Using Your Turntable with Sonos
The way we connect to our music is constantly evolving. Adding WiFi to your turntable setup is a great way to pair the sound of vinyl with the convenience of modern wireless technology. Sonos is a popular option for vinyl listeners - their speakers are easy to use and give you plenty of ways to connect your turntable and other sources.
When it comes to wireless listening, WiFi systems like Sonos are superior to Bluetooth.
- Multi room listening enables simultaneous streaming across multiple speakers, stretching your music to every corner of your home.
- Wireless control consolidates playback adjustments on your phone for convenient switches from vinyl to streaming and back.
- Reduced compression compared to other wireless options like Bluetooth since the signal travels over WiFi rather a connection designed for a headset, ensuring that you don’t lose any detail along the way.
How to connect
First, no matter what Sonos devices you’re using, you will need a phono preamp to connect your turntable to your Sonos system. The phono preamp’s job is to amplify the low-level “phono” level signal from your cartridge to a “line” level signal that will work well with your speakers. Without this, the volume from your speakers will be far too low for you to enjoy your music. We offer a built-in phono preamp option on all of our turntables, plus we make the standalone Pluto Phono Preamp.
Once you have your preamp, you can connect your turntable directly to any Sonos device that has either a AUX (3.5mm or “mini jack”) or RCA input. If you have the Play:5, you can plug the turntable/preamp directly into the speaker’s AUX input. To do this, you just need an RCA to 3.5mm y-cable cable like this. You can also connect your turntable directly to the RCA inputs on the Sonos Port, Amp, Connect, or Connect:Amp using a standard RCA cable.
Some Sonos speakers (like the Sonos One, Play:1, Play:3, Beam, Playbar, or Playbase) don’t have any physical inputs. You won’t be able to connect your turntable directly to any of these models. Instead, you’ll need an additional Sonos device with a physical input such as a Play:5, Connect, Amp, or Port to wirelessly transmit the signal from your turntable to the speaker.
Using the app
Once you have your turntable connected to your Sonos device, you can start playing a record and then select your turntable as the line-in source. Here are some articles from Sonos about configuring your line-In source and settings.
Sonos has plenty of up-to-date guides for using their app. Here are some sparknotes on the topics you can check out:
- Multiroom setup: To enable multiroom setup, group your speakers in the Rooms tab and let sound fill every corner of your house.
- Setting line level: You can expect an Orbit to have an output voltage of about 1V with a preamp. So, we recommend setting line level between 8-10, depending on your personal listening preferences.
- Issues with WiFi connectivity: Make sure you have a solid network connection, keep Sonos speakers away from walls to avoid interference, and try resetting the Sonos network if you find that audio is cutting in and out of your Sonos system.
Merging digital and analog can add a new layer of convenience and flexibility to your system. We’re highlighting Sonos because it’s one of the most popular options with high-performance designs dedicated to getting the most out of your music. But, there are other WiFi streaming options like Apple Airplay and Chromecast, which each have their own specific protocol but rely on a similar physical setup to reap the same benefits.
For more information on connecting your turntable to speakers and other stereo equipment, you can check out our other connecting guides here.