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Sonos CONNECT:AMP Wireless Amplifier for Streaming Music
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- Upgrade your favorite stand alone speakers with amplified streaming music both indoors or outside.
- Control wired speakers from anywhere in your home witha mobile device such as your smart phone. Connect to patio or poolside speakers for outdoor listening entertainment.
- Wirelessly stream services like Prime Music Unlimited, Pandora, Spotify and Apple music on the speakers you already own.
- Built in amplifier brings more sonic punch. Powers large or small speakers with 55W per channel. Dimensions - H x W x D 3.50 x 7.28 x 8.15 in. (89 x 185 x 207 mm)
- RCA line-out for your subwoofer, RCA line-ins for connecting a range of playback sources
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Sonos is the wireless Home Sound System that fills your entire home with great-sounding music. Use one app to stream different music to Sonos speakers in different rooms. Or send one song all through the house.
Contents: CONNECT:AMP, power cord, Ethernet cable, 1 RCA stereo cable, 1 stereo mini to RCA Y-audio cable, Quick Start guide and Legal/Warranty information.
Sonos CONNECT:AMP. The amplified music streaming upgrade for your speakers.
Use CONNECT:AMP to stream music services and internet radio to any existing speakers, no receiver required. It can also send the music playing on your turntable to Sonos speakers throughout your home.
Stream With Any Speakers, Indoors Or Out: Bookshelf, floor-standing or in-wall, CONNECT:AMP adds streaming capabilities to all the speakers you own and love. It works with permanently installed patio or poolside speakers, too.
Amped Up Audio Performance: A built-in Class-D digital amplifier delivers 55W per channel of audiophile sound to your existing speakers.
Attach CONNECT:AMP to your speakers using standard speaker wire. Plug it in. Then connect it to your WiFi using the Sonos app for uninterrupted wireless music streaming.
WiFi, not Bluetooth
With Sonos, the songs stream from your WiFi network (not your phone), so there's never any of the dropouts, delays or interruptions associated with Bluetooth.
One room of streaming music is great. But a house full is even better. Fill more rooms with music by simply adding more Sonos speakers. They all work together seamlessly so you can play different songs in different rooms or the same song everywhere.
Rekindle your love for music
Sonos makes it easy to bring music back into your life. Enjoy old favorites or discover something new. With Sonos, music wakes you in the morning, surrounds you all day, and fills every moment with the full body joy of listening out loud.
All the music on earth
Sonos plays everything - the most popular streaming services, on-demand Internet radio, your favorite podcasts and audiobooks, your go-to collection of downloads - whatever you love to listen to.
Access all the music on earth through the Sonos app, or control Sonos directly from the Spotify app.
One app. Complete music control.
Add the free Sonos app to your phone or tablet to stream your favorite music services, internet radio, podcasts and music downloads directly to your existing speakers. You can also send the sound from your existing speaker to Sonos speakers in different rooms.
|CONNECT or CONNECT:AMP: Which is right for you?||With CONNECT:AMP, you can stream music through any pair of speakers, no amp or receiver required. It’s ideal for bringing streaming to wired in-wall systems, bookshelf or outdoor speakers– in fact, any speakers which aren’t hooked up to a receiver.||If you’re craving the instant access and huge selection streaming offers but you’re just not ready to invest in a whole new system, a CONNECT may be your best choice. It adds streaming capabilities to any amplified sound system.|
The SONOS CONNECT:AMP brings streaming music to your favorite wired bookshelf, floor-standing, outdoor, or in-ceiling speakers. Setup is easy, and you can play music on the connected speakers alone or throughout your house with Sonos speakers in every room. Wirelessly stream your entire music library and favorite online music services, and control it all with a free app on your phone, tablet, or computer.
Review from Home Theater Magazine
Review from HomeTheaterMag.com: SonosIt's hard to overstate the simplicity of the Sonos system concept. There are three basic Sonos bricks: two audio players (the ZonePlayer 90 and ZonePlayer 120) and one handheld wireless Sonos Controller 100. The Bundle 150 includes one of each. Read the full review at HomeTheaterMag.com.
Top Customer Reviews
To start with, about six months ago I installed one Sonos Connect:Amp for my outdoor speakers around our pool, and it has worked very well for us. I have it connected to four outdoor speakers around our pool, the kind that look like rocks.
I used 10 gauge outdoor wire to connect the Sonos to the outdoor speakers -- the kind that is used for outdoor lighting and is designed to be buried. This wire is made from finely stranded copper, and is easy to work with. So the Connect:Amp is loaded to 4 ohms (two 8 ohm speakers on each channel), and it works well. More than loud enough for us.
This got me thinking that Sonos Connect:Amp units would greatly simplify our whole home audio system. Our home was previously equipped with a very expensive, high-end, whole home audio system that is not user friendly.
But the speakers were good quality Boston Acoustics ceiling mounted speakers, all wired back to the equipment in our a/v equipment room at one end of the house.
Previously we had to use a control that is installed on the wall in each room that has a set of speakers to select the audio source (CD player with 5 CD tray, ReQuest Audio Server (photos attached), and iPod), change volume, turn on or off, etc, but we had to go to another place to select the music. I would rather be able to control all parts of the system from one place, and our phones, tablets, and computers are the perfect way to do this using the Sonos app. I have attached a photo of that control device -- it is the device with 12 buttons.
So now we can play Internet radio or music from our NAS, control the volume, etc., and it is all done from the Sonos app, which can run simultaneously on as many devices as you need. This way we can choose what we want to hear in any room, control the volume, turn the audio on and off, all from any phone or tablet, or my iMac, whatever.
Since we have a large library of CDs that I have ripped to iTunes and stored on a Synology NAS, I am ripping that high-end clunky system and replacing it with, to start, 4 Sonos Connect:Amp units, installed in the equipment room where the whole home audio system equipment is presently located, which is where all the wiring from the various speakers around the house terminates.
I will probably purchase several more Connect:Amp units to complete our system as we originally had a 12 zone system, although we never used it in some of the rooms it was installed in.
This is not a cheap replacement for the old system, but for someone starting out would be much less expensive than installing the typical whole-home audio systems that the professional audio/visual companies charge over 5 figures for. I see large systems using Sonos Connect:Amp units as potentially economically disruptive to the professional whole home audio business.
I have found the sound quality very good for the CDs I have ripped using Apple Lossless, and have not had problems with any audio drop out when playing from my NAS. Since all 5 of my Sonos Connect:Amp players are in the a/v equipment room, I have them connected to my network via Ethernet cables. Same with Internet radio, although a few times one of the stations my wife likes to listen to was obviously having problems with their stream.
The Sonos app works well; we have over 3,500 songs in our iTunes library (all ripped from CDs) and have created various playlists.
Some time ago I merged our two (wife and me) iTunes libraries into one library and using the various sort options in the Sonos Music Library it is easy to find an individual cuts of music if that is what I want to do.
Hope this can help anyone considering a whole-home audio system
Update July 2, 2015:
I have completed my Sonos setup. I am using 5 Sonos Connect:Amp units and 2 Sonos Connect units with an external 12 channel Niles amplifier:
Our home has several open areas where I combine two sets of speakers on one Sonos Connect:Amp unit, and that works fine because my speakers are 8 ohms and the Connect:Amp will work fine with 4 ohms. It did not make sense, for example, to have a separate Connect:Amp in our kitchen and family room, which are a larger open area, because you could not be listening to one song or program in one room and another program in the other room since they were open to each other.
And I find the Connect:Amp has plenty of power to drive this arrangement.
But I had two areas where I wanted three sets of speakers connected to one Sonos unit, so I am using two Sonos Connect units, each of which feed three stereo channels on a 12 channel Niles power amplifier:
The niles amp has individual volume controls for each of its 12 channels, so I am able to fine tune the volume from each speaker.
Here is my setup (see photo)
Connect #1 - through 3 stereo channels of Niles Amp for two sets of speakers around pool and a set of stereo speakers in our "outdoor entertainment deck"
Connect:Amp #1 - guest bedroom
Connect:Amp #2 - second guest bedroom (my wife uses this room for her office)
Connect:Amp #3 - drives two sets of speakers in kitchen and family room (which is really just one open area)
Connect #2 - through 3 stereo channels of Niles Amp for speakers in living room, foyer, and dining room (of which all these rooms are open to each other)
Connect:Amp #4 - drives two sets of speakers in master bed room and master bath room
Connect:Amp #5 - my home office
I hope this helps you visualize how you could use Connect and Connect:Amp in a whole home audio setting. From the reviews it appears a lot of people are doing just that.
Update February 12, 2016:
In order to more effectively control my Sonos system, I have installed 6 wall mounted iPad Minis around the house. I am using the Vidabox wall mount:
My previous whole house audio system used a proprietary control and was connected by cat 5 cables from the control back to the "rack room" where the audio equipment was located, so I was able to re-purpose those cat 5 cables to power the iPads via a POE (power over ethernet) to USB box, also made by VidaMount:
I also use these iPads to control other systems around the house, such as thermostats, my pool and spa, and even my player piano.
1 - It is incredibly easy to setup. Like many Apple products, Sonos "just works" straight out of the box. There is no complex programming, no time consuming plugging/unplugging of wires, etc. Basically hook up power, plug in your speakers, push the two buttons on the front of the unit, and the AMP then wirelessly syncs to your system immediately. Upon connecting to your Sonos network, you are prompted to name your zone (there are stock names like bedroom or dining room or you can fully customize a zone name), and you are off to the races from there.
2 - It is easy for anyone to use. Sonos doesn't technically require a smartphone for operation, but having one is the easiest way to operate your system. The app for iOS devices and Android devices works great and gives you complete control over your zones, selecting music sources, volume, and even special per-room settings like EQ. My wife who is not interested in technology was able to use the system without any explanation on how it works, and even my 4-year old daughter knows how to operate it.
3 - It is expandable. As mentioned, we wired 5 rooms for multi-room audio initially. 5 rooms is a lot, but we have many more rooms in the house. The reason I wired "only" 5 rooms is because a) this stuff was/is not cheap, and frankly we couldn't afford the added expense of equipment for more rooms, and b) we thought we'd listen to music only in the rooms we wired for. Once you use Sonos, you will want the experience of it in all of your rooms. The good news is that Sonos was built for expansion. My system was initially setup for use as a centralized, multi-room solution, but Sonos actually built its reputation on its modular speaker line, first with the Play:3, then the Play:5, and now the Play:1. We wanted to expand our system by adding music in our master bathroom. I initially thought about having the bathroom wired up and adding a new CONNECT:AMP to the system, and then I realized that rather than waste the money necessary to do that, I should just try out one of the modular speakers. I bought an open-box PLAY:1 from Best Buy and gave it a shot. It is truly incredible. It not only seamlessly integrates with the rest of my Sonos system, but it also sounds fantastic and fully fills the space. Eventually we will add Play:3 units for our kids' bedrooms, and I am in the process of integrating a turntable into our system using the Line-In feature offered by the Connect unit so I can play records all around the house. While I wouldn't say that the possibilities are endless, I would say they are incredibly extensive, so know you can expand your system very easily in the future and build out units as your needs grow.
4 - The way we consume music is evolving, Sonos evolves with it. I grew up listening to records, then cassettes, then CD's, then purchased songs through iTunes, and now I stream almost all my music. One of the beauties of the Sonos infrastructure is the way in which it allows you to consume and access music. They've pretty much thought of it all. If your music resides on your computer through purchased music from iTunes, Sonos allows you to access that catalog and all your playlists. If you like to listen to local FM radio stations, they all are available on the Sonos system (as are national stations). If you like listening to internet radio (including things like Bloomberg Radio, Reggae, etc.), they are mostly all available. And perhaps most importantly in today's day and age, if you stream your music, all of the major streaming companies are on the system, including Spotify, Beats, Google Play Music, Songza, Pandora, Slacker, etc. In the three years that I've owned Sonos, they have been amongst the first companies to integrate new streaming services into their system. They listen to the requests of their customers and try to find ways to provide access to all channels of content.
This is an overly long review, but I hope helpful to those who are contemplating purchasing Sonos for the first time.