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Connecting connect:amp to a non-Sonos amp

  • 26 February 2022
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Hi

I have a Sonos Connect:Amp that I’d like to hook up to my Cyrus amp, which is connected to external non-Sonos speakers. I want to do this so I can connect everything (CD player, turntable and streaming) through the same thing (the Cyrus). Is this possible? How would I do it?

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Best answer by pwt 26 February 2022, 13:02

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Not possible without significant difficulty, namely converting the speaker-level outputs of the Connect:Amp to the line level inputs required by the Cyrus. The Connect:Amp has no line level output.

A clumsy solution would be to find a speaker switch that allows you to switch your speakers between the two amps.

The more streamlined solution is to replace the Connect:Amp with a Sonos Port or second-hand Sonos Connect (making sure you obtain a Gen2 version if you want to run Sonos S2 software).

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Thank you pwt!!! Not what I wanted to hear but great and valued response nonetheless!

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The more streamlined solution is to replace the Connect:Amp with a Sonos Port or second-hand Sonos Connect (making sure you obtain a Gen2 version if you want to run Sonos S2 software).

 

Sorry @pwt: one more Q: what allows the Connect to do that but not the Connect:Amp?

 

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So what allows the Connect to do that but not the Connect:Amp?

The Connect:Amp and Connect serve different purposes.

The Connect has a line level output, since its primary purpose is to be a streaming device connected to external amplification. It is not an amplifier, and cannot drive (passive) speakers on its own.

(Arguably, Sonos could have furnished the Connect:Amp with a line level output in addition to the speaker outputs, but they didn’t.)

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So what allows the Connect to do that but not the Connect:Amp?

The Connect:Amp and Connect serve different purposes

The Connect has line level outputs, since its primary purpose is to be a streaming device connected to external amplification. It is not an amplifier, and cannot drive (passive) speakers on its own

(Arguably, Sonos could have furnished the Connect:Amp with a line level output in addition to the speaker outputs, but they didn’t.)

 

@pwt OK, I think I get it. Thank you so much. So I presume a Gen1 version would do the same? I’m just using it in my office and the S1 app is fine out here.

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A Gen1 Connect would work fine, as long as you’re happy to remain on Sonos S1. I have three of them still going strong.

They’re available reasonably cheaply now on eBay, etc.

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Thank you, very helpful!