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AMP 3.1 setup with passive speaker.

  • 2 January 2020
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Hi 

I have a 3.1 paradigm speaker set for my TV sound - centre, Left, Right and sub. 
I want to use the Sonos AMP but it can only connect 2.1 passive speaker system. 
so can I add another Sonos AMP to drive the centre speaker, with the other Sonos AMP does Left Right and Sub?

I have other SONOS ones speakers in the house and want to use my paradigm speakers to play music through them not just use them for TV, 

 

possible?
 

 

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Best answer by Airgetlam 2 January 2020, 01:21

Unfortunately, no. There is no configuration with Sonos that would support a 3.1 system of separate speakers. 

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Unfortunately, no. There is no configuration with Sonos that would support a 3.1 system of separate speakers. 

Thanks for the reply.

Not even using two Sonos AMP’s?

Not even using four Sonos Amps.

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Well actually, @Airgetlam & @Lukestar, You can set up a Sonos Amp as center/left/right + subwoofer and bond a second Sonos Amp as rear left/right surround.

In this configuration, the center channel is a phantom effect created by sound engineering magic and It would not be able to drive a separate center channel speaker. The third party sub-woofer would need to be wired to the primary amp not the one configured for surround.

I apologize for the extreme lateness of this response but I hope it helps!

    

Right. Because the center channel is a ‘phantom’ channel, it’s a bit disingenuous to claim it a a center speaker, most people expect that if you say center without the mention of ‘phantom’, you’re suggesting there is a connection for a third ‘center’ speaker on the Amp. Which there isn’t. 

The OP said they were attempting to set up a 3.1 system with his Paradigm speakers. Sonos doesn’t support setting up 3 speakers in the front. Just two, with the addition of the ‘phantom’ channel, which leaves the OP’s Paradigm speaker for the center unconnected. 

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