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In any case the Connect Amp is still available and you know it does not have a microphone. Unless you need Mono playback or Airplay2 then just get the less expensive Connect Amp and avoid any stress.
In any case the Connect Amp is still available and you know it does not have a microphone. Unless you need Mono playback or Airplay2 then just get the less expensive Connect Amp and avoid any stress.

I currently don't have a device that supports Airplay2 and would - ideally - like to have one. No surprise I won't buy a Play One, which leaves just the Play 5 and/or Amp at this point. With the Amp probably not having a mic (thank god) I would plan on selling my current Connect:Amp and getting an Amp.
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I'm not seeing the microphone mentioned either, do see it will use voice control when paired with a device that does support it.

Snips from searching: (not fighting the forum to get links to all of the sources)

"Amp features AirPlay 2, access to home automation partners, and voice control when wirelessly connected with Amazon Echo or Alexa-enabled devices, including Sonos One and Beam."

"Use the Sonos app on your phone or tablet, your TV remote, keypads, AirPlay 2, or your voice with Amazon Echo and Alexa-enabled devices."

"View the images of the back of the device; it has the same "physical" button as the Play One. "

"The new Sonos Amp does not have a microphone. The button at the back is used for initial connection and setup, and is nothing to do with voice control."

"No microphone. It specifically says you need a device listed that has alexa microphone in order to voice control."
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There is no ambiguous language. It has no microphone and no alexa listening ability. It can be controlled by an alexa device but it is not an alexa and has no listening ability. Case closed.
Question from a newbie here... I have four pairs of Sonance Symphony S623TR in-ceiling speakers which are rated at 135 watts and 8 Ohms nominal, 6 Ohms minimum. I found the following article which leads me to believe the speakers would run at 8 Ohms and 250 watts: https://support.sonos.com/s/article/265?language=en_US. I believe I have see others mention four speaker set ups drop it to 4 Ohms which I think would be a problem in my case given the 6 Ohm minimum. Otherwise, will the 250 watts per channel be an issue? Bottom line, will my eight speakers be properly matched with just two new Amps (assuming two zones are sufficient, of course)?
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Your speakers will work perfect. I believe the sonos amp will see them as a draw of 4ohms but that doesn’t effect the speakers. the wattage is also then used by both speakers so it doesn’t double the wattage to each speaker sees. Your good with the new Sonos:amp.
I am pretty sure this won’t work... but it’s worth asking anyways.

We currently use a Playbar/Sub/Connect:Amp for 5.1 in our HT. The Connect:Amp drives two in-Ceiling speakers. Our previous setup (traditional receiver/amp/etc) drove 6 purely in ceiling speakers - and these are still there.

I like the Playbar, but I really want the ARC connection for volume/CEC controls. In an ideal world, we would do either of th following two scenarios:

2 x Sonos Amps for 4.1 + Playbar as 3.0
In this setup, we would use one Amp to drive two ceiling speakers and act as the “controller” for everything. We would then use our Playbar as an additional 3.0 setup giving us a real center, and more depth on the FL/FR. Finally another amp would do the rear speakers, and our sub would be in there too.

Replace our Connect:Amp with Sonos Amp
I know we could simply upgrade our existing Connect:Amp to a Sonos Amp. However, as I read it, this will not let the Amp be the controller (thus taking in the HDMI-ARC connection). This would be a really good feature to add though. The Playbar sounds great and I don’t want to move to the smaller Beam... but we do want the ARC connection pretty badly. Can I please submit my vote for this feature in the future? Seems like a pure software issue right?
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The ARC Connection is nice and if you really want it then I would try going with the new Sonos Amp for the front and then have it drive the existing Connect:Amp in rear and Sub (4.1). Repurpose the Playbar.


They say the Sonos Amp does a great job with simulated center channel.


You definately don't want to go down to a Beam - I would choose optical via Playbar over the beam for a 5.1 system.
The ARC Connection is nice and if you really want it then I would try going with the new Sonos Amp for the front and then have it drive the existing Connect:Amp in rear and Sub (4.1). Repurpose the Playbar.


They say the Sonos Amp does a great job with simulated center channel.


You definately don't want to go down to a Beam - I would choose optical via Playbar over the beam for a 5.1 system.


I think that's what we'll end up doing .. but I have low hopes that the two ceiling speakers will sound as good as the Playbar does, without the help of a dedicated center channel.

@Sonos team, can you comment on any possibility of being able to leverage a Beam/Playbar as a center channel in this type of a setup? Even if the Beam/Playbar continue to do their FL/C/FR audio, just in addition to the Amp's own FL/FR channels? In my experience, the dedicated center channel is the single most important speaker in a HT setup.
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Your never going to get it to be center only. Maybe you should stick with playbar as I agree if the front are in ceiling the created center by amp is. It going to give you good center
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I would stop investing in SONOS if I were you. The new obsolescence policy just announced means you’ll have to repurchase all your kit every few years when they make it obsolete and stop updates to “legacy” products.

If you don’t and continue to use it linked to the newer SONOS products you have, nothing can be updated and it’ll all gradually stop working as bugs start creeping in.

A *** obsolescence program/plan that makes investing in SONOS a waste of money.

 

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@Sonos team, can you comment on any possibility of being able to leverage a Beam/Playbar as a center channel in this type of a setup? Even if the Beam/Playbar continue to do their FL/C/FR audio, just in addition to the Amp's own FL/FR channels? In my experience, the dedicated center channel is the single most important speaker in a HT setup.
It's not currently a planned setup, but I'll make sure you add your interest to the team.

Also worth noting that for voice control of the CEC it's best to have a voice-enabled Sonos player that's bonded as the surrounds. An Alexa enabled device in the room would have most voice control functions, but some of the CEC controls will perform better if there's a voice-enabled device as part of the "room".
Sonos rarely comments on future features and products like this. But you never know. My personal opinion is that Sonos is more likely to come out with a new speaker that can act as a center channel rather than allow the Beam/Playbar to be repurposed like this. But it's just an opinion.

It's also my opinion that Sonos will introduce a playbar 2.0 with HDMI-ARC before they come out with a center channel. If you have a secondary use in mind for the Sonos:amp, you may want to wait another 6 months or so to see if there is any noise about that, as it sounds more like the product you really want.

As far as the ARC functionality (CEC really), it's nice, but I don't find it to be that big of an improvement over optical. In my case anyway, the Samsung TV doesn't allow turning off the TV, or switching inputs through ARC. Volume related controls work, but you can do that through IR remote already.
It’s true that Sonos rarely mention, or publish, their roadmaps when it comes to these things, but I’m inclined to think the same as Melvimbe (Danny) here and that Sonos are possibly unlikely to re-purpose their existing devices, like the Beam etc. as a 'center only' surround speaker, particularly for use with the new Amp.

It makes more sense that Sonos will eventually come out with further products, like a PlayBar v2, for example, or some kind of new dedicated center device.

I will also be very surprised to see the Amp quickly adapted to work this way, as there is already a lot to (probably) test before its release to professional installers in early December and its general release to the public early next year.

I think the Amps fantom/ghost center channel is possibly here to stay when it is used with a TV, at least for the foreseeable future.

For projector owners - can the Sonos Amp be in the rear (powering 2 passive speakers and sub) with the HDMI plug from the source coming into the Sonos Amp.

Then .. A playbar/beam as the front 3 speakers. No HDMI connected up front to the Beam.

Ok got it 

will keep it in mind

Thank you

Just to be clear, when the new SONOS AMP is available, you will be able to pair with the SONOS SUB? But currently the SONOS CONNECT AMP you CANNOT pair with the SONOS SUB if you are using NON SONOS speakers with the CONNECT AMP?
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Just to be clear, when the new SONOS AMP is available, you will be able to pair with the SONOS SUB? But currently the SONOS CONNECT AMP you CANNOT pair with the SONOS SUB if you are using NON SONOS speakers with the CONNECT AMP?

I've got some good news for you Anthony, first off, you absolutely will be able to pair a Sonos Amp with a Sonos Sub or another subwoofer using the sub output. But secondly, you can pair a current Connect:Amp with a Sonos Sub when using non-Sonos speakers. The Connect is the only Sonos player that can't pair with a Sonos Sub, largely because we have no way of controlling anything regarding whatever is downstream from the Connect, which would make for a terrible Sub experience.
Sounds great.
Question: With the Connect:Amp, when you use it to join with a Playbar to get surround speakers the sub output is disabled. With this one can I use my existing non sonos powered sub and rear surrounds and pair it with a playbar?
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Can you use a beam to connect with the amp to pass on the sound signal from TV to it? Thus negating having to run an HDMI ARC cable all the way to the amp.

It seems from other questions you can’t use a beam in the 5.1 setup though, is this correct? Even if it acts as left/right and centre still
Sounds great.
Question: With the Connect:Amp, when you use it to join with a Playbar to get surround speakers the sub output is disabled. With this one can I use my existing non sonos powered sub and rear surrounds and pair it with a playbar?


Ryan answered this in his post below.

https://en.community.sonos.com/announcements-228985/introducing-sonos-amp-6812069/index1.html#post16263379

Can you use a beam to connect with the amp to pass on the sound signal from TV to it? Thus negating having to run an HDMI ARC cable all the way to the amp.


Any of the Sonos devices that connect to the TV (Beam, playbar, playbase, sonos amp) can send TV audio to any Sonos speaker or device setup as a separate room through the grouping functions. However if that speaker or device is not bonded with your device connected to the TV as a sub or rear speakers, then it will need to be setup as a separate room, and there will be a slight delay in the TV audio and it would only play stereo audio for that source.

If I'm understanding what your getting at, if you want to use the Sonos:amp as front speakers for a tv, the Sonos:amp really needs to be connected to the TV.



It seems from other questions you can’t use a beam in the 5.1 setup though, is this correct? Even if it acts as left/right and centre still


The Beam absolutely can be used in a 5.1 setup. It will be the front left/right/center and would then be bonded with a sub and/or rear speakers (sonos one/play:1/play:3/play:5/connect:amp/sonos amp). Whatever Sonos device is used for the front speakers (Beam, playbar, playbase, or Sonos amp) needs to be connected directly to the TV)
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Why why why WHY not just supply with a cabled center speaker out on the new AMP - instead of trying to make a "phantom center channel" or "simulated center channel" - it makes no sense at all !!! It seems that you have made so many things right - why not go the full distance ???
Hi! How do Sonos messure the power to 125w/ch? 20-20 000hz and both channels at the same time?
I know amps that Will outpower Sonos connect amp 55w. They say just 40w...
What is the wattage in 4 ohms for the amp. I have a pair of Thiel 1.6 that run consistently in the 4 ohm range.
Looking for some help and guidance.I have 4 of these speakers -link below and their details.. Currently I have them connected to 1 sonos amp. If i purchase another amp and split them between the 4 speakers- 2 speakers per amp- will the sound be louder? Again I am a noob!!!


https://www.av-iq.com/avcat/ctl1642/index.cfm?manufacturer=snap-av&product=es-ls-sat-6-brn

  • Impedance : 8 ohm
  • Sensitivity : 86.50 dB
  • Power Handling : 120 Watt
  • Product Weight : 6.70 lbs
  • 70V Taps : 3.75,7.5,15,30 Watt
  • 100V Taps : 7.5,15,30 Watt
  • Color : Dark Brown
  • Warranty (Length/Type) : Lifetime Limited
  • Construction : Perforated ABS
  • Minimum Frequency Response (Bandwidth) : 105 Hz
  • Minimum Frequency Response (Bandwidth) : 0.11 kHz
  • Maximum Frequency Response (Bandwidth) : 19000 Hz
  • Maximum Frequency Response (Bandwidth) : 19 kHz
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Out of curiosity; as it will be part of HT now, will it support TruePlay? (Not just for rears)