Trying to get a turntable setup with your Sonos system, but running into a little trouble? This thread has you covered.
Before getting started, we need to ask a simple question— Does my turntable need a preamp?
Although some turntables have a built-in preamp, most of them don’t. Turntables output their signal at phono level, which is a low, quiet signal rated in millivolts. A phono preamp converts the audio output to line level, which is a louder signal rated in volts. If your turntable does not have a built-in preamp, you’ll need to place one between the turntable and Sonos player.
We don’t recommend any preamp in particular, but we’ve heard great things about the Music Hall Mini
, U-Turn Pluto
, and Bellari Rolls VP 29
Your audio receiver may have a phono input, which means you can wire the turntable directly to the receiver. To pass the analog signal along to Sonos the receiver should have a Tape/CD Out, Rec Out, or Zone 2 Out. (Note: additional configuration may be required to trigger the audio output on the receiver)
Which Sonos player do I need?
There are three Sonos players that have a line-in port— the CONNECT
, and PLAY:5 gen2
. The discontinued PLAY:5 gen1, ZP100, and ZP80 also have a line-in port.
When using a CONNECT (ZP80) or CONNECT:AMP (ZP100) you’ll need a standard RCA cable for the connection. With either PLAY:5 you’ll need a Y-cable, which is 3.5mm Male to RCA Male. Some turntables have the RCA cables wired internally, so you’d need a 3.5mm Male to RCA Female Y-cable cable instead.
It’s all hooked up, now what?
You’ll want to make sure to get the line-in settings
adjusted to your liking. By default, the line-in source level setting is 2, which tends to be a little bit on the quiet side, so it’s a good idea to try between level 8 and 10.
To make things a bit easier, enable the autoplay feature
Fixes for common problems:
Setting the line-in audio compression
from auto to compressed can help with audio interruptions when multiple players are grouped together.
Low sounding hums are usually the result of a turntable not being properly grounded. Make sure the ground lead from the turntable is connected securely to either the receiver or the preamp.
Still have questions? We’re happy to help. Don’t hesitate to post below.