"Permanently" Grouping Speakers that are Always Used Together (Beyond LR Pairs...)


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Its really crazy this has not been considered or even worse has been and then ignored. I have a Playbar and a single rear Play1. Every time I turn on my computer or TV I have to regroup speakers to do anything?

At first I thought it was a bug and updated all firmware and software, but nope this is 'by design'. Nice one!

If you are reading this strange Sonos humans please re-consider this baffling decision or provide us with a workaround :(
Settings->Room Settings->(Playbar room name)->Ungroup on Autoplay = Off.

Not so strange, baffling, or a workaround after all.
Completely agree. Ungroup on Autoplay = solid way to address this request.
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Jay Robinson wrote:

This has got to be the craziest missing feature in the Sonos system. If I were implementing it, I would allow arbitrary groups of speakers to be named, and then treated as a single virtual speaker. List them along with the room speaker names (give them a little "group" indicator icon) and allow them to be selected and volume controlled together, just like any speaker. Why isn't this available? The current primitive controller setup makes my 8-speaker Sonos system frustratingly fiddly.



This is exactly right. Great hardware, great sound, but the lack of this simple and intuitive feature in the controller is maddening. I have 10 speakers around the house, everything but a sub, but I use them in standard groupings. I'm glad to know about the "AutoPlay Off" thing, but would still like to see the ability to create custom groups. It can't be that hard to program.
Wow, can't believe persistent groups are not available. Heard so many great things about Sonos, finally bought several, and can't even do a simple "Upstairs" and "Downstairs" pair of groupings. My wife teaches music in part of the home, and we assumed we'd each be able to safely consistently pick a group before anything starts playing, such as "Studio" for a piano piece for her, and "Non-Studio" for something else for me.

Totally rethinking the purchase, versus waiting for calamity to prove the lack of Sonos capability is truly an issue.
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If you use iOS devices to control Sonos, you may want to take a look at the SonoSequencr app..
pwt wrote:

If you use iOS devices to control Sonos, you may want to take a look at the SonoSequencr app..



It would be great if basic features like this were supported natively in sonos. Using Alexa or voice control should allow you to play whole home audio on your whole home audio system that advertises voice control.
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What’s a shame. I just purchased 16 Amps for whole house audio based on the salesperson telling me this capability was available.

I really enjoy the Sonos app but missing out on this feature removes Sonos from competing in the high end audio market.

We have a large room with high ceilings and 16 ceiling speakers installed. Based on the power consumption of each speaker and Sonos’ own 4-speaker limit I’m using 4 amps for this single room.

The fact that I can’t permantely link each of these zones into a single room group is a dealbreaker.

I guess I’ll be returning the amps and going with my original plan of a multi channel amp with the Connect for Sonos supports.
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Followup: I returned all 16 Amps (sorry Sonos, get your act together) and instead purchased 3 Dayton MA1260 amps with Sonos Connects (no amp) for each unique "Sonos zone" I wanted to create.

These amps are awesome and exactly meet my needs unlike the Sonos amps. They also sound a lot better!

My large room with 16 speakers is now occupying 4 of the 6 zones on 1 Dayton. With 4 speakers wired on each zone in parallel. You can add one Sonos Connect to the "Input 1" and set those 4 zones' source to that input. (there are 2 global inputs or 6 individual zone inputs on the amp so any configuration is possible)

Anytime a Sonos signal comes on (via playing through the app), it will automatically turn on the amp and start playing through all 4 zones (amp zones) but it treats the room like a single "Sonos Zone" called "Family Room".

Volume controls also work via the app. You do need to set your max gain levels on the amp for each zone and then the volume in the Sonos app will max out to match. This is particularly useful for setups with mismatched speakers or speakers further away from others. You can set the gain for each individual channel so that you get an evenly distributed sound for the entire Sonos Zone.

If you're worried about power draw, the Daytons turn off automatically after 15 minutes of no signal. So no need to do anything but use the Sonos app.

Lastly, I can now use Alexa to say "play x in the family room" or "play x at the pool" and it will play on all of the speakers in that Sonos Zone which is actually 4 unique zones and 16 speakers via the amp (for the family room).

Hopefully this helps someone else with this lame Sonos handicap.

-Dylan
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So, is Sonos going to make this happening?
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trintrax wrote:

So, is Sonos going to make this happening?



This is a 4 year old thread....what's your question:? You'd be advised to start your own post with more specifics.

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