Setting up a turntable with Sonos

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Hello!
This is my first post in this thread, I have been following it with interest.

So, I have:
Pioneer PL 990 record player - not sure if it has a build in pre amp?
The description says : "This fully automatic stereo turntable features a low-mass straight tone arm, precise DC servo motor and built-in phono equaliser. Simply connect to any auxilliary/line input on our amplifier or mini system".

Can this be connected directly to a play 5? Without a phono box?

I am hoping to have the record player and PLAY 5 in room 1, and a PLAY 1 in room 2 - would this work? Do I also need a BRIDGE? Also, what wires would be needed to facilitate these connections?

Many thanks in advance!
abertie,

The pioneer PL 990 turntable has an internal RIAA preamp, so yes it can be plugged into your Play-5 (3.5mm jack) line-in port.

Here is an unboxing video for the turntable on YouTube https://youtu.be/vXm5Oel3ZwE which should help you.
Thanks so much, i'll watch the video
Hi again Ken,

I'm sure this is a stupid question, but the pioneer has the red and white output cords. Do I require an adapter to connect these to the Play5 single line in port?

Thanks.

Ps the unboxing video was very helpful!
Hi again Ken,

I'm sure this is a stupid question, but the pioneer has the red and white output cords. Do I require an adapter to connect these to the Play5 single line in port?

Thanks.

Ps the unboxing video was very helpful!


Yes, I believe you need an RCA to male 3.5mm Jack ... They are pretty standard and you can either get a small adapter to do this, or bear in mind that the unboxing video shows what I think is really a short built-in RCA cable, so if you plan to have the turntable a little further away from your Play-5, then you may want to consider purchasing an RCA to 3.5mm cable rather than an adapter. See the two 'example' screenshots attached.

Hope that helps.
Brilliant, thanks again
Hi, this is my first post.

I have two play1s and a playbar. I was looking at getting the Flexson VinylPlay turntable and a Connect for my records. Am i right in thinking i would be better just spending the money on a play5 to connect the turntable to? Or a Connect and another two play1s? (the turntable will be in a separate room from my original setup)

Also is there any difference in audio with the line in on play5 and the connect.

Thanks
I think it depends on what audio equipment you own already and what you are trying to achieve. As your turntable will be in a separate room then you will need either:

(i) a single Sonos Play-5 ... You can always add another later if you want better stereo separation.
(ii) a Sonos connect, an amp/receiver and a pair of speakers
(iii) a Sonos Connect:Amp and a pair of speakers

You can also use a Sonos Playbar, but that is slightly off topic.

The audio quality really comes down to the speakers and amplifier that you already own, or intend to buy. I'm certainly no expert in that area myself but I'm sure there are many people here in the community, who could recommend some excellent products in terms of value for money etc.

My personal choice is, I really like the new Sonos Play-5 and I would choose that and I would then go onto add another one later for stereo separation in the room.

In terms of 'functionality' and being able to use the line-in on either a connect or a Play-5 ... As far as I am aware you can do the same things with either product in the Sonos controller software and that includes sharing the input source from the line-in to any other Sonos speaker.

So as an example you could play an album on the turntable in the dining room connected to a Play-5 in that same room, but choose to have the audio come out of a pair of Play-1 speakers in the kitchen area, rather than actually output the audio in the dining room... or of course you can output the audio to both rooms at the same time in perfect sync. (Just as an example).
Thanks.

I already have 1210s for DJing with, im now just getting a player to listen to records. The Flexson turntable has a digital line out so my question was really, am i better with a connect and two play1s or a single play5 to plug into? My budget right now wont stretch to two play 5s.
Thanks.

I already have 1210s for DJing with, im now just getting a player to listen to records. The Flexson turntable has a digital line out so my question was really, am i better with a connect and two play1s or a single play5 to plug into? My budget right now wont stretch to two play 5s.


Yes I think you would be better off with the 'connect' in your case as you already have an amp and decent speakers, presumably in the same room you want to put the turntable? You mentioned something about wanting the turntable in separate room to your original setup? ... I'm not sure what you meant by that?
Thanks.

I already have 1210s for DJing with, im now just getting a player to listen to records. The Flexson turntable has a digital line out so my question was really, am i better with a connect and two play1s or a single play5 to plug into? My budget right now wont stretch to two play 5s.


Yes I think you would be better off with the 'connect' in your case as you already have an amp and decent speakers, presumably in the same room you want to put the turntable? You mentioned something about wanting the turntable in separate room to your original setup? ... I'm not sure what you meant by that?


I have my two play1s and playbar in my sitting room. Im goin to set this turntable up in my dining room with new speakers (either two play1s or a play5).
As i say this turntable has a digital line out so i shouldnt need a pre amp. Hence my question was really am i better with the connect and two new play1s (£500+) or just a single play5 (£400+)

cheers
Oh I see now what you are saying... Sorry.

If I was not going to ever stretch to buying a second Play-5 and wanted the stereo separation in my room or just simply wanted the audio in different areas due to the shape of the room ('L' shaped for example) then I would choose a connect and two Play-1's. You can put the connect and turntable in either of your rooms too with that method. I think it's a personal thing I actually prefer two Play-1 speakers compared to a single Play-5.
Not everyone will agree with my choice over two Play-1's compared to a single Play-5, but I think they are great little speakers myself and they can always be separated and moved to other smaller rooms later, if you ever do decide to upgrade to a Play-5 pair. They are a very versatile speaker (paired or standalone).

Perhaps just buy the connect initially and try your existing Play-1 speakers (moved from the lounge into the dining room temporarily) just to see if it suits you own personal taste. I don't think you would be disappointed. I think if you added a Sonos Sub to that setup later, it definitely would be much better than a single Play-5.

If money was not an issue for me though, I would personally choose two Play-5’s (in a stereo pair) as being the option for me, particularly as my own dining room here is fairly large(ish) and square shaped.
I should point out that the Sonos line-in connections are analog and not digital by the way.
Thanks for the recommendations. Ill make my mind up come the weekend.
If you did buy your connect direct from Sonos by the way and it was not up to your expectations, they apparently offer a 'no quibble' money-back guarantee within a given period, from what I have read on this forum. So you could return the connect if it transpired you were not happy with the audio and then buy the Play-5 instead.
Hi there. I've been reading up on Sonos products, and read through this thread and a couple of others, and I think I've got my head round what I'm going to do, I've just had my records shipped over finally and am planning to get a record player. At the same time, my old cheap hi-fi has just given up the ghost and this seems the ideal time to upgrade a little.

So I'm thinking of buying a record player, together with a preamp (this ludicrously cheap item was recommended on another thread https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000H2BC4E/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and plugging it into a CONNECT with a pair of PLAY 1 speakers, at least for starters.

This, I'm hoping would allow me to play my records, and also my ripped CDs on computer, through the PLAY 1s.

So I just wanted to check that that setup should work, and also to ask if any cables come with the CONNECT to connect it to the preamp, and, if not, what I would need.

Any info gratefully received.
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Hi there. I've been reading up on Sonos products, and read through this thread and a couple of others, and I think I've got my head round what I'm going to do, I've just had my records shipped over finally and am planning to get a record player. At the same time, my old cheap hi-fi has just given up the ghost and this seems the ideal time to upgrade a little.

So I'm thinking of buying a record player, together with a preamp (this ludicrously cheap item was recommended on another thread https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000H2BC4E/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and plugging it into a CONNECT with a pair of PLAY 1 speakers, at least for starters.

This, I'm hoping would allow me to play my records, and also my ripped CDs on computer, through the PLAY 1s.

So I just wanted to check that that setup should work, and also to ask if any cables come with the CONNECT to connect it to the preamp, and, if not, what I would need.

Any info gratefully received.


Yes, your suggestion would definitely work. You can also buy turntables which already have the pre-amp built in. All you need to connect the pre-amp to the Connect is an RCA (phono) cable. Since this is an analog signal you would be better to buy a decent one over the supplied one but dont go too crazy !

Other option (depending on the proximity of the Turntable to the proposed speaker location), and for less money, is to buy a Play 5 which has a line-in built in and wire that directly to the turntable pre-amp and not buy a Connect at all. For this you would need an RCA to 3.5mm cable. However, to avoid vibrations you would want to position the turntable as far away from the Play 5 as practical so consider this when choosing the cable length !
Hi Nick,

Blimey that was fast. I only posted a few minutes ago!

My unknowledgeable assumption had been that turntables with preamps were the exception rather than the norm. Though the preamp I listed is not expensive, I shall keep that in mind when looking around, thanks. Thanks for the advice concerning cables, and I'll most certainly do as you suggest.

I'm leaning towards the PLAY 1 route, at least to start with, because it gives me two speakers (at a reasonable price), allowing separation plus the option of upping and moving one to the bedroom or wherever on occasion, Later perhaps, once I get used to the setup, I will get more developed, as others seem to have,

Cheers for the swift feedback. Much appreciated.
Hi !! I would like to buy one of the Sonos play:1 but i have a record player with a jack connection and I would like to know, before I buy the Play:1 , if I can connect the record player to the stereo.
thanks
No. A turntable can only be connected to a Sonos with a line-in; a Play:5, Connect, or Connect:Amp.
I apologize for my denseness, but I am well out of my depth. I am hoping to invest in a turntable and sound system for my condo. I have my eye on the Audio Technical LP120. I was hoping to get a pair for Play 1s. After poking around in this thead, it seems this will not be sufficient to get my up and running. What would you folks suggest? I was toying with the idea of keeping the turntable and my vinyl collection in a spare bedroom, so I am thinking I would not want so connect the turntable directly to a speaker, but if this idea is obtuse, I can certainly put the turntable in the main room with the speakers if that makes more sense. What do? Thanks.
Hello,
I have just purchased a Sonos Play 3 and I have successfully connected to it from my iPad and I can play music from my iPad/internet. However the main purpose for buying the Sonos was to listen to my vinyl using a Pioneer PL990 turntable. I connected the turntable cables into the "In" sockets on the Connect box and played a record but no sound? I have read on the forum that this turntable can be used with a Play 5 and I was assured by the retailer that it would work with a Play 3 so I am at a loss as to why it does not work.
Suggestions please

Thanks
Jim
I apologize for my denseness, but I am well out of my depth. I am hoping to invest in a turntable and sound system for my condo. I have my eye on the Audio Technical LP120. I was hoping to get a pair for Play 1s. After poking around in this thead, it seems this will not be sufficient to get my up and running. What would you folks suggest? I was toying with the idea of keeping the turntable and my vinyl collection in a spare bedroom, so I am thinking I would not want so connect the turntable directly to a speaker, but if this idea is obtuse, I can certainly put the turntable in the main room with the speakers if that makes more sense. What do? Thanks.

You'll need Sonos's Connect or Connect:Amp. You can hook the Audio Technica LP120 (which has a bult-in preamp) into the line-in of either one of those. You'll then see a "Line In" option on your Sonos controller and that you can play on your Play 1s wherever they are in your condo. That is, you can have the Play 1s and your record player in different rooms.
Hi Community!
I just bought a Stanton T92 Turntable that I would like to play trough my Play 5 and Play 1. I got a new Connect Amp and I was woundering if I need to connect a ground with the Connect Amp to prevent electric problem or over voltage. My turntable have a Phono/Line audio out that I could choose regarding the circumstances. Should I just connect it to the Connect Amp or I need to buy a Phono Pre-amp to make sure everything is fine?!

Thanks!

Louis 🆒