Play Line-In on your Sonos Five

This article will guide you through setting up Line-In on your Sonos Five. The following steps also apply to Play:5. Line-In allows you to connect a device that has an audio output (such as a CD player or turntable) to play out of your Sonos system. Note that Line-In is disabled when Fives or Play:5s are being used as surround speakers in a Sonos home theater.

Before you start

  • Make sure your Sonos Five has been added to your Sonos system.
  • Make sure you have the right cable. If the source you want to play from has an 1/8" (3.5mm) output, you’ll need a standard 1/8" (3.5mm) cable (not included). If the source has RCA outputs, like a CD player, you’ll need an RCA to 1/8" (3.5mm) cable (not included) to connect to Sonos Five.
  • Check if your source device requires a preamp. For example, some turntables do not have a built-in preamp, so you will need to connect your turntable to an external preamp and then connect the preamp to Sonos.


RCA to ⅛” (3.5mm)

Attach audio cable

  1. Plug the 1/8" (3.5mm) end of the cable into the 1/8" (3.5mm) input on the back of your Sonos Five.
  2. Depending on the outputs of your source device, plug the RCA or 1/8" (3.5mm) end of the cable into the corresponding output on your source device or preamp.

Start playback

  1. Start playing something from your source device.
  2. Open the Sonos app for iOS or Android.
  3. On your Home screen, select Line-In under Your Sources.
    1. If you’re using the Sonos S1 Controller app with a Play:5, go to the Browse tab and select Line-In.
  4. Select the source device to start playback through Sonos.

You can also enable Autoplay on Sonos Five to automatically play your Line-In source when Sonos detects a signal. See our article on using Line-In for more information on Line-In settings.

Still need help?

Our technicians can help over the phone or with a live chat. You can also ask questions and find answers with other Sonos owners in our Sonos Community.