In the living room, I want to set up the TV to be connected to a Playbar, then bond a Sonos Sub to it. Then where things will get funky is that I also want to bond a new Sonos Amp (powering 2 in ceiling speakers which happen to be way behind the TV) to be the surrounds. Effectively a 5.1 channel setup for the TV (as long as the 5.1ch signal is fed through the optical in to the Playbar, which decodes it to the sub and in ceiling surrounds.
If this works, the idea is also that whenever I play music to this zone, it will fire up all the speakers; Playbar, Sub, and Amp (in ceiling) at the same time as well. Can a Sonos Amp even just act a part of a zone and not be its own??
Does this work? Has anyone tried something similar with a Connect:Amp, Sub, and Playbar?
Also, another reason for this sort of arrangement is that the Sonos Amp will be sitting in the mechanical room in the basement, so I am going to forget about using the HDMI ARC. I also don't want this system to be on wifi at all. I plan on running inwall CAT6 to both the Playbar and the Sub. I've lived with the Sonos buffer overruns too many times!!!
Best answer by Airgetlam
2) When you "bond" the Sonos Amp to be surround speakers, it's a more permanent thing, and would be a pain (but not impossible) to unbond the Amp and use them as stereo speakers without being connected to the PLAYBAR. And it would (currently) blow away any TruePlay tuning, each time you "bonded" or "un-bonded" them. Much better (IMHO) to just set them in the controller app as "Full" rather than "Ambient" speakers when being used as music speakers. It's in the room settings, under advanced audio.
3) Yes, lots of people have done this setup with a CONNECT:AMP, although it does require a ethernet cable between the PLAYBAR and the CONNECT:AMP. See more data here: Setting up CONNECT:AMP as surround speakers But it sounds like you're planning to run cable anyway, which is good, as the 5Ghz signal might be absorbed by the mechanical room walls.
Hope this helps.