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Sonos - CONNECT Wireless Streaming Music Stereo Component - White

Sonos Connect: Add new features to your old stereo or home theater equipment; use this Sonos Connect component to integrate your external amplifier, receiver or powered speaker into a wireless audio system.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • CONNECT Wireless Streaming Music Stereo Component
    • Owner's manual
    • Power cord, flat Ethernet cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1180 out of 1210)

    Features


    Transform your current stereo

    Integrate your home theater system or other audio devices with Sonos wireless stereo music players in your home to create a multiroom audio experience.

    Wireless connectivity

    Android and iOS devices connect to your Sonos wireless stereo system through your home Wi-Fi network.

    With wireless streaming, the Sonos Connect lets you access all the music you love in one place

    Enjoy your music library, radio stations and online services through a single app.

    Compatible with Apple Music

    Gain access to over 30 million songs and let experts handpick music you'll love based on what you listen to.

    Receive the best sound settings

    Customize sound performance for each space with room-specific bass, treble, balance and loudness controls.

    Control your music from the palm of your hand

    Download the free Sonos Controller app on your compatible smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac to search for songs and stations, choose music and control the volume.

    Schedule when a playlist begins

    Wake yourself up with an alarm set to your favorite music or Internet radio, and schedule when and for how long music plays for a workout.

    Simple setup

    Attach your wired speakers (sold separately) to the Sonos Connect, which connects wirelessly to your home Wi-Fi network. The free Sonos Controller app lets you control them all from a connected device like a smartphone or tablet.

    Additional ports

    Analog output. Optical output. Coaxial digital audio output.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1210 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Stream Sonos content over an existing stereo.

      Posted
      Rbartz
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This device allows you to stream Sonos content over an existing stereo system. It also allows you to add an external music source to Sonos via analog RCA stereo inputs. I had no trouble adding the Connect to my existing Sonos Network which consists of a Bridge, Play1, Play3, and Play5. I use a Bridge for two reasons, to activate SonosNet and to activate the Ethernet ports on my players for use as web enabled uplink ports. Plugging an Ethernet cable into one of your players will accomplish the same thing and eliminate the need for a Bridge, but that was not an option for me. If you plan to use a Sonos uplink port it is advisable to use a standard CAT5 or CAT5e network cable with your third party device rather than the flat Ethernet cable that Sonos provides. I'm using an AirPort Express for AirPlay into my Play5 and the AirPort will not maintain a consistent network connection with a Sonos flat Ethernet cable connected to the Play5’s uplink port. The AirPort maintains a perfect connection with a CAT5 cable connected to the same uplink port. I am sending audio to my existing stereo via the RCA analog output ports on the Connect and it sounds good. The D/A converter in the Connect seems to be of acceptable quality. You also have the option of bypassing the D/A converter by using either the optical or coax digital outputs, but that was not an option for my existing stereo setup. I'm happy with the system's performance but I am deducting 1 star for the device’s white color and high price. I swapped the included white cables for black cables but the Connect still looks odd sitting in a cabinet with all black stereo equipment. I also think this device should sell for around $150, the current price of $350 is too high for what you get. To be honest, the only Sonos product that I feel is a good value is the $199 Play1. The other components are very expensive for what you get.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Brings in your older system!

      Posted
      DCsound
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought the Connect to incorporate my existing A/V system (a traditional receiver with two speakers and a subwoofer, connected to a 300-disc CD changer, Blu-ray player, 5-disc DVD carousel, and the "cable box") into my Sonos speaker system. This permits me to now listen to my music library from the A/V system (CDs, DVDs, music channels from the cable box) on the existing A/V system's speakers AND on any of the Sonos speakers I now have throughout the house. This is great because before I was limited to listening to my large collection of CDs in just one room where my CD changer and A/V setup was located. I had been looking for a wireless speaker system, but Sonos is like manna from heaven because it is so much more than a simple wireless speaker system! So, I got exactly what I wanted for a wireless solution to extend my A/V system, but also everything that Sonos offers (its universe of music stations/selections, including your Pandora and other similar accounts). Two things you want to make sure you understand before you get the Connect, however: 1) that you will actually be able to plug it into your A/V system in a way that lets you listen to whatever you want to through your A/V system. For example, your receiver will need an available line-out connection to push music into the Connect and to all of the Sonos speakers, AND you will need an available line-in connection to be able to use your A/V's speakers as part of the whole system (the latter is not required for functionality if you don't care about using it this way); and 2) the connect cannot actually control your A/V receiver or components - for example, I have to physically push play on my CD changer to start it up and the A/V receiver has to be configured properly for the components sound to be routed to the line-out connection going to the Connect. For these reasons, I strongly recommend you thoroughly review Sonos' online manual and its set-up descriptions to make sure it will work with your system the way you want it to. Overall, a great product!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Incredible feat of design and engineering!

      Posted
      dc336

      What an incredible feat of design and engineering. Kudos to Sonos! I am in music heaven, with my on line music collection, Pandora, and a whole world of free internet radio at my fingertips. I'm rediscovering many parts of my own music collection, as well discovering new music and artists throughout the world. Today I'm exploring ethnic music stations in Zambia! Everything about this system - hardware and software, exudes quality and aesthetics. Other than glancing at the easy 4 step setup instructions, I never had to pick up the instruction manual once. Everything just worked! And the controller software is very intuitive and easy to use, with a nice clean and logical design. I have a ZoneBridge connected to my router upstairs, and a ZonePlayer 90 connected to my surround sound system in my media room. It's such a trip to be sitting in front of my sound system, queuing up songs, creating playlists, and browsing a world of radio, all with my net book. It's great to have all my music sources integrated into one interface. The music coming out of my sound system instantly responds to my commands - play, stop, pause, skip to another track, mute, un-mute, change internet radio stations, listen to Pandora, etc, etc. And if I don't happen to have my net book handy, I can perform all the functions with my Android smart phone. Among the nice touches in design and engineering is that when you bring a zone out of mute, it ramps up the volume, rather than sending a spike of jarring sound through your system. Also, when you start up the controller interface on a different computer or smart phone, it is instantly synced with whatever your Sonos system is doing/playing at the time (as set by another instance of the controller). There are many little pleasant surprises like this. It's hard to explain the experience of this system. If you enjoy listening to music, don't walk, RUN to purchase a Sonos system.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Don't hesitate to buy this device...

      Posted
      Carhartt50
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Okay. I have a new hifi setup in my home office. I wanted to steam audio to it from my hifi subscription service, Tidal. I tried my old Apple TV, AirPlay, an iPad mini, and an optical audio cable. Sure it worked. But if you are listening to hifi and you are willing to pay for a streaming service that gives you FLAC lossless audio, then you don't want to hear clips in the audio....even if they are only occasional. Also, my Sony amp seemed to be getting a weaker signal via the Apple TV. Just seemed like the output into the amp was weak and required me to crank up the volume more than with other devices connected via analog inputs. In walks Sonos. This device was so easy to setup. Did it all via my iPhone. Using the same network, same optical audio cable, and the difference is like night and day. No clipping in the audio...ever. No need to crank up the volume to get a reasonable output from my Sony amp and KEF speakers. As for sound quality...through Tidal...it's incredible. Like listening to CDs! I also have Spotify (at least temporarily) and it works great as well. Pandora free radio is a nice addition to your pay-to-play services as well. As for the apps...I can speak only to the iOS and Windows 10 apps. Both are simple to use with a very clean and well thought design. They have worked flawlessly. Best part of Sonos beyond the things mentioned already: You can turn off your phone, your pc, your whatever you were using to select the music you were listening to, and Sonos just keeps on playing until you tell it to stop. Kick off a playlist and let it go all day. This is one of the best tech device purchases I have made! Can't go wrong here if you love music. As always, BestBuy price was the same as the leading internet vendors. Note: I would like to control via Amazon Echo (that will come soon), and I would like to be able to listen to Audible.com books. That is in the works as well. But right now, these two things are drawbacks for Amazon patrons. You can use your Amazon Music audio subscription as you would any others.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Works as expected but check your stereo receiver.

      Posted
      greybush
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Sonos works great as always. This let's me stream music to my sonos speakers and my living room surround sound as well. It also lets me stream/cast my local FM radio to other sonos speakers around the house. It will let you stream any audio to other sonos that can be plugged into RCA inputs. I was originally hoping to also be able to send my tv sound to other speakers with this but can't. This isn't a shortcoming of the connect but of my stereo. The connect only has RCA inputs; one red and white connection for L & R stereo sound. My tv/ cable box is hooked up with HDMI to my receiver and won't down convert a digital signal (HDMI) to analog (RCA outputs) through my zone two pre-outs. It will play it through Zone 2 speakers that are hooked up with regular speaker connections but not through the pre-outs the connect uses. I have a pioneer elite receiver and apparently pioneer doesn't do it on any of their receivers but maybe there highest end one. I guess this is more common on newer receivers so if you were planning on this for tv you will want to double check your receiver. The two digital ports on the back of the Connect (Coax and Optical) are for outputs only. If you receiver doesn't down convert HDMI, you will either need a sonos playbar or playbase with optical inputs OR a tv 3.5mm out plugged into another sonos speakers with the 3.5mm input to cast live tv.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good at what it does but overpriced.

      Posted
      Juri
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      The product as advertised is very satisfying as to performance. It does seem to have some very minor glitches, like brief lack of volume control among devices playing simultaneously (I have 2 Play:1s and 2 Play:3s) but I give it the benefit of the doubt since this issue can be related to home Wi-Fi instability, maybe not so much the application itself. Other than that, it does exactly what Sonos describes. In that respect, I'd give it 5 stars but I cannot overlook the fact that at $350.00 dollars (+ taxes) it should have more features, at least one optical audio in with a nice DAC, for instance. And the capacity to create a 5.1 system would have made this a killer interface. I use the Connect with a separate DAC to have the sound of my TV play through the Sonos speakers, and the sound is fantastic. Stereo is the only mode, of course, that's why I lament so much Sonos' neglect to include an optical-In option with 5.1 capability. But the Connect's limitation should not surprise an informed customer who knows what he/she is getting. You can get 5.1 by adding other Connects to route Center/Left/Right surround channels from your own DAC...and that will leave you with a + or - $2,000.00 audio system. So...is it worth?

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Does the job..

      Posted
      Chaz
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The Sonos Connect does what I was hoping it would - integrate a stereo analogue line-level audio signal into the digital wireless multi-room system as well as through line level analogue outputs which allow playing through a standard stereo amp or powered speakers. The system introduces a 70 millisecond delay which ensures that the audio playing through said outputs will be in synch with the other speakers in the system, preventing any latency-echo between rooms. (Potential purchasers who might wish to use this system for live sound of any sort should bear this delay in mind..) My one beef with this system is that it won't function without the Sonos app being engaged every time you want to play music, which has to be set up again every time. I deducted one star for that and one more because the app just held me hostage without warning to an update which hijacked my access to the system for more than "a few minutes", then mysteriously granted me the use of itself again after making me wait for a password reset email which still hasn't come.. Not fun when I just want to play a record!!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Easiest and Coolest

      Posted
      MikeJr85

      So many technological gadgets advertise how easy and simple it is to use their product, but then when you get them, there often are glitches that need to be worked out. This was as advertised. You literally just plug this into your network, and next thing you know, you are listening to music. One of the packages allow you to also buy the Sonos Controller, which is an expensive, and unnecessary controller. If you have an ITouch ipod, a free application turns your ITouch into the controller. If you don't have an ITouch, use this as a chance to buy one because the ITouch is cheaper than the Sonos controller, works exactly the same, and also gives you an ITouch ipod to take with you wherever you go. If others in your family have ITouch Ipods as well, you can immediately link all of them to the Sonos system, in essence, giving you numerous controllers. If you buy a 2nd Zone player, or another type of Sonos player, as I did, the ease to add this to your existing system is literally, again, as easy as pushing two buttons, and you are now listening wirelessly throughout your house.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about reliability, usability, size and design. Editors are less positive about price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 89/100 = Very good quality.
    • CNETRating, 4 out of 5Ty Pendlebury on September 28, 2012
      Sonos Connect delivers effortless audio streaming
      Sonos Connect brings the company's full panoply of streaming audio services to any stereo or hi-fi system.Full Review
    • CNETRating, 4 out of 5September 28, 2012
      Sonos ZonePlayer ZP90
      Design While most of the media streamers available today are no larger than a drink coaster in platform shoes, the Sonos Connect is one of the larger options. It measures 2.91 inches high and is roughly square at 5.35 inches wide and 5.51 inchesFull Review




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