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Using Connect for 5.1 Home Theater & Vinyl?


Hi everyone, I am very interested in joining the sonos community and have been doing a lot of research - but I haven't found exactly the answers I'm looking for so I'm hoping you can help me out.

I recently purchased a discounted Onkyo TX-NR676 on black friday with my desired goals being the following:
1) Hook up my PS4/Switch/etc to it via HDMI and then connect it to my 4k tv.
2) Hook up my record player (including tt- pre amp).
3) Get the whole thing on sonos using the Connect and use sonos speakers to achieve 5.1.

It seems to me that if I want to play vinyl over the sonos speakers AND/OR play the TV/game systems over the speakers I would need the chain to look like this:

A) Turn Table > Pre Amp > Line-In on the Receiver.
B) PS4/Switch/ETC > HDMI in on the Receiver > HDMI out to the TV.
C) Receiver (Zone 2 out?) > Sonos Connect > Sonos speakers.

I just want to clarify that the above would work because most of what I have researched mentions connecting the Turn table to Line-in on the Connect, and then Line-Out from the connect to Line-In on the receiver..But if I did that would I still be able to use the sonos speakers for the Tv/Game systems?

Sorry If any of this is vague or more information is needed but I'd appreciate any input.

Right now I haven't bought the connect or the Sonos speakers yet.., so I'm trying to make sure I go about this the right way. I can still also take back the Onkyo receiver If I have to. I did read about the new sonos AMP..which seems appealing..but it stinks that there is only one HDMI connection on it.
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Best answer by John B 7 December 2018, 08:58

Hi. I don't think this is going to work at all I'm afraid. The Connect was designed to turn a traditional hifi amp and speakers into a Sonos music player. It only handles stereo.

Sonos Play speakers can be used for HT only as part of a purely Sonos setup.

The Connect does not have an optical input.

New Amp seems a much better bet although you would need a pair of passive speakers. You would route the HDMIs through the TV.

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As an after thought on my proposed connection.. I suppose I could go from the receiver to the connect via optical as well as opposed to zone 2 out?

Thanks again for reading.
Hi. I don't think this is going to work at all I'm afraid. The Connect was designed to turn a traditional hifi amp and speakers into a Sonos music player. It only handles stereo.

Sonos Play speakers can be used for HT only as part of a purely Sonos setup.

The Connect does not have an optical input.

New Amp seems a much better bet although you would need a pair of passive speakers. You would route the HDMIs through the TV.

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