Surround sound guidelines and limitations

This article provides guidelines and limitations of surround speakers in a Sonos home theater setup. To learn how to add your speakers as surrounds, see our article on adding surround speakers.


Sonos products that can be used as surround speakers

A Sonos home theater speaker can use two Sonos speakers of the same model as surrounds. For example, two Sonos Ones can be used for surround sound but One and Play:1 cannot. However, related models like One and One SL can be used together as surround speakers.

  • One (all generations) and One SL
  • Play:1
  • Play:3
  • Play:5 (Gen 2)
  • Five
  • SYMFONISK WiFi bookshelf speaker (Gen 1) and (Gen 2)
  • SYMFONISK table lamp with WiFi speaker
  • SYMFONISK Picture frame with Wi-Fi speaker
  • SYMFONISK Speaker lamp base with WiFi
  • Amp powering third party speaker
  • Connect:Amp powering third party speaker


General Guidelines


  • Ensure both speakers are in the same orientation: vertical or horizontal.
  • Place your surround speakers behind and to the left and right of your usual listening position.

Limitations

The following features will be disabled on Sonos products used as surround speakers:

  • AirPlay
  • Line-In
  • Subwoofer output

The microphones will be disabled on voice-enabled products used as surround speakers with a voice-enabled Sonos home theater product.


Limitations when using two Amps for home theater

You can use two Amps for home theater: one as TV front speakers and the other as surround speakers. When using two Amps in this configuration, there are some limitations on how they can be wired to the network.

The Amp powering your surround speakers cannot be wired to the network on its own – it must be wired in addition to the Amp powering the TV front speakers. However, if the Amp powering the TV front speakers is wired, the Amp powering the surround speakers can remain wireless.

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.