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Sonos Amp 250W 2.1-Ch Amplifier + Klipsch Reference Series 5-1/4" 340w Passive 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) $619.98 + free S/H

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If I get this instead of the Sonos Beam, how do I get the TV audio to get into the system?

EDIT: I see it has HDMI, can I still use other sonos / ikea speakers to complete the system?
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If I get this instead of the Sonos Beam, how do I get the TV audio to get into the system?

EDIT: I see it has HDMI, can I still use other sonos / ikea speakers to complete the system?
I'll be honest get the beam. Trying to do what your trying to do sorta works but for actual surround sound the sounds bars are the only way to go.
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I'll be honest get the beam. Trying to do what your trying to do sorta works but for actual surround sound the sounds bars are the only way to go.
Thanks! I'll keep it simple, my only worry is the lack of of a sub, hopeful it can fill the room nicely
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If I get this instead of the Sonos Beam, how do I get the TV audio to get into the system?

EDIT: I see it has HDMI, can I still use other sonos / ikea speakers to complete the system?
Nick already alluded to it, but the only way to do surround with Sonos is either the Playbase, Playbar or Beam paired with two other Sonos speakers for rears (Play 1's, 3's or 5's, or Sonos One's), and adding the Sub is a killer bonus. You can't do other brand speakers powered by the Sonos Amp for surround. This kit would make a much bigger sounding stereo pair for use with your TV, but it can't be incorporated into a surround kit. You can, however, use them in tandem with any other Sonos speakers for regular listening not coming from your TV. I've had the surround setup since it first became available (Playbar, Sub and two Play:1's) and absolutely love it. If I had to do it again now that their other speakers are released, I'd go with the Beam, Sub and two Sonos One's. I don't feel like the Playbar makes THAT much difference over the Beam for the $300 difference when you have the rears and sub with it. If you're not going to get the sub and can only do rears and something up front, I'd go with the Playbase over the Beam if you have the space. The Playbase has a fuller sound IMO to where not having the sub won't be missing quite as much as you would with the Beam.
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Great information here folks, I appreciate the surround sound insight! I extremely lucked up on a beam that a local pawn shop posted on letgo for $175. It pairs very nicely with two play1s in my bedroom. Definitely looking to complete my living room with a similar set up but with the base and a sub (already have play1s for it).
Only annoying issue with the beam comes into play if you are a heavy alexa user. They don't support alexa calling, so if you say Alexa call/drop-in it doesn't work. As well, you can't change the wake word. So if you have a beam in a room with another Alexa device your only option is to change the wake word for the other alexa device (ie echo or computer). Extremely annoying, especially when you have to explain to the wife why she has to use different wake words.
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Nick already alluded to it, but the only way to do surround with Sonos is either the Playbase, Playbar or Beam paired with two other Sonos speakers for rears (Play 1's, 3's or 5's, or Sonos One's), and adding the Sub is a killer bonus. You can't do other brand speakers powered by the Sonos Amp for surround. This kit would make a much bigger sounding stereo pair for use with your TV, but it can't be incorporated into a surround kit. You can, however, use them in tandem with any other Sonos speakers for regular listening not coming from your TV. I've had the surround setup since it first became available (Playbar, Sub and two Play:1's) and absolutely love it. If I had to do it again now that their other speakers are released, I'd go with the Beam, Sub and two Sonos One's. I don't feel like the Playbar makes THAT much difference over the Beam for the $300 difference when you have the rears and sub with it. If you're not going to get the sub and can only do rears and something up front, I'd go with the Playbase over the Beam if you have the space. The Playbase has a fuller sound IMO to where not having the sub won't be missing quite as much as you would with the Beam.
Useful post. Also, are you implying the Playbase has a fuller sound than the Playbar?

I have a Beam in the bedroom that I don't plan on making surround.

For my living room I had planned on a Playbar + two Ones +/- Sub. I just can't bring myself to buy a Playbar solely for how old it is at this point. I want fuller sound than the Beam though, so I've just been holding off.
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NYou can't do other brand speakers powered by the Sonos Amp for surround. This kit would make a much bigger sounding stereo pair for use with your TV, but it can't be incorporated into a surround kit. .
Not sure what you are saying, but I have a Beam, AMP + two Klipsch for surrounds, and Sub, and the setup works great.

You can even use the Connect:Amp in such a setup for surrounds.

https://support.sonos.com/s/artic...uage=en_US

Setting up an Amp or Connect:Amp as surround speakers
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Useful post. Also, are you implying the Playbase has a fuller sound than the Playbar?

I have a Beam in the bedroom that I don't plan on making surround.

For my living room I had planned on a Playbar + two Ones +/- Sub. I just can't bring myself to buy a Playbar solely for how old it is at this point. I want fuller sound than the Beam though, so I've just been holding off.
Rtings.com actually rates the Beam as slightly better overall than the Playbar.

https://www.rtings.com/soundbar/tools/compare/sonos-beam-vs-sonos-playbar/836/873?usage=8767&thresho... [rtings.com]

When I listen to them both at Costco it seems like the Playbar is fuller and louder, as you'd expect. I know that's not the best testing environment so take both here. It might be worth it just to get another Beam and have the ARC capabilities.
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Thanks! I'll keep it simple, my only worry is the lack of of a sub, hopeful it can fill the room nicely
FYI, Costco will be selling the Beam on Black Friday (online) for $299. Roughly $100 off the normal price.
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Not sure what you are saying, but I have a Beam, AMP + two Klipsch for surrounds, and Sub, and the setup works great.

You can even use the Connect:Amp in such a setup for surrounds.

https://support.sonos.com/s/artic...uage=en_US [sonos.com]

Setting up an Amp or Connect:Amp as surround speakers
They were referring to using the amp and klipsch in lieu of the beam/playbar/playbase.
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Not sure what you are saying, but I have a Beam, AMP + two Klipsch for surrounds, and Sub, and the setup works great.

You can even use the Connect:Amp in such a setup for surrounds.

https://support.sonos.com/s/artic...uage=en_US [sonos.com]

Setting up an Amp or Connect:Amp as surround speakers
With a few caveats, the sub output is disabled when using them as surround and needs a wired set up (not sure if this is still valid for the latest version). For me the whole point of using an amp instead of a beam was to be able to hook up a sub that doesn't cost $700
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Is there any way to make Sonos work for just my rear speakers? I have some great wired subs and main speakers, but wiring my rears is going to be a nightmare.
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Is there any way to make Sonos work for just my rear speakers? I have some great wired subs and main speakers, but wiring my rears is going to be a nightmare.
Some recievers offer the option to use certain wireless speakers for surrounds. For example I could use a pair of musiccast speakers as wireless surrounds with my Yamaha reciever. I believe Dennon has something similar with their Heos compatible recievers. There are recievers I've seen that have the "works with sonos"built in, but im not familiar with them or if that's something similar to the Yamaha musiccast wireless feature
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Can I connect this to my pc and is there 3.5 output for headphones?
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