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Sonos - CONNECT:AMP 110W Class D Amplifier - White/Gray-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1227 reviews

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Compact and powerful with lots of options

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    SilverJB
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    A few years ago we had speakers installed in the ceiling of most of the rooms in our home as well as outside in the sitting area. Long story short we stopped dealing with the installation company and never finished the project. We went into BestBuy to see what our options were and they recommended Sonos. The configuration they proposed seemed pricey and I just didn't understand why. After it was explained to us that we could the installation in pieces we went ahead with what we called the first installation. Oh my!!!! Why did we wait so long. It is so cool. My first surprise was all the freebies you get from Sonos such as access to many many radio stations. They are nicely grouped by genre. I was also able to play all the music I had purchased in MP3 format over the years as well. The second surprise was being able to run it from almost any smart device. There was no problem running it from multiple devices. I has the technician install Sonos on my laptop and told him I would install it on my other devices. I was able to install it on my Samsung Galaxy 3 phone, the new Samsung Galaxy 4 phone, my Nook tablet and the Samsung Tablet 3.0. We got two controllers and figured out on our own that you could group and quickly ungroup controllers. We opted to have two rooms on one controller and another controller control another room for a total of 3 rooms able to produce sound. This is so we could do indpendent listening but if you were having a party you could group all the controllers and they would play the same music without having to try and individually set each controller. We plan too add more but we can do that in a time frame that works for us. My only negative comment is that it seems from time to time a device can lose it's connection to the controllers. Sometimes you just need to reboot such as a phone and other times you have to just reconnect it which is literally pusing two buttons on the front of the controller. Not sure why it does this but it doesn't bother me. I like things that are easy, straight forward and make my life better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not a well featured AMP

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    Jbass
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    The Sonos Connect Amp did stream from my windows network and spotify etcetera just fine. But the Amplifier is highly lacking in performance and features in my experience. A) it struggled to drive my (refurbished) Marantz HD440 speakers which used to sound glorious when connected to my old Kenwood amp. at full output the volume out of the speakers wasnt even close to what they can put out, and it sounded blah, flat. B) When it came time to adjust the tonality of the amplifier i found that all it had was a Bass slider and a Treble slider under the "Equalizer" settings interface. That aint gonna cut it! each speaker has a different response and will need some tweaking for optimal response. -- Sonos offers an app to adjust tone response for all its products which have speakers, and their justification for not having it in the connect Amp is "it doesnt have speakers". so Sonos is aware that amplifier/speaker combos need tonal adjustment, but not aware that users will be connecting speakers to their Connect Amp? So the flat response of the amplifier, seemingly punchless output and lack of equalizer made this product not fit the bill of being a high end amp. maybe if it were just a power amp fed with a pre-amp. definitely not worth the $ so the Connect Amp has been returned it and will be looking to get just a sonos connect, and an amplifier with multi band equalizer and look at other products.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    5.1 Surround

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    ferjen
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    So, if you have a SONOS SOUND BAR or SOUND BAR and SUB, you CAN achieve 5.1 Surround with non-SONOS speakers using the AMP. https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2248/~/setting-up-connect%3Aamp-as-surround-rears I did not want to use SONOS PLAY:X speakers because of the unsightly power cords and stands, so I went for Yamaha in-ceiling speakers connected with an AMP. The bad news, which I found out after installing the ceiling speakers, is the AMP doesn't have the same antennae as the PLAY:X speakers, so it does not know its connected speakers are surround speakers. This is stupid! And it's the big reason for the lower star rating. One must physically connect the AMP to the SOUND BAR with a CAT 5/6 cable AND connect one SONOS component to a wireless router. My AMP sits in a closet I wired the rear speakers to, so I had to run CAT 6 up the wall, thru the attic, and down the front wall to the SOUND BAR. Then, I had to buy a SONOS BOOST in order to connect to the router which is on the other side of the house. Then I had to set the system up in BOOST mode and change the IP of the AMP to point to the SOUND BAR. BUT, now that it's complete, OMG! The sound is incredible. I ran the Trueplay Tuning with the APP, made some adjustments to the bass, and BOOM. It knocks your socks off. My home theater sounds as good as or better than any commercial theater. And I like that I can set up the App to have separate sound settings for television/movies and music. Metallica never sounded so good in my house!!! Fix the AMP SONOS to not require CAT 5/6 connection, and this thing is a 5 Star product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent audio source for my outdoor speakers.

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    AudioBob
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    The Sonos Amp has been an excellent solution to power my outdoor wired Niles rock speakers. I had been using an old 18 year old Onkyo receiver to power the speakers but it finally gave out. The audio source was my TV output utilizing Dishnet for Sirius and Apple TV for iTunes. I looked at replacing the receiver, but to get decent power for two pairs of speakers I would have to go with a surround sound model which I did not need. The other issue was that whenever we had guests (kids) who wanted to watch TV while others were out by the pool we had to turn the music off. Sonos provided the solution. I can now listen to a much greater variety of music from different sources (Sirius play lists per channel are not as long as you would think) without using the TV as an audio source, stream the music on a separate wifi signal in the house using the Sonos Bridge, control the volume (although I had already installed an outside volume control), and select different music from a variety of sources and devices. The sound quality is very good; better than my 18 year old Onkyo! The main drawback is price. I would love to add more components (play bar for the TV with the subwoofer and a Connect to hook up to my home theater in the basement) but I would have to spend an additional $1,750.00 and that doesn't even include the play bar mount for the wall which costs another $40.00!! That's on top of the $550.00 I already spent! The grand total would be $2,340.00 and I would be getting music in the family room, basement, and outside. For the family room to be able to do true surround sound for home theater, I would still have to spend more for rear speakers... Anyways, great system which I highly recommend...but be prepared to spend some $$$.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Worth The Money

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    smarthomesmartguyjack
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    So, I think the principal behind this device is fantastic... it ties into the Sonos ecosystem allowing for easy control over your home network of music for single and multiroom audio applications. At 500 bucks, the price is excessive. The only benefit to the Sonos ecosystem is that it can be controlled and automated in smart home automation applications. For example, it can tie into a Harmony Hub function that can be activated through the Samsung Smartthings Hub, when you walk into a room, a motion sensor can determine your presence and then activate music playing with other automations. The benefit to this and the Sonos Ecosystem ends there. Most other manufacturers are using DTS PlayFi for multiroom and single room wifi media controlled applications. You can get a DTS PlayFi device (the Klipsch Gate for example) for 70 bucks and use your existing amp to power your speakers and have the same capability as this 500 amp. There is also the Klipsch Gate Amp which goes for the half the price as this and does exactly the same thing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good but lots of room for improvement

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    Quackerbacker
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    Limited connections for input. You have to plug/unplug different devises unless all you want is internet fed content. The power level just makes it on the Amp for my Martin & Logan speakers outside (they are awesome). Any less power and it would be insufficient. A friend plugged in his iPhone and the volume was minimal...could not figure why since volume was on max for both. We just disconnected it. Internet range is mediocre at best. I also bought 2 Play 3 speakers, I really like them. The Sonos Boost Bridge is much, much weaker than reported. I also bought a Connect unit and needed the Boost Bridge. Without the Boost Bridge I would not have a network that works at all despite my new very high end Night Hawk router. The Geek Squad just squeezed out the connection with Boost and I am really surprised that the network isn't more robust or as robust as it seems to be reported on line. I have a large house and good thing I only was covering downstairs or it would never have worked. Just make sure all the devices are not too far away or the signal will be dropped. I do like it and enjoy the Sonos system. I wanted the sound bar to integrate TV audio but was told when you group with other speakers you lose individual speaker volume control, so I returned the sound bar and kept my Bose 135.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use but tricky set up

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    NotTechyGirl
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    I purchased a new receiver and speakers that has dual zones for my house last year. I wanted to use the second zone in my backyard but after a year of trying to figure out how to make it work, I gave up. I considered buying new speakers for my backyard, but my AV guy recommended this Sonos receiver to use with the speakers I have and it works great! It was tricky setting it up—he could not figure out how to get it to play the Playlists from my iPhone and we spent over an hour on the phone with Sonos before we figured out we just needed to select Allow iTunes Music On This Device in the Sonos app (tip if anyone else has this problem!). I have it inside a media cabinet and don’t have any issues with heat (another question I had). Now I can have music in my backyard immediately without going through all the steps I had to do with my dual zone receiver. I am very happy with this purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

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    creativeGC
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    I currently have 3 connect amps, 1 connect, the bridge and a Play 3. Every component is top notch. I don't know why i waited so long to get Sonos. Previously i was "trying" to play sound using the receivers different zones but that was not working out for me at all. Plus i have more zones than the receiver could handle. With Sonos, i can now play the same music from each zone, or group them to whatever combination of zones i want to create. Doing that is so simple with the app, even my not-so-tech-savy wife enjoys turning the music onto her favorite choice. You can play different music on any zone you would like, even from a different source. One thing to mention is that in order to listen to music from speakers that are connected through the reciever in my entertainment center (using the Sonos "Connect"), i have to turn my receiver on to that specific input. I use a Harmony Remote and have that labeled as "Listen to Sonos". Overall awesome product and i'm definitely going to add more Sonos gadgets to the entertainment center in my basement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not a high end amp, but a fantastic system

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    CHE2
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    Love the system, beautiful. Easy set up, great control with apps. I went with the connect amp and am disappointed with the sound quality. Barely drives two bookshelf speakers (high end speakers though), overextends itself beyond 60% and fails to put the oomph and depth into the sound. No weight to the sound. distorts at around 70%. I read 100 reviews and never saw an honest review of the sound quality, so here it is... It is not BAD, but I am sensitive to this and really wanted something that would replace a higher quality component amp/pre and this is not equivalent. Maybe with a powered sub allowing the amp to drive the mids and highs only. Won't possibly trust the Sonos sub now. the Play 3 and 5s should be fine for fill sound in other areas. I wasn't expecting audiophile quality, but surely a specialized audio only company like Sonos could have delivered a better amp. Still like 'the system' anyway.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sonos to the rescue for whole home audio

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    tryfekid
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    I bought a house that has whole home audio. For the longest time, I was looking at non functional in ceiling speakers and loose speaker connections, so I decided to do something about it. I did my initial research online and thought that I had to buy multiple components for a solution. i didn't want to do that so I put my research on hold. Then I revisited and browsed more forums and people were recommending Sonos AMP, an all in one solution! So naturally, my next step is to research the product itself. It got rave reviews and the youtube videos made it more clear that this solution was for me. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. It definitely is an all in one solution in a small package (don't need multiple components). I've had it for a couple of months and it is working great, it has a premium feel, user friendly (passes the non-techy wife test), and the audio is superb. Now I have music from online sources (Spotify, Amazon, Pandora, etc...) pumping throughout the house. This product has my seal of approval!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great AMP for surround speakers

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    Greg2238
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    I have a Sonos Soundbar and Sub installed in my home and was looking to expand to include rear surround speakers, possibly adding two PLAY:3 speakers. However, I had a pair of new, in-the-box, in-ceiling Klipsch speakers that would satisfy the requirement. The room was pre-wired for power and speaker wire so the job was a lot easier. The only downside was the setup. Sonos is typically a straightforward process with Sonos wireless speakers. In this case, it required a little more work. The only problem was the instructions with the Connect:AMP and the ones I found online were somewhat difficult to understand. I ultimately followed the directions found here: https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3319/ and here: https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2248/kw/connect:AMP%20setup Make sure the Sonos Playbar recognizes the Connect:AMP and tune the system to assure you get the best sound quality for the room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to my Sonos System

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    DudeDad
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    I've had a Sonos system for a few years, and added the Connect Amp to power ceiling speakers in my kitchen and living room (I'm using a separate switch box to control volume independently). The amp provides more than enough power to drive each pair of speakers. Like all Sonos products, adding it to an existing system is elementary. Some complain that Sonos is expensive, and say that Apple's airtunes does the same for less (I'm an Apple guy, BTW). One of many advantages of Sonos is that each zone in your house can listen to separate streams (one or more can listen to itunes in their Zones (different music), while another zone is streaming XM, Pandora, Slacker, Last.fm, Spotify or one of hundreds of radio stations from around the globe) -- airtunes is limited to the same stream.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    this product is next level awesome

    Posted
    Brett
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    it is an idiot proof product... the amp works without question... today we are operating in a high quality streaming environment, it is a next level product. the reason is the software interface we never shut it off and it is adjustable when changing from TV movies to streaming music to local radio to same channel TV in all rooms with one or multiple volume controls.... i highly recommend this is the greatest thing since HD and 4K you can build your system ... FYI think big on your pre-wire you WILL use everything you thought just might be nice.. let me help you with your design.... put speaker sound bar combinations everywhere.... if in doubt add more.... my wife has me in sonos therapy.... FYI sonos is therapy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great device

    Posted
    Jerry
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    I purchased this to power a pair of patio speakers that had previously been connected as zone 2 to a complex receiver that my family could not reliably operate. As long as you pay attention to the ohm rating of the speakers, you can attach two pairs by bi-wiring them. The app installed on my iPad and iPhone and setup was easy and quick. I stream from Tidal, Spotify, and my iTunes library on my phone. If your network setup is "clean", the guided instructions will work well. I have a combination of wired ethernet hubs and wireless extenders. The device is connected to a wired hub and is controlled wirelessly from my mobile devices wherever I am in a large house. Performance is flawless and reliable. If your network arrangement is less than optimal, you may have to correct that before you can take full advantage of this fantastic system. I added the Connect hub to my primary audio location in the house to have my Tidal streaming through an audiophile level system and the performance is equally excellent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good product, good experience

    Posted
    Newtonian
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    I bought the SONOS ConnectAmp and the SONOS Bridge to bring us into the era of digital media while taking advantage of some very good speakers that we had not used in quite a while. We didn't have any SONOS equipment before this, so we were setting up the SONOS network from scratch. Setup was easy, and the sound quality is very nice. The convenience of browsing through our music and adding to or changing a queue is excellent. The ConnectAmp is small enough that it just sits on top of one of the speakers, but powerful enough that we would not want any more volume. We play classical, jazz and popular music from CD's that I have loaded onto our computer's hard drive via iTunes (with settings to favor quality over compression), songs purchased through iTunes, and music purchased online from other sources. I had to buy cables to connect the speakers. The Best Buy shipment arrived in good condition and was fairly timely given that we were having blizzards at the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great way to Use Existing Speakers with SONOS

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    ChipAhoy
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    I purchased this SONOS Connect:AMP so I could use a pair of existing external patio speakers with my SONOS system. I connected the speakers out in my workshop so I could listen to SONOS while woodworking and puttering. I wish this item wasn't as expensive as it is. Still, it is an excellent way to keep and use quality speakers purchased for other systems. For example, in addition to these patio speakers, I also had a pair of Klipsch bookshelf speakers I used as surround speakers for my old surround system (I now have a SONOS system). These old speakers now are providing excellent, rich, stereo sound in my study. So in these cases, purchasing a Connect:AMP was less expensive than purchasing two commensurate SONOS speakers for the study or patio. In that way, the Connect:AMP does provide value at a lower total cost (excluding the "sunk" cost of existing speakers).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great product

    Posted
    truscica
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    This product was necessary for me as I was changing my sound system from a receiver to a Sonos Soundbar, yet I still wanted surround sound and although Sonos has unlimited speakers in several sizes that you can plug in any room and get music, the same as u r playing in one room or something entirely different. However in my case my apt was wired in the wall for my surround sound in the back ceiling where I cannot plug in a Sonos speaker, so this product allowed me to keep my 2 bose back speakers by plugging in the wires to it. So I still have surround sound as the Sonos sound bar acts as the 3 front speakers and of course it comes with a sub woofer. So I am all set and happy. The only issue at all is if I am not playing the TV or a DVD the back speakers will not work if I am solely using the Sonos system for music (but if the back speakers were Sonos they would in fact play). But the sound is really good anyway, so it is a non issue for me!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

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    Amyb
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    I absolutely love my Sonos! I'm doing a kitchen remodel and decided ceiling speakers and music would be amazing. It is amazing and the sound is great. I love that there are so many sources of music! I did some research online and went to Best Buy. The first guy that helped me told me that I needed one of these Sonos boxes for every two speakers. He also said I would need to spend $500 on having it programmed. Actually, if your speakers have the correct number olms (sp?) then the Sonos box can handle 4 speakers. I bought 4 speakers, one box and it's incredible. Also, you do not need to pay Best Buy for programming. It's an app on the phone- simple to set up. So I've just saved you $1,000 and me too! So glad I bought it! I listen to my phone, Pandora, radio stations and more! Amazing!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for Integrating Old Speakers into Sonos

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    RaleighonGoogleFiber
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    Although pricey, the unit has performed well so far. Very easy to connect existing speakers to the unit, which then connects them to Sonos. However, when these speakers are connected to the Sonos Amp, they do not show up as an individual "zone"... so you can't play Sonos on just those speakers... without a workaround. The workaround is to group those speakers with another zone (e.g. Den + Deck) and then turn down the volume on the zone you're not targeting. Wish I would have known this before buying, but the product does work. I've read that the new version corrects this, but am not 100% sure.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brought my Bose speakers back to life

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    MusicLover
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    I had two sets of in-wall Bose Cube speakers that, with changing technology and streaming options, were no longer being used. After getting the Sonos Sound Bar, Sonos One and Sonos sub woofer, I decided to put those Bose bad babies back to use. The Sonos Connect Amp was perfect for integrating them into my music system. The Connect Amp is hooked up to a switcher so it allows me to switch between the two sets of Bose speakers from a single amp. Through the Sonos App, I can control all the speakers (Sonos and Bose) individually or grouped, allowing me to pipe music throughout the house from a single access point. I am very pleased with being able use the Bose speakers again.

    I would recommend this to a friend