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Since day one, our mission has been to help music lovers play any song anywhere in their homes. While, we’ve moved into the age of streaming, we still have strong ties to some of the more tangible forms of listening. You can use the line-in on your player to connect your favorite external audio source like a turntable or MP3 player to your Play:5, Connect, or Connect:Amp and stream to any Sonos component throughout your whole home.

Here’s how to use line-in on your player to listen out loud.


Connect a player to a Play:5

Using the audio cable that came with your speaker, 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.

How To Use Line-In On Sonos

The new Play:5 has an Autoplay function that offers the option to play your music on the go, without Wi-Fi connectivity.  Turn on Autoplay and connect your external audio source to the Play:5’s Line-In. Without having to switch music sources, your music will immediately start playing on the Play:5 and any other speakers you like.  You will still need to plug the speaker into an outlet for power. 


Connect a 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 a player to a Connect:Amp

Purchase a stereo mini to RCA Y-audio cable and follow the instruction for the Connect.

Use line-in with the Sonos Connect:Amp.Then all you have to do is switch audio source to line-in on your Sonos controller.


You can listen to music from the external device in any room, and use the Sonos App to control the volume settings. However, you must control the playback (forward, pause, etc.) from the line-in source.

Related: Discover what happens when engineering meets design in this behind-the-scenes look at the collaboration that went into the new Play:5.