Build Your Own Sonos Wireless Sound System for Cheap

Build Your Own Sonos Wireless Sound System for Cheap


Say you’re having a group of friends over next weekend. Any gathering of audiophiles needs a sharp surround sound system to play your favorite music and movies. Bargain speakers won’t do the trick. But a top-of-the-line surround sound system isn’t easy on the wallet; it’ll set you back at least a few thousand dollars. If you don’t want to break the bank, consider a build-it-yourself Sonos wireless sound system. It’s the best choice for big sound on a budget!

Audio Quality

Reviews for the entire line of Sonos speakers, from the compact Sonos One to the booming Sonos Sub, praise their high sound quality. Many say that the Sonos Play:5, with its six Class-D digital amplifiers, has the best audio quality of the bunch. But engadget reports that even the smaller Sonos One speakers have “clear, dynamic, and loud” sound that beats any other smart speaker on the market. The Sonos TruePlay feature uses the mic on your phone (or the mic on the Sonos One) to fine-tune the sound of each speaker based on its location. This feature makes sure you’re getting the best sound in any room. You can configure Sonos speakers to 5.1 surround sound, so you can be completely immersed.

Mix and Match

Any Sonos speaker can pair with another over wifi. With a Sonos wireless sound system, you can blast music from every corner of a single room, or from every corner of your house. This wireless pairing feature means you can build your own wireless surround sound system with any combination of Sonos speakers. Wired recommends a Sonos Playbar, a Sub, and two Sonos Ones, but it’s entirely up to you.

Maybe you want a music setup for two different rooms where you and your friends hang out. The Sonos Play:5 packs enough punch to fill a large room, and two Sonos One speakers can fill a smaller room with sweet stereo sound. You can set your own wireless sound system up any way you want. The only limits are your budget and your imagination.

Easy Setup

Sonos speakers work right out of the box, and they require minimal setup to connect to your devices and to each other. Once you’ve plugged the speakers in, all you have to do is sign up for a Sonos account, download the smartphone app, and tweak the settings to your liking. Reviewers have noted that any technical issues they had were resolved in a single troubleshooting session. Getting a Sonos sound system up and running is as simple as that.

Voice Control

Some of the more expensive surround sound systems don’t respond to your voice like the Sonos One can. Including at least one of these speakers in your surround sound system unlocks the powers of voice recognition. With its Alexa integration and its upcoming Google Assistant and Airplay updates, you can request any song, album, or artist you want. You can raise and lower the volume, pause, skip songs, and even tell the system to play only on one specific speaker. Anything you can do from your smartphone you can do with voice commands.

Even though Sonos speakers are priced more affordably than other high-end models, higher sound quality has its price. A new Sonos system could have a hefty price tag that’s more than you’re willing to spend. If that’s the case, building a home surround sound system with used Sonos speakers is even better for your budget. Buy a gently used Sonos sound system on Swappa today.

Updated on April 13, 2018 • On Home Tech