I have been more than pleased with the Sonos Connect. My intended use of the Sonos Connect was to stream music to a heritage high end (McIntosh) stereo system. My first concern was sound quality for streaming music, and my second was the flexibility of using my laptop and Iphone as remotes. My expectations were exceeded in terms of the quality of the sound. It is extremely lifelike, and a huge improvement over simply having a direct connection from the laptop or phone to the pre amp. I am using the new Tidal streaming service primarily and it seems to be a perfect match with the Sonos quality, since it streams at a much higher rate than ordinary music services. At least as good as CD quality to my ears. I should add that I had some concern as to whether the built in DAC in the Sonos was of sufficient quality. My initial impression is a resounding yes. The sound on my system is very crisp and lifelike and does not display any murkiness as noted in another review. Finally I should add that I do not use the Sonos speakers in different rooms, but rather use my heritage system in my main listening room and a Soundcast Outcast speaker as the remote portable speaker, which is fed through a line out in the Macintosh pre amp to its I Cast wireless transmitter.
I LOVE SONOS! We started with a Play 5 and have added several other units. Now I'm using the Connect to tie in to some built-in speakers. The only downside is I keep spending more and more $$$ because I want more SONOS.
Best music streaming device ever. Must have. Also pay for a subscription to Spotify with the Sonos.
from Ruckersville, VA
This small device is perfect for your odd shaped room. Allowed us to connect the Play 1's and Sound Bar for a wireless system. Looks and sounds great
This product was perfect for my needs. In fact, I liked the first so much, I bought another so that I could separately control certain zones in my house. I have an eight zone amp with wired connections to speakers in various zones in my house.
I have a very long house, so I need a wireless router and wireless access point to provide full coverage. I had some issues controlling the Sonos Connect from the access point -- the Connect would periodically just "disappear" from the network. Sonos tech support was very patient (escalated to the highest level tech), but ultimately was unable to solve my issue.
Subsequently, after swapping the location of my router and access point, the system is now stable. Now the Connect joins the network via the access point and the dhcp router is at the far end of the house. I think this works because the Connect must now continually renew its IP lease via the access point to the router. In my prior configuration, I think the Connect got "lazy," since it was connected directly to the dhcp router, at which point the access point could no longer find it ... as I told Sonos tech support, that's just my theory, but it works.