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sonos arc with Sonos amp more than 40 feet apart

  • 23 January 2023
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Hello, it is my understanding that this Sonos arc can be hardwired along with a Sonos amp, and then ceiling speakers for the rear. As long as everything is hardwired, is there an issue? I know if the arc and amp or wireless they have to be within 20 feet of each other? 

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Best answer by Corry P 27 January 2023, 11:52

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With two Amps you can wire both to Ethernet or just the front. You can’t wire just the surround amp. I don’t see that limitation mentioned for an Arc / Amp setup though.

Where did you find that 20 foot limit?

Tech Support, I was setting up an arc amp situation where the amp was 40 to 50 feet away. Tech Support mentioned that he wouldn’t get a true surround or something like that. And it was a very busy day. I didn’t have time to get into it with tech-support guy at the time so I let it go. Now I’m asking a question before I set up another house like this.

It’s a variable. The Amp connects, generally speaking, to the sound bar (Arc in your case)  using a 5Ghz hidden Wi-Fi channel. If there is no interference, or blocking of that Wi-Fi signal, it should be fine. However, if it is hidden away in a closet, surrounded by metal, wood, drywall, what have you, there is a greater chance of signal blockage, commonly called wifi interference.

You can follow the instructions in the setting up Amp or CONNECT:AMP as surround speakers FAQ, if concerned. 

I’m not sure I understand what a ‘true surround’ from their comments is. 

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Hi @Joecable1 

Yes, if the Arc and Amp are too far apart for a reliable, direct 5GHz connection between the two, you will need to connect both to the network (not to each other) with ethernet cables for a Surround Sound setup to work.

As a side note, if the Arc is wireless, so must be the Amp. If the Arc is wired, however, the Amp doesn’t have to be - only if out of range.

The same applies if the device connected to the TV is a Beam, Amp, Playbase, Playbar or Ray.

I hope this helps.

Yes, thank you. Tech Support told me that a data hard wire connection to the arc and the amp would not make a difference. I have now actually tested my system by putting the amp 60 feet away and it did fail. Once I connect a data/hard wire to both. Everything worked fine. Thanks for the help.

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