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Sonos Amp launched in Singapore

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Goh Beng Yeow
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Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

TC Acoustic, the exclusive regional distributor of Sonos unveiled on 16 of April 2019, the all-new Sonos Amp in Singapore. Priced at SGD 1,099, the Sonos amp is a powerful and versatile home audio hub that allows one to connect traditional wired speakers and fully integrates them into the Sonos wireless home sound system. Rated at 125 watts, the Sonos Amp is twice as powerful as its predecessor, supports Apple’s AirPlay 2 and more than 80 streaming services.

Sonos AmpThe Sonos Amp’s thoughtfully designed and versatile hardware was built to power the Sonos software platform. New updates to the platform make it easy for installers to incorporate the Sonos Am into integrated smart home set-ups, not limited to smart lighting and centralised control system. When connected to an Amazon Echo or Alexa-enabled (and soon Google Assistant-enabled) devices like a Sonos One or Beam, the Sonos Amp is controllable with voice commands.

Sonos Amp

“The growth of the Sonic Internet – the convergence of paid streaming, the smart home and artificial intelligence through voice technologies drives everything we do at Sonos,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence. “While plug-and-play options like Sonos Beam and Sonos One ar an important part of the equation, architectural sound and making it even easier to integrate with lighting and home control are equally as important. We’ve listened to custom installers and dealers to create Amp, a versatile product designed to be at the center of the smart home sound experience.”

Connecting the Sonos Amp to your DAP

Sporting line-in input, the Sonos Amp allows analogue audio input via the RCA Audio-in connectors found at the back of the Sonos Amp. This allows one to connect a digital audio player (DAP) to the Sonos Amp, using a 1/8″ (3.5mm) mini-stereo to RCA audio cable.

Sonos Amp

Once you have the DAP connected to the line-in port on your Sonos player, you can start playing using the Sonos controller.

  • Using the Sonos Controller App for iOS or Android:
    From the Browse menu, select Line-In, select the source, and select Play Now.
  • Using the Sonos Controller App for Mac or PC:
    From the MUSIC panel, right-click on the music source and select Play Now.

Adjusting Line-In Compression Settings

If you are looking to share the music from your DAP to the Sonos wireless home sound system, be sure to adjust the line-in compression settings. Line-In compression on the Sonos system can be set to Automatic, Compressed, or Uncompressed. By default, the Sonos system to Automatic in order to provide the optimal playback experience. For optimal sound quality, I would recommend setting the line-in compression to uncompressed to produce the highest quality sound for the Sonos system. This, however, can put a lot of strain on your network if you are in a wireless setup and have a lot of Sonos players.

  • Using the Sonos Controller App for iOS or Android:
    From the More menu, select Advanced Settings > Audio Compression.
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