you need a hdmi in -> hdmi + spdif out.It's a ps4 only problem where the ps4 reads the audio abilities of the output device and forces them.The boxes cost £10 on ebay and make it so it' not an issue.You will then need an spdif switched though as only one digital input on the Sonos.It all works well enough though and is compatible with a harmony remote setup.


I tried that way I hated switching the sound from tv to ps4 on It! Much better with an hdmi passthrough tv!
The idea for the connect is for those who have Sonos and also have a nice expensive existing stereo system. So lets say you have a £2k sound system in your main living room but want to have it as part of your whole house Sonos system.

That is what it's for specifically and the Connect and Connect Amp, originally called ZonePlayers were the original systems from Sonos.

Connect is to connect to an existing system, connect amp is for just connecting to speakers.

I need a Connect to go into my Denon system but they do seem a tad expensive to me compared to a Play 5 for example so I've never bothered. I would if I had a mega existing expensive system though.
Edited by: "HaroFreestyler" 13th Dec 2017
chrisredmayne3 h, 17 m ago

I tried that way I hated switching the sound from tv to ps4 on It! Much …I tried that way I hated switching the sound from tv to ps4 on It! Much better with an hdmi passthrough tv!


Of course it's just a solution that doesn't involve buying a new tv
robo98920 m ago

Of course it's just a solution that doesn't involve buying a new tv


Ha yeah it's the cheaper option definitely! Getting a new tv with hdmi passthrough is so hard too, they dont... or they never when I was looking advertise if they have hdmi passthrough so your stuck looking through forums for ages !!!
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robo9894 h, 14 m ago

Why use with a Diamond 9.1?A Play 5 gen 2 sounds better than those.Save …Why use with a Diamond 9.1?A Play 5 gen 2 sounds better than those.Save space and £200


I just prefer that split speaker set up.
Never mind the deal, this has been a very informative thread. Thanks for the education (no sarcasm intended).
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