I have a question about the Sonos Amp.
Is is possible to use the HDMI and analog RCA input simultaniously and stream their signals to different Sonos speakers?
Example: Stream the audio of a playstation thats connected through the HDMI input to the speakers near the TV and at the same time stream the audio of a turntable thats connected through the RCA input to the speakers in the kitchen?
And/or would it also be possible to stream an internet service (eg, spotify) to a third pair of speakers while using the other input(s)?
Best answer by melvimbe
Thank you for the quick reply. I'm not quite sure however if I fully understand you answer.
First, I am not using 3rd party speakers. I want to buy everything from Sonos (That's, if it will work for my usecase).
Amp (source: HDMI) --> Sonos speaker pair 1 (2x Sonos Play 5) in the TV room
This is a bad idea. Only the passive speakers connected to the amp and other speakers bonded for rear surround sound will be in sync with the TV. You can group your Amp 'room' with the Play:5s, but it will be delayed slightly to buffer for multiroom audio. Even if you find the delay acceptable, as some due, the Play:5 has it's own aux input You don't really gain anything by routing the signal through the Sonos amp. Even if you were trying to avoid a wire between the TV and a play:5, a Sonos Port would be a cheaper option.
Amp (source: RCA) --> Sonos speaker pair 2 (2x Sonos Play 5) in the livingroom
Assuming your source isn't a TV, this is fine, but again, the Play:5 has it's own aux input. Not necessary. I don't think you would be able to use your HDMI and Aux at the same time, but I'm not 100% sure on that.
Amp (source: Web service eg. Spotify) --> Sonos speaker pair 3 (2x Sonos Play 5) in the kitchen
Each Sonos speaker can get audio from a streaming source on it's own. Absolutly no value of using the amp for this. I imagine play:5s is too much for a kitchen, but I don't know your kitchen.
All playing simultanious using the same Amp (not 3 amps).
The biggest concern is your 1st use. I would go ahead and get a pair of play:5s and try it out using the aux input. If you find it good...great. If it sounds good but you hate the wires, then try using a port to bridge the gap. Return the port if it doesn't work for you. Use the play:5s in your other rooms if you don't like it here.
Try similar for your other rooms. You don't need to buy everything at once. You can buy some try some things out, even return what doesn't work. Generally speaking though, the amp isn't designed to a source for all your audio sources Each room should generally provide it's own source, and will have the ability to share that with other rooms.