Tip: How to activate Stereo Pair Mode

Posted on August 18th, 2011 by Sonos Support in Products, Tips & Tricks

At Sonos, we want you to be able to listen to all the music on earth, in any room you want, and in any configuration that suits your needs. So when you asked for the ability to pair two PLAY:5s in order to use them as separate left and right channels, we listened.  And when we built the PLAY:3, we included this capability from the start.

Both the PLAY:5 and the PLAY:3 have a feature called Stereo Pair Mode.  This means that you can take two PLAY:3s or two PLAY:5s and combine to achieve excellent stereo separation between the left and right channels.  To activate Stereo Pair, follow the simple steps below.

A note before we begin: you can pair either two PLAY:3 or two PLAY:5—they’re not interchangeable in this mode. For simplicity’s sake, we use PLAY:3s in the example below. Follow the same steps to pair two PLAY:5s.

  • Make sure both players are powered on and connected to your Sonos System.
  • Using a Sonos Controller–we used the free iPad app in this example–navigate to the ZonePlayer Settings and select one of the PLAY:3s you wish to pair.

  • Select “Create Stereo Pair.” For desktop controllers, first select Settings, then Stereo Pair.

  • Select the second PLAY:3 you wish to pair.

  • Following the prompts, press the Mute button on the PLAY:3 you would like to designate as the left speaker.

  • Congratulations! Your PLAY:3s are now set up in Stereo Pair Mode.

Simple as that! Now that you know how to stereo pair, where will you listen out loud?

Posted on August 18th, 2011 by Sonos Support in Products, Tips & Tricks

  • http://twitter.com/bargainliving Bargain Living

    Is it possible to pair an S5 with a Play 5 and can they be used as a stereo pair for my HDTV through analog out from a receiver?

    • HRommes

      Same question for me. Aside from that, what are the difference in specs between a play 5 and s5?

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

      Hi there,

      Yes, it’s possible to pair an S5 unit with a PLAY:5. The units are the same except for the name and logo, as the S5 was rebranded to PLAY:5 in 2011. Once you have one of the players connected via Line-In to the receiver, you can then play that audio to both bonded players.

      If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send us an email or give us a call. Our contact information can be found at http://www.sonos.com/contact.


  • tim

    can you pair a Play 3 and a Play 5? I did it once, but since a software update, I am no longer able to do it. Can you tell me how do pair different models?

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

      You can Group any combination of Sonos components to play in sync, but you can only make a Stereo Pair using 2 of the same units (2xPLAY:1, 2xPLAY:3 or 2xPLAY:5). If you’re unable to group players following an update we recommend rebooting you router followed by your players. If you still have trouble, please feel free to send us an email or give us a call. Our contact information can be found at http://www.sonos.com/contact.

  • Pat

    Can you pair beyond the network?

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

      If a pair is made inside the network it’ll work once taken from the network. To control the stereo pair you’ll need a network, or to setup Auto-play.

  • Brent

    I just bought the ONE PLAYER 3 and tried to set it with my soundbar. Do you have to have a pair of Player 3’s to get any sound out of this Player 3?

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

      Hello Brent,

      You are correct, you have to have a pair of PLAY:3’s to hear proper sound out of them. You will then have the option to set them up as ‘surround speakers’.
      In the meantime, you can add the PLAY:3 as it’s own zone and then add it the PLAYBAR group. It will then play the same content that’s coming out of the PLAYBAR.
      Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help. You can also contact us here: http://www.sonos.com/contact

  • Ray

    This article seems to suggest that only Play 3 and 5 speakers can be paired. What about Play 1?