Network Requirements Connections
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:5 powered speakers, the Sonos
One voice-activated speaker, the Sonos
Connect zone players, and the
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
Google Play Music,
SoundCloud, and more;
plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service
availability varies by region.) Click
for the latest online music services (some online services require a paid
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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,
- Any non-music related
commands will still play over your Alexa device (weather, traffic, flash
- 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 later in 2019 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
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
- 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
- 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
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
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
2-Port Ethernet Switch: There are
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