Are you the proud owner of a new Sonos speaker? Or have you used Christmas as an excuse to add to your existing Sonos wireless system? Either way, allow us to help you get the most out of it with these Sonos tips and tricks...

One of the key aspects of Sonos' success story is undoubtedly the simplicity. Simple to set-up and simple to use. But with so many potential uses and set-ups, there are a fair few features tucked away.

So if you've just unwrapped your first Sonos product or simply want some inspiration for getting the most out of your existing set-up, here are some Sonos tips and tricks you may not have tried...

Not sure what we're talking about? Learn all about Sonos in our complete Sonos Buying Guide.

Have you got your own Sonos tips to share? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Set-up

1. Go wireless

You no longer need to connect a Sonos product to your router to get started. So, if you're confident your wireless network is pretty solid, and you don't live in a palatial mansion, you can put that first Sonos speaker wherever you want without worrying about running a wire back to your router.

2. Sonos in stereo

If you own more than one Play:1, Play:3 or Play:5, then you can turn two speakers in to a stereo pair. Set them up in the app as a pair and they will act as true, left and right, stereo speakers.

3. Standing up or lying down

Got a Play:3? It can be positioned horizontally or vertically and the sound will be adjusted accordingly, giving you a bit more flexibility if space is at a premium. 

4. Sonos your existing system

Want to get the functionality of Sonos on your existing hi-fi system. Choose a Sonos Connect to, well, connect to an amplifier, or the Connect:Amp to connect directly to a pair of speakers. Hey presto, Sonos on your hi-fi system.

5. Turn off the lights

The white light on the front of any Sonos speaker or component is handy for letting you know you're connected but should you want a more stealth appearance once you're up and running - you might not want a bright white light on a Play:1 in your bedroom - head in to Settings in the Sonos app where you can toggle off the Status Indicator light.

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Music services

6. Sonos Labs

To play 'all the music on Earth', that's Sonos' Mission Statement, and while adding the likes of Google Music, Rdio and Spotify is a no-brainer (simply enter your existing account details), Sonos Labs allows you to try brand new Sonos music services first. Scroll to Service Settings to sign-up for Sonos Labs and even more music.

7. Update your Spotify playlists on Sonos 

As the biggest and best-established streaming music service, it's no surprise that in many ways Spotify is the best integrated in to Sonos. One neat trick is the ability to add tracks you listen to on Sonos to your Spotify playlists, which will then be ready for you in your Spotify app. Right-click on the track on the desktop app to add it to a Spotify playlist, or long-press to call-up this option within the app.

8. Sonos playlists from multiple music services

Are some of your favourite tracks missing on one service but available on another? Create a Sonos playlist to have tracks from different music services - Soundcloud, Spotify, Tidal, for example - all in the same place for a seamless listening experience.

9. Soundcloud favourites work on Sonos

Having added official support for Soundcloud earlier this year, the integration on Sonos now allows you to add to your Soundcloud 'Likes' from inside the Sonos app. Hit the heart symbol and the track will appear in your Soundcloud likes when you access the Soundcloud app or website.

10. Scrobble on Sonos

Want to know what you listen to and how often? Sign-up to Last.fm online, add your login details within the Sonos app, and you can 'scrobble' every track you play on Sonos - meaning Last.fm will show you statistics for your Sonos listening habits (you can use it on Spotify and other services, too).

11. Google Music direct playback 

Google Play Music has a neat Sonos USP, too, allowing you to stream music directly from the Google Play Music app to any Sonos speaker. As long as you're on the same wireless network - and on Android - you can stream over WiFi what you're listening to on your phone to a Sonos speaker, without even opening the Sonos app.

12. Download on 7digital, stream on Sonos

It's not all about streaming services, add your 7digital account details to the Sonos app and you can play all the music stored in your 7digital locker on Sonos. Buy new music on 7digital? It will be added straight away and available to stream.

Features

13. Send TV sound around your house

Got a Playbar? Then don't forget you can send your TV sound to other Sonos speakers in your house, meaning you don't have to miss the football commentary when you're in your bedroom and you can take advantage of any music channels on your TV set-up.

14. Play music stored on your device

If you've put new music on your phone or tablet and want to play it on your Sonos speakers the minute you step through the door, don't forget you can stream music directly from your phone or tablet by scrolling down to 'This Mobile Device' on the Sonos app where you will see all your locally-stored music.

15. iTunes and Podcasts, too

Use an iPhone? You can stream your purchased iTunes music, as above, but you can also stream directly from the Apple Podcasts app directly to your Sonos system, bringing a whole world of podcasts to Sonos.

16. Fall asleep to tunes

Use the 'Sleep' function to set your Sonos speaker to turn itself off after a set amount of time. Ideal if you want 30 minutes of the radio or anything else to drop-off to.

17. Wake up to music

And you can set the 'Alarm' function on the Sonos app to wake up to your favourite music or internet radio station at a given time. 

18. Mute button multiple functions

The 'Mute' button isn't just a 'Mute' button. Press it once to play/pause your tracks, press it twice to skip to the next track or press and hold to mute just a single speaker.

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Upgrade

19. Add a DAC 

If you're using a Sonos Connect then you can take advantage of the digital output and add a dedicated external DAC to take care of the crucial digital-to-analogue conversion. Arcam's SonLink is built especially for that purpose, or you could choose from any number of compact DACs to upgrade your sound.

20. Stream in CD-quality

One of the biggest changes to the fledgling streaming market has occured this year with the launch of the first CD-quality, lossless streaming services. Two such services are now on Sonos: Qobuz and Tidal. Take a free trial to see if you value the difference in sound quality - but we wholeheartedly recommend you take the plunge.

21. Sonos surround sound

Connect a Playbar with a pair of Play:1 or Play:3 speakers for a Sonos 5.1 surround sound effect. It's an expensive way to get some surround sound action but if you're committed to the Sonos family it's one way to enhance your TV experience, especially with films.

 

Want to know more about wireless music systems? Take a look at our multi-room audio Buying Guide, where we look at rival systems including the award-winning Bluesound music system and systems from LG, Pure and Samsung. 

Have you got your own Sonos tips to share? Let us know in the comments section below.

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