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Limitation of Sonos Amp?

  • 1 June 2020
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Hopefully simple question.  I have the new Sonos Amp with a wired connection to two Klipsch bookshelf speakers.  Sounds great.  I was considering adding the Sonos subwoofer.  A recent review in PC Magazine indicates, however, that the wireless Sonos Sub will NOT work with the Amp when the Amp is powering two non-Sonos speakers.  In other words, given my current setup, I will have to go with a non-Sonos subwoofer.  

 

Is this correct?


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No, this is not correct. You can add the Sonos Sub to Amp powering 3rd party passives - I have that and works great.

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Thank you for your reply.  The article I cited can be found below.  States pretty emphatically that the sub won’t work under the conditions I stated.  What speakers is your Amp driving?  https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sonos-sub

 

From Sonos.com

Can I use Sub with my passive or wired speakers?

If you power your speakers with Amp, you will be able to connect Sub as part of your Sonos sound system.

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Thanx Bruce.  Surprised that I didn’t find the Sonos help on my own.  Michael

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Thank you for your reply.  The article I cited can be found below.  States pretty emphatically that the sub won’t work under the conditions I stated.  What speakers is your Amp driving?  https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sonos-sub

 

How strange, they are stating this so explicitly yet totally incorrect…

Maybe they mixed up the Sub with Trueplay - that can only be done with Sonance Architectural speakers and not any other passives. For further reassurance re Sub, I don’t have Sonance, but B&W 705 S2 and yes Sonos Sub works :sunglasses:

It’s possible that it’s new with the third gen SUB, I don’t recall that it worked with the second Gen SUB. But I just copied the data from the Sonos advertising FAQ. I don’t have an Amp to test with.

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It’s possible that it’s new with the third gen SUB, I don’t recall that it worked with the second Gen SUB. But I just copied the data from the Sonos advertising FAQ. I don’t have an Amp to test with.

No it is not new. It also works with 2nd Gen Sub - I have that one.

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