I’ve been a fan of Sonos products for quite a while now. I started building my system a few years ago with a CONNECT hooked up to my Yamaha RX-V665. I then picked up a Play:5 and a handful of Play:1s to get music in to the other areas of my house. Everything was going well until I got the urge to simplify my whole-house audio even more.
This past weekend, I picked up a CONNECT:AMP hoping it would replace the CONNECT and Yamaha receiver combo. The RX-V665 pumps out 90 watts/channel, while the CONNECT:AMP delivers 55 watts/channel. The power difference was a concern before ordering, but I figured I’d give it a shot anyway.
Right off the bat I noticed there was a lack of bass in the front channels when compared to the Yamaha. The highs were great, but the sound was not as full as I was used to hearing out of my Polk RTiA3 speakers. When I added in my Outlaw Audio LFM-1 Plus sub, it filled in the missing lows, however, I don’t always run my sub so there’s definitely something missing when running a two-channel set up.
I really wanted to make the CONNECT:AMP work for me, but I can’t recommend it because of the lack of oomph. I also tested against the sound from a Pioneer VSX-456 receiver and the CONNECT:AMP lost there too. It’s just too weak to satisfy my audio tastes based on the way I use my system. If I always had the sub there to provide the low end, it might be a different story. It’s unfortunate, because it’s a great little device from a great company. Maybe Sonos will come out with a more powerful unit in the future? 🙂
- Great design and form factor
- Good connectivity – I love the fact you can run 2.1 from this little box
- One line-in (RCA)
- Sonos software
- Just one… it’s under-powered. It can’t replace a larger amplifier.