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SONOS CONNECT:AMP Wireless Amplifier for Streaming Music
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2013
I have had the Sonos system in my home since 2007 and simply put.......superb!!! I have a 4 zone system plus a bridge. One of my zones is also a powered amp (ZP120). In 6 years of operation, the system has crashed 2 times which was resolved after a reboot. Very high quality and lots of application flexibility. I coupled mine with WeMo so I can turn zones on/off remotely. iPad/iPhone app controllers work superbly. Called Sonos support a couple of times, also excellent especially help with a NAS application.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2015
Holy cow. This thing rocks. I previously had a mid-level Onkyo surround receiver and matched Polk tower speakers, surrounds, center-channel, sub, etc. It was the hub of my entertainment system as everything went through that. That was a very good system but my wife hated all of the large equipment consuming the living room as well as having to push different combinations of input/output buttons/options in order to switch between sources. For whatever reason, I could never get one remote to work with all the systems so there was a fun process to change from watching TV (from satellite) to watching Amazon Prime from the TV or a BluRay -- i.e. turn off power on white remote, hit HDMI 2 on black remote #1, hit power on black remote #2, etc, etc.
I built a new house and the wife insisted that I lose the clutter in the living room. In walks Sonos with a great solution. I paired this with a Playbar, Sub and some non-Sonos built-in surrounds in the ceiling. There is virtually no-hardware consuming my living room, no wires to trip over and it sounds incredible. I did not hardwire any speakers, other than the ceiling surrounds and even that is unnecessary if you purchase Sonos surround speakers. However, you do have the option to hardwire up to 2 speakers with the Amp, if you choose.

From a setup standpoint, the only thing that gave me a headache is setting up the AMP after I had the Playbar installed and having them in the same room. However, a quick search of 'Set up a Sonos CONNECT:AMP with Surround Rears' on the Sonos support site pointed me to instructions on how to do this.

Technical Section: For those interested, you can't do it from the controller app. You have to sign into a PC/Laptop and go to the configuration page on your network (http://playbarIP:1400/wiredsat.htm), entering your Playbar IP. From there, it's choosing the room from drop-down. Very easy, once you know what to do.

Even better, this is all controlled via the family smart-phones. We each have the app downloaded and can easily choose what we want to listen to, control the volume, etc. About the only downside is that we can each control what we want to listen to, control the volume, etc. Occasionally get into a war of control. If I would recommend one software update to Sonos, it would be to allow configuration of one of the controllers to 'be the master' and provide the ability to temporary lock out the others. This would ensure peace in my household or at least I would be happy (as I would control the master :)).

One other note that might be helpful for some. I thought I had to hardwire the Sonos Sub, via coax cable, to the Connect Amp. Turns out, the Sub doesn't even have a coax 'out' port. Just a power cord and a network connection, so no need to worry about that. The Amp does have a 'subwoofer in' port but I'm guessing this is for a non-Sonos sub.

I bought a second one to create a separate zone on my patio outdoors (obviously, the Amp will remain indoors). Will be doing this shortly and will update if I learn anything new but I think this is where the true power of this solution comes in -- i.e. having different zones setup.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
The Sonos CONNECT: AMP is a great way to stream music to real speakers. I'm using this as a replacement for the amp on my old stereo system, and it sounds great. My only complaint is that it only provides connections for one input source (physical device such as a TV, turntable, cassette deck, etc.). It would be nice to be able to connect several physical devices as well and then select between them rather than having to disconnect and reconnect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2012
I just got the Sonos AMP (ZP120) delivered and just find the product amazing for the following reasons.
1. It took me less than 15 minutes to install it and play music from my iMac. During the next 15 minutes I was able to test the music services (Spotify, Pandora) install the Ipad controller and check the Line In functionality and everything just worked like a charm. My only complain would be that it was almost too fast/easy and the enjoyment of installing the Sonos was over in about 30 min...
2. The sound is really good. I'm still waiting for my new speakers that I bought at the same time but even with my less expensive speakers I have nothing to complain about.
3. I have flipped back and forth between all the services and have created combined playlists etc. etc. and haven't found any issues and the music have been streaming flawlessly for several hours now.

Thank you Sonos for a great product.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
I received an item from Amazon labeled as refurbished with a big discount. When i hooked it up the amp side of the ZP 120 SONOS CONNECT:AMP Wireless Streaming Music System with Amplifier for Speakers (ZonePlayer120)unit did not work. I could have sent it back but i called Sonos to see if they could help. They saw that this was not the first time the unit had been registered and that i was not the original owner. Most electronics manufacturers would tell you that at this point your warranty is void, because you bought it used or third party. Sonos told me that the would cover it under warranty and send me a new on advance replacement. VERY COOL!!!! I liked them before the call. now i rave about them to anyone that will listen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2014
It's a 50W amp... so there are some limitations, but otherwise, the other reviews are right - its a great product. However, if you have large speakers and want them to sound good at party levels, this is not the solution you should be looking for. I would recommend you use a connect and then a zone amp with an automatic on/off trigger from the audio signal. Emotiva makes the mini-x a-100, and paired with a connect it ends up being only $50 more than the Sonos Amp with enough power to drive tower speakers at loud volumes. I own 3 Sonos Amp's and 1 connect driving 2 of the Emotiva Zone amps. Knowing what i know now, i'd own 2 connects and 2 Sonos amps and 3 of the Emotiva zone amps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2014
I use my SONOS with Google Play and power outside speakers as well as inside speakers and the small SONOS PLAY 1. The system works great. I only rate this 3 stars because I did much better using my own amp(s) and using the SONOS connect. I end up with more amplification power and better amplifier choices. Hookup is simple and now those extra amps I had sitting around are in use. Great product, high price. If you are not concerned about costs, get this SONOS Connect Amp.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2010
After buying a ZP90 first, I just bought a ZP120 as well for my attic I thought. Now that I've seen the device and listed to the sound I think my vacuum tubes amplifier has to trade places for this ZP120. The sound is incredible for it's size. The looks are great and installing this Sonos system is so easy my 5 year old could have pulled it off.

I simply love Sonos and my next buys will be a remote control and two S5 devices for the kitchen and bedroom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2013
For homes that already have speakers wired into the walls, there is no equal but to upgrade to Sonos AMP. It is by far the leading product in its category. It works seamlessly with a mix of its other products to achieve a perfect blend of internet based and locally based music listening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2015
I've been looking at this amp for a while and considering how much it costs, I vetted it out for a while. My previous setup was 2 patio speakers in the backyard that I ran speaker wire to the back of my receiver into the second zone inside the house. That second zone was analog output only, so options were limited. Everytime I wanted to hear music in the back yard, I had to go inside, turn on the receiver, then connect a 3.5 line into my computer to play music out of the speakers. It became annoying especially when I had dirty shoes or merely wanted to turn the volume up to go back inside and then out again.

Then I saw this amp. Seemed to solve my problem of having to go in and out of the house since it does everything via the Sonos app. I ended up buying it and in a matter of 15 minutes, disconnected the speaker wire from my receiver and plugged them into the plugs on the back of the amp, then went through the 4 minute process of setting up the sonos. All in that time, I was outside blaring music from my speakers, controlling what music comes out of it and the volume straight from my phone. The sound is just as good if not better than what it was coming from my receiver. On top of that, there are times I want to listen to games streamed by ESPN or cable TV through my patio speakers (like a seahawks game), so I used the RCA inputs on the back of the amp along with a Y connector to plug into my laptop. Using the ESPN app or my HDHomerun, I can listen to anything that's on TV or streaming on the web. It's great.

One thing to note is I've seen a few challenges in the way the app works. There are times I attempt to stream music from Pandora and it fails to recognize the stations on my account. After about 10 minutes of opening and closing the app, they suddenly appeared again. This may have been a wireless channel issue that I switched soon after and I haven't seen it since. Also note that this thing is quite large (taller than an xbox, but 2/3 the width), so you'll need a decent place to put it.

Update 1/30/15: I've been using this for a few weeks now and it's fantastic. I've updated the rating from 4 to 5 stars. One thing to keep in mind is that if the wireless connection fades, the volume will stay where it's at until you either get the wireless signal back or manually go to the device and adjust the volume there.
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