Introducing Sonos Amp



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Do you have the in-wall, in-ceilling, or outdoor speakers? Also, how many of them are connected to one Amp?

Have you gone into the settings and identified the speakers too? This is in Room Settings as well.
But then doesn't this require routing three HDMI cables from my devices to the TV, and then another one back from the TV to the Sonos Amp? That would have been easy when I built the house, but good luck doing that now without ripping up a lot of drywall and hardwood flooring. Two of my TVs have no place anywhere near them to place components.
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It is an arc hdmi input meaning it is only meant to connect to tv. All your devices hook to the hdmi inputs on tv. Then the tv outputs audio to the hdmi arc input of the amp. Same as with Beam.
Whether Sonos makes speakers or not isn't the point. Sonos does sell external speakers on their web site and they specifically state that they are intended to be used with the Sonos Amp. I purchased the Amp and Speakers from Sonos only to find out that Sonos knows that the sound is deliberately muted until the slide adjustment reaches approximately 80%. If you read the response from Sonos Support, you would have understood this. If Sonos speakers are not compatible with the Sonos Amp, they shouldn't sell them.


Where do you have the speakers setup outside? How close is the listening area to the speakers themselves? It's possible that the distance is greater than normal and thus the volume cover would sound much better if you were closer to the speaker. I'm not saying that's ideal, just trying to explain why you're seeing the result you see. If you used other speakers/amps with this setup and got better results?

Also, what's the distance between the amp and the speakers and what gauge of speaker wire are you using? Longer runs should use a better gauge of wire? Have you checked the wiring to make sure the speaker and amps are making a good connection?

BTW, I am using 4 outdoor speakers (Polk) with a Sonos Amp. I hear volume at lower levels, but is very faint till about 50%. That would be lowered if I used the speakers indoors. I'm not at all disappointed by this as it's pretty standard to other speakers and amps I've used.

It’s a pity that the pricey Sonos Amp is not supplied with a HMDI to SPDIF connector. You need to buy this separate.

A bit weird, because the affordable Sonos Beam has one in the box, together with a HDMI cable.

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Sorry for the rudimentary nature of these questions. I have an old-school set up, with a Sonos Connect purchased in 2014 as a pre-amp. I currently have a PC > Boost > Connect > DAC > Integrated Amp > Floorstanding speakers.

If my 20 year old integrated amp dies, will this new Amp replace it?
If I got the Amp, would the Connect I have then become obsolete?
Would I just use the Sonos app to control volume?
Finally, can I connect my DAC to this Amp, or would my DAC still need to be connected through the Connect?

Thanks!
But then doesn't this require routing three HDMI cables from my devices to the TV, and then another one back from the TV to the Sonos Amp? That would have been easy when I built the house, but good luck doing that now without ripping up a lot of drywall and hardwood flooring. Two of my TVs have no place anywhere near them to place components.

Then you could remove the speakers from your Denon and just use the receiver as a hdmi switch? Or if you want to get rid of it, get and actual hdmi switch. But yes, that's kind of forcing things, and you might be better sticking with your receivers.
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@ jgatie. Thank you!

Actually, my Sonos system is completely independent of my TV. [I use a ZVOX soundbar for my TV]. I use Sonos strictly for music, working off of my high-end system in one room, and a couple of pairs Play 1s in another room. Do I need my TV (with HDMI-ARC and CEC) to run a dedicated music system?

Hmmm. No external DACs. Okay, a tradeoff. Far fewer boxes though. Just the Amp > Speakers.

Thanks for your prompt reply!
No, you do not need a TV to use the Amp. Essentially, it is a more powerful version of the Connect:Amp with the addition of an HDMI ARC input.
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No, you do not need a TV to use the Amp. Essentially, it is a more powerful version of the Connect:Amp with the addition of an HDMI ARC input.

Thanks again. As you can tell, I’m behind the times. I’ll look into this hdmi arc to see if I’d like that. Otherwise, you’ve answered my questions about how this new Amp could indeed be a possible replacement in my stereo system.
I see Crutchfield expects to have the Amp available on November 14. Is that the release date for all outlets?

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_616AMP/Sonos-Amp.html?awkw=557058542108&awat=pla&awnw=s&awcr=308624193330&awdv=c&awug=9005078&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7dyitYO83gIVirrACh28fAxdEAYYASABEgLLf_D_BwE

Thanks for updating us.

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Interesting - Crutchfield must be counted as an installer. Great way for people to get them online. Sounds a little optimistic since Sonos said not available from installers until December 1.
If this takes 4 speakers - can the volume of each speaker be set independently via the Sonos app?
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No You have left right fader controls as with anyndevice in setup screen.

Independent volume control for different speakers hooked to an amp would have to be done with something like in wall volume controls.
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I'm considering the Amp to replace an AVR and keeping the sub and four speakers but not the center one. The in-wall volume controls seem like the solution to me, not mounted in the wall but in a small PVC electrical box sitting out of sight. I'd normally have it adjusted to my favorite seating position but could tweak it for party mode without too much work.
This bums me out big time. I just bought one of the old Connect:Amps like 2 months ago. I just checked and I'm like a couple weeks too late to return it 😠


They deliberately designed the app not to emit any volume until the slider reaches about 80%.

This is just you saying this. No one that uses the amp has reported this here till you have turned up with this unbelievable claim.
This bums me out big time. I just bought one of the old Connect:Amps like 2 months ago. I just checked and I'm like a couple weeks too late to return it :@

But it's not too late to sell it on ebay. Or if you prefer, find another purpose for the connect:amp in your home.

I'm in a similar situation to you in that I recently bought a separate amp to go with a connect because I wanted to integrate tv audio into the speakers. I'll probably be selling that on ebay when the Sonos amp comes out.
If you read the response from Sonos Support, you would have understood this.
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I am really looking forward to this new amp. The original connect:amp didn’t have enough power in my opinion. I’m currently using several connects and a multi-zone amp, but the connect does not send a strong enough singly at lower volumes and the amp shuts off. I’ve looked at tons of multi-zone amp replacements and there are very few with the sensitivity needed. With this, that all goes away and I can add a Sonos sub.
I am really looking forward to this new amp. The original connect:amp didn’t have enough power in my opinion. I’m currently using several connects and a multi-zone amp, but the connect does not send a strong enough singly at lower volumes and the amp shuts off. I’ve looked at tons of multi-zone amp replacements and there are very few with the sensitivity needed. With this, that all goes away and I can add a Sonos sub.Is your Connect set to Fixed or Variable output?
Variable, controlled via Sonos app. The amp is rack mounted in another part of the house.
OK. I can see why you would need to control volume through the app, short of installing volume controls throughout the house.
How about a trade-in program for older Amps? I just installed 2 in August and really want the new ones.