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How to Set Up a Sonos Amp

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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)
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.

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

3 Power On the Amp

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 Connect the Amp to the Sonos App

Install the Sonos Controller App

Before connecting your Sonos devices to the app, you need to, well, download the app!

iOS Devices
Sonos IconSonos Controller App
If you are viewing this guide on your iOS device this link will allow you to jump directly to Sonos Controller App in the App Store and install it immediately.
  1. Open the App Store.
    Apple App Store Icon
  2. Type in "Sonos Controller" in the search bar.
  3. Find Sonos Controller in the search results and tap on GET.
    Selecting the sonos app
  4. Tap on Install to start download.
    install button
Android Devices
Sonos IconSonos Controller App on Google Play
If you are viewing this guide on your Android device, or have your Google account linked on your Android device and your browser, this link will allow you to jump directly to the Sonos Controller in the Google Play Store and install it immediately.
  1. Open Play Store.
    Google Play store icon
  2. Search for "Sonos Controller for Android" and tap on the app.
    Sonos in the search bar
  3. Tap Install to start downloading the app.
    The sonos app selection
  4. Once installed, tap Open.
    The app has been installed

Connect to the Sonos App

  1. Open the Sonos app.
    Sonos Icon
  2. Select Set up a new Sonos system.
    Setting up a new sonos system
  3. Sign into your existing Sonos account, or select Create account to create a new one.
    Select Create Account
  4. Select Continue to proceed with the setup process.
    Selecting continue
  5. Select Standard setup for your Sonos Amp to continue.
    selecting standard setup
  6. Select Next to proceed with Standard setup.
    Selecting Next
  7. Your Sonos Amp should already be powered on. Ensure that it is, and select Next to proceed.
    Selecting Next
  8. You should eventually see a green flashing light on your Amp. Once you do, select Continue to proceed.
    Selecting continue
  9. The Sonos Controller app will begin searching for your Amp.
  10. The Sonos Controller app should have determined you are attempting to setup a Sonos Amp.
  11. The Sonos Controller app will then begin configuring your Amp.
    Configuring device
  12. The Sonos Amp is now ready to begin its network setup process. Select Next for instructions on how to proceed.
    Selecting next
  13. You will be asked to connect your mobile device to a temporary network called SONOS in order to proceed with the setup process.
    Wireless set up
  14. Open your Wi-Fi settings, and select the Sonos network.
    • Select Settings.
      Android Settings icon iOS Settings icon
       
    • Select WiFi.
      Selecting wifi
    • Select Sonos from the list.
      Selecting sonos
    • Return to the Sonos app.
      Sonos icon
  15. The Sonos 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)
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.

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

Install the Sonos Controller App

Before connecting your Sonos devices to the app, you need to, well, download the app!

iOS Devices
Sonos IconSonos Controller App
If you are viewing this guide on your iOS device this link will allow you to jump directly to Sonos Controller App in the App Store and install it immediately.
  1. Open the App Store.
    Apple App Store Icon
  2. Type in "Sonos Controller" in the search bar.
  3. Find Sonos Controller in the search results and tap on GET.
    Selecting the sonos app
  4. Tap on Install to start download.
    install button
Android Devices
Sonos IconSonos Controller App on Google Play
If you are viewing this guide on your Android device, or have your Google account linked on your Android device and your browser, this link will allow you to jump directly to the Sonos Controller in the Google Play Store and install it immediately.
  1. Open Play Store.
    Google Play store icon
  2. Search for "Sonos Controller for Android" and tap on the app.
    Sonos in the search bar
  3. Tap Install to start downloading the app.
    The sonos app selection
  4. Once installed, tap Open.
    The app has been installed

Connect to the Sonos App

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