I’m new to Sonos and I’m looking to replace my existing TV/surround and Music systems that currently sit at opposite ends of a long lounge. I have found a few threads that give partial answers to my questions so apologies for any repetition here!
I want to be able to keep my CD and Turntable set up but reduce the footprint (and wires!) that accompany my existing kit (see below for list of all components). My overall questions is this: Would a Sonos amp, beam, sub and a pair of ones effectively solve my problem?
I have a couple of decent Q-Acoustic book shelf speakers. Am I right in thinking the set up above IN ADDITION to these speakers would provide surround sound ? E.g. Would the beam provide the centre channel audio and the Q-Acoustics the front left and right channels? If not could the bookshelf speakers be used for music playback only and the beam for surround (providing all three front channels)?
I notice the Sonos amp has just one analogue input. This would be fine for the turntable but how would the CD be connected? My TV has HDMI ARC so could the CD essentially play through the TV, and if so would the TV need to be turned on?
As an aside, I’m considering getting a universal disc player (possibly the Cambridge Audio CXUHD) to replace my current CD and Blu-ray Player so would this allow me to play CDs via the HDMI Arc input on the amp?
Last question: I’ve got a Wharfdale Sub connected as part of my existing surround set up. Would this need replacing with a Sonos sub to function as part of the surround set up?
If there’s a simpler solution to what I’m suggesting above please feel free to let me know!
Thanks in advance,
Cambridge Audio CD player
Braun Turntable with Pre-Amp
LG 4K TV
Denon AVR 1910 Surround Amp
Sony Blu-ray Player
Various Q-Acoustic speakers for front, centre and rear channels.
Best answer by AjTrek1
Here are my answers to your questions. I hope they help to clarify things. As always feel free to post back. Cheers!
For OTA/Cable programming the phantom vs a dedicated center channel acoustic differences may not be that pronounced. You having lived with a dedicated center channel when watching DVD/Blu-Ray discs may notice a slight dip in "Punch". A person who has never listened to a dedicated center channel would probably find a phantom center channel an improvement for all programming. 1 meter L/R placement should be find for all sources. In the end it all comes down to what you like.
Yes, via the dedicated line-out on the Sonos Amp (Option 2).
That depends upon if you want to keep your TT in the mix. Your options are (1) keep the Denon AVR with TT and CD player attached and purchase a Sonos Connect to send audio to the Beam. (2) ditch the Denon AVR and TT.
Note: When using Play 1's , Sonos One's or Play 5's as surround speakers they can be set to automatically switch from surround mode to FULL speaker mode (when playing music) as a stereo pair via the Sonos app. You also when in FULL speaker mode via the Sonos app have the ability to control the volume independently of the Beam, Playbar or Playbase.
Play 5's as surrounds IMO are only necessary if as surrounds they are in a very large space and mounted a significant distance behind the seating area. Otherwise, Play 5's as surrounds are overkill.
Sonos also offers a feature in the Sonos app called TruePlay that will tune Sonos speakers to the room environment. TruePlay requires that the Sonos app be installed on an iOS device as Android is not compatible with TruePlay.