11 Sonos tips, tricks, and lesser-known features

Sonos continues to be one of the best multiroom wireless sound systems you can buy, with whole-home speakers that range from Wi-Fi-connected single speakers like the stalwart Play One and surround sound beasts like the Sonos Arc to portable Sonos Roam and Move speakers and the new, er, era of Sonos speakers, the Era 100 and Era 300 seem to do it all.

A Sonos system can spread music throughout your home, can be configured with multiple products as an excellent Dolby Atmos-capable surround sound system for your TV, and can be used to connect your existing analog its equipment for a customized setup that just works. for you — these are some of the best speakers you can buy.

One of our favorite things about Sonos speakers is how many features they pack. That means new users don’t always know what they can do. We’re helping by sharing some of our favorite tricks for Sonos speakers. Take a look and see what you can do!

Connect your Sonos speakers

Whether you’re bringing multiple Sonos speakers into your home or adding an extra Sonos device, you should know that it’s easy to link. The Sonos app natively supports linking Sonos brand speakers together, and most are compatible with each other. Head to the Sonos app and add your new speaker to enable linking capabilities. This is useful for multiroom sound, stereo sound with two speakers, and other arrangements where your speakers can play simultaneously.

Trueplay tuning

Trueplay tuning is Sonos’ proprietary system that allows you to use your smartphone and the Sonos app to tune your Sonos speaker setup by listening to the sound in the room and adjusting the audio for the best effect in the space. . It’s available on newer Sonos speakers, like the latest Sonos Plays. Sonos may suggest doing this during setup, but you can tune it at any time using the Sonos app. Go to Settings > Select Room > Trueplayand Trueplay tuning to start the process. This can be useful if you move your Sonos speaker to a different position or to a new room.

The Sonos Move and Roam portables, as well as the new Era 100 and Era 300 models, all feature Automatic Truplay that uses the devices’ built-in mics. All you need to do is go to the settings of each speaker in the Aonos app and make sure that Auto Trueplay tuning turned on.

The Sonos Era 300 and Era 100 together.
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Set volume limits

Do you want to keep your speaker from going above a certain volume to avoid annoying the neighbors or prevent kids from accidentally cranking things up? Sonos speakers allow you to set a volume limit for each room you set up. Just go to SettingsCHOOSE systemCHOOSE Select Roomand go to Volume limit. This will allow you to set a high threshold for the volume so things don’t get too crazy for that particular room.

Set up the rear speakers of the surround sound system

If you have two of the same type of Sonos speakers, like both Sonos A speaker, you can place them as rear wireless speakers in a Sonos-based surround sound setup. For example, if you have a Sonos soundbar, such as an Arc, Beam, or Ray, and a Sonos Sub or Sub Mini, you can add a pair of Sonos Ones or even Fives as rear surround speakers. very nice

But the game here changes a bit with the addition of the new Sonos Era 300 speakers, which are unlike any other Sonos speaker to date. With six drivers, including two side-firing woofers, two side-firing mid-tweeters, a forward-firing mid-tweeter, and an up-firing driver, the Era 300 is a Dolby Atmos speaker. that, when used as rear-surrounds. in a surround setup with Dolby Atmos-capable Arc or Beam (Gen 2), what you get is a system with up to 7.1.4-channel surround sound.

Connect to your preferred streaming services

Sonos offers some of the best compatibility with other services we’ve seen, so an important part of setting up is connecting to your preferred music services. However, we suggest connecting all your music services if applicable. Sonos works with Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, and more. Once you have all your services in the Sonos app, you can create playlists by pulling songs from any of them into a list managed by Sonos, combining music from different sources if you like. If you have a subscription that supports high-res music to a service like Tidal or Amazon Music, then your Sonos speaker will also be compatible with high-res audio.

Angled view of The Sonos Ray soundbar in white.
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Turn off the status indicator light

Many Sonos speakers have an LED indicator light to let you know it’s on and working. If this light becomes annoying at night (or attracts too much attention from pets or children), then you can easily turn it off. Go to Settings in your Sonos app, and find the section that says Status Sign. There should be an option here to disable it.

Connect apps to your Sonos system

If you open the Sonos app and go Service and voice, you’ll find a number of ideas on how to do more with your Sonos device. Here’s a good example: Go to Music and content on Settingsand choose Add a service. Here, you can add a ton of popular apps like Pocket Casts, radio stations from around the world, and the meditation app Calm, so you can start a meditation routine whenever you want in your Sonos speakers.

Sonos Move Smart Portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Speaker.

Set the Sleep function before going to sleep and the Alarm function to wake up

If your Sonos speaker is pulling multiple shifts as a digital assistant, music speaker, and alarm clock, give it a little help by setting up a sleep mode. The settings in the Sonos app also have the option to create a Sleep timer to turn off after a certain amount of playing.

If you want to drift off to some songs before going to bed, activate it and set your time. At the same time, visit the Alarm section and set an alarm to help you wake up in the morning. Now your sleep schedule is managed in one place!

Use your smartphone to control Sonos speakers

Yes, you can always use the Sonos app to control your speaker and manage settings. But the latest version of the Sonos app makes it even easier. They improve compatibility with your phone’s operating system, with widget controls that appear on the home or lock screen when you’re done setting up. It works for iOS and Android and is an easy way to save some time.

Mix and match tracks in Sonos playlists

While music services these days have large libraries, it’s rare that you won’t find certain songs or albums on one service and not on another. If you subscribe to multiple services, and you know this is happening to you, you can use Sonos Playlists in the My Sonos Tab to create playlists and select tracks from all your registered music services.

The Sonos app that features the My Playlist feature.

Listen to vinyl through your Sonos system

So you just started collecting vinyl and you got yourself a sweet new turntable to spin the records. However, you also have a Sonos speaker system and you prefer not to spend more money on a receiver and speakers etc. You can easily connect a turntable to your Sonos speakers. First, you need a turntable with a built-in phono preamp or a external phono preamp. Then you have some connection options. The Sonos Play Five, and now the new Era 100 and Era 300 speakers, all have line inputs you can use (3.5mm for the Five and USB-C for the Eras). Other than that, you can use a Sonos Amp or Sonos port to connect to your Sonos system. You must use the Sonos app to select the line source.

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