Sonos Dock line in work around.

  • 29 March 2018
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Hi
I recently got a few play 1's and was a little disapointed to find that iplayer radio isnt compatible with sonos and have been looking for a work around. £350 for a connect seems a little steep.

If i connected a female 30pin to 3.5mm stereo jack lead to the Sonos dock would that work?

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F232680703633

Docks a dirt cheap on ebay and i figure the whole thing can be done for about £25, hook up my old chromecast audio and i'm good to go.

So I suspose im asking 1/ do the docks even still work correctly and 2/ guessing that the adapater just wires the relevent audio pins to the 3.5mm jack does the dock need to recieve a signal from any other pins to power up/work?

Thanks

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Oh and i suspose is it even a line level signal to the pins?
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Interesting idea: can't comment whether it will work, but I don't see why not.

Alternatively, if you have the technical skills, set up AirConnect on a suitable computer (e.g., a Raspberry Pi): https://github.com/philippe44/AirConnect. Direct AirPay or casting to any of your Sonos devices.
I think the Dock takes only digital inputs, so what is needed is a way to pass these from CCA to it, but what cable will do so? I am not sure the linked one will.
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I think the Dock takes only digital inputs, so what is needed is a way to pass these from CCA to it, but what cable will do so? I am not sure the linked one will.
Ah, you may have a good point there. I'd assumed that the DOCK would use the 30-pin Line Out [1] as most dock hardware does, but it's quite possible that the Sonos DOCK treats the device as file server.
[1] http://irq5.io/2012/06/25/the-apple-30-pin-dock-connector/
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it's quite possible that the Sonos DOCK treats the device as file server.
Which would seem to be confirmed by the DOCK user manual [2]


[2] http://www.sonos.com/pdfs/productguides/en/dockguide_en.pdf
Thanks pwt so thats a no. The Airconnect software sounds like it only recives from Airplay which is a apple device only thing isnt it? I have no experiance with the pi but i'm fairly handy and creative and prehaps most importantly can follow instructions so i might see if there is a cast equivalent to Airconnect.
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The Airconnect software sounds like it only recives from Airplay which is a apple device only thing isnt it.
Yes, you're right: it handles Chromecast targets, not sources. Sorry for the confusion.
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Get a Play:5 so your system has all the flexibility it needs.

I can say for sure it does not work 😞