I’m sure I’m not alone in having to juggle with integrating Sonos and historic AV equipment....
In the last year or so I have bought two Play 3’s - for the kitchen and dining room. They’ve done the job brilliantly.
In my lounge I have the following setup: an old 42” Panasonic plasma TV connected to a Denon AVR-2312 - with B&W left, right and centre speakers. This setup works perfectly when watching TV - the sound when watching movies etc is amazing, even without a sub.
The problem I have is when I want to listen to music. My Denon AVR no longer connects to my router - so I can’t stream music directly from my iPhone or Mac. The USB connection on the front of the AVR is also now not working! Research tells me these issues are not uncommon with Denon AVRs. At the moment, I connect an old Apple TV to my AVR and use Airplay. This works - but isn’t as slick as it should be!
Yesterday, I decided to experiment and moved my two Play 3’s to my lounge and set them up as a stereo pair. Wow…. they sound fantastic!! I don’t want this to be a permanent setup as it means I’ve got effectively 5 speakers all lined up in a row!! So I’m looking at other options - more Sonos gear - which currently is looking like:
1. Buy a Connect to connect to my Denon AVR so I can utilise existing speakers in the lounge. I can then move my Play 3’s back to their original positions.
2. Move to a full on Sonos setup i.e. sell my Denon/B&W setup and buy a Playbar. I’m guessing that the sound from the Playbar might not be as full/deep when watching movies etc compared to my current setup if I didn’t get a Sonos sub at this stage? Also, how would listening to music on the Playbar compare to the two Play 3’s I’m listening to at the moment?
3. I guess I could also get two Play 1’s for music in the lounge. Yes, I’d still have the 5 speaker arrangement - but at least the Play 1’s would be more discreet. But would I be happy with the sound from the Play 1’s???
Any thoughts/suggestions welcomed. I have a Richer Sounds not far from me. Is it relatively easy to buy from them and then if I decide I’ve chosen the wrong option, to return under the 100 day policy??
Best answer by Kumar
And you can wire the turntable to the inputs on the Connect too, all you may need is a phono preamp between the TT and the Connect to supply the kind/level of signal that the Connect will need.