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Introducing Sonos Port, Brilliant Sound Connected

  • 5 September 2019
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Introducing Sonos Port, Brilliant Sound Connected
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Sonos Port is the versatile streaming component for your stereo or receiver. Port is available in limited quantities on Sonos.com and select partner retailers from September 12th, with full availability coming January 2020.



Port is the successor to Connect, delivering richer sound and extending Sonos’ sound platform to your traditional home audio equipment. Connect Port to your traditional stereo to stream music, podcasts, audiobooks, and Internet radio on your amplified audio equipment. You can also stream vinyl, CDs, and stored audio files to other Sonos speakers around your home using the line-in connection.

With Port you can easily control your traditional speakers using the Sonos app, voice assistants when wirelessly connected to a voice-enabled device, or Apple AirPlay 2.

Port includes an updated digital-to-analog converter for clearly detailed sound along with a 12V trigger, which automatically turns on your amplifier to get music playing more reliably. Port also features a matte black finish and versatile design compatible with a standard AV rack.

Connections:



Ports and Connections:
  • Power plug.
  • One analog RCA audio line-out.
  • One digital audio (coaxial) line-out
  • One 12V trigger output.
  • One RCA line-in connection.
  • Two Ethernet ports, offering 10/100 switching.
Line-out:
Audio line-out through either analog (RCA) or digital (coaxial) to connect amplified audio equipment. You can use Port with any compatible receiver or amplifier to add Sonos streaming capabilities and group it with other Sonos speakers throughout your home. The 12V trigger automatically turns on your stereo or receiver when you hit play, so you have a more reliable way to get the music playing.

Setting up:
Port is designed to be used with your traditional sound system. Plug in the power, connect it to your WiFi network using your Sonos app, and connect Port to your devices using the analog or digital coaxial connection. See our setup guide here for more resources on setting up Sonos.

Pre-order today on Sonos.com for $399 US (€449 EUR), available in limited quantities starting September 12th. Full availability begins January 2020.

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“Works with Sonos” receivers monitor your local network and when they see a Sonos product of your choosing on your network receive a stream it wakes up the receiver from standby and switches to the input you define. 
 

Because of this it should work still. 

Does anyone know if the sonos port works with sonos ready receivers? I see no official word on that?

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Yes, you certainly are. That’s exactly the kind of use it was designed for.

One caveat. The Port is expecting a line level input. If your turntable doesn’t have a pre-amp built in, you’d need to put one in between the two devices. They’re pretty cheap.

May I use the port to connect to my record player and then the sound will play on my Sonos one speakers ?

 

I am understanding this product correctly ?

I’ve known even short coax cables to cause problems. Always worth trying a different cable.

Thanks for this suggestion.  Have ordered another one.  The one I am using worked in a different configuaration.

Ryan and Group.  Converting over from Connect to Port.  Connect was connected to newest Russound by Digital Toslink for the past year without flaw.  Tried to connect new PORT using Digital Audio instead.  Russound Whole House Audio Component has 3 inputs for this.  Only could get one channel using this option.  Both channels worked fine with Connect and Toslink but only one channel with new Port and Digital Audio Cable.  Any help would be appreciated.

Have you tried alternative digital coax cables?

Ryan and Group.  Converting over from Connect to Port.  Connect was connected to newest Russound by Digital Toslink for the past year without flaw.  Tried to connect new PORT using Digital Audio instead.  Russound Whole House Audio Component has 3 inputs for this.  Only could get one channel using this option.  Both channels worked fine with Connect and Toslink but only one channel with new Port and Digital Audio Cable.  Any help would be appreciated.

I don't think there can be aby concept of Autoplay with Airplay2. So grouping would be the way. So it would be cheaper to buy a Symphonisk speaker and keep it permanently grouped with the Playbar. 

This has probably already been addressed so please excuse me if my question is repetitive.  I have an old Playbar and Sub setup in my main room that plays anything coming from the Connect I have automatically.  I have a turntable connected to the Connect, so as soon as it hits the record sound starts coming from the Playbar and Sub.  I’m wondering if I upgraded to a Port if streaming Airplay 2 would do the same thing.  Since the Playbar and Sub combo are not Airplay 2 compatible, would that be a work around to make them Airplay 2 compatible?  

It’s more annoying than I thought to have to group my main room into an already playing Airplay 2 streaming speaker.

Thanks!

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  • Bummed about:

    - the wall-wart - ugh!
    - the omission of the TOS output - I have have my main Connect connected to two systems and prefer to use their DACs - it’s nice to have two digital outs.  And yes, I know I can buy a splitter - and voila! Yet another wall-wart. :( 

    So, sound quality is not a lure for me.  Reliability - not sure what this means. I have some really old Sonos components and even an original remote that still works!  I have only had one of several components fail and replaced (under warranty). What else - Air Play - would love to try this, but not sure the other issues make it worth it.  Looks-wise, very nice - now I don’t need to buy those black-vinyl cover kits. :)

    More capacity and more audio format support would have been nice - that would be a real upgrade.  A way to search and sort the Queue would be awesome!  Surround FLAC would be nice.  So for $300 “discounted”, I’m not feeling it.

    I was about to pull the trigger on at least one of my several units, but after taking a closer look, I’ve lost my enthusiasm.

This product is a couple major missed opportunities.  

First, you could have jumped on Bose’s misfortunes on getting their act together, especially with AirPlay 2, and put out a device that competes with the Their SoundTouch Link but instead of $150 or even $200, you’re selling an adapter, without an internal amp, for the same price as the Beam.  The Beam as more functionality than this.   

 

Second, if you would have added ARC pass through to this, even at the insane $400 price tag, it would have sold like hotcakes.  

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That’s a software limit, it isn’t affected (currently) by the speaker itself.It's a software limit that is created in part due to memory limitations on our oldest players. While the music library functions the way it currently does, the limit can't change due to all of our players storing the index. Though Port has a lot more memory than a Connect, or a ZP80, the player code for the music library is the same between the two players. And some of that memory is used for other things.

I'll let the team know you're asking for an increased limit @marke.


cheers for the reply Ryan.

I totally understand that Sonos is predominantly all about the streaming/cloud based services, and the problems re the older components.
However, one idea would be to have a 'Enhanced Library' option/system flag that can be enabled via the app if there are no external speakers/components atttached, and the Port is purely used to connect to an amp.
This would make the Port an absolute must for those of us who still like to have our ever increasing local libraries.
It would be the one feature that would definitely make me upgrade.
Otherwise, I cannot see any advantage over my current configuration.

AsI said, appreciate the response, and the possible hope that you will mention this to the Dev crew.

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That’s a software limit, it isn’t affected (currently) by the speaker itself.
It's a software limit that is created in part due to memory limitations on our oldest players. While the music library functions the way it currently does, the limit can't change due to all of our players storing the index. Though Port has a lot more memory than a Connect, or a ZP80, the player code for the music library is the same between the two players. And some of that memory is used for other things.

I'll let the team know you're asking for an increased limit @marke.
That’s a software limit, it isn’t affected (currently) by the speaker itself.
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Hello.

Quick question that does not seem to have been questioned.
Does the Port have a larger library capacity, or, is there still the 65K limit ?

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Digital Coax to TOSLINK Optical one-way and bidirectional adapters are available online for $15. Could mess up your feng shui but will work.
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There are no speakers connected to a Sonos Port. How can it support TruePlay? Any speakers would be connected to the amp that the Sonos Port is connected to.Really shouldn't matter. Room correction depends on a DSP (which the Port surely has - it's used by all modern amps/preamps for the tone controls), a calibrated mic (the iPhone's) and a tuning process. It shouldn't depend on the speakers at all, as it simply adjusts the levels through the system (via the DSP) at multiple frequencies based on how the bleeps and blurps during the tuning process interact with the room's nodes.

I'd love to see Sonos implement it in the Port and Amp, but they don't seem interested in doing so. Marketing reasons, I'm guessing, not technical. Or legal reasons (you idiots blew up my speakers!)

Here's an example of a streamer with DSP room correction. Comes with a Windows app/calibrated mic vs an iPhone app/mic, but can be used with any amp/speaker combo.

https://www.minidsp.com/products/shd-series/shd-detail


Sonos shouldn't be responsible for how non-Sonos speakers behaves. They should focus on what comes out of the Port. Everything after the Port is up to the user.
From the first post in this thread:

Sonos Port is the versatile streaming component for your stereo or receiver. Port is available in limited quantities on Sonos.com and select partner retailers from September 12th, with full availability coming January 2020.
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The Sonos Port doesn't seem to be available from online retailers (i.e., available 'in store only'). When will the Sonos Port be available for ordering?
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OK. I just replaced a connect with a port. It was painless. I thought I’d have to change its name, but since I had unplugged the connect, “living room” was still available.

I actually connect it via an external multibit ladder DAC via coax. That type of DAC is the only one I’ve ever really noticed a difference in sound from...better imaging and such, but for those who don’t want to go that route, I’m sure the port sounds quite good fed directly into their integrated/preamp of choice.

I was a bit concerned about the coax output before trying it, because the old connect had reputedly some issues with noise on the coax. As a result, I had been using toslink.

The current port’s coax seems to work really well, so no worries for those who follow such things. it all sounds great.
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I’d actually think removing the power supply and putting it at the end of fate plug would be useful to reduce the auto noise floor of the port....
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So I received and installed my first Port today, replacing a several years old Connect. My motive for upgrading was to get AirPlay support. The upgrade forced me to switch from optical out to coax out, but no biggie as my AVR supports both as inputs.

It works fine, and is easy to set up as you’d expect from Sonos gear. As I’m using the DACs in my AVR and not in the Port I don’t have anything to say about the Port’s DACs. The colour and design matches my Sonos Amps (good) but doesn’t stack very well on or with them (bad).

Feedback for Ryan / the Sonos team: I was quite disappointed about one thing: The decision to use a wall wart (external power supply). This comes across as just cheap design and not worthy of Sonos. It’s also perplexing because the footprint and internal volume of the Port is still quite large (say compared to the Apple TV, which retails for half the price, and which uses an internal power supply).
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I'll just have to take Sonos at their word that the DAC's are improved. Had they mentioned that the new DAC's are Burr/Brown (or something) as opposed to whatever were in the Connect then there might be grounds for a conversationWhen the old DAC was good enough to be audibly transparent in a blind test, no improvements can be expected on this score since human hearing hasn't mutated for the better in the short period, so this is irrelevant.
What matters more are any new features, the smaller footprint and the like. And perhaps more reliability, though here too I haven't seen any reports that this was an issue.
Perhaps the power consumption and heat generation is also less, that would be a worthy improvement too.
PS: Given that it has to be using presently available components that would be probably be cheaper than those in the Connect, and given the smaller footprint, I would expect the new version to be significantly cheaper to make on the material costs front. A lower price point might have been a good idea, but that is a policy decision taken in the context of many things other than costs.


l’d say you should have quoted the part of my statement that preceded what you decided to hone in on. In doing as you did it appears that I had a definite opinion about Sonos statement of improved DAC’s. I’m being quoted out of context.
I'll just have to take Sonos at their word that the DAC's are improved. Had they mentioned that the new DAC's are Burr/Brown (or something) as opposed to whatever were in the Connect then there might be grounds for a conversation
When the old DAC was good enough to be audibly transparent in a blind test, no improvements can be expected on this score since human hearing hasn't mutated for the better in the short period, so this is irrelevant.
What matters more are any new features, the smaller footprint and the like. And perhaps more reliability, though here too I haven't seen any reports that this was an issue.
Perhaps the power consumption and heat generation is also less, that would be a worthy improvement too.
PS: Given that it has to be using presently available components that would be probably be cheaper than those in the Connect, and given the smaller footprint, I would expect the new version to be significantly cheaper to make on the material costs front. A lower price point might have been a good idea, but that is a policy decision taken in the context of many things other than costs.

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