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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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See a lot of posts talking about the Port’s price.  I guess I’m here to add to that.

My potential use case for the Port is to have streaming music sent to my A/V receiver (which now powers in-ceiling speakers and a (floor) sub (5.1 sound) - for the family room TV.  I already have streaming music to it now, via an aging Logitech Squeezebox system (which functions almost exactly like the Port) -- but it would be nice to have everything on the same eco-system (Sonos), for grouping and ease of use.  Not sure it is worth $450.00 in order to do this though.  If the Port was about $275.00 or so, it would be a no-brainer. 

Also, since the in-ceiling speakers are obviously not mobile (and I won’t be in this house forever), thought about instead buying 2 Sonos Ones (making them a stereo pair) for the family room instead of the Port (which would cost $380.00).  That way even if I move, I have extra Sonos Ones (currently have 3 scattered around the house).  But I  have no place to plug them in without the power cords dangling/showing (family room TV is above a fireplace) and the Ones would have to sit on the mantle, which is well below the TV.   Too bad the Port is so expensive, because the Port could just slip in my cabinet in place of the Squeezebox.   Hoping the Port goes on sale, maybe this winter. 

Here’s another review of the Port saying that the sound (with coaxial) is much worse than the Connect (with optical).  How is this possible?  Isn’t it sending the same digital output?

 

https://www.techhive.com/article/3546333/sonos-port-review.html

 

Of course it is.  These subjective reviews are typical audiophile nonsense, heavy on flowery prose, low on facts.

Here’s another review of the Port saying that the sound (with coaxial) is much worse than the Connect (with optical).  How is this possible?  Isn’t it sending the same digital output?

 

https://www.techhive.com/article/3546333/sonos-port-review.html

The other issue I have is the list price for a Beam is £399, for a Port it is £399. How can those two items be the same price? You get so much more with the Beam. Even the discounted price for the Port feels at the top end of ‘value’, I would have been far from happy if I had paid the full price for it.

Sonos is no different to many other companies, where their product prices aren’t related to the cost of production, but to what they think that the market will bear. If they can reduce the build quality but still sell the product at a high price to eager punters, that’s what they’ll do….

The power cable for the Port feels cheap and flimsy.

 

No more than any other low voltage cable, surely? The power supply itself is integrated in the wall plug. The electrical current requirement is decidedly modest.

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I’ve been a Sonos user for many years now, starting with zone players and a controller and now with product from across the range in four rooms.

With the S2 announcement I decided to upgrade my Sonos Connect which I use on my hi-fi in the man-cave. So with discount, that change set me back just under £280,

I’m happy with the audio from the Port, and the added Airplay is useful for podcasts. On the downside I was pretty surprised to see how basic the Port design seems in comparison to the old Connect. It’s a black box indistinguishable from other basic black box units. The Connect had the robustness of well produced audit gear and looked like someone had put some thought into the design. The power cable for the Port feels cheap and flimsy.

The other issue I have is the list price for a Beam is £399, for a Port it is £399. How can those two items be the same price? You get so much more with the Beam. Even the discounted price for the Port feels at the top end of ‘value’, I would have been far from happy if I had paid the full price for it.

I hope this isn’t a taste of the future path for Sonos. The Port is neither a high-end audio product, or a good value audio product. I’m not sure what it is.

I’ll describe my situation, as to better explain myself:

in my room I have a computer with studio monitors, Presonus Eris 4.5. I need them because I also play electric guitar through them, any other product (regular PC speakers or other) would simply not be suitable. In the same room I have a TV with a Sonos Beam, and I plan to add other Sonos speakers to create a surround system. 

I wanted to be able to listen to my PC audio through the existing studio monitors and also through the existing Beam and the other two speakers (I was thinking about two Sonos One SL).

If lag is unavoidable, it seems I’ll simply have to give up on having a Sonos surround for my PC.

 

To be clear, by lag, I mean that the audio will be delayed behind video on the screen.  I don’t mean that the audio stream will have regular interruptions.  

 

Does your PC have HDMI output?  For your situation, it would be ideal if you could have the PC be an input to the TV.  With that connection in place you should get your PC video on the TV and audio through the Beam.

 

 

I’ll describe my situation, as to better explain myself:

in my room I have a computer with studio monitors, Presonus Eris 4.5. I need them because I also play electric guitar through them, any other product (regular PC speakers or other) would simply not be suitable. In the same room I have a TV with a Sonos Beam, and I plan to add other Sonos speakers to create a surround system. 

I wanted to be able to listen to my PC audio through the existing studio monitors and also through the existing Beam and the other two speakers (I was thinking about two Sonos One SL).

If lag is unavoidable, it seems I’ll simply have to give up on having a Sonos surround for my PC.

Do you think I could make the following connection? PC → Connect (or Port) line in → Connect (or Port) line out → PC speakers? Theoretically, I could output my PC audio to the whole Sonos system in my house.

Is it possible? Would I have lag problems?

 

Yes, it is possible and yes it will have lag issues.  There is a 75 ms buffer delay built in to the Port for multiroom audio.  You could perhaps split the audio signal from the PC with a connection to your PC speakers and separate connection to the Port.  Your PC speakers would play without lag, while the Sonos system has the delay, which is perhaps not an issue depending on where the speakers are located.

 

You could also try and use the Beam as your computer speakers, but it would need an optical or HDMI-ARC connection from your PC.  And you still will have a 75 ms  delay to the rest of your Sonos system.  That is unavoidable.

Do you think I could make the following connection? PC → Connect (or Port) line in → Connect (or Port) line out → PC speakers? Theoretically, I could output my PC audio to the whole Sonos system in my house.

Is it possible? Would I have lag problems?

If I add Port to my system, will I be able to send audio via AirPlay 2 to a Play1 (without creating a group that includes both the Play1 and some other AirPlay 2 compatible speaker, which is the only option I have now).


In this regard, Port functions the same as every other Sonos speaker that's AirPlay 2 compatible. It can receive the signal and play it, and can also be grouped with any other speakers to play the same audio. However, if you had an AirPlay 2 capable device connected to the Port's line-in, you could send that line-in to any Sonos player without playing it to the Port first. But that would require having something like an Airport Express connected to the Port.

 

 

 

Ryan, I know that there is a group of us who would really appreciate any attention that you can shine on this; so I appreciate your prompt reply. My listening zones are very close together, so my only solution to deal with the delay in my Connect zone is to manage it as a separate zone with different content.

 


I'll make sure to add your +1 too.

 

ya thats right but what to do now.

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https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/sonos-port

Makes the new price even more ridiculous.

That magazine is an absolute joke so I'd wait for more credible publications to review the Port before making any decisions or coming to any conclusions.

https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/sonos-port

Makes the new price even more ridiculous.

 

Yeah I was going to comment on that. I haven’t listened to it, actually I must admit I’ve been using the ZP80 connected digitally to my AV receiver which probably doesn’t have the best DAC in the world for music listening.

But I can see the tech specs and frankly I don’t understand why such an expensive component has such limited connectivity.

Why can’t it have HDMI and sync with an AV system?

Why not have Gigabit Ethernet? Such penny pinching. Sure, many people will connect it to a switch, but the whole point of having two ports if for daisy-chaining, e.g. if you have 1 Ethernet in the wall, a Sonos and some kind of media player, that’s all you need. If Sonos don’t expect that use case, they’d only have one Ethernet port.

Then there’s the software updates issue - it’s disposable hardware so why not make the price tag disposable?

Sure, I don’t expect 100 years of free software updates. To be honest, most of the updates Sonos have given over the years I would well do without. I would expect 10+ years of updates to be available (even if some cost is involved after 5 years) with the focus of the updates on maintaining and making small enhancements to the experience as it was when I bought it. Fine if big new features are saved for newer models.

Nothing here makes me feel happy about replacing my ZP80 from 2006 with a Port. Believe me, I don’t mind paying the money after all these years. It just isn’t an “oh wow” upgrade - and this is the problem. Sonos no longer have leading hardware, but they still price as though they do.

Not. Good. Enough.

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Oh I see, thanks.

Yes the Node 2i and Powernode 2i which just got the ability to have rear speakers.  I have the new Sonos Amp and a Powernode 2i.  The Powernode sounds better and has many more capabilities but is priced higher.  Bluesound doesn’t have nearly the ecosystem that Sonos has either.

Not sure what you mean by high end automation systems?

By high end I mean they support automation systems installed by Custom Integrator Companies such as Control4, Crestron, Lutron, URC, etc. but don’t really do much for DIY and prosumer level systems such as Homeseer, Home Assistant, Hubitat, and Smartthings. 

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Yes the Node 2i and Powernode 2i which just got the ability to have rear speakers.  I have the new Sonos Amp and a Powernode 2i.  The Powernode sounds better and has many more capabilities but is priced higher.  Bluesound doesn’t have nearly the ecosystem that Sonos has either.

Not sure what you mean by high end automation systems?

They seem to favor the Bluesound Node 2i in that articl. Two things I like about the Bluesound model are the subwoofer out and the availability of a dedicated remote. Unfortunately Bluesound only partners with high end automation systems. I wish they would allow integration with prosumer and DIY automation offerings so they could be a true alternative to Sonos. In many applications there just isn’t any practical way to integrate Bluesound components.

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https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/sonos-port

Makes the new price even more ridiculous.

I have ordered Sonos Port via the internet and finally received it. It has quality sound.

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I was looking for something to connect my OPPO BluRay audio out into my SONOS system and thought the new PORT was just the thing...until I realized I have TWO ZP90s. I realize they are “Legacy”, but they do the job just fine. Until SONOS removes the Line In functionality, for simple access through the SONOS app, a ZP90 is a wonderful device. I have seen them on eBay for less than $20. 

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How about a simple box for home users to connect Sonos to our stereos that is less expensive than the Port?.  Many of us are not AV installers and do not need all of the Port options.

Any future plans for such a product?

 

Sonos rarely announces future features they are working on, and have never announced plans for future hardware.

But we’re happy to pass along the suggestion to the development team so they know there’s some interest.

How about a simple box for home users to connect Sonos to our stereos that is less expensive than the Port?.  Many of us are not AV installers and do not need all of the Port options.

Any future plans for such a product?

 

Sonos rarely announces future features they are working on, and have never announced plans for future hardware.

How about a simple box for home users to connect Sonos to our stereos that is less expensive than the Port?.  Many of us are not AV installers and do not need all of the Port options.

Any future plans for such a product?

I sent my Port back.  Miss my Connect.  No front panel controls was a deal breaker for me.  And.  It’s too expensive.  Also, even with the upgraded DAC, there was little if any sound improvement.

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I just got an email from Sonos, saying “my favourite items are back in stock”.  Lo and behold, the email shows the Port and now it’s back up.  Apparently it was just out of stock and instead of saying that, the website pretended the Port didn’t exist.

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