Top Features of the Sonos Connect
While Sonos is known for their craftsmanship and sound quality, the biggest advantage the company offers may be the ease of use that extends across all their product lines. That’s a philosophy that’s situated front and center with the Sonos Connect. While there are plenty of media streaming devices available, few are designed to coordinate with traditional speakers in the way the Connect does, and none are quite so easy to get set up and work with directly. The Sonos Connect serves as a hub for your amplified speakers and receivers, letting you pipe in music directly through your phone or computer and knowing that it will come through on the other end with no fuss or hassle.
Stylish Design with Modern Look
While stylishly designed mute and volume buttons are built right in to the device, it’s unlikely you’ll be using them all that much. The app works well, and it provides you with all the options you need just so long as it’s hooked up to the same Wi-Fi network as your Connect device. One of its main advantages is how non-proprietary it is. From the Chromecast to the Amazon Firestick, so many streaming devices on the market are looking to sell you a service, and that service is essentially tied in to what that company owns. Sonos offers compatibility with over 80 different music streaming services, and they can easily be sorted and indexed right through the free app.
But Sonos is also about performance, and that’s something they’ve taken seriously here. There’s something of an advantage in the fact that the Connect doesn’t come with its own amplifier. That means that the user can set up an amplifier that works for them, Its digital output component means that you can set up your own digital analog converted for a crisper and more customized sound. If you’re looking to string together a whole house setup, and you have ambitions to expand your layout with more speakers in the Sonos line, the Connect is a solid investment. It can certainly save you some money from throwing or storing away older speakers or receivers that would otherwise go to waste.
Ways to Use the Sonos Connect
The options are wide open as far as the Sonos Connect is concerned, and its wide range of compatibility makes it one of the most versatile Sonos components on the market. Basically any speakers you have laying around can be transformed into wireless streaming devices by linking them up to the Sonos Connect. At its simplest, you can take your existing stereo or home entertainment system and link them up to your Wi-Fi, but that’s not really tapping into the full potential of what the Sonos Connect can provide. Like everything Sonos, the Connect works best when it’s connecting with other products in the ecosystem. That could mean complementing the raw power of your speakers with the addition of a Sonos Sub for deeper bass and louder performance, expanding the repertoire and outreach of your speaker system by plugging in some additional Sonos speakers like those in the Play collection, adding voice activation options by syncing it with an Alexa enabled device, or coordinating your Connect and wired speakers as a one room zone in your whole house setup. Also useful is the capacity for the Sonos Connect to bring added versatility to audio players. Your record player or CD changer can be hooked up to your Wi-Fi network through the Connect, at which point the output can be piped through any room with Sonos speakers enabled. Just keep in mind that the Sonos Connect doesn’t come with its own amplifiers, so you’ll want to make sure that any speakers or components you use come with their own power source. If you have a combination of both powered and non-amplified devices, the Connect works well with the Connect:Amp.
Why the Sonos Connect Beats the Competition
In practical terms, the Sonos Connect doesn’t really have any competition. When Sonos first came on the market, the idea of a wireless stereo system that unifies your devices throughout your house was still in its infancy. Over a decade later, the Sonos Connect still fills a unique niche. It doesn’t exist to replace the competition but instead to make the competition relevant again, and if you’re looking to breath new life into your aging aging but still useful speakers by integrating them into a smart home setup, the Sonos Connect is the only real game in town. Sure, you could technically set up your traditional speakers to a Chromecast-based hub, but you’d be looking at a makeshift project that requires a lot of unnecessary workarounds and cables to really make it work in any meaningful way.
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