Setting up a turntable with Sonos

  • 10 September 2012
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I am looking to get a turntable and want to connect it with my Sonos system. I have a Play:3 and a Bridge. I know you can not connect directly into a Play:3 but will it work with Connect or a Connect:Amp?

Thank you for your time.

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I know this is the same question as so many before but after reading all those Q&As I am still having issues. I have an old Gemini PT-1000 with RCA outputs and a ground wire. I run that into a Pyle PP999 Phono Turntable Preamp and then out of the Pyle and into the Play:5 via a Y cable. The sound I hear from the Play:5 is really distorted. It isn't loud but it clips and buzzes as though it is playing at an extraordinarily loud volume. Can anyone help me?
Yes, to all questions. With the Connect, the speakers will need amplification as well, which makes a 5 a more useful alternative if you have use for the extra amp and speaker you get for the additional price for it.
Looking to setup a turntable with a playbar and sub in the future. I assume i can easily set one up with a Sonos Connect, if i do that in another room with wired speakers (attached to the Connect) can i use the wired speakers in that room to stream anything through the app? And in turn could i put on a record in that room and instead listen in the room where i have the playbar and sub? Also is it possible to forego the Connect and just purchase a play5 to plug the turntable into and have it work similarly (hear the album in the room with the play5 or in the room with my playbar and sub). Just looking for some insight to decide if buying a Connect is worth it for this application or if i should pay the extra few hundred and get a play5 out of the deal

Thanks!
If you are going to stop using the Yamaha, you will need to buy a phono preamp stage - a little box compared to the Yamaha - and wire the TT to it as you wire it to the Yamaha today, and wire the outputs of the preamp box - that is suitable to the kind of cartridge on the TT - to the line jack of the 5 unit via an appropriate RCA cable. That Yamaha contains a preamp stage, unlike many modern amps, and unlike the play 5.
First of all, just recieved my 2x Play:1's and my Play:5 today and I'm in love! Spotify works great. But my love is for records! Im currently running a Pro-Ject Essential II Turntable (no built in pre amp) I run it through a 1977 Yamaha CA-610 which is beautiful! How do I connect my play:5 to the Yamaha? I obviously run my turntable into the phono inputs already.. so where do I put the RCA? Im so lost and feel so stupid 😞

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It was the EQ switch for me! I didn't realize it was under the platter. I couldn't get the manual off of Sony's site but found it elsewhere and thats all it was. Appreciate the tips.
Heh. Happy to be of any potential help. I found the manual by googling just the product name, followed by the word "manual" and avoided the whole "Sony turntable" nonsense. Occasionally, my google-fu works, sometimes it doesn't.

And don't forget jgatie's data as well, equally as important as mine. He has much more experience than I do with this, I'm working completely from a theoretical aspect, I'm pretty sure he's done this procedure himself, although perhaps not with that specific turntable.

Enjoy your music!
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Thank you Bruce I will try that! I didnt have the manual and didnt find the correct one online. Appreciate that.
According to the manual online, there is, and it appear to be (if I'm reading it right) underneath the platter, which would need to be removed to see it. Take a look at "assembling the turntable" in the manual. It's literally the first thing that they instruct you to do before putting it together.

But, I guess that's moot now, since you have something working.
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There was no EQ switch on my PS LX250H turntable.
I switched turntables plugged into the Connect and it worked fine, so I am assuming it is the older turntable and that it needs a receiver.
But it is working!
Make sure you are in choosing the Line-in source from the Play:1 screen, not the Connect. The way you set it up, the Connect has no output, only input, so the output has to be from the Play:1s.

Even better, under the Room Settings for the Connect, set the Autoplay Room to the Play:1s. This will automatically play the Line-in over the Play:1s every time the turntable puts out audio.
Looking at the manual online, it does have a pre-amp in it. Have you set the EQ switch to "On"? If it is, then go into the Sonos app, and turn up the Line-In level.
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Hello Everyone
Probably the same question as everyone in this thread. Just not understanding it.
I have two Play 1's
I just purchased the Connect because I want to set up my turntable.
I took the red/white cords from my Sony PS-LX250H turntable and put them into the Line In on the back of the Connect.
I choose Line In on the Sonos app but I can't hear anything. Tried moving cords around on the back of the Connect to no avail. I spoke to Sony and they said that this turntable does have a preamplifier. But maybe it doesnt and that is why I am not hearing sound?
thank you
Welcome to the forums.

The Lenco L-3866 has an integral phono preamp so should connect to Sonos without problem. Make sure that it's plugged into the Line-In jacks on the CONNECT, not the Line-Out. A Line-In source for the CONNECT should appear in the Music menu. Point your Sonos controller at the Play:5 zone and select the CONNECT's Line-In for play.

Once it's working, there are a few tweaks you can do. If the volume level doesn't seem quite right you can go to the Room Settings for your CONNECT and change the Line-In source level adjustment. If you wish you can also configure things such that whenever the turntable Line-In plays Sonos automatically switches the Play:5 to that source, and stops play when the turntable input is silent.

Thanks Ratty, you absolutely saved my life because I thought I'd messed up and bought the wrong CONNECT. I did as you said and bingo...happy days.
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!

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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.
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
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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.
No. A turntable can only be connected to a Sonos with a line-in; a Play:5, Connect, or Connect:Amp.
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
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.
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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 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.
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.
Thanks for the recommendations. Ill make my mind up come the weekend.