The Sonos Connect Player is an excellent companion for any hi-fi equipment. You can play Internet radio stations and online music services such as Spotify, but no computer needed. You can also play audio files stored on PCs and other devices within the home network. It is wireless and simple to configure.
You can manage it from anywhere in the house with a smartphone or tablet. The manufacturer offers free control applications for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices but also for PC and Mac.
You can work with other existing Sonos players’ home multi-room mode. The extension is simple; the users can add new elements to the wireless network with a single touch of SONOSNet.
Technical Specs of Sonos Connect Player
|Dimensions||74 x 136 x 140 mm|
|Play audio from your Home Network||Up to 16 devices (PC or Mac, or NAS devices.)|
|Supported OS: Windows XP SP3 or higher, Mac OS X 10.6 or later, NAS with CIFS|
|Supported Playlists||iTunes, MusicMatch, Rhapsody, Windows Media Player|
|Internet Radio||Compatible with MP3 and WMA transmissions|
|Online Music Services||Spotify, Rhapsody, Amazon Cloud Player, AUPEO, Deezer, iHeartRadio, JUKE, Last.fm, MOG, Pandora, Rdio, Slacker, SiriusXM, Songl, SmartRadio Stitcher, TuneIn, Wolfgang’s Vault and WiMP|
|Connectivity||Stereo audio input, Stereo audio output, Optical Digital Audio Output, Optical Digital Audio output, Two Ethernet ports, SONOSNet.|
|Control Applications||PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Tablets and Android Smartphones|
|Price||455 USD (350 EUR approx.)|
It is a small box with rounded corners and with a base that measures about 14-inches square. The housing is made ??of white polycarbonate and a blue edge tops the lower edges of the box. The up and down buttons are located on the front. There is also located the status indicator, a white LED light that flashes when powering up or connecting to the Sonos system or that it will stay blank when in normal operation. The other button is to mute playback music, which is illuminated with a solid green LED when the sound is muted.
The Sonos Connect is formerly known as ZonePlayer 90 and specially designed for use with an external amplifier and for speakers. Thanks to digital and analog outputs that can work for music in the lounge where the hi-fi or home theater system located. Same goes for enjoying music on a computer or with a pair of powered speakers.
The Sonos Connect Player is designed to work with a hi-fi system or an existing home theater. It can work with any external source, such as a CD player or portable audio player. Simply plug it into the line existing on the rear, input will be detected automatically. Inside the package there are two cables provided that can be used for this task: an audio cable and RCA stereo audio cable for stereo minijack of 3.5-mm.
It supports multiple playlists, which can be made ??with iTunes, MusicMatch, Rhapsody and Windows Media Player. You can play audio files stored on PC or Mac and NAS (network storage systems). It can handle a total of 16 teams (between computers and NAS devices) that are part of the home network. The supported operating systems are Windows XP SP3 or later and Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The NAS must have CIFS (Microsoft Common Internet File System) as a file system.
Another source of entertainment is the music on the Internet, both streaming services and online radio, but no computer needed, however it does require an Internet connection. The Sonos Controller is compatible with various online music services such as Spotify, Rhapsody, Amazon Cloud Player, AUPEO, Deezer, iHeartRadio, JUKE, Last.fm, MOG, Pandora, Rdio, Slacker, SiriusXM, Songl, SmartRadio Stitcher, TuneIn Wolfgang’s Vault or WiMP. It also allows downloads of songs from any site that offers audio files without DRM (copy protection). These services are available in all countries. This team can be accessed directly without a computer and thousands of stations within the Internet. In fact, it is compatible with MP3 and WMA transmissions.
Apart from the input (stereo audio) line the Sonos Connect Player has other connections on the rear panel. There’s an optical digital audio output, one optical digital audio output and a stereo audio output. So the user has three options when connecting to an amplifier or hi-fi equipment. To this we must add two ports of Ethernet. This allows not only the Sonos Connect Player to access the Internet but also to introduce any Ethernet device within the wireless network to SONOSNet. That also applies to dual Ethernet Internet connection to other equipment such as a game console or computer.
SONOSNet is now available in version of 2.0. This wireless technology is owned by the brand, for this thanks to manufacturer that the equipment can play audio streaming wirelessly. It is a network protected with AES (Advanced Encryption Standard). It has the advantage that the scope of the network is no longer limited to the Wi-Fi network at home there. Now it requires that at least one Sonos is connected with an Ethernet cable to your home network.
It is expandable wirelessly. The user can enjoy the capabilities with multi-room teams simply adding Sonos to place them in other rooms of the house. It works with any combination of Sonos products, including players from previous generations and Control Bridge. You can listen to a different song in every room or the same in various parts of the house in a perfect synchronization.
The manufacturer offers several free applications that greatly facilitate the use of the Sonos Connect Player. First your Sonos Controller software is available for the smartphones and tablets. The Android version can be downloaded from Google Play. Through the Apple iTunes Store you can find the corresponding versions for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It used to control the music on the Internet, all players in the house and the computer via the touch screen, from the palm of your hand. For example, the user can see album covers in graphic formats like JPEG, BMP, PNG and GIF.
On the other hand the Sonos Controller free application is also available for PC or Mac. This software facilitates the sharing of the music stored on your home network to share folders on different hard drives on all players. Finally the manufacturer also markets a touch joystick, called Sonos Control which is sold separately.
Sonos Connect Wireless Hi-Fi Player Hands on Review
In short, the Sonos Connect is indicated for those with a hi-fi at home. It’s simple to install. It should be combined with other products from the same brand, so you can get a multi-room music system.