Excerpt: I now have a whole house and pool area Sonos sound system with this product. It integrated with my existing speakers and some additional sonos portables. The windows were rattling. Bose has nothing on Sonos!!!
Pros: Clear Sound, Interfaces Well With TV, Thundering Bass
Simply and effectively puts SONOS on your home theater; too expensive though
Andy A, Amazon
22 January 2015
Summary: The SONOS CONNECT is a really well thought-out and executed product. It does exactly what it needs to do, and does it extremely well. I bought it to be able to integrate my home theater setup (NAD T758 and B&W CM series speakers) with my existing Sonos setup (three PLAY:1s and one PLAY:5). Since I love the DAC in my NAD T758, I opted to pipe out a digital signal from the CONNECT to my NAD via an optical cable.
Summary: I've always wanted whole house, zoned audio. I have the necessary skills and knowledge to install it and have actually designed it about 3 times! But I'm lazy and have never put any of those designs to use. So I've been looking at Sonos for about 3 years as an alternative. Finally, I ordered a Play:1 to use as a "portable around the house" speaker and this Connect to hook up to my AVR in my media room.
Summary: Like many, I have read reviews and endorsements of Sonos products for many years. They are almost invariably glowing. So good, in fact, as to make me suspicious (remmeber the old adage "if something seems to good to be true, it usually is"). Moreover, I was and am a traditional hifi aficionado, having started many years ago in a dorm room with a Pioneer receiver and Advent speakers. And even today I have a largely "old school" semi-audiophile set up throughout my house.
Caution, your awesome "regular" speakers may sound terrible
Sandra Peterson, Amazon
18 November 2014
Summary: We've had the stand-alone Sonos components for a year now and LOVE having music throughout the hosue. However when we added the Sonos Connect component to add our regular stereo into the mix (so we could enjoy the awesome Bose speakers and my little Paradigms I missed so much in the living room), the wheels came off. The Bose speakers sounded so horrible, after trying many different options, we moved them to the garage. Even the Paradigms don't sound good.
Summary: In our experience the Sonos Connect is all you need in the Sonos line-up. The Sonos Play speaker series are underwhelming for anybody accustomed to half-way decent audio equipment. We auditioned the Play:5 to add sound to another room in our home and returned it to purchase additional wired speakers in its place. The sound quality doesn't compare favorably to our relatively modest set-up ($160 Onkyo stereo receiver and $500 Axiom M3s bookshelf speakers).
Excerpt: This has to be the most easy thing to set up. It's (just about) plug and play. I didn't believe it at first when the sale person at B&H said it, but he was right. I plugged it into my switch, pushed two buttons.....and I was good to go. It took about 5 minutes of research on how to link my iTunes account, but that went smooth too.
Pros: Clear Sound, Easy To Set Up, Intuitive Controls
Excerpt: For it's fundamental task this player does it well. It was easy to set up. It looks great in my entertainment center and has a small footprint. I have this connected via the digital coax out to my surround sound receiver and the audio quality is very clean. No distortion, no noise, just a clean audio signal. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to connect Sonos to their existing system.
Summary: This being priced at $350 is really a slap in the face to all Sonos fans. It's an absolute joke. It's like saying, hey I'll sell you my roku and my TV for $199, but if you want JUST the roku, that will cost you $350. You can buy a play 1 which includes two speakers, two amplifiers, all the housing required for the speakers, power supply and the built in sonos receiver (to receive the stream) for $199.
Summary: I own several Sonos speakers, including Play 5. I wanted to connect my previous sound system to Sonos, so when I play Sonos I hear Sonos speakers + my old sound system. Turns out only Play 5 has a single output in the form of headphone jack (it's also the only speaker with a line input). So I am able to connect Play 5 out to my system through headphone jack, the only problem is because it's a headphone jack, that particular Play 5 does not make any sound.