Setting up a Sonos system: The basics

Posted on February 16th, 2012 by Sonos Staff in Tips & Tricks

Do you balk at complicated home audio set ups? Check out this unboxing featuring pro snowboarder Todd Richards as he sets up Sonos for the first time–you’ll see just how easy it is to get all the music on earth streaming wirelessly in any room of your home.

Posted on February 16th, 2012 by Sonos Staff in Tips & Tricks

14 Responses to “Setting up a Sonos system: The basics”

DickNovember 1st, 2013 at 9:40 am

I have it set up and working spendidly on my iPhone and iPad. I have succeded in getting radio stations and Pandora working well, but have not figured out how to connect my iTunes library.
Where do i find directions to connect my iTunes?

Sonos Support TeamNovember 8th, 2013 at 9:52 am

Hello, to get your iTunes music library shared from a computer it’s easiest to load up the Sonos Desktop Controller for PC or Mac found directly on our support page:

During installation you’ll be walked through setting up the music on that computer to share on Sonos.

If you’ve already installed the software and need to configure a share this FAQ has great step by step instructions to setup your library:


Sonos Support TeamDecember 20th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Hi there Buttons,

You can use the Sonos Desktop Controller for Windows to control your Sonos system. You can set up the Sonos software using the included CD or by downloading it from our support page here: Using the controller, you can browse and search our Radio selections and play them to any and all Sonos players in the system.

Smile Sussex radio is also available through these listings.

irenafApril 13th, 2014 at 3:03 am

It is easy to set up Sonos and it is a great system. However this video is not helpful except at certain stages. What about plugging in and connections, what about wifi, what about an explanation of how it all connects together and how it might be expanded?

BingsterSeptember 4th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I unfortunately have Time Warner, with a Cisco 8742 HD DVR. I have an HDMI from the cable box to the TV, and optical from the TV to Sonos. When I play the radio I have Playbar, sub, and rears. When I play TV on any channel, no rear. I have also toggled the cable box setting between HDMI, Dolby Digital, and Other to no avail. I love the system, but need to get this resolved.

Sonos Support TeamSeptember 5th, 2014 at 11:04 am

Hi Bingster, the surround speakers in a 5.1 setup play ambient audio most noticeable in soundtracks and scenes with a lot of audio. Most speech will come from the right, left and center channels on a surround setup. If you have any questions or any trouble with your system please give us a call here:

bradleoOctober 1st, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I just purchased sono with three player 1 speakers and a bridge.
I have the speakers in seperate rooms.
i can only get one speaker to work unless I go to stereo mode. The third speaker doesnt go on.
How do I controll so I can use all three speakers????????

Sonos Support TeamMay 27th, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Hi David, probably not. If you’re just looking to add a couple players to your home you should be able to run off of your wireless so long as it has a strong signal. You can always try without a BRIDGE and add one late on if you need it.

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