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Basement sound system - 4 built in legacy speakers

  • 5 February 2021
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We have 4 built in ceiling speakers (non-Sonos) in our basement - they are currently hooked up to a non-Sonos receiver/amp, which is connected to a turntable with a preamp setup.  How would I go about setting up those 4 speakers to Sonos?  I guess I am looking into 2 ideas:

  1.  Is it possible to feed the current receiver/amp into Sonos so I can play the turntables over the Sonos system?
  2. Is it possible to connect the 4 wired speakers into Sonos, so I can play Sonos music to the hardwired legacy speakers?

Any ideas are appreciated.  Thanks so much!

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Best answer by Airgetlam 5 February 2021, 17:38

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  1. Use a Sonos Port to connect to the current amplifier. 
     
  2. Depending on matching the impedance, you might be able to us a Sonos Amp for all four speakers. Or, at the least, two Sonos  Amps, and just group them together. 
     

Note: Sonos does not make any in ceiling speakers. They are a reseller, however, for a company called Sonance, which does. There is one line of Sonance speakers, the Architectural line, which allows three pairs of speakers to be connected to a single Sonos Amp. This is due to some collaboration during the design phase of these speakers with Sonia itself, but so far has not been extended to other speakers from Sonance, or to other company’s speakers. 

Thanks so much, Bruce!  So it sounds like the Port will allow the turntables to play to the current hardwired receiver/speakers and also to Sonos speakers in other rooms.  Will it also allow streaming music played via the Sonos app to play through the hardwired receiver/speakers that the Port is connected to? 

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Thanks so much, Bruce!  So it sounds like the Port will allow the turntables to play to the current hardwired receiver/speakers and also to Sonos speakers in other rooms.  Will it also allow streaming music played via the Sonos app to play through the hardwired receiver/speakers that the Port is connected to? 

Yes, that’s exactly what a Port is intended for -- to stream music via amplified speakers (the system recognizes the Port as just another Sonos speaker essentially -- but playing through your wired speakers).  You need to connect the Port to your receiver and also the turntable to your Port.  Line out for the streaming to your receiver; line in for the turntable.  See below image (if you have a digital input on your receiver, you can use the digital  out - circled below - which is what I use):

 

  

 

Incredible, thanks once again.  You’ve helped me overcome a serious mental block.