I am new to Sonos, but looking to incorporate a number of Sonos products in my home as I complete a renovation. I am working with an AV installer, but I have a couple questions, which I cannot find clear answers for and so I’m looking for some help.
In the living room, I will be using a Sonos Arc + Sonos Sub + Sonos Amp/in-ceiling speakers for the rear surrounds. My installer is recommending that I use Monitor Audio C265 speakers as the in-ceiling speakers instead of the Sonos in-ceiling speakers, as he feels that they are a better speaker for the price point. Here are my quesitons:
- If I use non-Sonos in-ceiling speakers (connected to Sonos Amp) for my rear channel in the 5.1 setup, obviously I will lose truplay calibration for the in-ceiling speakers. However, will I also lose the ability to trueplay tune the Arc + Sub (since the non-Sonos in-ceiling speakers would be connected to that particular set up)?
- What does the trueplay calibration do that I cannot do by manually adjusting the bass, treble, mid range and the volume level for each channel? How important is this feature?
- Does anyone have experience using non-Sonos ceiling speakers in a set up like this? Would anyone recommend an alternative in-ceiling speaker that may enhance the set up? Or would the Sonos in-ceiling speaker be recommended due to the ability to truplay tune it? (I recognize I’m asking a Sonos forum, but looking for any objective opinions).
Thanks for your help!
Best answer by James L.
I’ll answer your questions in the same format, so it’s easy to follow
- You can still run Trueplay Tuning on your entire surround setup even if you don’t have Sonance Architectural speakers attached to the rear Amp.
- Trueplay covers a suite of technologies that optimize the Sound Quality or Sound Reproduction Parameters of our speakers in response to their specific environment, setup & local conditions & playback situation. This class of technologies is often referred to as “room calibration”. These things cannot be adjusted solely by raising or lowering the EQ sliders. Trueplay uses microphone measurements to:
- Correct for spectral defects caused by reflections or boundary loading
- Time-align all loudspeakers in a Home Theater setup for one central listening position
- I’m afraid I have no experience with this so I’ll leave it open for other community members to chime in Though referring back to my first answer, you can still run Trueplay on a surround system with an Amp + 3rd party speakers attached for rear surround duties.
Hope that helps!