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CNET editors' review
price range: $493.99 - $499.99
- Reviewed by: Ty Pendlebury
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 09/17/2012
The good: The Sonos Connect:Amp is an excellent all-in-one digital music system that offers superb sound quality. It gives you access to nearly any cloud music service (Pandora, Spotify, Amazon, Rhapsody, and so forth) using any iOS device or Android smartphone as a remote. The Connect:Amp has a line-in, which is particularly useful for connecting a TV or DVD player.
The bad: You'll need to have separate speakers and a tablet or smartphone. The Sonos Connect:Amp doesn't support iTunes Match. While it can wirelessly interact with other Sonos products, you'll need a hard-wired connection or the $49 wireless Sonos Bridge accessory if it's your only Sonos component.
The bottom line: The Sonos Connect:Amp is an excellent streaming-audio solution for sound-quality sticklers who prefer to supply their own speakers.
Good - but with sound quality limitations
by Kevin-KC on September 14, 2013
Pros: Very easy setup
Sound quality is pretty good
Connect Amp works very well
Cons: Sound quality average when compared to same price range
Summary: I have purchased the Play 5 speaker for our bedroom, the Connect Amp for the kitchen to replace a micro system (so used the good quality speakers I had on ...
Summary: I have purchased the Play 5 speaker for our bedroom, the Connect Amp for the kitchen to replace a micro system (so used the good quality speakers I had on that), a Connect to link to my hifi system in the lounge, and finally a bridge to connect to my broadband. We control the system via our Samsung Tablet or our android phones which works great. Have even had some fun when the wife went downstairs to make a cuppa for us both and return to bed early one morning, and I slapped on a heavy rock track at a loud volume in the kitchen while I remained in bed! She got her own back by putting on Donny Osmond in the bedroom where I was - and so the Sonos wars were born as we retaliated in trying to play an even worse track in the room the other person was in!Edit:
Setup, very easy to do, even updating to the latest release of software was very easy. The Play 5 speaker in the bedroom works well, giving us our weekday music alarm in the morning. Sound quality is pretty good although booms alittle bit due to being close to the wall. Only complaint here is that it is a mono speaker! With that size case and the price tag I would have expected to get stereo. I cannot compare the Play 3 as I have not heard it. I would give this individual unit 4 out of 5, where the point was lost for being mono and sound quality average if compared to a sound system of similar cost of $350
The Connect Amp works very well, and because of the speakers we have full stereo from separated speakers and good sound quality. Not cheap bearing in mind it is basically just a small amp with the wireless mesh system, but it does work well. Being able to slap any music I want while cooking where before I would go to the lounge to hunt down the CD I was after! I would score this unit 4.5 out of 5.
The Connect, which I have connected to my hifi system was quite a disappointment. I do have a high end hifi system with a very good CD player, amp and speakers. I appreciate that MP3s etc are not able to carry the sound quality of a CD because they do not encode the full audio range (which is why I still always buy CDs and never downloads) but when I put on a song that I know well the drop in sound quality was astonishing and disappointing. The sound was flat and lacked the depth and clarity of the CD. The crispness of the top end (for example high hat of the drums) was missing, instead delivering a much softer almost slightly muffled sound. The low end was also lacking, missing out the depth and the atmosphere that is normally present. It seemed to lack the definition and the punch.
I suspect that I will only use this unit for when friends are around, dinner parties etc where the convenience of queuing up a whole evening of music or passing the phone around to allow people to choose some tracks for themselves as opposed to changing CDs every hour. I would not use this to sit down and listen to music, I will continue to use the CD player for this as it is delivering so much more. The Connect would be fine if just connected to a low end hifi system or the type you would by in a departmental store, but not if you are expecting it to make full use of a system purchased from a hifi specialist. For this reason, I can only give this unit 3 out of 5.
In summary - the system works well and is great for being able to select whatever music you want and playing it where you want. As I encode every CD I buy anyway it means that I immediately had a massive collection for the Sonos to work with. Operating is very easy via either your PC, or smartphones / tablets (but do not think there is a blackberry version at present). Even my wife operates it without any problems, and she is not that technology minded bless her!! I love the system and its convenience.
However, sound quality wise the system is limited. The sound quality is good if you compare it to sound systems of $400-$500, but it is not able to provide a high end sound source if you have a good quality hifi system. To be fair the limitation may be because of the encoded audio files - in the same way that if you plug an ipod into a good hifi system it cannot reproduce the sound quality.
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Updated on Dec 29, 2013
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5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
SONOS Is Simply Amazing!
by Jerry-Graves on October 28, 2011
Pros: + Super easy to setup
+ Easy to use and is very functional
+ Sleep and alarm clock features
+ Touchscreen controller is great
+ SONOS wireless network works very well
+ Access to music is easy
Cons: - I wish the contoller batteries lasted longer when out of the cradle
Summary: When we built our house, we installed speakers throughout (~45 speakers counting indoors and outdoors), but (long story short) we never setup a sound system. So, we've had these ...
Summary: When we built our house, we installed speakers throughout (~45 speakers counting indoors and outdoors), but (long story short) we never setup a sound system. So, we've had these speakers in the ceiling with nothing coming through them. I've wanted to setup whole house audio for a long time, but wasn't sure what to use. I'm the type that researches and researches before I buy, and I've been researching this for a couple years, but I couldn't get comfortable with a solution. I've looked at SONOS a couple times, but just wasn't sure. I finally pulled the trigger and bought SONOS. To give you some background on my house, it's a 2-story with about 5,000 SF of conditioned space. I have a central closet with all my phone, TV, network/Internet and other communications wiring. I've heard so many concerns about setting up SONOS with a central closet such as mine, but it's really worked out great. I initially thought about trying to minimize the number of SONOS ZP120 units (to save money) by utilizing other amplifiers and volume controllers and I'm so glad I didn't do that. It was a little more expensive to have SONOS everything, because it resulted in more SONOS zones (i.e., more SONOS ZP120s), but I have no regrets. It's really just amazing how easy this is to use, how much music you have access to, and how well everything works together.
We setup 12 zones. 11 of the zones are ZP120 and one zone is an S5. The 11 ZP120s are in the central closet. The S5 is in the study and I also put a ZP90 wireless bridge upstairs near an outside wall to extend the wireless signal (to the upstairs and the outdoors). I have 5 CR200 controllers (we keep one in the kitchen area, the bedroom, the study, and each of my kids has one that they keep in their bedrooms (both kids are under 10 yrs old and they have no trouble using SONOS)). Each of their bedrooms is a separate zone so they can control their own music.
SONOS changed our lives. My wife thought I was crazy installing SONOS, but she's told me on several occasions that she really likes SONOS and loves having music in the house. My kids are also enjoying it. The TV now spends more time 'off' and the SONOS replaces it with music. How many times do you have the TV on in your house for 'background noise'? Yep, that's what we used to do. We now listen to music in the morning, afternoon, during dinner, etc. It's great. We primarily use SONOS to stream Pandora (Pandora Basic comes built into SONOS). I was introduced to Pandora through SONOS and it's just great. Everyone in the family has separate Pandora 'lists' so we can each listen to our own music.
The reason I like SONOS so much: (1) the time from arrival to setup is very short (it's super easy to setup), (2) it's easy to use and is very functional (my young kids use it), the linking and separating of zones is simple and you can transfer your music from one zone to another (by going into Zone Group for the zone that's currently playing the music you want to transfer, selecting the zone your going to (e.g., Kitchen) and de-selecting the zone you're in (e.g., Study)), (3) the sleep and alarm clock features (you can fall asleep to music and wake to music or a SONOS chime) (4) the touchscreen controller is great, (5) the SONOS wireless network works very well, and it's easy to extend the network with a ZP90 wireless bridge if you need additional coverage, (6) the access to music is easy (Pandora, music stored on your hard drive, local radio, etc.), (7) SONOS' ability to modify the administrative settings on your PC or firewall on the fly to make everything work (it prompts you for permission before doing this), (8) it's easy to add additional SONOS components and you can rename them to what you want (e.g., I renamed the standard SONOS 'Bedroom' to include my kids names), (9) the 'crossfade' option so you can have the next song start just before the prior song finishes to create continuous music (not sure if this only works in Pandora, but you can disable this feature if you don't like it).
I simply can't say enough about this product. It has surpassed my expectations. We've gone from a house with 45 speakers doing nothing, to a house brimming with music and a family (including young kids) enjoying music.
If there are two things I wish were different they are: I wish it were less expensive ( but I honestly I wish everything were less expensive - SONOS is a good value for what you get and if you will buy this ZP120 I suggest you have to check for best deal before you decide at: sites.google.com/site/musicplayerdeals/sonos-zoneplayer-120 ), and I wish the contoller batteries lasted longer when out of the cradle (but I'm guessing it takes a lot of battery power to drive the color touchscreen on the controller). These are very minor nits. I love it!
4 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Streaming whole house audio has never easier
by cstar9999 on September 21, 2012
Pros: Easy setup, infinite choices for music, great sound quality, great versatility, sleek minimalistic appearance.
Cons: Somewhat high initial upfront cost. The amps get a little warm.
Summary: The major grip people have with Sonos is the expense and while on paper that may seem like a hard pill to swallow, in reality the difference may not be ...
Summary: The major grip people have with Sonos is the expense and while on paper that may seem like a hard pill to swallow, in reality the difference may not be so stark, especially for a whole house audio setup. If you want to run a whole house audio system, you can easily expect to spend $1000 or more to get up and running and you won't have anywhere near the versatily or ease of setup as you do with Sonos. I have 4 Connect:Amps and 1 Connect driving our 5 zone home audio. Total setup time took less than 1/2 hr. No need to hire an A/V pro to setup.
My wife was skeptical at first given the up front cost but now all she does is rave to me about how this was the best decision we made regarding our new house. She uses it everyday. We use it at night when we go to sleep, we use it to wake up to in the morning, during parties, drinking coffee and reading the news, etc... Everyone is so amazed that we can control everything with the touch of our smartphones.
Sonos also opened up our world to the infinite number of music choices out there. That is how we learned about sites like Songza, Wolfgang Vault, MOG, iHeart Radio etc...The best thing is we can continue to expand the system with Play3 and Play5 systems (for kids or guest rooms for example).
If you can afford it, I think it is worth the little extra cost. The great thing is, you can design your Sonos system however you want with the various components to meet your needs and budget.
Experience your music wirelessly at home
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Summary: Try sonos its great enough !
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THe most amazing system I have installed in my home!!!
by torontoekeko on March 24, 2011
Pros: - Easy, easy, easy to install vs other systems that require special connectors and programming
- Amazing iPad application that allows me to control the system without an additional remote control
- Allows you to listen different music in multiple rooms at
Cons: - Works best when a home is hardwired and has multiple ethernet outlets
- You need the space for multiple zone boxes
Summary: I was looking for a multi-zone system that was simple and cheaper to install and use vs the higher end systems like Nuvo. This was the answer to all my ...
Summary: I was looking for a multi-zone system that was simple and cheaper to install and use vs the higher end systems like Nuvo. This was the answer to all my prayers and everyone that has seen this in my house wants to buy one now... Just an amazing purchase!!!
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Sonos use to be good but many problems now!
by GARY171717 on February 5, 2012
Pros: Use to work good with no problems with my iPOD Touch. Connected it up with no problems, four SONOS Units 2 x Zone Player 90 and 2 x Zone Player 120 with over 8,000 songs.
Cons: If you have an iPOD and iPAD2 App controlling your SONOS and you receive an App upgrade SONOS has a sync problem. What ever device receives the App upgrade first is ok, 2nd device on more than five occurances brought the entire system down.
Summary: If you are Computer Savy the system is OK but if you are not I would not recommend SONOS. Appears that lately they are having lots of App upgrades and ...
Summary: If you are Computer Savy the system is OK but if you are not I would not recommend SONOS. Appears that lately they are having lots of App upgrades and each one for me is taking one hour to complete as I have four SONOS components and for the system to recongnize each component you have to sit at your PC and go touch each SONOS device during the upgrade so you have lots of running back and forth from your PC to the SONOS units. When you have four untis that's alot of time especially when it does not work on the first try (like if often does). Latest upgrade I lost a Zone and had to unplug the unit for five minutes to reset it and it also reset my decktop.
Bottomline: I knowing what I now know I would look for a more stable music system with a higher degree of quality on the software that is used to manage the system.
0 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Sonos, Inc.
- Part number: ZP120
- Description: The Sonos ZonePlayer 120 is amplified, wireless, compact, and convenient. With its state-of-the-art digital amplifier, the ZP120 works anywhere you've ever dreamed of having music - the bedroom, the bathroom or even the backyard. All you have to do is plug it in, connect your choice of speakers and you've got a room filled with music. And with the ZP120's superior wireless range, music lovers really can play all the music they love, all over the house. The design of the ZP120 is both compact and cool so you can feel free to hide it away or leave it out for all to see. And every ZP120 includes a Sonos Desktop Controller for the ultimate in control and convenience.
- Product type Digital audio receivers
- Network player functionality Digital audio playback,
Internet radio playback
- Width 7.3 in
- Depth 8.1 in
- Height 3.5 in
- Weight 5.1 lbs
- Connectivity IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet),
IEEE 802.3u (Fast Ethernet)
- Amplifier Output Details 55 Watt - 8 Ohm - 22 - 20000 Hz - THD 0.02 % - 2 channel(s) ( Main )
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Additional Features Apple AirPlay support
Digital Media & Network Players
- Network player supported digital audio standards WMA,
- Total Harmonic Distortion 0.02 %
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3,
- Tuner Type - Digital
Inputs & Outputs
- Connections 1xAudio line-in(RCA phono x 2)-Rear,
1xSubwoofer output(RCA phono)-Rear,
2xSpeakers output(Banana/spade x 2)-Rear
- Power Device Power supply - Internal
- Power AC 120/230 V