Sonos Connect: The Connect (formerly the ZP90 Zone Player)
is part of the
Sonos wireless multiroom music eco-system consisting of a family of wireless
network speakers, players, and amplifiers. The Connect player is designed to be
used with an external amplifier or a pair of powered speakers. Start with the
Connect:Amp and add more Sonos products over time. 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 require a first wire connection to facilitate a
firmware upgrade and hereafter they will be able to work over WiFi.
Note: 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).
Placement: It is not necessary to place the player in a
visible place in the home. The transmitting range
of the Sonos wireless music system is approximately 100 feet. Thick walls,
microwave ovens, and the presence of other wireless devices can interfere with
or block the wireless network signals. When interference occurs, you can relocate the
Connect player in order to receive the signal, make a wired (Ethernet) connection,
or add a Sonos
Boost between the router and the Connect player to extend the wireless
Multi-Zone Compatibility: You can place a Connect:Amp in
each zone where you want to listen to music. The Sonos wireless music ystem can
accept up to 32 Sonos players. With multiple zones, you can play the same or
different songs in different rooms. The PLAY:1 can be combined with other Sonos
components; including the
PLAY:5 amplified wireless music speakers, the
Connect:Amp zone player (ZP120), and the
PLAYBAR soundbar speaker; all sold separately.
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.
- Internet Radio: Sonos includes
TuneIn, an Internet Radio
Service, that provides immediate access to 100,000 Internet radio stations
and broadcast programs. You can easily find radio stations from all over the
world broadcasting music, news, and variety programming, including archived
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
the latest online music services. (Some online services require a paid
- Music Library: 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 its audio
setup, playback functions, and search features through the Sonos Controller app
App Store or
Google Play Store) for Apple iOS (6.0+) and Android (OS 2.3+) devices, or
the Sonos Controller software for
Windows PC (XP SP3 and higher) or
Mac computer (OS X 10.6 and higher). You'll have access to thousands of
pre-loaded internet radio stations, a variety of online music services, your
iTunes music, and your network music library; all from one control app on your
smartphone/tablet or laptop/computer. The app is divided into 5 screens.
- Main Menu: The main menu is the gateway to your world
of Sonos music. Browse your music services, favorites, internet radio,
personal music library and playlists. You can also find settings to easily
add new Sonos components.
- Now Playing: The Now Playing screen features album art,
basic controls, and easy access to all of your music on the Sonos network.
From the Now Playing screen you can also access the main menu, control songs
and volume by room, access more options from the Info View, and add songs to
- Room Modes: 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
- Info View: 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.
- Queue: The Queue screen gives you ultimate control in
listening to whatever you want, whenever you want. Choose any song from your
Sonos library and add it to your queue on the fly or create your favorite
playlists in a few seconds. From this screen you can also easily edit and
save playlists, shuffle and repeat music tracks, and access additional
controls like Play Now, Play Next, Add to Queue, & Replace Queue.
Note: The Sonos device, Apple iOS/Android device, Windows
PC, and/or Mac computer must be connected to the same home network.
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.
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 router in your home
network. If you don't have a router, you will need to purchase and install
one before setting up your system.
- If you are going to use a Sonos controller application on an Android
smartphone, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or other tablet, you will need a
wireless router in your home network.
- 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 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.
here for a list of networking equipment that is incompatible with Sonos;
be aware that the majority of this list is made up of older networking
equipment, but may still exist as part of a home network.
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
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.