How to Set Up a Sonos Amp

Introduction

The Sonos Amp is an amplifier for passive speakers, bringing the Sonos experience to your own non-Sonos speakers. It brings all the Sonos music services, functionality, and ease of use to any speakers it's connected to in your home. Similar to other Sonos speakers, the amp is capable of receiving voice control commands from microphone-enabled devices, such as the Sonos One.
This guide will cover how to connect speakers to your amp, attach an external audio device if desired, and how to get it powered up and connected to the Sonos app.
Tools You'll Need:
  • Speaker wire to connect your speakers to the amp
  • Audio cables to connect an external device with (if desired)
Before You Begin:
  • Have the speakers and any external audio device you wish to connect to your amp handy.
The Sonos Controller app must already be installed.
A Sonos Amp

1 Connect Speakers to the Amp

Your speaker’s power rating should be at least 55W for 8 ohm speakers, and at least 100W for 4 ohm speakers. Don’t connect speakers rated at less than 4 ohms.
  1. Using the provided banana plugs, unscrew the bottom of the banana plug until the speaker wire hole is exposed.
    An exposed wire hole
  2. Insert the stripped end of the speaker wire into the hole, and then tighten the bottom of the banana plug so that it holds the speaker wire firmly. Connect the red(+) positive and black (-) terminals from each speaker to the corresponding terminals on the Amp. Mismatching of polarities will result in weak central sound, and a distorted sense of sound direction.
    Amp with speakers connected
  3. Repeat to install the other speaker wires.
  4. To install a subwoofer, just connect the cable to the correct out port.
    The subwoofer port

2 Add an Analog Audio Device to Your Amp (Optional)

Your Sonos Amp also has Line In connections available. You can connect an audio device using standard left and right analog audio connections if you wish. This could be anything from an MP3 player, CD player, record player, etc.

Connecting an external audio device is not required to use your amp. If you have no device to connect to your amp, this step can be skipped.

  1. Connect a standard analog cable from your audio device to the left & right IN ports.
    Analog ports

3 Power On the Amp

  1. Using the supplied power cable, connect one end into the rear of your amp, and the other end into an available power outlet.
    Power plug on your Amp

4 Set Up the Amp using the Sonos App

  1. Open the Sonos app.
    Sonos Icon
  2. Select Set up a new Sonos system.
    New setup with new sonos system highlighted
  3. Sign into your existing Sonos account, or select Create account to create a new one.
    Sign in or create account screen
  4. Select Continue to proceed with the setup process.
    Speaker setup with continue highlighted
  5. Select Standard setup for your Amp to continue.
    Setup type with standard setup highlighted
  6. Select Next to proceed with Standard setup.
    Standard setup confirmation with next highlighted
  7. Your Amp should already be powered on. Ensure that it is, and select Next to proceed.
    connect to power reminder with next highlighted
  8. You should eventually see a green flashing light on your Amp. Once you do, select Continue to proceed.
    Green flashing light check with continue highlighted
  9. The Sonos Controller app will begin searching for your Amp.
    Power up dialog
  10. The Sonos Controller app should have determined you are attempting to setup a Amp.
  11. The Sonos Controller app will then begin configuring your Amp.
    Configuring player with progress bar
  12. The Amp is now ready to begin its network setup process. Select Next for instructions on how to proceed.
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  13. You will be asked to connect your mobile device to a temporary network called SONOS in order to proceed with the setup process.
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  14. Open your Wi-Fi settings, and select the Sonos network.
    • Select Settings.
      Android Settings icon iOS Settings icon
       
    • Select Wi-Fi.
      Phone settings with Wi-Fi highlighted
    • Select Sonos from the list.
      Sonos Wi-Fi network highlighted
    • Return to the Sonos app.
      Sonos icon
  15. The Amp is now connected to your home network.

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The Sonos Amp is an amplifier for passive speakers, bringing the Sonos experience to your own non-Sonos speakers. It brings all the Sonos music services, functionality, and ease of use to any speakers it's connected to in your home. Similar to other Sonos speakers, the amp is capable of receiving voice control commands from microphone-enabled devices, such as the Sonos One.
This guide will cover how to connect speakers to your amp, attach an external audio device if desired, and how to get it powered up and connected to the Sonos app.
Tools You'll Need:
  • Speaker wire to connect your speakers to the amp
  • Audio cables to connect an external device with (if desired)
Before You Begin:
  • Have the speakers and any external audio device you wish to connect to your amp handy.
The Sonos Controller app must already be installed.
A Sonos Amp
Your speaker’s power rating should be at least 55W for 8 ohm speakers, and at least 100W for 4 ohm speakers. Don’t connect speakers rated at less than 4 ohms.
  1. Using the provided banana plugs, unscrew the bottom of the banana plug until the speaker wire hole is exposed.
    An exposed wire hole
  2. Insert the stripped end of the speaker wire into the hole, and then tighten the bottom of the banana plug so that it holds the speaker wire firmly. Connect the red(+) positive and black (-) terminals from each speaker to the corresponding terminals on the Amp. Mismatching of polarities will result in weak central sound, and a distorted sense of sound direction.
    Amp with speakers connected
  3. Repeat to install the other speaker wires.
  4. To install a subwoofer, just connect the cable to the correct out port.
    The subwoofer port
Your Sonos Amp also has Line In connections available. You can connect an audio device using standard left and right analog audio connections if you wish. This could be anything from an MP3 player, CD player, record player, etc.

Connecting an external audio device is not required to use your amp. If you have no device to connect to your amp, this step can be skipped.

  1. Connect a standard analog cable from your audio device to the left & right IN ports.
    Analog ports
  1. Using the supplied power cable, connect one end into the rear of your amp, and the other end into an available power outlet.
    Power plug on your Amp
  1. Open the Sonos app.
    Sonos Icon
  2. Select Set up a new Sonos system.
    New setup with new sonos system highlighted
  3. Sign into your existing Sonos account, or select Create account to create a new one.
    Sign in or create account screen
  4. Select Continue to proceed with the setup process.
    Speaker setup with continue highlighted
  5. Select Standard setup for your Amp to continue.
    Setup type with standard setup highlighted
  6. Select Next to proceed with Standard setup.
    Standard setup confirmation with next highlighted
  7. Your Amp should already be powered on. Ensure that it is, and select Next to proceed.
    connect to power reminder with next highlighted
  8. You should eventually see a green flashing light on your Amp. Once you do, select Continue to proceed.
    Green flashing light check with continue highlighted
  9. The Sonos Controller app will begin searching for your Amp.
    Power up dialog
  10. The Sonos Controller app should have determined you are attempting to setup a Amp.
  11. The Sonos Controller app will then begin configuring your Amp.
    Configuring player with progress bar
  12. The Amp is now ready to begin its network setup process. Select Next for instructions on how to proceed.
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  13. You will be asked to connect your mobile device to a temporary network called SONOS in order to proceed with the setup process.
    add 
  14. Open your Wi-Fi settings, and select the Sonos network.
    • Select Settings.
      Android Settings icon iOS Settings icon
       
    • Select Wi-Fi.
      Phone settings with Wi-Fi highlighted
    • Select Sonos from the list.
      Sonos Wi-Fi network highlighted
    • Return to the Sonos app.
      Sonos icon
  15. The Amp is now connected to your home network.
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