Sonos Favorites NEEDS the Line-In as a selection!! It's easier for family!

  • 21 February 2013
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Please add where we can use the Line-In selections as a Sonos Favorites! It's easier for family to select a Favorite than to know what Line-In means. Thanks!!!!!

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By the way, you can make a Favorite from Line-In easily enough, and it works great. You just can't do it with the official app. The 3rd party apps SonoPad (iPad), SonoPhone (iPhone) and mine, Phonos Universal (Windows) all allow a Favorite to be created from a line-in source. There may be others too, but these are the ones I use.
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Sonos, If you're not willing to offer Line-In as a favorite, please open it up in the API!!!

Line-In is available on the UPnP API and has been since, literally, forever.
How many threads is it necessary to post this in?
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I'm another person who created an account just to ask for this feature. As others have pointed out, it's not so much about the convenience of quickly accessing Line-In while using the Sonos app, it's about the ability to have Line-In accessible through the API. I'm using Sonos in my home automation system and lacking this ability is a serious drawback.

Sonos, If you're not willing to offer Line-In as a favorite, please open it up in the API!!!
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I have been wishing for this feature for years. I can conveniently switch away from line-in to any of my favorites but then it takes more steps to switch it back. I have never understood why this was the case.

That is a Workaround at best. The following scenario: I switch to my music playlist (in the favorites list) while ads are shown on TV, while the TV is still on. Now I can not switch back to TV sound output via the home automation system but I have to fiddle around with the smartphone app... I would have to switch the TV off and on again to have autoplay make the switch.


It's a lot better than lamenting for something which probably isn't coming.


Ok, we get it jgatie, you don't understand how this feature can be useful. But there are many of us who do. I support this feature request.
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Please implement this. I can't use my Logitech Harmony via Alexa to select line-in as they only interface to Sonos favourites. If you could please implement this it would be really appreciated.
I support. Very useful feature!
+5 Another reason. I have a Luton Pico remote for sonos in my kitchen. I like to listen to the TV through the line in input. The Pico remote for sonos works great for quick access to sonos. Unfortunately the source button on the Pico remote will only access favorites. 99% of the time I want to listen to my TV (football, UFC, etc..) while in the kitchen. For some reason that is where everyone ends up.

This is precisely why I'm adding my name to the [relatively long] list of people requesting this feature!

I have two ConnectAMPs (along with many other Sonos devices) driving ceiling speakers in my kitchen and in my breakfast room (normally grouped together) where there is a television output connected to one of the ConnectAMPs. I use Lutron Pico remotes in both rooms for quick and easy access to volume, etc. and they work very well.

My family isn't very tech oriented so it would be REALLY helpful if the line-in for the TV output could be added as a Sonos favorite so it could be quickly selected via one of the Pico remotes. Also, even though I am tech oriented, it would be a huge convenience and time-saver if I didn't have to grab a phone or tablet to select the line-in if the last thing that played was something else...

I'm not an expert on how hard it may be to implement this feature in the software but it's hard for me to believe that it would be terribly difficult or impossible.

Please, please, please Sonos, help us out with this long-standing request that's been around for over 4 years!!

Thanks!

Rudy
Yeah thats true - I use it as a quasi replacement of the actual missing feature. But one can still dream, right 🙂 Its a proposal/wish for a certainly useful addition to the Sonos system and I am not the only one missing it. So I just wanted to make sure it gets enough attention

That is a Workaround at best. The following scenario: I switch to my music playlist (in the favorites list) while ads are shown on TV, while the TV is still on. Now I can not switch back to TV sound output via the home automation system but I have to fiddle around with the smartphone app... I would have to switch the TV off and on again to have autoplay make the switch.


It's a lot better than lamenting for something which probably isn't coming.
+1 I absolutely need this - please add that simple feature! My Sonos Connect is integrated into the home automation system (www.digitalstrom.com) which utilizes wall light switches to call a specific scene, e.g. shades down, lights 50%, TV on, Sonos switching to a selectable favorite. The last one is the problem: I can not have it switch to line in, which is the TV, because the line in can not be added to the favorites list. :(

Once again, set thee Autoplay on the line-in to On and the line-in will always be selected when the TV goes on.


That is a Workaround at best. The following scenario: I switch to my music playlist (in the favorites list) while ads are shown on TV, while the TV is still on. Now I can not switch back to TV sound output via the home automation system but I have to fiddle around with the smartphone app... I would have to switch the TV off and on again to have autoplay make the switch.
+1 I absolutely need this - please add that simple feature! My Sonos Connect is integrated into the home automation system (www.digitalstrom.com) which utilizes wall light switches to call a specific scene, e.g. shades down, lights 50%, TV on, Sonos switching to a selectable favorite. The last one is the problem: I can not have it switch to line in, which is the TV, because the line in can not be added to the favorites list. :(

Once again, set the Autoplay on the line-in to On with the desired Room to play to, and the line-in will always be selected when the TV goes on.
+1 I absolutely need this - please add that simple feature! My Sonos Connect is integrated into the home automation system (www.digitalstrom.com) which utilizes wall light switches to call a specific scene, e.g. shades down, lights 50%, TV on, Sonos switching to a selectable favorite. The last one is the problem: I can not have it switch to line in, which is the TV, because the line in can not be added to the favorites list. 😞
Ohhh, Now I understand why we are not agreeing on this. I am a Crestron Integrator and am therefore utilizing the Crestron system to control Sonos. The problem is that the API provided by Sonos to Crestron does not allow any access to sources that cannot be accessed in the favorites. Hence, the techniques that you all are listing do not apply to my scenario. I think this is fairly common to anyone who is not utilizing the standard Sonos provided interfaces (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, etc.). The reason I replied to the comments was that I have been told by others to attempt to use the Autoplay and then select it by grouping that room with the room that I wanted it to play in. That is all fine and dandy except for the scenario such as I listed earlier. Hence, I thought maybe someone had a trick that I was not seeing. Sorry for the confusion. But hey, at least now you know why we are asking for it 🙂
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Why would the "ability to obtain access to the line-in be lost?" The line-in source choice is right on the Source menu, a click higher than Favorites. Are you saying it is easier to click Source Menu->Favorites->Line-in than Source Menu->Line-In?
By adding a Line In connection to Sonos Favorites, it's three clicks/taps either way. Source menu > Favorites > Line In - Sonos Connect, or Source Menu > Line In > Line In - Sonos Connect.

Remember that the Line In source selection is a menu that lists out all available Line In connections on your Sonos system. Being able to add one particular Line In connection to the Sonos Favorites puts that single connection in with your other Sonos Favorites, making it easier to find a particular input, as well as allowing other devices that make use of Sonos Favorites be able to connect to that Line In as well.

To continue with your response, what happens when a person wants that Line-in source in a separate room? The process, as I understand it, would be to group the separate room to the Autoplay room. The problem with this scenario is that, should that person then want to play, oh say, a Pandora station on the newly formed group, then the original Autoplay room would be changed to the Pandora station and the ability to obtain access to that Line-in would be lost for any other room in the house. I believe this is why everyone is asking for direct access to that line in via the ability to set it up as a favorite.


Why would the "ability to obtain access to the line-in be lost?" The line-in source choice is right on the Source menu, a click higher than Favorites. Are you saying it is easier to click Source Menu->Favorites->Line-in than Source Menu->Line-In?
+1 Add my voice too for this option too. This needs to be included for the simplicity of using Harmony, Alexa, Yonomi, etc when trying to not dig out a phone when you can just set up a scenario and say it. Most of the time im making food in the kitchen, and don't want to touch my phone when I can just use Alexa to start everything. Plus when you have some of the guys over and see the home automation it blows their minds how technology works now-a-days.

Since the Line-in function by very definition requires a physical action to start it playing (putting needle down on turntable, inserting CD and pressing play, turning on radio, etc.) the Autoplay feature should be used. That way, whenever action "X" causes audio to output to the Line-in, the Line-in source is selected automatically and the line-in is played on the designated speaker.


To continue with your response, what happens when a person wants that Line-in source in a separate room? The process, as I understand it, would be to group the separate room to the Autoplay room. The problem with this scenario is that, should that person then want to play, oh say, a Pandora station on the newly formed group, then the original Autoplay room would be changed to the Pandora station and the ability to obtain access to that Line-in would be lost for any other room in the house. I believe this is why everyone is asking for direct access to that line in via the ability to set it up as a favorite.
+1 Add my voice too for this option too. This needs to be included for the simplicity of using Harmony, Alexa, Yonomi, etc when trying to not dig out a phone when you can just set up a scenario and say it. Most of the time im making food in the kitchen, and don't want to touch my phone when I can just use Alexa to start everything. Plus when you have some of the guys over and see the home automation it blows their minds how technology works now-a-days.

Since the Line-in function by very definition requires a physical action to start it playing (putting needle down on turntable, inserting CD and pressing play, turning on radio, etc.) the Autoplay feature should be used. That way, whenever action "X" causes audio to output to the Line-in, the Line-in source is selected automatically and the line-in is played on the designated speaker.
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+1 Add my voice too for this option too. This needs to be included for the simplicity of using Harmony, Alexa, Yonomi, etc when trying to not dig out a phone when you can just set up a scenario and say it. Most of the time im making food in the kitchen, and don't want to touch my phone when I can just use Alexa to start everything. Plus when you have some of the guys over and see the home automation it blows their minds how technology works now-a-days.
For the Logitech Harmony people: You can add a step to your activity to select Line In. For reference, I do this in the last step of my activity after the receiver has changed to the correct input. Hope this helps!
I want to use the new iPort xPRESS keypad to control a pair of PLAY5 that I to feed a line input source from a CONNECT in another room. Problem is it will only choose from the favorites list. I could use autoplay but that would make it come on whenever that source were active - NOT what I want. Sonos please update software so line input can be on the favorites list!
+5 Another reason. I have a Luton Pico remote for sonos in my kitchen. I like to listen to the TV through the line in input. The Pico remote for sonos works great for quick access to sonos. Unfortunately the source button on the Pico remote will only access favorites. 99% of the time I want to listen to my TV (football, UFC, etc..) while in the kitchen. For some reason that is where everyone ends up.
+1 on this. My TV is plugged in to line in on a connect:amp but I don't always want to use sonos for sound. Being able to select line in as a favourite would allow me to use Alexa (via Yonomi) to make the switch. Much easier than digging out a phone...
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Harmony actually allows the option of choosing a Sonos Favorite to start playing when you start the "activity"... so one could set up a "Listen to Turntable" activity that automatically starts a Line-in connection if it were possible to add a Line-in to Sonos Favorites.