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Sonos CONNECT Wireless Receiver Component for Streaming Music. Works with Alexa.
- Instantly update your existing stereo or receiver with wireless streaming capabilities controlled from your smart device.
- Auto-detecting analogue (RCA) line-in connection.Connect your Connect to any Amazon Echo or Alexa-enabled device, then just ask for the music you love
- Play different songs in different rooms at the same time. Or, pump one song in perfect sync, throughout your home.
- Wirelessly stream services like Prime Music Unlimited, Pandora, Spotify and Apple music on the equipment you already own.
- Features analog, optical and coaxial digital audio outputs for flexibility. Also includes Line-in. Plug in any device you desire.
- Allows you to play your turn table through your Sonos home audio system
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Grab your aux cord.
Plug in any audio device to your Connect - from your amplified record player to a friend's phone - and listen to your favorite music on your existing audio equipment. You can also send the music to any other Sonos speaker in your home.
Engineered for premium performance.
Connect streams the music you love without loss of fidelity and at full CD-quality bandwidth. Adjust the sound to get the bass, treble, balance, and loudness just the way you like it. You can even set it up to control the volume using the Sonos app or your audio equipment.
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The SONOS CONNECT brings streaming music to your stereo or home theater. 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.
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That being said, the Sonos:Connect was a delight in terms of setup and ease of use (5 stars for these areas alone), but a real disappointment in terms of sound quality (2 stars).
Setup: easy as can be. I bought a Sonos:Connect to plug into my home stereo, and a Sonos Bridge to wirelessly stream the music on my computer to it. You run the brief setup routine on your computer, plug in the Bridge and push a button on it, plug in the Connect and push a button on it, and voila - everything's connected! To stream music from a computer or NAS you simply point Sonos to your music folder via the software; it then took about ten minutes for it to index my 9,000+ song record collection. By simply adding my Pandora account info I had access to my Pandora channels.
Ease of use: fantastic. Sonos controllers are available for your computer as well as Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. I downloaded the controller apps for both of our iPhones and our iPad, so we can control our music with whatever tool we have handy. The controller software is very intuitive and easy-to-use. There is no delay in adjusting volume, moving from track to track, etc. - the whole system is incredibly responsive, as opposed to the pretty flaky Squeezebox Duet system it is replacing.
[One minor limitation: be warned that iTunes by default keeps album artwork for CDs you rip yourself in a proprietary, separate database that Sonos does not read. It only sees album artwork that is embedded within the music file. So you won't see album artwork on your controller unless you bought the files from the iTunes or another online store that embeds the artwork, or go through a process to copy the artwork into the files themselves via iTunes (Sonos has a good description of how to do this on their support website).]
Sound quality: Here is where things went downhill. Once I connected everything and streamed my first song, I noticed that the sound quality was off. It was tinny, had very little bass, and was slightly distorted. It sounded almost like a low-quality, 64k MP3 instead of the 256k AAC file I was using. It was a huge step down from sound quality compared to Squeezebox. Heck, I got much better sound by simply plugging my iPhone straight into the receiver's mini-plugs using a y-jack and playing songs from my iTunes library. It was just unacceptable quality from a $350 component that is built solely to plug into a stereo system.
I searched around the web for info on this, and came across a CNET review that said the sound quality was somewhat lacking, and suggested using an external DAC (digital to analog converter). I looked into this but didn't want to spend a ton of money. Fortunately, on Amazon I found the Technolink TC-7510 Stereo 24 bit / 96kHz Four Input PCM D/A Converter w/Built-in HP Amp for $109. It has a Burr Brown DAC chipset that I had enjoyed on my Squeezebox unit. I plugged the Connect into the DAC via the optical connecter, plugged the DAC into my stereo ... and problem solved. It sounded clean, spacious, with great bass - just beautiful.
I'm surprised that I haven't seen more comments about this issue - I did notice that most of the reviews here are old, and perhaps Sonos is using a poorer quality internal DAC now. At any rate, I now have both great sound and the great ease of use that comes with the Sonos. Frankly, though, for the cost of the Sonos you should get both without needing external help with the sound.
Let's begin with the good. Setup is remarkably simple and the app interface is surprisingly intuitive, especially when one considers everything that this little box attempts to do. Even without the Connect, Sonos speakers can stream music from your phone, iPad, streaming services such as Spotify, and the music files on your computer (!) The speakers will connect with each other and with the app, allowing you to play music from different sources in different rooms of your house. Everything is connected through your home wi-fi system, and no wired connection is necessary. All of this is simply amazing and works really well. I especially like the volume controls when you "group" Sonos components together. You get a separate slider for each component and one for the group, so you can adjust the balance between speakers or just turn the whole system up or down. Nice.
The Connect is intended to add two new dimensions to this network. First, it allows you to take music from any of the above-mentioned sources and stream it simultaneously through your home stereo and any Sonos speakers of your choosing. Second, it allows you to take music from any of the sources (CD player, turntable, etc.) connected to your home stereo and stream it through both your home stereo speakers and any Sonos speakers that you choose.
The first function works flawlessly. Using either RCA cables (analog) or optical Toslink cable (digital) you connect the Connect to an appropriate input on your preamp or amplifier. I have only used the analog inputs, and they worked great. You then use the app to tell the Connect what source to use (computer, service, or iPad/phone) and that music is streamed in perfect synch to any combination of speakers that you choose. So far, so good.
Unfortunately, problems can arise when you try to stream music from your home stereo through the Connect to both your home stereo speakers and a Sonos speaker. As per my audio store's instructions, I connected the "Aux out" jacks on my amplifier to the input jacks on the Connect, hoping that I could then stream any source (CD player, turntable, etc.) from my amplifier to both my home stereo speakers and the Sonos speaker. Unfortunately, doing so resulted in a time lag between the two sets of speakers, creating an unacceptable echoing effect. In all fairness, Sonos does not specifically list this as a connection option in any of their literature that I found. They specify connecting an individual component (i.e., outputs directly from the CD player) to those Connect inputs. So, I tried connecting my Blu-Ray player directly to the Connect. This fixed the problem -- the home speakers and the Sonos speaker were perfectly in synch. Unfortunately, this created a new problem because now I could only listen to audio from the Blu-Ray player through the Connect. Of course, connecting in this manner also meant that music from my turntable, CD player, etc. could not be streamed through the Sonos speaker.
I should mention that these problems are not unique to my system. If you do a search on "Audio Delay Between Connect and Play 5 | Sonos Community" you will find testimonies from numerous Connect owners who have the same problem. The synch problem seems especially acute in systems which have a Yamaha amplifier, as I do.
I really like to Connect, but I wish that it would function the way that it should and, for that matter, the way that their advertising would lead you to believe that it does work. Connecting only one component to its inputs is not tantamount to streaming "all your music." I would also suggest that their statement, "Stream your CDs and LPs to Sonos speakers in other rooms" should more correctly use the word "or" in place of "and."
Again, to be fair, amplifiers do a lot of processing to signals, and that processing is what creates the delays that result in synchronization problems. Is it possible that Sonos will address this issue with a future firmware update? I suppose so. However, for now, if you are considering buying a Sonos Connect, be sure that you enter into this purchasing decision with an awareness of its current capabilities and limitations.