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Sonos is designed to play music from internet services such as Spotify. This table helps connect Sonos to other sound sources such as TV, DVD, record players etc.

Sonos speakers connections
Sonos Model Number of Ethernet ports inputs/outputs other then network Size Price
PLAY:1 1 none 162x120x120 $229
PLAY:3 1 none 132x268x160 $379
PLAY:5 1 none 203x364x154 $749
One - same as PLAY:1 + Microphone
PLAYBASE 1 IN: Optical 58x720x380 $999
PLAYBAR 2 IN: Optical 85x900x140 $999
SUB: 1 none 389x402x158 $999
CONNECT: 2 IN: Stereo Analog,
OUT: Stereo Analog, digital optical, digital coax
74x136x140 $549
CONNECT:AMP 2 IN: Stereo Analog,
OUT: Stereo 2x55Wats on 8 Ohms speakers, mono for an active subwoofer
89x185x207 $749
BOOST WiFi bridge extender only $149

Conventional amplifiers usually have few analogue and digital inputs for different devices. Not so for Sonos. Sonos can have only one input, analogue or digital. To combine few audio sources, you will need to use other amplifier or preamplifier.

sonos-surround-speaker-setTo connect Sonos to a conventional stereo analogue amplifier, you need at least Sonos CONNECT: + 2xPLAY speakers. That gives analogue stereo only for $1007. And if you want to connect Sonos to 5.1 digital surround sound, for example, Blu-ray, the minimum set of speakers is: PLAYBASE or PLAYBAR + SUB + 4x PLAY:1 with the total of $2910.

Each Sonos speaker has Wi-Fi 2.4Ghz connectivity. No dual-band or so-called 5G Wi-Fi. So you do not need expensive dual-band Wi-Fi routers - they won't improve Sonos. Second Ethernet port is 'double adapter' allowing connects other devices to the same network cable along with Sonos speaker. Ethernet is not necessary for connecting few speakers because Sonos speakers have its own invisible mesh Wi-Fi network. But for reliability (wire is always better) and to connect other AV devices to the internet such as TV and Foxtel box via Ethernet cable, you will need a third party network switch (around $20) the size of the modem.

yamaha-YHT-8940-surround-amp-speakersIn comparison, Yamaha YHT-8940 - the latest Home Theater system includes 7 speakers plus subwoofer, multi-room wireless cost less than a $2000. It has 3 digital inputs + HDMI inputs. And yes, on the top of controlling TV DVDs, playing Bluetooth, etc via mobile phone, it plays Spotify on your mobile phone wirelessly.