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  1. Stephane Saussier
    February 27, 2017 @ 6:13 am

    Thank you very much for this detailed post! Answers a lot of questions.

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  2. mk
    October 10, 2017 @ 4:05 am

    How can I connect “AUKEY Bluetooth Receiver Wireless Audio Music Adapter A2DP with Hands Free Calling and 3.5mm stereo jack for Home and Car Audio System (BR-C1)” to the speaker? Can I then play all musics from the device that I am connecting with bluetooth with (like other bluetooth speakers)? How should I configure it then? Can I use it in car and home? what else is required?
    thank you

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    • Samuel Tan
      October 18, 2017 @ 10:33 am

      Hi MK, thank you for your message. These are Bluetooth Receivers that goes to the Line-in source of the Sonos speaker. Currently, only Sonos 5 has this. You will then need a Bluetooth music source, this is typically your smartphone or tablet with your favourite music streaming app such as Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Tidal, Napster or local content. You can also use YouTube or streaming video app. Effectively any sound from your mobile device will be piped through to the speaker via Bluetooth using your mobile device’s Bluetooth and the Bluetooth receiver (as long as they are within range).

      For in car models, these receivers have built-in battery so does not require a power source. It will also function as a speak phone to take in-coming for hands-free calling. Obviously, you will need to plug and unplug to move the receiver between your Sonos speaker and the car if you have only one but as they are quite affordably price, you might consider one for the car and a second one for the speaker. These receivers remember your last device so connecting your source will be easy. I would say, apart from your mobile device and the receiver, the only thing you will need is a car adapter or wall adapter with USB charger to top up the charge on the Bluetooth receiver.

      Do let us know if you would like more information.

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      • mk
        October 19, 2017 @ 3:22 am

        unfortunately I have Sonos play:1 is there any way that I can use these methods with Sonos play:1 speaker?

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        • Samuel Tan
          November 1, 2017 @ 8:47 am

          Hi MK, you are right, Sonos Play:1 does not have a Line-in source option. To make your speaker truly smart, you can invest in an Echo Dot. With the Sonos Skills added and configured using the Alexa app, you can get Alexa to play your favourite music on Sonos Play:1. Appreciate that this does not solve your Bluetooth connectivity issue for Play:1 as it is a technical limitation.

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  3. Bradley Thorstenson
    October 20, 2017 @ 8:43 pm

    is there a date when the Play 5’s will pair with my Echo?

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    • Samuel Tan
      November 1, 2017 @ 8:34 am

      Hi Bradley,
      Thank you for your question. The Play 5 and other Sonos speakers now work with Alexa. You will need the latest Sonos app on your smartphone or tablet to update the Sonos speakers. You will also need the latest Alexa app. There, you can install the Sonos Skills. This will add the speakers under devices. You can see this in the Alexa App under Smart Home. If not, tap on Add Devices under Devices and add your Sonos speakers that way. The speakers are identified by name if you have set this using the Sonos app e.g. Living Room or Kitchen. Once the speakers have been added, you can issue voice commands to Echo to play your favourite radio channel, tunes or playlist to the speakers e.g. “Alexa, play Classic FM in the Living Room”

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  4. Don
    January 6, 2019 @ 11:30 pm

    How do I connect Peloton bike to MPOW 2 in 1 transmitter/receiver to play sound through my Sonnos Connect Amp and Play 5?

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    • Samuel Tan
      January 25, 2019 @ 12:12 pm

      Hi Don, first of all, thank you for leaving us a comment here. You can use the headphone output from the Peleton bike. Connect a Bluetooth transmitter there. You will then need a Bluetooth Receiver connected to the Sonos Connect (input) or Play 5 (input) as both do not support Bluetooth inherently. For Sonos Connect, you may need stereo to RCA cable adapter.

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  5. Robert
    July 19, 2019 @ 5:15 pm

    Thanks! This article is really helpful.

    I’d love to stream Sonos audio to a Bluetooth speaker. I have a both a PLAY:5 and a CONNECT. Can I use either of those to broadcast to a Bluetooth receiver?

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    • Samuel Tan
      September 25, 2019 @ 12:01 pm

      Hi Robert, it sounds like what you are trying to do is the opposite of what this post is about. Sonos speakers do not have signal output. The Sonos Connect is a wireless receiver to bring streaming music to conventional amplifier and speakers. To broadcast to a Bluetooth receiver, you need a music streamer. An old tablet or mobile phone should to the trick as a media player. A more dedicated and professional solution would be a network player or the Bluesound Node 2i Wireless Streaming Player.

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  6. Neale
    November 3, 2019 @ 9:32 pm

    Hi Samuel – really helpful.
    I have a Play 5 and a 2 Sonos 1’s – all in different rooms.
    I am looking at getting a bluetooth enabled turntable with pre-amp – which will play to a bluetooth speaker.
    So keen to know how I can use my Sonos setup.
    I can hard wire the turntable into the Play 5 – but location of turntable and speaker is not ideal – would mean putting them next to each other – and I hey – it is wireless I am after!
    If i buy a bluetooth receiver as you have described above – would this allow me to play bluetooth from the turntable to the play 5, and then to pair all the sonos together via my wifi to stream the turntable to all the sonos speakers simultaneously via my wifi network?
    Another option is the new Sonos Move – I think this will work for the bluetooth – but question would be can i connect the Move to the turntable by bluetooth, and then play across all speakers on the same sonos wifi network – or are the bluetooth and wifi connections mutually exclusive….

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    • Samuel Tan
      November 6, 2019 @ 9:02 am

      Hi Neale, thank you for reaching out. The quick answer is YES. Connecting a Bluetooth receiver to Play 5 will turn it into a Bluetooth speaker. As long as your turntable can support Bluetooth as a source. If at present you are able to connect to a standard Bluetooth speaker or Bluetooth headphones to your turntable wirelessly as stereo receivers, then you shouldn’t have any problem connecting to the Bluetooth receiver in the article above.

      As for Sonos Move, the Bluetooth speaker mode is exclusive as you said. You won’t be able to use it with WiFi or control the speaker via the Sonos app once toggled to Bluetooth. We can only hope that the feature to control Bluetooth functions is added in future Sonos app updates. Until then, it will not stream your Bluetooth source to multiple Sonos speakers or form a daisy-chain, commonly known as party mode with other Sonos speakers.

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  7. NEALE THIBAUT
    November 10, 2019 @ 1:52 pm

    Thanks Samuel – really appreciate your response!
    I have bought the 1Mii B06 Bluetooth receiver – and will see how I get on with that!
    Not sure how to connect the Turntable to the Receiver – as neither have displays – so not sure how the bluetooth’s will discover each other – but will soon find out!
    Will keep you posted on success!

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  8. peachesgÖÖner
    November 14, 2019 @ 9:53 am

    Hi Samuel

    I have a Play 5 which I bought to get better sound from 55″ Samsung tv, this worked perfectly using the tv’s headphone input port but I have now bought a 65″ Q60R Samsung tv which doesn’t have a headphone jack so I’m trying to make my Play 5 discover-able using one of the suggested Bluetooth receivers above.

    I have paired and connected the HomeSpot NFC-enabled Bluetooth Audio Receiver which my tv has found and is telling me that it’s playing the sound but it’s not coming out of the speaker. I feel the problem might be with the Sonos app, I don’t seem to be able to make the speaker discoverable. It’s still shown in the Sonos app but it’s dormant.

    I’ve asked Sonos but they say what I’m trying to do isn’t possible. Do you have a view? I tried the Bluetooth receiver after reading your article.

    Thanks for your help Joanne

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  9. Samuel Tan
    November 14, 2019 @ 12:32 pm

    Hi Joanne, Thank you for your post here. You can plug a headphone into the HomeSpot NFC-enabled Bluetooth Audio Receiver to check if the signal is coming through. If it is connected to your TV, you should be able to hear the sound on your headphones. Once confirmed, connect it to Line-in on Play:5. Older Play:5 has a Headphone output next to Line-in so be sure you are connected to the correct 3.5mm socket.

    As for the app, you may need to update your controller app and the players (speakers). Once you can see the Play:5, select Line-in under Browse tab in the Sonos App. Remember to connect the Bluetooth receiver in the Line-in port. Power it on and connect it to the TV. Alternatively, you can use a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable to connect your phone directly to Play:5’s Line-in and test if this works. Hopefully the above will help you solve your connection issue.

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  10. Jasper Van Eynde
    April 28, 2020 @ 12:22 pm

    Can I use a Bluetooth to optical receiver and use the optical in on my beam to get Bluetooth on sonos?

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    • Samuel J Tan
      June 2, 2020 @ 8:28 am

      Yes, you can use a Bluetooth to Optical Receiver to connect to the Sonos Beam to get Bluetooth to Sonos. However, this may be competing with HDMI-ARC port for TV if you also have that connected. Check the app to see if you can switch between the two sources (HDMI-ARC or optical audio).

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  11. Samuel J Tan
    June 3, 2020 @ 7:25 pm

    We moved the in-car Bluetooth Receivers with rechargeable battery to a separate post. See Bluetooth Music Receivers with Rechargeable Battery for Car Stereo and Wired Headsets.

    Also, if you are after a more powerful Bluetooth transmitter receiver, check out our post on Long Range Bluetooth Transmitter Receivers for glitch-free and uninterrupted audio.

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  12. Suresh
    July 14, 2020 @ 1:39 pm

    Hi, I have sonos play 3 ( wireless hifi system ). I would like it to connect to bluetooth on Amazon Fire TV..How can i do it and where do i get accessories for it ? Is there a way that i can use this as bluetooth system ? Please let me know.

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    • Samuel Tan
      July 14, 2020 @ 3:37 pm

      Hi Suresh, thank you for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, Sonos Play 3 do not have audio line-in and does not support Air Play or Bluetooth. However, if you have a Play 5 or the new Sonos Five, you can use the 3.5mm input to add one of the Bluetooth receivers above. You can then use the Sonos app, select your Play 3 speaker and choose Line-in (audio component connected to Play 5 or Sonos Five) under Browse and listen to your music via Bluetooth.

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  13. Suresh
    July 17, 2020 @ 2:51 am

    ok, Thank you.

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  14. NET
    August 8, 2020 @ 12:26 am

    Hello, I have two Sonos: 1 speakers and a Sonos Connect. Via my iPad and iPhone, I am able to play music via various services through the speakers with ease. I use the ‘Line-in’ option to play vinyl on the speakers with an Audio-Technica turntable. (The AT and Connect are connected to one another.) I would like to be able to listen to vinyl on my Bose wireless bluetooth headphones through the Sonos system. I’m not the most tech savvy person in the world, so want to make sure I am understanding the above article correctly. I will be able to listen to vinyl on bluetooth headphones via the Sonos system by connecting a bluetooth adapter to my Connect’s audio output and then pairing the speakers with said adapter? Will the adapter show up as a ‘Line-out’ option in my Sonos app’s menu of choices?

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    • Samuel Tan
      August 10, 2020 @ 8:57 pm

      Hi NET, the Sonos Connect allows you to connect an audio source like your Audio Equipment, the Audio-Technica turntable and share this with Sonos Speakers. It also comes with digital and analogue outputs. Use the analogue output to connect to a Bluetooth Transmitter. Depending on chosen Bluetooth transmitter, cable adapters may be required e.g. RCA to RCA or RCA to 3.5mm female. You can then connect your Bose Bluetooth headphones to this transmitter. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to pair the headphone to the transmitter and enjoy your vinyl directly on your Bose wireless Bluetooth headphones.

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  15. Sumit
    August 10, 2020 @ 7:32 pm

    Hi, first of all – appreciate this article and you responding to the comments/queries on an item which has very little information available anywhere.
    I too have a question. I am at the start of the Sonos journey, so do not have a big set up yet, but willing to invest (smartly), if needed.
    I have two Sonos Play:3 and would like the ability to be able to play audio over bluetooth (or any other remote way, to be honest) from my phone or android tablet. From reading your article – i have to either get Play:5 or Sonos Connect. I wanted to know if there is any benefit of one over the other – so i can get the right one.
    It would make sense to buy Play:5 as i also get a speaker in addition to the bluetooth functionality, but i am not too sure if there is a quality drop or other issues due to the analogue input through 3.5mm jack. If getting a Sonos Connect gives me more feature/compatibility/flexibility in the long run, it would make sense to get the Sonos Connect, instead of Play:5. Hence this question. Much appreciate any advice on this.

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    • Samuel Tan
      August 10, 2020 @ 9:30 pm

      Hi Sumit, Thank you for your comment. I have a turntable connected to my Sonos Play:5 in the living room and I can listen to this in the office, kitchen, bedrooms and dining room. Both Sonos Play:5 and Sonos Connect have analogue input, one is 3.5mm, the other is RCA so no real advantage over the other. Both will support Bluetooth Receivers (Bluetooth to analogue adapter) as source and send your music to the speaker(s) on your network. The Sonos Connect does have an advantage in that, if you have an existing HiFi, Amplifier, Home Theatre System or powered speakers, you can add this on your Sonos network via Sonos Connect’s analogue audio out (RCA). You can then use the Sonos Controller app to listen to your music library on your network hard drive, Online Radio Players such as Sonos Play, Radioplayer TuneIn or Streaming Services such as Deezer, Spotify, Amazon Music etc on those speakers. In summary, while the Play:5 supports a source (Line-in) be it a CD player or Bluetooth Receiver, the Sonos Connect supports both a source (Line-in) and output to an amplifier and speakers. The latter makes those conventional speakers or sound system part of your Sonos network.

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  16. Izzy
    August 19, 2020 @ 3:48 pm

    Hi, we have a sonos one (so no in-line port or bluetooth) and a bluetooth sony turntable (PS-LX310BT) and obviously can’t get them to connect.. At the moment we have to use our little bose portable bluetooth speakers to listen to records on the turntable but the sound quality isn’t the best compared to the sonos. Is there any way to get this to work? I’m happy to buy some sort of adapter but don’t want to spend loads on a sonos connect or whatever sonos recommend. Thanks!

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    • Samuel Tan
      August 27, 2020 @ 10:54 am

      Hi Izzy, thank you for your question. The Sony PS-LX310BT is a great turntable. Unfortunately, if Sonos One is your only speaker, there aren’t any option to connect to connect the turntable to the Sonos system. We connect our Audio-Technica AT-LP3 turntable directly to the line-in 3.5mm input of the Sonos Play:5 (RCA female to 3.5mm stereo male adapter required). All generations of of Sonos Play:5 have this including the latest SONOS FIVE. You might be able to find a used Sonos Play:5 to connect to your Sony. Once you have done this, you can send it to any SONOS speaker using the controller app and choosing Line-in as source.

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  17. Kevin
    August 31, 2020 @ 8:24 pm

    Good afternoon, I have a Sonos sound bar, a Sonos subwoofer, two Sonos speakers hanging from the ceiling, and a Sonos One speaker. The surround sound was connected to my television, but it disconnected for some reason. I control all three sound sources via the Sonos app, which still functions, but the sound is now only coming from the tv’s internal speaker.

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    • Li-ling Ooi
      September 7, 2020 @ 10:01 pm

      Hi Kevin, You might want to check the TV settings to select the correct sound output. This may be either Output only, TV speakers only or both.

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  18. Gary Barton
    September 7, 2020 @ 11:17 am

    Hi, following on from the previous comment. I am wanting the Sony PS-LX310BT myself was thinking (maybe foolishly) that if I bought the Sonos Move it should work OK. T or F. Cheers

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  19. Tiffany
    October 20, 2020 @ 12:20 am

    Hello,

    First I super appreciate the info you’ve given concerning this topic. Maybe I missed the answer to this question – but I currently own a Sonos One SL and the new Sonos ARC which I have grouped together in the S2 app.
    In light of trying to save a few hundred and forgoing buying the Sonos Port – Is it possible to connect a bluetooth receiver to the Arc’s optical audio or HDMI ARC Port and continue to play audio (music) to the grouped speakers via bluetooth (cell phone)?

    Thanks again!

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    • Samuel Tan
      October 20, 2020 @ 10:15 am

      Hi Tiffany, Thank you for your question. You are right, you can take advantage of Arc’s optical input via Sonos Optical Audio Adapter by getting and connecting a Bluetooth to Toslink optical RECEIVER. This will allow you to play music from your mobile device to the Sonos ARC and grouped speakers. However, you can only connect this if you physically disconnect your TV as there is only one HDMI ARC port on the Sonos Arc.

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  20. Tony
    November 2, 2020 @ 4:48 am

    Hi Sam, thanks for the article. Very helpful. I have one question if you can help though. I want to play vinyl from a sony bluetooth enabled (but not wireless) turntable. I have three sonos 1 speakers and a sonos amp. My question is whether I can use a cable from my tuntable to the sonos amp then have the amp distribute wirelessly to the rest of the sonos speakers?
    Thankyou

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    • Samuel Tan
      November 2, 2020 @ 4:50 pm

      Hi Tony, the quick answer is yes. You should be able to connect your Vinyl or other audio source to the Sonos Amp nad have this play across your chosen Sonos speakers. Sonos Amp is easily the best option for Vinyl players and to be able to play music on your favourite passive speakers.

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  21. David
    May 31, 2021 @ 9:06 pm

    Hello. What a good post and thanks for answering my questions.
    I tell you that I have a pair of SONOS play 1s and a boost to listen to music at home.
    One of the things that has always frustrated me a bit is the impossibility of using them as a bluetooth audio receiver, I know that is not the purpose of the device but it is a bit sad.
    At christmas they gave me a smart xiaomi projector that allows audio to be broadcast via bluetooth. I’ve used it with a logitech receiver and some good speakers but I’ve always wanted to do it with sonos.
    My question…
    If a bluetooth receiver is connected to the sonos conect, can I output audio through the sonos play 1?
    That is, if I have a comect and two sonos play 1s, what I connect to the SONOS CONECT is reproduced by the play 1s or the CONCET. Is it only for analog speakers?
    Thank you very much for your help.

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  22. samtjaik
    June 2, 2021 @ 7:50 pm

    Hi David, connect the Logitech Bluetooth receiver to Sonos Connect’s analog input, then with Sonos S1 app, set the Sonos connect as the source and stream to your Sonos Play 1s. A replacement for Sonos Connect is the Sonos Port. If you need to power analog speakers, you will need the Sonos Amp.

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  23. David
    June 3, 2021 @ 7:23 pm

    Hi. Thanks for u feedback.
    Im gonna test the setup and later share whit us the result.
    Take care.
    Bye.

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