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Sonos CONNECT Wireless Receiver Component for Streaming Music
- Instantly update your existing stereo or receiver with wireless streaming capabilities controlled from your smart device.
- 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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From the Manufacturer
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, 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. The music streaming upgrade for your stereo.
CONNECT instantly converts your favorite stereo into a full-fledged, easy-to-use music streaming system. So you can fill your home with music using the audio equipment you know and love.
For Anything Amplified: CONNECT works with the amplified sound systems you already own. Like a component stereo setup, home theater receiver, pre-amped turntable, or even a built-in speaker system with a centrally-located amplifier.
Great Sound. Just The Way You Like It: CONNECT streams the music you love at full CD quality. You can use either the Sonos app or the controls on your audio gear to adjust the bass, treble, balance, and loudness.
Attach CONNECT to your amplified audio equipment using the analog or digital outputs. Plug it in. Then connect it to your WiFi using the Sonos app for uninterrupted wireless 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 music services, internet radio, podcasts and music downloads through your existing audio gear. You can also send the sound from your stereo or home theater to Sonos speakers in different rooms.
|CONNECT or CONNECT:AMP: Which is right for you?||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.||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.|
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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.
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
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.
There are countless complaints about this in the Sonos forums, but there doesn't seem to be any movement to add an adjustment. For a company which generally has excellent software, this is very surprising. The condescending comments from the "experts" in the forum suggest replacing your receiver with an expensive analog music only amp. Or buying additional expensive components to do some crazy looping and delaying back to the Connect to feed the rest of the system and possibly fix the problem. This is nonsense. The Connect is billed as a way to connect Sonos to your existing audio equipment. And it's expensive. None of these shenanigans should be required when a software adjustment could be added to easily make it work with any amp.
The Connect also drops sound far more often than the Sonos speakers, particularly when using Tidal or Spotify. SiriusXM and TuneIn rarely drop. I contacted Sonos support about this issue to no avail. They just don't seem interested in supporting this product.
Since the Connect is only useful to me when I don't have my other Sonos speakers running (and when it doesn't keep dropping audio), it gets 2 stars. If Sonos steps up and adds a delay adjustment, the review will be adjusted.
I decided to try a Sonos ZonePlayer90 after getting Sirius at home and realizing that my reception via the indoor/outdoor antenna left something to be desired. I also eventually want to move music around the house. Initially I was put off by the price.
Well, I've had the ZP90 almost two weeks and I can't stop telling people how amazing it is. I had no idea when I bought it that it would open up a huge world of music to me. Not only does it make it a snap to play my iTunes library and Sirius, but I now have access to internet radio stations around the world and the Pandora music service. I feel like I have the world's largest jukebox in my living room. And, it's all at your fingertips via the software controller and iPod Touch.
I think we all get so tired of TV. I watch a lot of sports. A lot of times, I put the game on TV and put music or NPR on the Sonos. I'm using my computers and an iPod Touch to control the Sonos and it's working flawlessly. I plan to get a ZP120 to share music to other parts of the house and outside.
While these products are fully priced, they are worth it and don't let price deter you. They are well built and the customer support is good. The Sonos also lets you get so much more value out of your broadband and the rest of your stereo or home theater equipment. It's a no brainer.