Are you a vinyl enthusiast looking to connect your Pro-Ject turntable to your Sonos system?
Look no further! With the right equipment and a few simple steps, you can enjoy the warm sound of your favorite records through your Sonos speakers.
In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of connecting your Pro-Ject turntable to your Sonos system, including tips for optimizing your setup.
So grab your favorite LP and let’s get started!
How To Connect Pro-Ject Turntable To Sonos
First, you’ll need to gather the necessary equipment. You’ll need a Pro-Ject turntable, a Sonos Amp, and an audio cable that comes with the Amp.
Next, take the audio cable and plug one end into the back of your turntable (or preamp if it’s not built-in) and the other end into the corresponding colors of the L/R audio inputs on the Sonos Amp.
Once you’ve connected the turntable to the Sonos Amp, you can then connect your third-party speakers to the Amp.
Now that your turntable is connected to your Sonos system, it’s time to make some final tweaks to optimize your setup.
Gathering The Necessary Equipment
To connect your Pro-Ject turntable to your Sonos system, you’ll need to gather a few key pieces of equipment. First, you’ll need the Pro-Ject turntable itself. Additionally, you’ll need a Sonos Amp, which will serve as the hub for your audio setup.
Finally, you’ll need an audio cable that comes with the Sonos Amp. This cable will be used to connect your turntable to the Amp, allowing you to transmit the audio signal from your vinyl records to your Sonos speakers.
Once you have all of these pieces of equipment in hand, you’re ready to start setting up your Pro-Ject turntable with your Sonos system. With a little bit of tweaking and adjustment, you’ll be able to enjoy high-quality vinyl playback through your Sonos speakers in no time.
Connecting Your Turntable To Your Sonos System
If you have a Pro-Ject turntable and want to connect it to your Sonos system, there are a few steps you’ll need to follow. First, it’s important to note that most new turntables have built-in preamps, but some higher-priced audiophile turntables or vintage turntables may require a phono preamp.
Assuming your Pro-Ject turntable has a built-in preamp, you can plug it directly into your Sonos system. To do this, connect one end of an audio cable (which should come with your Sonos Amp) into the back of your turntable and the other end into the corresponding colors of the L/R audio inputs on the Sonos Amp.
If you don’t have a Sonos Amp, you can still connect your Pro-Ject turntable to your Sonos system using other Sonos products. For example, if you have a Sonos Five or Play:5 speaker, you can connect the single end of an RCA to 3.5mm cable into the line-in port of the speaker and the other ends into the L/R audio outputs of the turntable or preamp. If you have a Sonos Port or Connect, connect one end of an RCA cable into the turntable or preamp and the other end to the RCA input of Port or Connect.
Once your turntable is connected to your Sonos system, there are a few final tweaks you can make to optimize your setup. First, label your new turntable line-in input on the Sonos app so it’s easy to find. You can do this by going into the settings of your connected Sonos speaker via the app. For example, you might label it “Turntable – Living Room.”
Another helpful feature to enable is Sonos Autoplay Room setting. This feature is turned off by default but when activated can automatically switch the audio source from streaming to turntable as soon as the needle hits the groove. Additionally, when autoplay is enabled, the designated speaker will drop out of a group it may be part of unless Include Grouped Rooms is enabled.
By following these steps and making these tweaks, you’ll be able to enjoy high-quality vinyl sound through your Sonos system with ease.
Adjusting Settings For Optimal Sound Quality
To ensure optimal sound quality, you’ll want to adjust the Line-In connection settings on your Sonos product.
Start by opening the Sonos app and selecting Settings, then System. From there, choose the speaker or wireless amp with the Line-In connection and scroll down to select Audio Delay. You’ll see four different audio delay options: Max (2,000 ms), High (150 ms), Medium (113 ms), and Low (75 ms).
By default, the Line-In connection is set to Max, which allows for the most time for the Sonos product to optimize its sound. However, if you’re experiencing noticeable audio delay, you can adjust this setting to Low. This will reduce the audio delay to 75 milliseconds, which is far less noticeable.
It’s important to note that if you’re building a hi-fi system that plays both analog and wireless sources and you’re concerned about audio delay, Sonos may not be the best ecosystem to build your system around. In this case, active speakers like KEF LSX or KEF LS50 Wireless II may be a better option.
Troubleshooting Common Issues
Despite following the steps above, you may encounter some common issues while trying to connect your Pro-Ject turntable to your Sonos system. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you overcome these issues:
1. Check the Pre-Amp: Make sure that the pre-amp built into your turntable is turned on and set to ‘Line’ instead of ‘Phono’. Some turntables also have a Phono Out/Line Out switch, be sure it is set to Line Out.
2. Check the Connection: Ensure that all cables are firmly connected and seated properly. Try unplugging and reseating them to ensure a good connection.
3. Adjust the Source Level: If the volume is too low, try adjusting the Source Level under the line-in settings in the Sonos app. Set it to a higher level and see if that improves the volume.
4. Adjust Audio Delay: If you experience audio lag or synchronization issues, try adjusting the Audio Delay under the Line-In settings for the Sonos speakers.
5. Check for Interference: If you hear static or crackling sounds, it could be due to interference from other electronic equipment in your room. Try moving your turntable and speakers away from other equipment or try a different setup space.
6. Replace Cables: If you’re still experiencing issues, it might be worth trying a different audio cable or adapter. Some users have reported success with using an Audio Y splitter adapter cable.
By following these troubleshooting tips, you should be able to connect your Pro-Ject turntable to your Sonos system without any issues. Enjoy your vinyl collection with the convenience of Sonos technology!
Enjoying Your Vinyl Collection Through Sonos
Now that your Pro-Ject turntable is connected to your Sonos system, you can enjoy your vinyl collection through Sonos. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your setup.
1. Label your turntable line-in input on the Sonos app: Once you’ve connected your turntable to the Sonos Amp, it’s a good idea to label the input on the Sonos app so it’s easy to find. You can do this by going into the settings of your connected Sonos speaker via the Sonos app and adjusting the label feature. For example, you could label it “Turntable – Living Room”.
2. Enable the Sonos Autoplay Room setting: This feature is turned off by default, but when activated, it can automatically switch the audio source from streaming to turntable as soon as the needle hits the groove. Additionally, when autoplay is enabled, the designated speaker will drop out of a group it may be part of unless Include Grouped Rooms is enabled.
3. Use a phono preamp: No matter what Sonos devices you’re using, you will need a phono preamp to connect your turntable to your Sonos system. The phono preamp’s job is to amplify the low-level “phono” level signal from your cartridge to a “line” level signal that will work with your speakers. We offer a built-in phono preamp option on all of our turntables, plus we make the standalone Pluto 2 Phono Preamp.
4. Consider additional Sonos devices: If you have Sonos speakers without any physical inputs (such as the Move, One, Play:1, Play:3, Beam, Playbar, or Playbase), you won’t be able to connect your turntable directly to them. Instead, you’ll need an additional Sonos device with a physical input such as a Five, Play:5, Connect, Amp, or Port to wirelessly transmit the signal from your turntable to additional Sonos speakers.
By following these tips and making some final tweaks to your setup, you can enjoy high-quality audio from your Pro-Ject turntable through your Sonos system.