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Music mode for surround sound setup

  • 5 December 2018
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I have a beam, sub and 2 ones setup in a surround sound setup for my TV. It works great for movies and for playing music directly through sonos. The issue I am having is that I watch a lot of music videos on my TV. When listing to music I use the 'full' rather than using the surrounds for ambiant effects. I would love to be able to get something for similar when playing music through my TV.
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Best answer by Smilja 5 December 2018, 09:18

I have a beam, sub and 2 ones setup in a surround sound setup for my TV. It works great for movies and for playing music directly through sonos. The issue I am having is that I watch a lot of music videos on my TV. When listing to music I use the 'full' rather than using the surrounds for ambiant effects. I would love to be able to get something for similar when playing music through my TV.
Not possible. You are watching TV regardless of whether movies, musicals, rock operas, music videos etc.; the Beam only recognizes that the signal is coming in from the TV, it doesn't know what's currently playing.
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I have a beam, sub and 2 ones setup in a surround sound setup for my TV. It works great for movies and for playing music directly through sonos. The issue I am having is that I watch a lot of music videos on my TV. When listing to music I use the 'full' rather than using the surrounds for ambiant effects. I would love to be able to get something for similar when playing music through my TV.
Not possible. You are watching TV regardless of whether movies, musicals, rock operas, music videos etc.; the Beam only recognizes that the signal is coming in from the TV, it doesn't know what's currently playing.
I kinda assumed that was the current situation, but would love to get this as a feature in the future (via a toffle in the app). It seems like it should be pretty simple.
Yeah, this is something I want as well. We usually play YouTube music through the app, but I can't cast to a TV and have the sound come through as Full.

Would love to be able to do this.
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I'll add to this request as well. In addition to the scenarios above, here are a few more.

Projector setup - The biggest issue with using a projector and Sonos speakers is getting sound coming from the front without any wired connection. Perhaps an acceptable compromise would be to have the logical front and rear speakers both playing stereo, so the speaker in the rear can be the logical front speakers and the speakers in the physical front can be the logical front speakers.

Large spaces - With outdoor TVs becoming more and more common place, it makes good sense to pair the TV with a Sonos amp. Surround sound setups are usually not practically, and often, the space is too big for a single amp to cover adequately. If two amps could be bonded together they would be able to cover twice the space (upto 5 Sonance speakers) with TV audio without any lag (which will happen when grouping the amps together). I currently am using a single amp with a TV outside, primarily for music. I am considering adding additional speakers with a 3rd party amp and existing Connect, but would opt for a 2nd Sonos amp if I could do so without lag.
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A simple "full channel stereo" surround option would solve this issue, if implemented by Sonos (as other AV equipments do out of the box).
I would love to have the music come though my surrounds. Not sure why it only comes through the sound bar and sub.
So, there are settings, buried deep in the "room settings", which define how the surrounds are used, both when you're streaming music via the Sonos app, and sending data via the TV input.

If I recall correctly, it's under Room Settings>Advanced>Surrounds. Then you're presented with the choice to make them be either Ambient or Full when playing / streaming music. My recommendation is that you chose Full, which makes them act as regular stereo speakers in addition to the sound from the soundbar. You can also on that page adjust the volume for each 'mode'.

In fact, here's an FAQ to read:

https://support.sonos.com/s/article/2927#surround_settings

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