The new Sonos Amp was released late last year to vendors and professional installers. It’s touted as the replacement to the aging Sonos Connect: Amp. Coming in at $600, this amp is defiantly considered a high-end piece of equipment.
So, let’s discuss some of the features. The Sonos Amp is meant for already integrated audio environments. That means that you can use it with your existing high-end speakers or built-in speakers. It comes with two speakers out terminals that handle 8-ohm speakers, 2 RCA jacks for external devices, and a various array of wireless connectivity options such as Airplay 2.
Is the Sonos Amp the right product for you? That depends. If you are looking to simply add Sonos capabilities to your existing audio environment but you have a quality amp driving your speakers, the Connect may be a more appropriate product for you. On the other hand, if you have an extra speaker or two, are trying to minimize the amount of equipment in your home theater, or need to replace an existing amp that is on its way out, the Sonos Amp might be the right product.
The Sonos Amp is compatible with the rest of the Sonos products. You still get the room-to-room wireless sync capabilities. It’s an excellent addition if you already on other Sonos products, especially the new Sonos One or Sonos Beam.
I forgot to mention that the Sonos Amp also features an HDMI ARC port. That means that you can not only connect your TV to the new Sonos Amp, but you can control the Amp through your TV remote. It’s an excellent product to add top tier sound quality to your existing home theater.
Using the Sonos Amp with your TV could potentially add Alexa capabilities to your home theater as well. The Sonos Amp has the ability to add a device like the Echo Dot to it as well. Since the Sonos Amp also has HDMI ARC capabilities, there’s the possibility that you could tightly integrate this system into your current smart home strategy.
If this seems like something you might be interested in, you might consider contacting a local Control4 system vendor. These vendors will also have access to the Sonos Amp and can help you create a fully integrated smart home system. They’ll be able to use special smart home hubs to create a fully voice-controlled system that integrates fully with your entire smart home environment.