I have recently started to replace my old Denon amp and floor standing speakers with Sonos. Bought 2 Sonos Fives and configured them as stereo pair and it has been working well, better than the floor standing speakers. My intention is to retire these speakers and only use Fives. Next I wanted to connect my Sony tv to Sonos and also use existing non Sonos sub (Ken Kreisel) so I bought Sonos Amp to connect the sub and TV through HDMI. However I realised during the set up that I can’t add Sonos speakers as front stereo. I understand Amp is supposed to help with the traditional speaker set up but it wasn’t obvious anywhere I won’t be able to add the Fives as a front pair or even to the same room. The latter could have solved some part of the issue I am facing.
As a workaround I have done the following:
- TV is connected to Amp through HDMI. Amp is configured to connect to floor standing speakers but I have left them disconnected.
- TV headphone out is connected to line in of the Fives.
This works but not ideal because I have to select two rooms (Sonos group is not recognised as speakers in Apple Music and other apps, only Sonos app) and HDMI signal auto turn on works for the sub but not the Fives.
Is there any other alternative option?
Best answer by GuitarSuperstar
The Sonos Fives weren’t designed to be used as front channel home theater speakers. And, unfortunately, you have chosen the wrong combination of Sonos devices and speakers to create a home theater setup that you will be happy with.
With your existing equipment, your best option is to continue to use your old floor standing speakers as the two front channel speakers along with your old sub both connected to the Sonos Amp. Then move your two Fives to the rear of the room and connect them to the Amp as surround speakers.