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Add a Surround Speaker or Sub to a Sonos Home Theater

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Introduction

You've added a Sonos soundbar to your television, but now you're considering expanding into a full-blown surround sound entertainment system. Luckily, that's easy to accomplish with Sonos products. The idea is even mentioned by the Sonos app during the setup of your Sonos soundbar.
Creating a Sonos Home Theater system requires that you add at least a pair of additional speakers. If desired, you can also add a subwoofer to provide additional low-end sound to your room.
This guide will demonstrate how to add speakers to a room to create a Sonos home theater system.
Before You Begin:
You must have the Sonos App Installed.
A set of Sonos devices including two One speakers, a soundbar, and a subwoofer

Sonos models that can be used as surround speakers

  • One (all generations) and One SL
  • Play:1
  • Play:3
  • Play:5 (Gen 2)
  • IKEA SYMFONISK WiFi bookshelf speaker
  • IKEA SYMFONISK table lamp with WiFi speaker
  • Connect:Amp or Amp powering third party speaker

With your Sonos soundbar already setup, you can expand upon your audio experience by adding surround speakers and a subwoofer.

In a surround sound setup, your soundbar would act as the center, front left and right speakers. Adding surround speakers will require that two speakers are added as rear left and right channels. When adding surround speakers, both speaker models must match. For example, adding two Sonos One speakers would work just fine. Attempting to add a Sonos One and a Sonos Play:5 would fail, as they are not the same model.
A sonos home theater

1 Add a Speaker or Sub via the Sonos App

In a room that already has a Sonos soundbar set up, you can use the Sonos app to add surround speakers and a subwoofer to create a Sonos home theater system.

Add additional speakers to create a home theater system

  1. Open the Sonos app on your mobile device.
    Mobile app icon

  2. Open the Menu from the top left corner.
    Placement of menu symbol pointed out on mobile app screen

  3. Select Settings.
    Menu showing in mobile app
  4. Select Room Settings.
    Room settings
  5. Choose the room your Sonos soundbar is set up in.
    Room settings with a list of rooms
  6. Now, select Add Surrounds. If you're adding a subwoofer instead, select Add Sub.
    Tapping add surrounds
  7. The Sonos app will guide you through the rest of the set up process for your speakers.

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You've added a Sonos soundbar to your television, but now you're considering expanding into a full-blown surround sound entertainment system. Luckily, that's easy to accomplish with Sonos products. The idea is even mentioned by the Sonos app during the setup of your Sonos soundbar.
Creating a Sonos Home Theater system requires that you add at least a pair of additional speakers. If desired, you can also add a subwoofer to provide additional low-end sound to your room.
This guide will demonstrate how to add speakers to a room to create a Sonos home theater system.
Before You Begin:
You must have the Sonos App Installed.
A set of Sonos devices including two One speakers, a soundbar, and a subwoofer

Sonos models that can be used as surround speakers

  • One (all generations) and One SL
  • Play:1
  • Play:3
  • Play:5 (Gen 2)
  • IKEA SYMFONISK WiFi bookshelf speaker
  • IKEA SYMFONISK table lamp with WiFi speaker
  • Connect:Amp or Amp powering third party speaker

With your Sonos soundbar already setup, you can expand upon your audio experience by adding surround speakers and a subwoofer.

In a surround sound setup, your soundbar would act as the center, front left and right speakers. Adding surround speakers will require that two speakers are added as rear left and right channels. When adding surround speakers, both speaker models must match. For example, adding two Sonos One speakers would work just fine. Attempting to add a Sonos One and a Sonos Play:5 would fail, as they are not the same model.
A sonos home theater

In a room that already has a Sonos soundbar set up, you can use the Sonos app to add surround speakers and a subwoofer to create a Sonos home theater system.

Add additional speakers to create a home theater system

  1. Open the Sonos app on your mobile device.
    Mobile app icon

  2. Open the Menu from the top left corner.
    Placement of menu symbol pointed out on mobile app screen

  3. Select Settings.
    Menu showing in mobile app
  4. Select Room Settings.
    Room settings
  5. Choose the room your Sonos soundbar is set up in.
    Room settings with a list of rooms
  6. Now, select Add Surrounds. If you're adding a subwoofer instead, select Add Sub.
    Tapping add surrounds
  7. The Sonos app will guide you through the rest of the set up process for your speakers.