Firstly I would like to say I have 0 experience in home audio systems and recently moved into a house with an existing setup. I'm looking to convert the system to sonos so that I can add more speakers and control different zones. The house currently has 10 in wall speakers wired to an onkyo tx-rz630 reciever. None of these are used for a home theater. They are all strictly background music. I can stream through the onkyo from my phone but all the speakers play at once.I would like to be able to have 3 different zones as follows
zone 1- 6 speakers
zone 2- 2 speakers
zone 3- 2 speakers
So I guess my question is which sonos products would I need to buy in order to make this happen. Also how easy is it to set up with this existing system. The onkyo is not plugged into a TV so trying to work on it has been a nightmare.
Thank you in advance for your help
Best answer by AjTrek1
Having all speakers wired to the Onkyo will not allow you to setup separate zones for Sonos. You can bring Sonos into the mix via a Sonos Connect but all speakers would still play the same music. Your options to create separate Sonos zones are:
- Leave Zone 1 connected to the Onkyo with a Sonos Connect
- Purchase two Sonos Amps one for Zone 2 and the other for Zone 3. *
- Each Sonos Amp would power two (2) speakers.
- You may need a professional installer or a knowledgeable friend to help you get all the connections properly setup and centralized.
- Sonos Amp $599 x 2 = $1198
- Sonos Connect x 1 = $349
Just FYI...All routers today will generate a 2.4Ghz and a 5GHz signal. Sonos uses the 2.4Ghz signal as primary but will use the 5Ghz signal when setting up surrounds and/or sub for Home Theater to a Playbar/Playbase/Beam or Sonos Amp. At this point you need not concern yourself with HT.
* There is a possibility you may be able to find a Sonos Connect: Amp or two at a cheaper cost on the internet. The Connect: Amp; although recently discontinued, is the forerunner of the Sonos Amp. However, it is still supported by Sonos.
Feel free to post back with your decision and questions.