Sonos’ range of integrated audio systems goes above and beyond to deliver a great user experience. For that reason it’s one of the strongest options when it comes to bringing multiroom into your home, but we believe there are many ways you may not already know to better integrate it into your particular household and environment .
We’ve tried many of these features ourselves on our own Sonos setups at home, and we think the following are the most useful for customizing things to suit your particular environment, allowing you to build and expand your multi-room setup and turn it into a flexible entertainment system .
After following our 5 tips for making Sonos speakers sound even better, use these features to get the most out of a Sonos speaker setup.
1. Group speakers without the app
One of the great things about Sonos speakers is their ability to sync with other Sonos speakers, delivering perfectly synchronized audio to every speaker in your home. Whether you have multiple speakers strategically placed in your main living area or multiple speakers in each room of your home, being able to have them play simultaneously is like having a house party and bringing musical harmony to your whole home.
It’s not unreasonable to think that the only way to group Sonos speakers to play the same sound is through the Sonos app, or even through the recently implemented Sonos voice assistant, but there is another way…
Locate the play button above the speaker you want to group with another one that’s playing and press and hold the play/pause button. The speaker will be grouped with the active speaker and start playing the same audio automatically.
Note: If you have multiple Sonos speakers, each playing something different, press and hold the play/pause button and the speaker will cycle through the audio from each. To group your speaker, simply release the button once you hear the sound you want.
2. Pair two speakers for stereo sound
In general, two speakers are better than one – one usually only delivers mono sound, although there are exceptions, as speaker models like the Sonos One and Sonos One SL, Sonos Play:5 and Sonos Five have multiple drive units that can deliver stereo sound out a single speaker.
However, two separate dedicated speakers, parented together, produce effective and more enjoyable stereo sound. Specified as left and right audio channels, a stereo configuration delivers a more realistic soundstage (when placed far enough apart) that is similar to the stereo sound you experience when listening to a pair of the best headphones.
Tip: For the best stereo effect, place the speakers at the same distance as your listening position.
If you have two Sonos speakers of the same model set up in a room, you can pair them together so their audio is synced and output in stereo. Whether it’s a Sonos One, Sonos One SL, Sonos Move, Sonos Roam, Sonos Roam SL, Sonos Play:5, or Sonos Five pair, the stereo pair setting is accessed through the room settings in the Sonos app.
Just select them settings Gear in the bottom right of the Sonos app system and select that Room where you want to create a stereo pair. Choose Set up a stereo pair and follow the step-by-step instructions.
3. Integrate an existing music system
Integrating a traditional Hi-Fi system with your Sonos speakers can be done in a number of ways.
First you can add a Sonos port (opens in new tab) You get physical inputs and outputs to your system to process, for example, analog audio signals from a DAC or CD player or even a turntable (if it has a built-in phono stage) which can then be played back on the network of speakers installed in the are scattered throughout the house.
The Sonos connector also features analog and coaxial digital audio outputs to bring Sonos’ multi-room connectivity to a traditional Hi-Fi setup via one of the best AV receivers or an existing stereo amplifier.
Alternatively, if you have Sonos Play:5 or Sonos Five speakers, you can connect a line-level analog device such as a DAC, CD player, or turntable via a line-in connector on the back of the speakers.
To select the external source input, go to search Select in the Sonos app Entry at the end of the list and then the appropriate source from the options listed.
You can also find the line-in settings in the settings Sonos app tab followed by systemthen select the Room with the speaker Play:5 or Five and scroll down to select Entry options.
Additionally, the Sonos Amp is an additional amplification solution that works in tandem with your own passive speakers. It seamlessly integrates connected sources like a TV (via HDMI) with other Sonos speakers as part of a multi-room setup.
4. Sonos touch controls
As we found when grouping speakers without having to open the Sonos app, the touch controls on a Sonos speaker do a lot more than just play and pause songs or control the volume. Here is a list of some other useful functions they can perform:
Skip to the next track
Double tap the Pay/Pause button and you can skip to the next track without opening the app.
Skip to next or previous track with swipe
For example, with the volume up and down buttons on either side of the play/pause button on a Sonos Play:5, swipe your finger across the touch-sensitive controls from right to left to play the previous track. Swipe the controls from left to right to skip to the next track.
If you have a Sonos Roam, a double tap of the play/pause button will skip a track forward, while a triple tap will restart the track or select the previous track, depending on how quickly the command is given after the track starts playing .
Note: If you have pets or children who regularly activate touch controls, they can easily be deactivated. You can find this option under the settings of your room/loudspeaker. Just scroll down to Hardware and slide the Touch Controls selector switch to the left to disable them.
Mute a speaker
A single tap of the Play/Pause button will mute that speaker, as well as any others it’s grouped with.
5. Disable the status light
You may not always want the LED light to be on, especially if you have a Sonos speaker in a bedroom. As we found when disabling touch controls, to turn off the LED status light, go to settings Menu for your room/speakers. Scroll down to hardware and slide the status light Selector left to turn it off.