I just purchased another Sonos One speaker today for the purpose of setting up surround sound in my kitchen/family room (which are connected). Previously, I only had one of the Ones in my kitchen that I use to listen to music while I'm cooking or doing dishes and whatnot. I like to use the Alexa feature for timers and skipping songs when my hands are dirty. Now I have a Beam with 2x Sonos Ones bonded as surround sound speakers in the kitchen, facing the family room and TV. The problem I have (that everyone else seems to like) is that anytime I want to play music in the kitchen at night while my kids are sleeping, I have to listen to the beam and both Ones in surround sound. I don’t want this. Previously, I would just listen to the one speaker and it was plenty loud and not full of too much bass.
I went through the process of turning off the surrounds and only listening to the beam in to the family room, but its too far away and I have to turn it up too loud to hear it. Then I went through the process of unbonding them from the beam as surrounds. This eliminated the surround sound component and allowed me to control each Sonos One individually again. Unfortunately I have to set up the surrounds again if I want to enjoy the surround sound.
Is there an easy way to switch back and forth between listening to the surround sound speakers when watching a movie and then only listening to one of them for music at another time? Like a “Cinema mode” or “music mode”? I want to be able to just select one of the Ones and play music from it.
PS, Surround sound works perfectly. We watched a movie tonight and it was great. I like how you can adjust the volume of the rear speakers to enhance the sound behind you. It’s for this reason, that I don’t want to just bail on the surround sound completely. But I don’t want to have to set up a surround sound connection every time I want to watch a movie.
Any suggestions would be helpful.