How To Use Line-In On Sonos

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Let’s say you have an old friend in town. And this old friend has a sudden urge to listen to that favorite vinyl you both love … for old times sake.

Or, how about when you are cooking in the kitchen, dying to hear that vinyl (or hey, maybe it’s a favorite CD!) that’s playing in the living room — what’s a Sonos lover to do?

Use the line-in on your player to listen out loud.

Simply connect your favorite external audio source like a MP3 player or turntable to your PLAY:5, CONNECT, or CONNECT:AMP and stream to any Sonos component in your house.

Here’s how it’s done.

Step 1: Connect your audio source to your Sonos player.

Connect an MP3 player to a PLAY:5: Using the audio cable that came with your speaker, plug one end into the headphone jack of the audio player and the other end to the line-input on the back of the PLAY:5.

How To Use Line-In On SonosFun fact #1: The new PLAY:5 has an Autoplay function that offers the option to play your music on the go, without Wi-Fi connectivity.  Turn on Autoplay and connect your external audio source to the PLAY:5’s Line-In. Without having to switch music sources, your music will immediately start playing on the PLAY:5 and any other speakers you like.  You will still need to plug the speaker into an outlet for power.


Connect an MP3 player to a CONNECT: Using the stereo mini to RCA Y-audio cable that came in the box, plug the single end into the headphone jack of the audio player and attach the split cable to the corresponding colors of the L/R audio inputs on the back of the Sonos unit.

Connect an MP3 player to a CONNECT:AMP: Purchase a stereo mini to RCA Y-audio cable and follow the instruction for the CONNECT.

Connect an MP3 player to a CONNECT:AMP

Step 2: Switch audio source to line-in on your Sonos controller.

Using the Sonos Controller App for iPhone/iPad/Android: From the Music Menu, select Line-In, select the source, and click Play Now.


Fun Fact #2: You can listen to music from the external device in any room, and use the Sonos App to control the volume settings. However, you must control the playback (forward, pause, etc.) from the line-in source.

Related: Discover what happens when engineering meets design in this behind-the-scenes look at the collaboration that went into the new PLAY:5.