Newish Sonos customer here and love them. I have 2 Play 5’s (G2) in the front of my room and 2 Ones in the back of my room. I just set up the TV and added the Playbar. So, the room looks like this:
Play5 TV/Playbar Play5
One Couch One
Important to note that the TV and Playbar are inside a cabinet and pop up from the bottom only when I want to watch TV. As such, I don’t want to use the PB to play music, only for television sound and I want to use either the Play5’s or the One’s for surround sound when watching TV. (whatever will sound better after experimenting with both). This will only be ~10% of the use and 90% of the use of those speakers will be for music, which I have the 5’s and 1’s separated into two rooms and set up as stereo pairs.
I tried to set up both sets as surrounds, but it seems I can’t use them because they are setup as a stereo pair in another room. This makes no sense to me as I would think the Sonos system is smart enough to recognize if they are being used as surrounds in the “TV’ room they wouldn’t be available to stream music in the “Family” room….but whatever.
As I understand it my options are:
- Configure either set as surrounds but music will still play from the Playbar inside my closed cabinet which I’m sure will not sound good. Will need to configure the surrounds as Full instead of Ambient.
- Just use the PB with no surrounds
- Use surrounds but don’t use them for music (totally unhappy with this given my 90% music usage)
What else am I missing? I really want to take advantage of these amazing speakers I have for both television and music!
FWIW I also have an AMP that could be used if helpful (right now just powering outdoor Sonos)