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

127 Responses to “Tip: Using line-in on Sonos”

ElfheimJanuary 26th, 2012 at 11:00 am

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.

MacivismaraJanuary 26th, 2012 at 11:23 am

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

IanJanuary 26th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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.

TweissJanuary 26th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

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?

Sonos Support TeamJanuary 26th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

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.


Sonos Support TeamJanuary 27th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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 McAngusJanuary 28th, 2012 at 6:55 am

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.

JetsailorFebruary 6th, 2012 at 11:22 am

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.


oveganMarch 7th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

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?

Honey_pabloApril 11th, 2012 at 9:19 am

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…..


Sonos Support TeamApril 11th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

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.


Sonos Support

MickeApril 20th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

 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.

Paul DonohueMay 13th, 2012 at 8:50 am

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 BJune 1st, 2012 at 2:23 pm

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?

Keith BJune 1st, 2012 at 2:23 pm

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?

Sonos Support TeamJune 6th, 2012 at 2:44 pm


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.


Sonos Support Team

UltrazonefireJune 16th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

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

ChrisJune 17th, 2012 at 11:28 am

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 ??

DudeJuly 2nd, 2012 at 3:13 pm

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.

Adr3iJuly 3rd, 2012 at 12:30 pm

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

Sonos Support TeamJuly 3rd, 2012 at 4:16 pm

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.

Sonos Support

WheresmycarJuly 22nd, 2012 at 4:27 pm

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

MarkAugust 11th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

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

UtsoAugust 18th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

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!

Sonos Support TeamAugust 29th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

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!

massOctober 29th, 2012 at 10:58 am

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 ?

MerryDecember 17th, 2012 at 12:56 am

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 ?

John RJanuary 8th, 2013 at 9:27 am

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?

Ken95448February 12th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

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

DelGirlFebruary 18th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

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.

CamFebruary 19th, 2013 at 3:13 am

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


BillFebruary 25th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

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?

Gary JamiesonApril 12th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

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?

Travis DApril 17th, 2013 at 9:33 am

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.

Travis DApril 17th, 2013 at 9:39 am

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

Sonos Support TeamApril 17th, 2013 at 11:39 am

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

francescoApril 19th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

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

JiniApril 28th, 2013 at 12:44 am

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?

James MMay 6th, 2013 at 7:03 am

Hello Jini,

Thank you for contacting Sonos. Make sure the wireless router is not on the incompatible list of networking devices to be used with Sonos. I also would try the recommended steps listed in the attached Sonos Answer by James. If that does not work I would contact Sonos Support by phone so they can look into this issue further. Thank you for your patience and have a great day.

Answer Title: Network hardware compatibility
Answer Link: https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/42


sueJuly 3rd, 2013 at 8:58 am

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 BJuly 4th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

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.

DougmJuly 25th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

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?

Sonos Support TeamJuly 26th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

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.

DavidJuly 31st, 2013 at 7:31 am

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 WalczakAugust 16th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

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.

dude_replyAugust 19th, 2013 at 7:31 am

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.

BengtAugust 21st, 2013 at 5:53 am

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?

Sonos Support TeamAugust 23rd, 2013 at 10:29 am

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:



Sonos Support

lensjunkiebelfastSeptember 6th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

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

AndersSeptember 6th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

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.

LonghairedOverfedLeapingGnomeSeptember 15th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

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?

Sonos Support TeamSeptember 20th, 2013 at 9:36 am

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.

Sean WelshNovember 6th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

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?

Sonos Support TeamNovember 8th, 2013 at 10:05 am

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


kirstyNovember 12th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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

IwanDecember 2nd, 2013 at 5:10 am

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

SueDecember 14th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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

Sonos Support TeamDecember 20th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

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.


Glen MullardDecember 23rd, 2013 at 8:45 am

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

cwoodruffDecember 25th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

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!

IanJanuary 8th, 2014 at 4:14 am

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

pacoJanuary 11th, 2014 at 7:52 am

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.

PhilJanuary 14th, 2014 at 9:34 am

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…

TytotexMarch 20th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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.

Sonos Support TeamMarch 21st, 2014 at 2:05 pm

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.

Laird LeMay 7th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

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

Sonos Support TeamMay 12th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

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.

Sören RosbergAugust 11th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

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! =)

Sonos Support TeamAugust 13th, 2014 at 9:03 am

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.

hubertAugust 25th, 2014 at 3:30 am

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

LongEnoughOctober 6th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

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.

BrianDecember 12th, 2014 at 12:42 am

So the Play:5’s line-in option enables it to play not just from MP3 player but a CD player. And with the right turntable w/ preamp, it can play vinyl, too. But, since there’s one line-in aux, with a splitter cable, can it play both an LP and a CD (not simultaneously of course, but either at a time while connected to both)?

Jesselynn DesmondDecember 12th, 2014 at 9:59 am

How can I play Netflix or Youtube audio on my Sonos 1? The whole reason I bought this system to play audio throughout my whole house.

Sonos Support TeamDecember 12th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Hi Jesselynn, the PLAY:1 doesn’t have a line-in port. The CONNECT, CONNECT:AMP, and PLAY:5 all do. You could use the line-in on any of those players to send the audio to any combination of your Sonos players, but one of those units would be needed to get that audio into the Sonos system to start with.

JohnJanuary 5th, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Sonos is expensive.
Sonos uses and proprietary (not standards based or open) technology.
Sonos has no bluetooth or NFC, so you can’t let your friends connect.
forces you to play through their askew app; prevents many features from
normal Sportify, Pandora, etc. You can’t play your playlist directly
from you connected device.
Sonos does not do stereo, but only offers simulated stereo.
Sonos has bad build quality.
Sonos has only average sound.
Sonos does not offer a rechargeable battery, you need to wire each speaker to power.
Sonos has no aux input, so no way to have sound for youtube,, movies, games, etc
Sonos needs the internet connection all the time. How restrictive is that!
Sonos: yesterday’s technology at tomorrow’s prices.

No thanks.
are much better systems avoidable at a fraction of the cost. E.g. Look
at the Samsung multi-room for example. And do not look at the Bose;
that is atrocious.

JohnJanuary 5th, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Sonos is expensive.
Sonos uses and proprietary (not standards based or open) technology.
Sonos has no bluetooth or NFC, so you can’t let your friends connect.
Sonos forces you to play through their askew app; prevents many features from normal Sportify, Pandora, etc. You can’t play your playlist directly from you connected device.
Sonos does not do stereo, but only offers simulated stereo.
Sonos has bad build quality.
Sonos has only average sound.
Sonos does not offer a rechargeable battery, you need to wire each speaker to power.
Sonos has no aux input, so no way to have sound for youtube,, movies, games, etc
Sonos needs the internet connection all the time. How restrictive is that!
Sonos: yesterday’s technology at tomorrow’s prices.

No thanks.
There are much better systems available at a fraction of the cost. E.g. Look
at the Samsung multi-room for example. And do not look at the Bose; that is atrocious.

Trevor SullivanJanuary 14th, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Agreed, I don’t have a wired network connection available to me at the moment, so why would I not be able to use the line-in? The unit should default to line-in if there is no network connectivity.
I have owned two Play: 5 units for a couple years now, and really like them, but they need to be more flexible with scenarios such as this. Keep up the good work, and keep adding new features. Please prioritize this one if at all possible.
Trevor Sullivan
Microsoft MVP: PowerShell

DerekFebruary 26th, 2015 at 7:53 pm

I dont get this i plug in an audio source in to the line in and no sound is coming out of my sonos 5 play. I dont have wifi so i cant use the controller. Does this mean my speakers are useless? This is the dumbest design flaw i ve ever come across it makes me furious

Philip BrownFebruary 28th, 2015 at 8:57 am

Here’s a solution I just tried, and found that actually works! I would assume that SONOS might be able to offer a similar solution, unless (of course) licensing issues prevent them from doing it without permission from Apple. (Don’t know… just speculating here).

This software solution provides an “airplay” driver on your mac that points to one of your Sonos players. Once it’s installed, you use it with three simple steps.

Step 1) Open a terminal prompt (command prompt) and type airsonos. This starts the driver.
Don’t close the session. It’s OK to minimize the window.

Step 2) You use the Mac’s “System Preferences…” , “Sound” to select the sonos as the output for your sound. Now, play some music on your mac, and turn up the volume, and the sound comes out of your Sonos” instead of your Mac. No wires. No hassle.

Step 3) Grin from ear to ear as any and all Mac sound streams wirelessly to your Sonos!


(I can’t take credit for creating it, but I’m so happy to have found it… thank you Stephen! … that I’m willing to share it far and wide!)

airsonos a Node.js application, and it’s free!

You need to install the right version of Node.js (it’s an older version),

and then you need to use npm (the Node package manager) which will download, compile and i

install airsonos. It’s all pretty easy. You don’t need more than basic computer skills to get it done.


I found info here:


and installation instructions here:


IMPORTANT NOTE: It states it requires Node.js version v0.10.33 or greater.

I tried it with the current release of Node.js (v0.12.xx) and it wouldn’t compile.

When I downloaded and installed Node.js version v0.10.33, and then tried to install it everything worked!

Here are the brief instructions:

Step 1)

Download Node.js v0.10.33 from here:


or use google to find it.

Step 2) Run the install (node-v0.10.33.pkg) to install Node.js

Step 3) Open a terminal prompt, and at the command line type:

sudo npm install airsonos -g

This will cause the npm (the node package manager) to download, compile and install airsonos and the packages it requires. It took about 5 or 10 minutes to complete.

Now it’s installed!

To use it, it’s two simple steps:

*** First) open a terminal and at the command prompt type:



You should see output similar to:

MacBook-Pro:~user$ airsonos

Searching for Sonos devices on network…

Setting up AirSonos for Basement {}

Setting up AirSonos for Office {}

On my machine these messages were repeated several times.

LEAVE THE TERMINAL WINDOW. Don’t close it, or kill the airsonos app.

It *IS* OK to minimize the window.

*** Second)

Go to system preferences… (under the apple menu), select “Sound” and for “Output” create one of the airsonos outputs. For instance, in my situation I selected .

“Office (AirSonos) AirPlay”.

Now play some music on your mac, turn up the volume on your mac, and listen the music come out through Sonos!

This is awesome. You can now send steaming services to Sonos, you can output your itunes music to sonos. Want to hear a playlist of songs from youtube… done, amazon music prime… it now works!, etc, etc.

Many, many thanks to Stephen for creating this and sharing the info.

I didn’t create any of this, I’m just sharing the information since I’ve wanted this feature for so long, I’m happy to finally find a quality solution that works!


royApril 30th, 2015 at 12:50 pm

id like to connect my sonos system(1 play 1 and play 3, possibly play 5 coming soon), to a pair of speakers i have on my patio(inside the ceiling). do i need to get the sonos connect amp and just run speaker wire from those speakers to the amp?

XyzzyFrobozzJune 27th, 2015 at 1:51 am

Ever received a response? I can’t change the line in because the fucking app is looking for a wireless connection.

Very fucking fiddly.

HistoryChannelGuySeptember 14th, 2015 at 6:02 pm

I think you are supposed to tell it to connect to themselves. There should be two wireless options, one is for it’s own network. ad hoc and what not.

Leave a Response