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Further to my earlier post: https://tickett.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/sonos-up-and-runnings-ish/ I have now received the Sonos Connect (ZP90) and have now solved issue #1 (stream to both Sonos S5 / Play 5 devices and my living room Onkyo TX-SR608 amp simultaneously) but issue #2 is still outstanding (streaming from the Onkyo TX-SR608 to the Sonos devices).

The problem is the lack of analog audio outputs on the Onkyo amp. Strictly speaking there are 2 sets of analog outputs on the amp: Zone 2 and VCR/DVR but they only work if the input is analogue (which in most cases it is not).

As the main device I’d want to send audio from the amp to the Sonos devices is my AppleTV 2 I think I will probably buy a Digital Optical to Analog RCA audio convertor (£20 off eBay)- this is also the more energy efficient solution as the amp won’t have to be powered to feed the ZP90. Unfortunately this will leave me unable to stream audio from the sky box, htpc etc but it’s unlikely I’d ever want to do that anyway…

L

Sonos up and running… ish

A month back there was a special offer on a package comprising 2x Sonos Play 5 (or S5) and 1x Sonos Bridge- so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. After a rather painful wait for stock I finally took delivery of the units.

I have to admit I’m pretty impressed. Setup was an absolute breeze- all 3 devices in no more than 5 minutes. Within 15 minutes I’d updated the firmware on all the devices and tested most of the functionality.

As I’m trying to be conscious of my energy consumption I did a little analysis… The Sonos Play 5 uses approx 9W whilst idle, then between 14W (low volume) and 21W (full volume) whilst in use. I find the idle figure to be a little higher than I’d’ve hoped, but the active figure isn’t bad.

I have several issues with what I’m now left with:

1) Whilst I can stream to both S5 devices simultaneously, I cannot simultaneously stream the same source to my living room a/v equipment (onkyo amp). To address this drawback I’ve ordered a Sonos Connect (Zone Player or ZP90)
2) I cannot stream from my devices like I’m used to with airplay / appletv. I’m thinking of potential solutions for this… I could go from appletv -> amp -> connect but that’s a bit wasteful. I could also purchase 1 (or more) airport express devices but again, that seems rather wasteful. I read somewhere that Sonos released the API / documentation for streaming to their devices, so I guess I’m hoping there is already a better solution out there?

As always- I’ll do my best to keep you posted.

L

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