Tip: Using line-in on Sonos

Posted on January 25th, 2012 by Sonos Staff in Tips & Tricks

Did you know that you can connect an external audio source to your PLAY:5, CONNECT, or CONNECT:AMP and stream to any Sonos component in your house? So if a friend is visiting with a rare demo on her MP3 player, you can use the line-in on your Sonos player to listen out loud. Or if you’re grilling on the patio, you could listen to the game that’s playing on the TV in your living room. Here’s how.

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

  • Connect an MP3 player to a PLAY:5:Using the audio cable that came in the box, 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.
    Connect MP3 to PLAY:5
  • 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 MP3 to CONNECT
  • Connect an MP3 player to a CONNECT:AMP: Purchase a stereo mini to RCA Y-audio cableand follow the instruction for the CONNECT.
    Connect MP3 to CONNECT:AMP
  • Connect a TV to a CONNECT:Using the RCA stereo audio cable that came in the box, attach one end to the the corresponding colors of the L/R audio inputs on the back of the Sonos unit and the other end to the L/R RCA audio out ports  on the back of your television.
    Connect TV to CONNECT
  • Connect a TV to a CONNECT: AMP: Purchase an RCA stereo audio cableand follow the instructions for the CONNECT.
    Connect TV to CONNECT:AMP
  • Connect a TV to a PLAY:5: Purchase a stereo mini to RCA Y-audio cable. Plug the single end into the line-input on the back of the PLAY:5 and attach the split cable to the L/R RCA audio out ports on the back of your television.
    Connect TV to PLAY5

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

  • Using a handheld controller (SONOS CONTROL or apps for iPhone/iPad/Android): From the Music Menu, select Line-In, select the source, and touch Play Now.How to use line-in
  • Using the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC: From the Music Library pane, click the Line-In tab. Then, select the audio component, and click Play Now.

Note: You can listen to music from the external device in any zone, and use the Sonos Wireless HiFi System to control the volume settings. However, you must control the playback (forward, pause, etc.) from the line-in source.

 

Posted on January 25th, 2012 by Sonos Staff in Tips & Tricks

  • Anders Owrejo

    Can you possibly use line-in on a sonos device without wifi available?

    • http://sonos.com Sonos
      • ovegan

         Hi, can I connect a turntable to the Sonos Play 5?

        • http://sonos.com Sonos

           Yes, you can. Depending on the turntable, you may need a pre-amp: http://forums.sonos.com/showpost.php?p=101528&postcount=4

          • ovegan

            Cool, thanks. What if I have my turntable is connected to an AV Receiver – can I connect the AV Receiver directly to the PLAY 5 as well to play the turntable through the PLAY 5?

          • Andreas Herr

            adfa

          • Travis D

            Any of those outs should work. If the pre-out is variable, the volume would be affected by the volume of the amp, so try for a fixed out if possible

  • Elfheim

    Turntable + phono pre amp doesn’t seem to have enough juice, even if I turn the line-in level to 10 and volume all the way up to get Pete Seeger more than than a whisper.

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

      Hi Elfheim,

      Not sure why your pre-amp isn’t providing a proper line level voltage, but historically Phono-Out’s produce a much lower voltage than other digital line level devices.  Verify with your hardware the voltage output from your device, in order for it to work with Sonos it will need to be a standard line level voltage rather than a phono level.

      -Clay

  • Macivismara

    Fab! Are you thinking to introduce AirPlay with iPhone sooner or later? That will be even better
    Let us know

  • Ian

    Of course, you will get lip synch issues if you are listening to your Play:5 and watching the tv you have connected to it.

    • Anonymous

      Tell me more pls. How big is the latency? And why does it exist in the first place? Thanks

      • Rbw

        did you ever get a response

        • PG

          70ms

          • Mikael

            use vlc player to play back the video and reduce the latency in the player

    • Honey_pablo

      Hi – can anyone add anything to this.   For example if I had a Play:5 connected to an imac using the line-in on the Play:5 – would video playing on the mac be out of lip sync?

      I can imagine why this might happen as there is a Analogue to Digital stage on the Play:5 in order for it to be able to play the line-in to other speakers in it’s zone.    The question is how long is this delay and is it noticeable when watching video…..

      Anyone?

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

        Hi Honey_pablo,

        Yes there is a delay between the line-in source and the audio you’ll hear on your Sonos.  Even if ungrouped and using uncompressed line-in, there will be a delay between the video and the audio of approximately 25-30ms.  This may or may not be noticeable to you.

        Thanks,

        Sonos Support

        • Micke

           Is this impossible for you to fix in a firmware update?! It would be really nice if it could play without delay when using line-in with a single zone player.

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

            Micke,

            We would not be able to eliminate this delay via firmware update.  I am unsure if it would be possible to lower it further but I would be happy to submit a feature request for this on your behalf.

            Thanks,

            Sonos Support Team

          • Chris

            Hi, I am experiencing the same issue using a connect amp (ZP120) when trying to connect my Sky+ HD box to the analogue RCA inputs on the zone player. I thought I may have found a workaround using the audio delay adjustments within the sky box settings however these setting are only applicable if using the digital output from the Sky box so the analogue outs are not affected. If I changed the Zoneplayer to a Connect (ZP90) would this solve my issue as I think I’m correct in thinking that it has a digital input whereas the connect amp doesn’t ??

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

            Chris,

            The digital connections on the CONNECT are output only, they do not function as line-in connections.

            Thanks,

            Sonos Support Team

        • EG

           Hi – I’d like to know if you can reduce this delay. Thanks!

        • Cam

          Wow, thanks for putting this on a big sticker on the box. You know how expensive these things are?

          I can confirm you can plug it into a turntable…..you might not want to plug it into 2 at the same time though and try to beatmatch. It’s a FAIL!

          I just got a play 5 as a birthday present for use with my dj equipment at home (PA’s are a bit loud for my neighbours) and the things totally unusable due to the delay between headphones and output…..I cant even get them to return it to the outlet and get their money back as it isnt faulty

          Tried every setting, no joy

          I even paid 70 pounds sterling for long enough cables to connect it all up

          ARRRGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tweiss

    This works fine for me on the Play 5 I have the direct connection with, but drops, or doesn’t play at all when I group with a Play 5 in another zone. What is the problem?

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

      Hi Tweiss – You should try switching from Automatic to Compressed line-in quality.  Check out our FAQ on Line-In and see the section titled, “CHANGING THE LINE-IN ENCODING SETTING”:  https://sonos.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/sonos.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1091

  • Michael McAngus

    I would like to see a Sonos device with an optical digital input/output.  Having both would give me much more flexibility when sending audio to other areas of the house.

  • Jetsailor

    Is there a way to directly hook up my PC with DIGITAL audio output directly into a Connect:AMP?  I’d rather have the sonos box do the conversion than my pc.

    Thanks.

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      Yes, follow the same instructions given for the MP3 player above. You PC acts as the audio source in this case.

  • Paul Donohue

    What if I don’t have a wireless connection? My sonos on my iPad is looking for a network that does not exist so I can’t get to the line in any case…. Any ideas?

  • Keith B

    I have a Bridge and two Play:3s, set up as a stereo pair, in my living room. Can I use the Play:3s as stereo speakers for my TV if I connect the TV to a Connect?

    • Jtg356

      What is the answer here. I also want to connect songs to tv. My email is jtg356@gmail.com

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

      Yes! You can plug an RCA cable from the TV to the Line-In jack on the Sonos Connect. This will show up as a Line-In source in the Sonos Controller that you can play to your stereo-paired Play:3s. There might be a little delay in the audio output, so it is best to change the Audio Compression to “Compressed,” which is done in the advanced settings of the controller. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at http://www.sonos.com/support. Thanks!

  • Keith B

    I have a Bridge and two Play:3s, set up as a stereo pair, in my living room. Can I use the Play:3s as stereo speakers for my TV if I connect the TV to a Connect?

  • Ultrazonefire

    Can any one help iv just brought sonos system and when I connect my iPhone with the jack lead the volume is so low my granny would be happy please give me a answer

  • Dude

    This is a joke. Im traveling with a bridge and 2 play5’s. The Ethernet port on their modem for the beach house is broken so I can’t bring up sonos on the network. I can’t even play my iPhone through it since its a menu option. Why in the world would it not default to the external input when it doesn’t detect a network? If you are not at home these are useless. I dragged $1000 of equipment and can’t listen to a single song with them.

    • DanielSedlacek

      I can not agree more

    • Wheresmycar

      Thanks for posting this Dude. I was on the verge of buying and this issue is a deal breaker for me.

    • BigDave

      you don’t need a modem to connect to the device, you need a HUB, Switch or a cross over cable.
      Try google:http://www.intel.com/intelpress/BSN_ch01.pdf 

    • dude_reply

      I dont know why they didn’t make this the default – but you have to change the default source for the speakers while connected at home. Once you change the default to line-in, from then on you can use it without ethernet as line in default.

  • Adr3i

    Is there a way to go from my LG plasma 50pk350 optical digital audio out, to my Play;5 line in?

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

      Hi Adr3i,

      While it is possible to use a Digital to Analog Audio Converter to change the TOSLINK digital optical connection to an analog 3.5 mm jack, there would be an inherent delay caused by the conversion process which would cause a lip-sync issue when watching your TV.  Also, most of these converters don’t convert Dolby encoding to stereo, which could be an issue.  If you are still interested in trying it, here is a link to an example of a converter: http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Analog-Converter-USB-Headphone/dp/B0038HX3S8

      If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on our Support page at http://www.sonos.com/support.

      Thanks,
      Sonos Support

  • nimmo

    It’s about time for a digital input.

  • Mark

    Sonos connected to bridge, cable box and router. Speakers work fine but TV not showing up on Line-in. 

  • Utso

    How can a speaker so good not default to line in when not connected to the Internet? Very poor sono you need to fix this issue and whilst at it please add line out/in to the sonos 3. Otherwise love the sonos system!

  • mass

    hi i have put the simple line in on play 5 and red and white into dvd player and play on line in controller etc but no sound , still not working is this a issue with the dvd player ?

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

      Hi Mass, can you confirm that an audio signal is coming out of the Red and White connection of the DVD player? By plugging it into some other player? If you continue to have issues, please contact our tech support team at http://www.sonos.com/support. Thanks.

  • DG

    My LG TV only has an Optical Audio Out – can I still connect to the Sonos 5? What cord would I need?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ron-Stewart/1476366828 Ron Stewart

    When will Sonos provide a optical input to the system?

  • Tony

    Would the delay also exist if I used a Connect to link my TV into my Sonos system rather than line-in?

  • Merry

    Hi
    I have a Sonos 5 and when i connect it to my tv it´s a delay that i think is not good. Any ideas how to fix that problem ?
    Lars

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

      Hello Lars,

      You can most likely improve this by setting the audio compression to uncompressed rather than automatic or compressed. The following FAQ gives instructions on doing so:

      https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1091/kw/line-in

      If you want to use the PLAY:5 as speakers for your TV, you would also need to turn off TV’s built-in speakers as they will cause an echo.

  • DAn

    I just got a play 5 and cannot connect my iPhone 5 using the line in jack…no sound coming out

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

      Hello Dan,

      Line-in is just another music source to Sonos, and, by default, will not kick in automatically. You’d have to select Line-In and the specific player where your iPhone 5 is connected. You can enable AutoPlay for this feature so it automatically starts playing. Instructions can be found on the link below.
      https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1271/kw/PLAY%3A5

  • John R

    Re connecting tv audio to my sons system:
    Trying to connect my tv to the sonos system, looked up how to do it via sonos website and it recommended a sonos connect, which I bout but I cannot get sound through it. The connect is also giving audio out to a Bose 3in1 sound system perfectly. Tv is connect as per sonos instruction, l/r audio out from the tv to l/r audio in on the connect using cables provided, any tips?

  • Ken95448

    Connecting Play:5 to HDTV w/ optical digital input/output cable with adapter. Connection not working (no sound to Sonos Play:5). Any suggestions?

  • DelGirl

    Anyone experiancing a Drone noise on line in using a preamp to connect turntable? If so how do I reduce it all components are grounded.

  • Bill

    Hi, I have a Sonos system that I run from my laptop. I have a Bridge, Several amps, and a unit that is hooked up to my living room stereo system. I also have a Play-5 that I have in the Mancave (basement).
    I’ve just started to use Netflix on my laptop, but I want the sound to come through the Sonos system. I know I can do a line-in, but can I do it wirelessly? I’m sending Sonos wirelessly now from my laptop to the Bridge / Router; why can’t I do the same with Netflix?
    Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.jamieson Gary Jamieson

    I have 2 laptops, one running widows 8 and one running vista. I have installed the app from disc on both of them and neither will connect to my Play 3. I’ve allowed Sonos through the firewalls and still no joy. Any ideas?

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

      Hello Gary,

      I am sorry that you’re having an issue with the SONOS System. I would try the steps suggested in the attached SONOS Answer that is in this response, also if you have an iDevice or Android device you can use the SONOS Controller for those devices to setup the system. You can download the SONOS Controller application and try the setup from there as as well.

      Follow the instructions and try to associate the PLAY 3 once more. If that does not work then I would recommend contacting SONOS Support by phone so they can look into this further for you. Please have access to the SONOS System when you call support. Thank you for your patience and have a great day.

      Answer Title: PLAY:3 / PLAY:5 not connecting
      Answer Link: https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/250

  • Travis D

    Just bought my first Sonos piece and I love it! However, some type of box with more than one input, particularily digital, would really take the love to the next level.

  • francesco

    That is just ridiculous because music services provide really a few titles for most artists apart from the most quoted, and I am not a indie fan anyway, shame on Sonos

  • Jini

    Just bought a sonos 3 and cannot get it to pair with our iPhone and iPad. Works fine through an Ethernet cable and the laptop but not wireless. Any suggestions?

  • sue

    HELP PLEASE… have a sonos 5 along with a bridge (don’t even know if I have to have that plugged in to use the one Sonos 5 on it’s own??) got it to work the other day but nothing since – just not picking up any signals.. I have a hub plugged in no more than 18ft away and have even tried it next to the thing but still no luck. On verge of returning it to shop!! Also, can you plus an I-phone 4x directly into this via a cable or not.
    Would save alot of this searching for internet connection stuff??
    Anyone with any ideas – PLEASE !!!!! Thanks

  • John B

    What seems clear after getting a system is that you have to have a network in your house. One sonos unit (usually a bridge – so check with the store what you have to buy) has to have a wired connection. to get it registered on your ipad, load the app, and push the one button on the bridge or if using a playbar or other unit “PUSH TWO BUTTONS TOGETHER!!” now things start to work. However there is also a challenge knowing how to get your music libraries into the system. I just downloaded all my music to my ipad.

    The other thing is that SONOS believe you will always have connection to the internet, and if it by chance fails, then boom no music, or in my case with my plabar connected directly into the TV no TV sound! The feature that people ask for of playing the cable in sound as a default is a must for this product to continue.

  • Dougm

    I have 2 connects, living room and media room. when I select audio in the living room the only option I see is the connect in the media room. How do I get it to let me use audio in in the living room?

    • Dougm

      Clarification, audio line in

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

        Hi Dougm,

        The option for Line-In will only be available if there is a line-in source connected to the player. Make sure that the connection is there and you should see the Living Room player show under the Line-In menu.

  • David

    I have a Sonos 5 system and want to connect my sonos speaker in TV Room to my Vizio LCD. Can it be done and how. Thanks

  • Josh Walczak

    There is a line-in on the Play:5. However, if you are connecting to ANY device without pre-amplification (built in or added), the resulting sound will be too quiet to hear. iPods, MP3 players, smartphones, and any other hand-held devices that only have enough output for a set of earbuds simply will not work… unless you add a preamp to give them a boost.

    I love our Sonos setup for the most part–but this detail drives me crazy. The first examples given in this article are simply false:

    “if a friend is visiting with a rare demo on her MP3 player, you can use the line-in on your Sonos player to listen out loud”

    No, actually you can’t–not without additional equipment. There are very cheap preamps and there are very expensive preamps. That may be a different subject, but it’s one Sonos customers will have to engage if they want to use the line-in jack.

    “Connect an MP3 player to a PLAY:5:Using the audio cable that came in the box, 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.”

    Good job. You can now admire how nice the MP3 player looks sitting on top of your Sonos PLAY:5, the two conjoined with a stylish audio cable. If you want to actually HEAR anything from thie MP3 player, you’ll need to run a line to a preamp, and then from that to the Sonos. (Or figure out how to set up a bluetooth or other wireless system to relay the audio from the device to the Sonos.)

    Again, I like my Sonos system a lot. However, I think the line-in jack amounts to a significant design flaw. It gives the impression that the user can plug in any device with a headphone line-out and the Sonos will be able to play it. This impression is reinforced by packaging the PLAY:5 with a 3.5mm male-to-male stereo cable. And then the impression is reified in this forum when Sonos Staff claim an MP3 player can be connected directly to the PLAY:5 and you’re off to the races. It’s sloppy at best (the initial design oversight) and misleading or even false advertising at worst (the claims on this web page).
    It’s not unreasonable in this age of plug-and-play devices and wireless connectivity for a customer to expect that an MP3 player or similar device connected directly to the line-in will work. And yet it doesn’t.

    I’m off to see if I can find a solution to this amplification problem for my own setup that will deliver good sound but won’t cost as much as the CONNNECT:AMP–which I’m sure is wonderful but is complete overkill for my immediate purposes.

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

      Hi Josh,

      We thought of this. Although it’s not entirely clear from the article, it is possible for the player to apply gain adjustment for weaker signals, like that from a portable device or smartphone. The gain on line-in is controlled by a setting called Line-In Source Level.

      With the device connected to the line-in, go to your PC or Mac Controller and select Sonos > Preferences (Mac) or Manage > Settings (PC). Go to Room Settings and select your PLAY:5 and then click on the Line-In tab. Pick Portable Player from the pull-down menu or adjust the line-in source level. The values run from 1-10, with 1 being the lowest level of gain and 10 being the highest.

      You can read more about the gain levels here:

      https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/391

      Thanks,

      Sonos Support

  • Bengt

    I have a Play5 and using the line in to our tv in the kitchen. The sound goes off after a while and then off and on and off. Very anoying. The sond is very loud but still on and off.
    Any one?

  • lensjunkiebelfast

    Here is a question: I am playing in a restaurant that uses your sonos system. I have a guitar and a mic, which i usually plug into a small amp…however, how do I get my signal from my amp, into the sonos system, so that it connects into their speakers? The other issue is that their computer is quite a distance from where I play, so, is there way to connect into a laptop near me, and send the signal to the sonos system wirelessly. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I am a bit technically-retarded :/ Thanks for your help in advance, Ricky

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

      If the amp has a line-out, you can run an appropriate cable from the amp to the back of one of the Sonos components using the Line-In port. From here, you could then use the Line-In function on Sonos to play that audio. Keep in mind, though, that the Line-In function on Sonos has a small delay, so it might not be optimal for playing live music.

  • Anders

    Can I use a minijack spilitter in the Line-in input on the sonos Play:5? I’ve got a cd-player connected to my Play:5 line-in input, but I also want to connect a apple airport express for the airplay option.

  • LonghairedOverfedLeapingGnome

    Here is a question: Say I wanted to use my Sonos as a Karaoke machine. I would want to have a microphone into the Line in, but I would not want the line-in Microphone to shut off the music otherwise coming in, the instrumentals. Is anyone doing anything like this?

  • Sean Welsh

    I am having an issue with line in sync with my new Samsung HD 7100 series 55″ Smart TV. when I test it with the TV speakers I get an echo. I have played with the audio settings of the TV and it doesn’t do anything as expected because the TV doesn’t control the sonos unit. all the smart Apps, cable and over the air devices have the same delay. has anybody else had this issue as well?

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

      Hello Sean,

      What Sonos player do you have hooked up to your TV? The Line-In on the PLAY:5 can have a delay of around 70ms which can be noticeable at times when you’re playing the TV speakers.

      We recommend using the PLAYBAR for TV installations as the Optical Line-In is a much faster connection. If you’re using a PLAYBAR and have audio syncing issues I’d recommend reaching out to our Customer Care Team here: http://www.sonos.com/contact

      Cheers.

  • kirsty

    I’m trying to conect play 5 with Samsung smart tv with no joy:( driving me crazy I’ve been reading all forums and advice and still nothing :( plz help

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

      Hi there Kirsty,

      We’d be happy to help out. Would you mind sending us an email or giving us a call using the information here? http://www.sonos.com/contact. We can help determine what kind of cables you need (or where to plug those cables in) if we can get the model number of your television.

      Thanks.

  • Iwan

    Hello; I have 6 Sonos Speakers since Years. I really like this SONOS System. I would like to have an optical in by the Zone Connect ZP xxx – best regards

  • Sue

    I have hooked up the tv to the connect amp with RCA cables and tv is showing up on line in but I can not get any sound.I have tried turning up volume on the amp and also the
    I pad sonos controll.Any ideas?Sue

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

      Hi Sue, you’ll want to make sure the volume is up to a decent level on the television as well. If both the television and the CONNECT:AMP have their volumes at lower levels, you likely won’t hear much at all.

      If the TV’s volume is up high and you still can’t hear anything, please give us a call or send us an email. We’d be happy to help take a look at your setup and make sure you can get your TV’s audio to your Sonos system. Our contact information can be found here: http://www.sonos.com/contact.

      Thanks.

  • Glen Mullard

    for people travelling with them complaining about i phone networks instead of using a router use a portable airport plug this then enables u to use sonos play 5 anywhere its jus like using airplay

    • Ian

      Hi Glen, I am interested in your solution you describe, could you elaborate a little more on how to achieve the setup you describe? Thanks

  • cwoodruff

    So, as I understand it, the only SONOS components that support analog audio are the Play:5, Connect, and Connect:Amp? I have a Playbar and Sub in one room, and 2x Play:1s in another room – is there a way to do Line In with that set up? (It seems to reason that the answer is no, I just want to be sure I’m not missing anything obvious). Thanks!

  • paco

    I have a latency problem using line-in and my electric guitar. I connect my guitar to my iPad using iRig. I used headphones without any delay. Now I am trying to use Play:5 instead of headphones, and the delay is not neglible. Yes, I have set it to uncompressed and it is still uncomfortable to play guitar in this way.

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

      Hello Paco, the Line-In does have a minimum 70 ms delay on uncompressed for processing and playback.

  • Phil

    No one needs an audio plug if he has access to Sonos Controller… Line-in should always be pre-selected if connected. now I cannot even try out the loudspeaker without having detected it through network and setup all this stuff…

  • Tim44

    Hi. Can I connect a turn table to my Connect Amp and listen to it using the line in function?

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

      Definitely, though you may need to use a phono preamp to make sure the turntable’s output is high enough.

  • Tytotex

    How do I set line in as a default? I can not find any settings window on app with default settings. I am using a Connect:amp to power two ceiling speakers fed from tv audio. Boss is hard of hearing and wanted louder tv but also able to play music from app. When tv turns off and then back on I expect u would have to open app to start line in playing again. That is not going to work well. I bought two units and will have to return if cannot stay on line in mode unless user changes to music library using app. Please help so I can keep or return> have not opened second unit because of this.

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

      Hi there, it sounds like enabling Line-In Autoplay would solve this. With Autoplay enabled, anytime the Sonos player detects audio coming through the Line-In port, it will switch over to Line-In automatically. You can enable this using the Sonos Desktop Controller for Mac or PC under Room Settings > Line-In > Autoplay Room. You’ll also be able to designate what volume Line-In will play at when it automatically starts.

      • Tytotex

        Thank u

        Michael Krogh

  • Laird Le

    So this will allow me to stream a CD player’s audio to Sonos speakers? Just checking!

    • Laird Le

      Using the Sonos CONNECT only and Sonos Play speakers?

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

        It certainly will. Once you have the CD player connected to the Line-In port on a Sonos component, that audio can be streamed to any and all Sonos components in the system.

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

      Hello Laird,

      Definitely. You can hook up a CD player directly to a line-in option on one of the Sonos devices and listen to that content.

  • Sören Rosberg

    Hi! If I have a audio line-in to my TV and the TV connected to a playbar with optical, would I then be able to use that to play music from friends smartphones to the system? (playbar + 2 play:3) or any other zone in the system? From phone through TV to Playbar and the rest of the system that is. Thank you! =)

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

      Hey Sören,

      Yes, you can definitely do this. Just help your friends connect to your wireless network, then associate their smart phones to the system and you’ll be able to control and send music from those devices, as well as other zones. They’ll also be able to control the TV volume through the PLAYBAR. Please let us know if you have any other questions regarding this and we’ll be happy to help.

  • hubert

    hi have a birdge + Play 5 and after the configuration it works with the sonos app, but from my IPAD via the audio cable directly connected on the PLAY 5, it doesn’t work (no sound) is this normal ?
    Can you help here

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

      You should be able to play from the iPad directly to the PLAY:5 using that Line-In cable. Just make sure that the PLAY:5 is set to play the Line-In, and that the iPad is playing audio.

      If you’re still having trouble, I’d recommend giving us a call: http://www.sonos.com/contact

  • LongEnough

    Hi, I use the Play:5 to play youtube videos with my projector or laptop. The problem is that everytime I switch windows or videos, Sonos goes mute and I have to click on Play Now under Line-In again. Times this by x number of times and you get how troublesome it is. This is very annoying. I must say, the sonos software is very poor and navigation is not always intuitive. This line-in reclick is stopping me from buying more sonos.

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

      Hi LongEnough, you can turn on AutoPlay for the Line-In so that the PLAY:5 will automatically start playing that source. This page has directions for setting up the PLAY:5 (or any other player with a Line-In) for use on the go or with Autoplay: https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1271