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Sonos sub and 3rd party aub with Sonos AMP

  • 3 May 2020
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Can I use the Sonos Sub am together with a wired 3rd party sub with the Sonos AMP/Connect AMP?


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No. One sub -- or Sub -- at a time. The system detects a third party sub connection. 

Why on earth would you want do this anyway? The crossover/phase requirements from the main speakers would inevitably be different, and two subs, especially from different manufacturers, are likely to fight. Phase cancellation could easily cause dropouts at various frequencies. 

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Funny. You are sure?

 

I read this review of the new AMP which states that this is possible:

https://www.google.dk/amp/s/www.techhive.com/article/3403444/sonos-amp-review.amp.html


“If you have a large home theater, you can use both a Sonos Sub and a powered wired sub at the same time, and/or a second amp to power wired surrounds.“

 

I am moving to a new house we are building and the living room will be a rather large, open area. I am having in ceilings installed which will be plugged to two AMPs (fronts and rears). As I have a Sonos Sub I was planning on using that but my audio guy says it will be too small for the living room and that he ideally would recommend two mid-size subs for the area rather than one large. 
 

So the review made me think I might be able to find a 3rd party sub which could match my Sonos Sub. 

Point to Sonos documentation that says that and I’d be happy to retract. But two dissimilar subs, potentially with different crossover requirements, still sounds like an integration nightmare.

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Is it possible to connect two identical 3rd party subs by splitting wires?

Is it possible to connect two identical 3rd party subs by splitting wires?

I don’t see why not. The crossover frequency would at least be the same for both.

With a large enough splitting scheme one could attach a zillion 3rd party subwoofers. Goodness of sound is a separate discussion.

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Thank you for ridiculing me. Good stuff. Keep up the good spirit. Only people who know the right answer should be brave enough to ask a question. Will take note of this and get my answers straight before posting any questions again. 

It was not my intent to ridicule anyone. Introducing multiple subwoofers into a room must be done carefully for good results. Working out the details is a job for your audio guy.

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