Who pre-ordered the new Sonos AMP and what are your plans for it?


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I'm a little surprised pre-orders opened up and nobody is taking about it 🙂 Delivery by Dec 3rd according to Sonos which is awesome.
I'm currently using a Beam and two Sonos Ones for rears and two stereo HomePods for music in the living room and bedroom as well as smart speakers for Homekit etc.
I was planning on buying a Sonos sub tomorrow since they will be on sale for $599. I'm not sure if I will do that now since I am getting the Amp so soon and can use any sub so there seems to be little advantage to the Sonos sub.
The Elacs are on sale right now so I could get tower speakers and sub from them for $669 from Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07B4WFWZF/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DL7XWBZ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
I will continue to use the Sonos Ones as rears.
Any thoughts on any of that? Any advantage to buying a Sonos sub for the app? I can't think of one.
What are other peoples plans for the Amp?

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The advantage of a Sonos sub would be possibly quality, wireless, and can later be repurposed for use with other rooms.

I have not pre-ordered the Amp yet, but my plan is to use it to power 4 outdoor speakers, and connect to an outdoor TV whenever I put one out there.

Since I already have a 3rd party amp + Connect for that purpose, I'm deciding whether I want to sell this equipment or add more speakers to an additional part of the yard.
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I have thought of later repurpose but not any time soon.
As fas as wireless they have a power cord of course and I always use ethernet over wifi for audio equipment. Although if the Sonos sub is connected to the Sonos amp perhaps the sub does not need to be connected to wifi or ethernet?
A regular sub to the amp would of course have power plus a cable to the amp.
Many of the long term folks here already have all the equipment that they need. I may be projecting my personal thoughts here, but the only case in which I would be replacing a device would be if the previous one failed, or as melvimbe is saying, I had an intention of increasing coverage. i.e. if it's currently working fine, why bother to replace it?
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Many people here are not long term. Many people might see value in the amp that does things their current Sonos products don't. Like true stereo separation with their tv, Airplay 2, Alexa/Siri, and soon Google mic, choosing their own speakers and sub, HDMI to TV etc, etc....
Certainly, many people are not long term.

But I don't understand your contention around true separate with AirPlay 2, Alexa/Siri and Google....I have most of that right now, with a pair of PLAY:5s that I often AirPlay 2 to from my iPhone. The only part of your statement I could see is the TV aspect. And HDMI to TV exists in the Beam, for those who want that.

Not saying that the new Amp isn't a great product, because I truly think it is. But many of the things you listed already exist.
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That's incorrect in multiple areas but I'm not interested in convincing you of anything especially since you came here to make superfluous comments for some reason. The subject is who ordered the amp and what do they intend to do with it.
Many people here are not long term. Many people might see value in the amp that does things their current Sonos products don't. Like true stereo separation with their tv, Airplay 2, Alexa/Siri, and soon Google mic, choosing their own speakers and sub, HDMI to TV etc, etc....
I don't understand, the Sonos AMP has no mics.
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My rear Sonos Ones do and I can use Alexa or Siri with them and Google when it comes.
https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/8/29/17791754/sonos-amp-new-price-features-release-date-hdmi-arc-tv-audio-speakers
"Since the Amp itself isn’t a speaker, there are no mics built in, but if you’ve got an Echo or one of Sonos’ voice-enabled speakers, the Amp will play all of your Alexa requests."
I hope to receive a Sonos AMP on Monday (11/26/2018) and use it to create a multi-room music zone in my dining room. Here are some details…
Protocol: Apple Airplay 2
Streaming amplifier: Sonos AMP
Speakers: Klipsch R-5800-W II
Cable: Mediabridge CL2 14AWG SW-14X2-200-WH with Pomona 5170 banana plugs
LAN connection: ethernet, Belden 2412 cable
Streaming music service: Apple Music
I have no plans to use the analog or HDMI ARC inputs. Perhaps a SUB in the future. This is my first Sonos product.
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I'm still trying to figure out how I am going to manage with just getting one!
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I hope to receive a Sonos AMP on Monday (11/26/2018) and use it to create a multi-room music zone in my dining room. Here are some details…
Protocol: Apple Airplay 2
Streaming amplifier: Sonos AMP
Speakers: Klipsch R-5800-W II
Cable: Mediabridge CL2 14AWG SW-14X2-200-WH with Pomona 5170 banana plugs
LAN connection: ethernet, Belden 2412 cable
Streaming music service: Apple Music
I have no plans to use the analog or HDMI ARC inputs. Perhaps a SUB in the future. This is my first Sonos product.


Interesting. I just got the sub and its just as amazing as everyone says. A little boomy but works great with the Beam and rear sonos ones.
I want to listen to Apple Music and Pandora from their apps on my Apple TV as I like to see the album art when something is playing. But since my Amp will be connected to the Apple TV by HDMI and the ATV is set to 5.1 sound it sounds like I won't be able to use the two front speakers for music without it also coming through the rears.
I am surprised how much better the Sonos One rears, set to full, sound after I added the sub.
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I have not pre-ordered the Amp yet, but my plan is to use it to power 4 outdoor speakers, and connect to an outdoor TV whenever I put one out there.


I went ahead and preordered, looks like it should arrive on Thursday.

To be clearer about my motivation for replacing my existing amp + connect is really two fold.
1 - I like new toys.
2 - I cannot easily control the volume of the existing amp when watching TV, since TV audio is not currently passing through Sonos, and the amp is buried in a closet outside the IR range of the remote.

If I'm honest with myself, #2 is less motivation than the 1st.

If I repurpose the existing equipment, it's either going to go to a sitting area that's already covered pretty well, or to the side yard that is mostly used as the dog's bathroom. Not exactly a high traffic area.
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#1 is all the reason you need 🙂
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Im contemplating the Amp for my current setup and so I can add further things down the line. Do you think it would benefit / upgrade my current setup?



Maybe have the TV connected via HDMI and then the others (vinyl + mp3) via RCA

Also what is the reason for 2x ethernet ports?
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I was just going to ask if anyone is planning on vinyl.
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Previously had outdoor speakers on a 2-zone amplifier - moving Living room audio to Sonos Amp and then outdoor speaker onto their own.
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My setup works 99% and is great. The 1% is if the internet is down or the wifi is struggling (I usually have 20+ devices connected at once :D) then some of the grouped speakers drops out for a second, Play 5 continues as should as autoplay is enabled. Not sure if it's worth the extra money
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I assume the two ethernet ports are for daisy chaining one unit to another?
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You can also use the ethernet ports to provide internet/network connection to other devices. Such as if you had a smarttv or NAS drive etc. It provides a lan port to other devices - stipulation is though you have to be running sonosnet (doesn't function this way if you are wifi only with no Sonos unit hardwired at all).
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That's a pretty cool feature though, could save some people some wires
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It has the wheels spinning making me think of uses for it.
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Yea - I used to have a connect hooked to my receiver in living room. The receiver could be app controlled if connected to ethernet …. so I used the LAN port on the Sonos Connect to feed the receiver network connection.
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I just got the sub a few days ago and man do I love that thing...is there any reason to direct connection it to ethernet? My Beam is connected by ethernet but the sub and rear Sonos Ones aren't.
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Not really any reason - your running Sonosnet with the Beam connected. So the Sub and One's are most likely getting a direct 5ghz connection to each other.
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That's what I figured, just wondered. One less cable is ok with me.