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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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I'm underwhelmed.
  • Still only 10/100Mbps Ethernet. Limits its utility as a pass-thru.
  • No physical controls. (I use the controls on my Connects frequently.)
  • Loss of the digital optical output present on the Connect
As for the enhanced DAC, it will be interesting to see if anyone can actually tell the difference compared to the Connect, under controlled listening conditions.

Finally, it's far too expensive. Maximum price should be $250.

The name is OK, I suppose.
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I’m puzzled...
I was expecting the same functionality and connections as the AMP. Must say I’m so disappointed.

Then we have the price for the Port which is on par with the Beam!!! which has 5 drivers, 5 amps, 3 passive drivers, home cinema processing power etc. The price of the port should have been the same as a Play 1 or less to be honest.
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You mean dropping the optical 'port' on the Port...
I've never, ever thought of the Port/Connect as primarily an installer product.
So happy it will deliver 'richer' sound though - although dropping optical means it would deliver no sound for me.
I eagerly await the 'Can you recommend a coaxial to optical converter?' threads. 🙂
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As the older Connects were "bit perfect" how is this going to produce a "richer sound" without messing up the sound?

It is also about £200 too expensive for what it does in this day and age.
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Do we have the Sonos understanding of 'richer sound' or is this just marketing guff? More interestingly, can the new box pass through to the Coax Out files sampled above 48/16? Not asking for Sonos-wide, 32-component synchronised distribution of such bitrates but the ability to hand these files on to an external DAC would be good in a device set for some years of service in this fast-moving tech market.

Perhaps the 'updated DAC' and updated circuitry will allow greater things in the future.
This is the most important question for me too. Does this still only support up to 16bit, or does it add hi-res?
I didn't include Brian's post in mine, but I think this'll answer your question too.

There aren't any new announcements on updated supported codecs, but I'll make sure the team's aware you're interested. The updated DAC along with the Coax connection has a great sound to it, but ultimately you'll have to hear it yourself to decide.


I would love to understand the reasoning for this. I can understand not adding hi-res support to the Connect, but this is a brand new product. I'm surprised that it doesn't at least allow hi-res passthrough through the coax cable into an external DAC.
If there's no support for unmolested Tidal MQA and other hi-res formats I'm not interested.

I really hope that Sonos can join the ranks of Cambridge and Bluesound, offering a streaming component that delivers hi-resolution audio without downgrading it. I'm on the verge of buying one of those "other" products but I'd rather stick with Sonos in all my rooms if possible.

>> Baffled by the decision to drop optical out for co axial. Surely would have made more sense to >> have HDMI audio out for modern amps/surround systems.

IMHO, for that sort of price I'd expect every connectivity option under the sun....

PS - sorry, can't seem to get the quoting to work properly any more...
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Hi

This may already be posted here but I'm too lazy to search 132 posts 🤔. Also, I didn't want to lose my MVP rating bestowed upon me by @RUBIX2. LOL

Just installed my Port. Setup was fast and glitch free. The Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) really made a difference. I didn't notice the difference as much when I installed my Sonos One (Gen2) speaker. In fact the Sonos App will ask you to turn on BT on your device if it's off. Cool 😎

In case anyone is interested I'm posting pics of the Sonos Amp and Port for a size comparison. Who am I kidding...I just wanted to show'em off 😊. I used a red backdrop for contrast as my entertainment center has a smoke glass top. Enjoy!

Edit:
I'm using the port with a CD player as I have a lot of 'em (CD's). I can't say for sure...but the signal to the auto-play room speakers may be just a tad faster. As far as the improved DAC's are concerned I have no clue if there is an audible difference. Besides I've never owned (or had access to) the proper equipment to analyze noise in the frequency response. Neither on my old Connect (which I sold) nor this new Port. 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 😎.

Cheers!

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Can you add speakers in a surround configuration with the Port the way that you can with the Amp?

Port is a standalone unit, it can't bond with surrounds, a home theater device, or have a Sonos Sub attached to it.
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Do we have the Sonos understanding of 'richer sound' or is this just marketing guff? More interestingly, can the new box pass through to the Coax Out files sampled above 48/16? Not asking for Sonos-wide, 32-component synchronised distribution of such bitrates but the ability to hand these files on to an external DAC would be good in a device set for some years of service in this fast-moving tech market.

Perhaps the 'updated DAC' and updated circuitry will allow greater things in the future.


This is the most important question for me too. Does this still only support up to 16bit, or does it add hi-res?
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Just received my Port today! Had it delivered to my job. Boy is it tiny compared to the old Connect. Although that's not a bad thing.

It's very light weight and extremely compact. I assume the casing materials used contribute to the weight reduction. As the color is the same as the Sonos Amp I would assume it also reduces and/or dissipates heat more efficiently.

The power cord now has a voltage regulator at the point where it plugs into the mains (2 prong in the US). As stated in @Ryan S release notes there are no volume controls. I guest moving the voltage regulator outboard and the volume controls completely allowed Sonos to work some internal magic to reduce the Port in size compared to the Connect.

Haven't decided if I will use the 12v trigger. Would have been nice if Sonos had supplied a 6 foot cable. I don't see a problem with the switch from optical to coaxial out as there are plenty of convertors to be had if needed.

Anyway, I'll probably connect it over the weekend to my 4K Player's RCA outputs to engage CD playback and designate an auto play room (Play 5 x 2 with Sub). The provided RCA cables look nice (same as shown in marketing photos) but I'll probably use AudioQuest Evergreen RCA's instead. I'll let you know how things sort out.

Now, to get my Moves delivered ☺

Cheers!
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Really bad that the optical out has gone. My current Connect is connected to AVM ADM active speakers, which have two digital inputs, both of them optical.
Meaning if my 10 year old Connect fails, the Port will be no option as replacement (I’m not going to use optical/coaxial converters, I want a clean setup).
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@Tejs Dyrvig Ernst there's a great list that's kept current here of TVs with different output capabilities. Also, I have seen both FireTV and FireSticks that both can convert and output DD5.1 (and for that matter, plenty of TVs that'll do it too). Strictly speaking, Dolby Digital Plus is supposed to be 100% compatible with DD5.1.

Also, to clarify for anyone, I'm talking about over HDMI-ARC, not Optical. So this would be regarding the Beam and Amp connections we were talking about over.

Ultimately, the Optical connections will rely on whatever device is on the other end being able to convert DD+ into DD5.1 without a handshake. That would be in the settings. Also, DD+ doesn't pass over optical.
A new an "updated" Connect! Easy choice...

...I'll just stick with my Chromecast Audio or get a 2nd hand Connect.

I cant phatom how you can update a product without really updating anything - and still demand a higher price.
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From all of these posts, it is clear that the new Port is a great disappointment. To all intents and purposes, this new Sonos component, which (presumably) is intended to be in service for some years to come (if the life of the ZP80 / 90 / Connect is a guide), appears to be a re-packaging of the older devices plus some changes to address (probably) chipset obsolescence and a bit of re-voicing to give the 'richer' sound.

The Connect appears to be unable, because of circuitry and components, to handle above 48/16 (see thoughts at Qobuz). Let's hope that Sonos have planned ahead with the Port and made it ready for later upgrades by including latent capability it can exploit when it judges it is worthwhile in the marketplace. Shame that is not now.

Meanwhile (for me) it's ZP80 (and I have a spare) and version 7.3 software all round (plus a Chord Mojo for 'richer sound')...
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Looks like the Port is a cost optimized ZonePlayer/Connect.

  • removal of optical output
  • wall-wart power supply
  • lightweight case
  • removal of on-device controls
  • new pcb with modern (/cheaper) components

For a premium $449 price.  At $449 there shouldn’t be any compromises like this.

This might be reasonable build quality if the cost were roughly what Roku devices were priced at.  But for what it does, and bringing no new features to the able, it’s really overpriced.  Today my bit-perfect players were deemed ‘legacy’ and there’s no upgrade path.  Until someone from Sonos confirms whether or not Port will output digital data as it was input into the device it could even be sound quality downgrade.  That leaves us with only a support path that costs ~$450 per device.  Not cool.

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I love this looks and like the new name. Fits well with the direction Sonos is going.

I saw someone else ask this question. Is the Port stackable? Can it be stacked with the Amp?

Will the 12V trigger also be able to turn your 3rd party amp/receiver to the proper input?

And I'm sure this will be asked...what was the thought process behind removing the optical output?
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I would like to know when are sonos going to turn round and say that the connect can no longer be used on this system as it is now outdated and will not support the new software....which with all these new speakers, amps and now the Port that have been introduced just lately, I don't think it will be that long down the road.
When that day comes I will be replaceing in my 5 connect for Bluesound Nodes. There in no comparison between this under achieving Sonos Port and the Bluesound Product.

I am very disappointed at Sonos attempt as a music server.

I can't understand how any designer can put in a 12V trigger to directly control an amplifier without the option of variable volume control buttons on the box. Crazy

Could you not have made these buttons non functioning when you pick fixed volume option as an option.

I am speechless as the lack of for thought Sonos has put into this product especially since users have been making suggestions for years on what a replacement to the connect should have.

No High res support even when using direct connect Ethernet.

Sonos may not see the requirement for High Res support but 95% of the industry are building there product to at least make this an option its customers.

Again I cant believe Sonos released this product.

Ah the slow migration away from Sonos Product for me is inevitable.
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I saw someone else ask this question. Is the Port stackable? Can it be stacked with the Amp?

Port is smaller than the Amp so they don't directly stack on top of each other, but they are both designed to fit into a standard AV rack. This is why we chose a matte black finish and a size that fits 3 across in a 1 RU rack space.

Will the 12V trigger also be able to turn your 3rd party amp/receiver to the proper input?

That would depend on the Amp or receiver's capabilities. The trigger is just a basic electrical signal that let's the device on the other end know we're trying to do something.

Looks great, love the 12V switch. Is there any addition of a delay feature for other Sonos speakers to go along with the Port? That is to account for the delay that is caused when using a DSP on an A/V Receiver that is a common problem when not playing in 'direct' mode.

My guess on the removal of the optical output is because this is more of an installer product first and consumer second - and optical cables are not very robust over long distances

I'll make sure the team knows people are still asking for an option to speed the line-out up in comparison to the other Sonos players in a group. That's what would be needed if your receiver is adding an extra delay. As to the optical, we've found that Coaxial outputs can offer a higher quality of audio, so we’ve removed the optical output to ensure the best possible listening experience.

Can the 12V trigger be used to turn off the receiver, or just to turn it on?

The 12V trigger sends a signal when playback is going to start to turn on the device on the other end. It won't send a signal when music is stopped.
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Do we have the Sonos understanding of 'richer sound' or is this just marketing guff? More interestingly, can the new box pass through to the Coax Out files sampled above 48/16? Not asking for Sonos-wide, 32-component synchronised distribution of such bitrates but the ability to hand these files on to an external DAC would be good in a device set for some years of service in this fast-moving tech market.

Perhaps the 'updated DAC' and updated circuitry will allow greater things in the future.
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The removed optical-out is really an issue for me if I need/want to replace my current Connect. I'm using optical to overcome the long distance between the Connect and my DAC (part of my active speakers).
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Can you add speakers in a surround configuration with the Port the way that you can with the Amp?
I'll just second other posters here on the question of whether the Port addresses the delay related to DSP on amps in Port/Connect zones vs. zones powered directly from Connect:Amps / Amps or Sonos speakers.

Wouldn't the simplest, most robust solution be to add a software delay to all Sonos products? Instead of speeding up a Port/Connect, we could just slow down other Sonos zones to match the one that is delayed due to DSP via its own amp (similar to adjustments for surround sounds delays that exist on most A/V receivers).
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What are the specs of the Port power supply?

The user guide can be found here: Manual

However, it only says to use the included power supply (not power cord like the others), Auto-switching 100 - 240V, 50-60 Hz AC universal input.
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Is the streamer bit perfect?

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