How to Connect Record Player to Sonos in 3 Easy Ways

Published Categorized as Vinyl Gear Guides

Are you looking to bring your record player into this century so that you can reintroduce all of your favorite music to a new audience? Are you wanting to have your records sound out all over the house through the Sonos app without any hassle?

Then you are in the right place, for today we will be showing the 3 ways in which you can bring your dreams into reality and connect record player to Sonos.

What is Sonos?

What You Will Need

To start with you will want a record player, one that is fully functional and capable of doing the records that you are to play a good service. A phono preamp built in is also pretty essential, otherwise you will have to purchase or source your own. The raw signal from the stereo system and turntables is simply not loud enough to start playing, nor to plug directly into speakers. Just about any unit will be a Sonos compatible turntable, even a portable turntable.

Your own Sonos amp and Sonos network will also be essential; how else would you connect turntable to Sonos? The Sonos Five, Amp & Port will support a Sonos record player setup. Any others might struggle with the line in input and plugging in of the turntable directly to the Sonos component.

In all eventualities, you will need an RCA cable also, to connect the audio source of the turntable to the Sonos products you choose to use. Any turntable with Sonos products will need an intermediary RCA cable to help them communicate with each other over the din of audio signals. Here is everything you need to know about How To Listen to Vinyl With Sonos.

Five

If, for a Sonos system, you are using the Sonos Five or the Sonos Play:5, then this will be your port of call.

You will need a specialised RCA audio cable like the one mentioned above, which can be picked up fairly inexpensively from any musical hardware store, or through an online retailed like eBay or Amazon, for example.

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Insert the single aux end of the cable into the line in port of the Sonos system, making sure to attach the split colored end into the respective colors of the left and right outputs on the back of the turntable.

If your turntable comes with cables attached, then simply purchase a pair of adapter RCA cable to make your life a whole lot easier.

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Amp

These instructions are for the Sonos Amp, so if this is you then buckle up!

The Sonos Amp actually comes with the necessary cables to make all of this happen, so you do not really need to do much at all with your Sonos device.

Using the cable provided, plug one end into the turntable (or use the adapters above if the turntable comes with its own cables), then plug the other end of the cable into the respective colors of the left and right input jacks on the Sonos Amp.

The Sonos speaker setup will work in precisely the same way, with any gaps between parts being bridged with a similar cable, between line in source and other Sonos speakers, with the ultimate aim to connect Sonos no matter what.

So much for just streaming music, wired speakers mean that Sonos connect with anything, at anytime whatsoever.

Port

And those looking for how to connect turntable to Sonos port with a line in source, look no further! The Sonos port is one of those gadgets that is best suited to someone who already has their own amplifier, record player, vinyl collection, Sonos speakers, and is looking to unite all of these things into one Sonos system.

As above, you will want to take the audio cable that comes with the Sonos Port and plugging one end to connect your turntable setup (or into the adapter mentioned above). Once you have the turntable connected you will want to plug the other end into the respective colors of the left and right line in jacks at the back of the Sonos Port.

connect record player to sonos

The Port is precisely what it says on the tin, acting as a port for all the relative parts of a pre existing Sonos system: the Sonos speakers, the Sonos app, the phono preamp, and finally bringing the turntable to your Sonos, allowing any music lover to play vinyl with a consistently high sound quality across the board. With outboard gear they can even choose how they want it to sound, whether they like the vintage warm sound or not.

Final Tones

So, there you have it! Hopefully you now feel somewhat the wiser about the 3 main ways that you can go about connecting your record player to a Sonos setup. Sadly these are the only real ways I am aware of, and so if you do not own either the Sonos Amp, the Sonos Port, or the Sonos Five, then you are going to have to come to terms with the fact that your dreams of connecting your record player to a home entertainment system like the Sonos are going to have to remain as dreams.

FAQs Connect Record Player to Sonos

Can you hook up a record player to Sonos?

Indeed you can, and you might even have the right tools to do so before your very eyes. If you own a Sonos Five (or Play:5), a Sonos Amp or a Sonos Port, then chances are you already have all the bits necessary to get spinning discs and sending the sound forth through your Sonos system. If not, then you either need to source one of these items or come quickly enough to terms with the fact that you are not otherwise going to be able to do so.

What do I need to connect my record player to Sonos?

The most important thing is to own either a Sonos Five (or Play:5), a Sonos Amp, or a Sonos Port. If you do own one of these, then bravo – you are going to be in business. If not, then you are going to have to quickly come to terms with the idea of not being able to hook up your Sonos to your turntable and vice versa. If you are using a Sonos Five or Play:5, then you will need to purchase a separate RCA cable in order to connect the turntable and the kit, but the Sonos Amp and Sonos Port ought to come with one (if purchased brand new anyhow).

How do I connect my Bluetooth record player to Sonos?

Presumably this is a bluetooth record player that also operates as a holistic all in one entertainment system, and that does not in fact emit the sound of the records over Bluetooth (because that would sound pretty damn terrible). Follow the same method as you would for connecting any turntable to a Sonos system, using an RCA cable to bridge the gap between it and either a Sonos Port, Sonos Amp, or Sonos Five.

How do I connect my turntable to my Sonos Playbar?

Follow the same method as you would for connecting any turntable to a Sonos system, using an RCA cable to bridge the gap between it and either a Sonos Port, Sonos Amp, or Sonos Five. Using any one of these as the mediators will mean that you can play music from any turntable through any speakers, including the Sonos playbar if that tickles your fancy.

By Robert Halvari

My name is Robert Halvari - audio engineer and a total audiophile. I love vinyl because it has that natural character which brings music to life. I've been using and testing vinyl record players for around 15 years and I'm sharing my love and knowledge of vinyl by publishing all I know at Notes On Vinyl

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