Port is the successor to Connect, delivering richer sound and extending Sonos’s sound platform to your traditional home audio equipment. Port includes an updated digital-to-analogue converter for clearly detailed sound and a 12V trigger, which automatically turns on your amplifier in order to more reliably initiate playback. Port also allows you to control content using Apple AirPlay 2 and features a versatile design compatible with a standard AV rack.
Whilst both Port and Amp offer streaming capabilities and allow you to bring your wired speakers into the Sonos system, the main difference between the products is amplification. Amp powers passive speakers, such as in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. Port cannot power audio equipment, which means it requires either a powered amplifier or powered speakers.
No. Sonos wireless speakers, such as Sonos One or Beam, can connect directly to the Sonos system over WiFi without Port.
Port supports voice control with either Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant when connected to a voice-enabled device, such as Sonos One, Beam, Amazon Echo Dot, or Google Home, over WiFi. Voice control features are subject to regional availability.
Yes, you can connect Port to your turntable to stream vinyl to Sonos speakers throughout your home.
You'll need a turntable with a phono preamp as well as speakers. Plug in a standard audio-in connection to the back of Port. Then, in the Sonos app, go to Browse and select Line-in to control the sound.
Whilst overall sound quality factors in the internal components of your speakers, Port’s new digital-to-analogue converter ensures that streaming sound to traditional speakers is as clearly detailed as possible.
Port is typically connected to a stereo or receiver with volume controls. To avoid two separate volume adjustments for the same system and to keep it as simple as possible for the listener, Port does not have touch controls.
Port is not designed to be used with a TV. Port has an analogue audio input, which you could wire into a TV to stream audio to any Sonos component or speaker. That said, the line-in isn't designed for use with a TV and will result in some latency or lip sync issues whilst the audio is converted from analogue to digital. Products with digital connections, such as Playbar, Playbase, Beam, and Amp, are recommended for use with a TV.
Port does not power rear or surround speakers.
Port can be used as a streaming source for a third-party soundbar using either the RCA output or the digital coaxial output.
Port’s RCA input can connect turntables, CD players, iPods, DACs, and other audio devices, allowing you to steam vinyl, CDs, and locally-stored audio files to wireless Sonos speakers throughout your home.
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) creates a wireless personal area network so that Port can temporarily communicate with your phone or tablet to simplify the first-time setup process. Once setup is complete, Port relies on WiFi for streaming and updates.
Currently there are no feature differences between Sonos One Gen 2 and the original version. The original Sonos One will continue to support all its current features, and more, in the future. Over time, however, the increased memory, Bluetooth Low Energy, and processing power may allow us to bring new product experiences to the Gen 2 version that the original will not be able to support. That said, we have no specific Gen 2-only features planned at this time.
Yes, the Gen 2 works seamlessly with the original Sonos One as a stereo pair or home cinema surrounds.
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) was first introduced with Sonos Beam, and now we are bringing it to Sonos One Gen 2. Just like with Beam, BLE can be used to communicate temporarily with your phone or tablet to simplify the first-time setup process. BLE does not support audio streaming. Once setup is done, Sonos One Gen 2 streams and updates via your WiFi just like the original Sonos One.
Sonos One Gen 2 is marked as “Gen 2” on the product label underneath the speaker. The original Sonos One only has “One” on the product label.