How to connect a turntable to a Sonos speaker

You’ve spent a small fortune and years perfecting your Sonos sound system. But now, vinyl’s resurgence has caught your attention, and you’re wondering if you can integrate a turntable without splurging on an entirely new analog setup. The good news? You absolutely can! With the latest additions to the Sonos lineup, including the Sonos Era 100, Era 300, and Move 2, connecting a record player to your Sonos speakers is easier than ever. This allows you to select the turntable input through the Sonos app and enjoy your vinyl collection across multiple rooms.

If you want to add Sonos to an existing analog setup with a turntable and third-party speakers, we’ve got you covered too. Let’s dive into the details.

What Turntable Do I Need?

First, you need a turntable. Any turntable will technically work, but to connect it to a Sonos speaker, you need one with a built-in phono preamp or an external phono preamp. Turntables output a low signal, and a preamp boosts it for proper amplification. Investing in a good phono preamp can enhance the sound quality, even if your turntable has a built-in preamp.

 

Connecting Directly to a Sonos Speaker

Several Sonos speakers now have direct line-in ports, including the Era 100, Era 300, Sonos Five, and the discontinued Play:5. Here’s how to connect your turntable:

  1. Turntable with Built-in Phono Preamp:
    • Connect an RCA cable from the turntable’s RCA outputs (red to red, white to white) to the Sonos speaker’s input. For Era speakers, use a 3.5mm-to-USB-C adapter; for Sonos Five or Play:5, use a 3.5mm cable.
  2. Turntable without Built-in Phono Preamp:
    • Connect the turntable to an external phono preamp with an RCA cable.
    • Connect the preamp’s output to the Sonos speaker’s input.
    • Plug in the preamp, and you’re all set.

 

Connecting to a Sonos Amp

The Sonos Amp lets you add Sonos streaming to a set of third-party passive speakers. Here’s how to connect a turntable:

  1. Turntable with Built-in Phono Preamp:
    • Connect an RCA cable from the turntable’s output to the Sonos Amp’s input.
  2. Turntable without Built-in Phono Preamp:
    • Connect the turntable to an external phono preamp with an RCA cable.
    • Connect the preamp’s output to the Sonos Amp’s input.
    • Plug in the preamp.

 

Connecting to a Sonos Port

The Sonos Port integrates Sonos connectivity into an existing stereo setup with an amplifier or powered speakers. Here’s how to connect a turntable:

  1. Turntable with Built-in Phono Preamp:
    • Connect an RCA cable from the turntable’s output to the Sonos Port’s input.
  2. Turntable without Built-in Phono Preamp:
    • Connect the turntable to an external phono preamp with an RCA cable.
    • Connect the preamp’s output to the Sonos Port’s input.
    • Plug in the preamp.

 

How to Play Your Vinyl with the Sonos App

Once your turntable is connected, use the Sonos app to play your vinyl:

  1. Open the Sonos App: Launch the app, which opens on the Home screen.
  2. Find Your Sources: Scroll down to “Your Sources” and select “Line-In.”
  3. Select Line-In: Choose the connected turntable and press play.

 

Play Your Vinyl via Sonos Bluetooth

Some Sonos speakers, like the Move, Roam, Era 100, and Era 300, support Bluetooth. If your turntable has Bluetooth connectivity, pair it with a Sonos speaker to stream vinyl wirelessly. Here’s how:

  1. Place Devices Close: Place the turntable and Sonos speaker within a few feet of each other.
  2. Pair Sonos Speaker: Put the Sonos speaker in pairing mode (press and hold the button on the back until it flashes blue).
  3. Pair Turntable: Follow the turntable’s instructions to enter pairing mode.
  4. Connect and Play: The devices should pair automatically. Play a record and ensure everything works. Use the Sonos app to group speakers and stream the vinyl music throughout your system.

Playing vinyl through Bluetooth is convenient, but for the best sound quality, using a line-in connection is recommended. Enjoy your vinyl collection seamlessly integrated into your Sonos system!