surround sound speakers and airplay 2

  • 21 November 2021
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I brought a Sonos one to add airplay 2 to my system, only to find that it would then not pair as a stereo pair to a Sonos 1. So I then brought a second one so I could get a stereo pair to use as surround sound. 
but now because there used as surround sound I get no option to use them as airplay 2. 
what the hell is wrong with Sonos. What is the point of disabling airplay when speakers are used as surround sound. 
Listen to music how you like is now what’s happening anymore. 
sonos sort this out and allow tv and music to be on separate apps. 


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This is for technical reasons.  Not, as you seem to believe, Sonos deliberately and gratuitously spoiling the customer experience.  Surround speakers connect to the Sonos system in a completely different way from when acting as main speakers.  They are satellites / slaves of the main HT speaker and all the audio processing is done by that speaker.

This is also why the line in on a Connect:Amp, Amp, Play:5 gen2 or Five is unavailable when the speakers are connected as surrounds.  Ditto the wired subwoofer connections on the C:A and Amp.

This isn’t going to change.

The app is just a remote control.  How you think separate apps for TV and music would help in any way is hard to fathom.

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A separate app for tv and music. The way I listen to music is not how I listen to my TV. Sonos can’t distinguish between a music album or a tv program. 
a sort of preset would work. But there is nothing like that in Sonos. 

A separate app for tv and music. The way I listen to music is not how I listen to my TV. Sonos can’t distinguish between a music album or a tv program. 
a sort of preset would work. But there is nothing like that in Sonos. 

Presets might well be convenient in themselves, but would not instantly change the nature of the connection configuration between HT speaker and surrounds.  Any preset would have to reconfigure that connection every time the type of use changed.  In effect, it would have to remove the speakers as surrounds to make them a separate ‘room’.  A preset might be a little more convenient, but would not be instant.

I can understand your frustration given what you were trying to do, but there is no way to make Airplay work to speakers that are bonded to a HT speaker.  With the benefit of hindsight, a used Play:1 for a second surround and a Sonos One (or Roam?) to bring in Airplay would have given you a good result.

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It does seem a little bit of reading up on things could have helped prevent some disappointment here. The fact that One’s do not pair with Play:1’s to a stereo pair and the fact that you lose AirPlay capability when using a One as surround are both well published.

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