Some love it for the warm, pristine sound quality or the crackly nostalgia of hearing the needle glide through the grooves. Others enjoy the tactile experience of opening a record, laying it on the turntable and focusing their attention on just one thing – sonic equivalent of cracking open a paperback.

 

Whether you’re an audiophile record collector, casual listener, or still scratching your head about the whole thing, it’s undeniable: vinyl is here to stay.

Even as streaming music flourishes and dominates our listening, our appetite for vinyl keeps growing. Over the last 12 years, vinyl sales in the USA have grown every year, with similar upward trends happening around the world.
With Sonos, you don’t have to choose between streaming and spinning. In addition to working with over 80 digital music services, our home sound system can plug right into your turntable setup. So, with Sonos, you can fill your home with the warm sound of your favourite albums on vinyl.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Connect your turntable to your Sonos system

There are three ways to do this. You’ll need one of the following Sonos products:
Play:5  (+ Stereo Mini to RCA Y-Audio Cable)
Connect
Connect:Amp

Of course, you’ll also need a turntable, like the Essential III Phono turntable from Pro-Ject. We like this one because it has a phono preamp built in. If your turntable doesn’t have a phono preamp (most of them don’t), you’ll need to get one for the Sonos vinyl experience to work best. You can learn more about this on our Community site.

Once you have everything you need, just follow the appropriate set of instructions below:

Play:5

Plug your turntable directly into our biggest speaker using the line-in port on the back.

Plug the single end of an RCA Y-audio cable into the line-in port of Play:5 and attach the split cable to the corresponding colours of the L/R audio outputs on the back of your turntable.

With Connect

The Sonos Connect is perfect if you already have an amplifier and a set of third-party speakers that you don’t want to part with. The Connect lets you use your amplified audio equipment to bring the sound of your vinyl collection into your Sonos system – and to more rooms.

Just take the audio cable that comes with your Connect, plug one end into your turntable and the other end into corresponding colours of the L/R inputs at the back of your Connect.

With Connect:Amp

If you have a turntable and third party speakers but no amplifier, you can connect them to the Sonos system directly using the Connect:Amp.

Just take the audio cable that comes with your Connect:Amp, plug one end into the your turntable and the other end into corresponding colours of the L/R inputs at the back of your Connect:Amp.

Step 2: Switch the audio source in your Sonos app to line-in

Open the Sonos app on your phone or tablet. Go to the Browse Menu and select Line-In. Choose the source of your music. Then press Play Now and the record playing on your turntable will start up. You can even set up AutoPlay so your Sonos system knows it’s time to switch into vinyl mode as soon as the needle drops into the groove.

Bonus: Add extra speakers and rooms

If you have multiple Sonos devices set up in different rooms, you can group them together using the Rooms tab in the Sonos app and spread the sound of your favourite vinyl throughout your home. If you don’t, what are you waiting for?

Need help setting up Sonos to play vinyl? Our community site is loaded with answers to your most pressing questions.

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