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In Berlin: the Sonos AMP

  • The Sonos AMP is not a new product. It first broke cover in 2018, replacing the Connect:AMP, increasing loudspeaker output power from 55wpc to 125wpc in the process and adding an HDMI ARC input to the already well-established Sonos streaming mix: S2 control app, Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect (but no Bluetooth).

    The AMP sells for โ‚ฌ799 in Europe, which places it slap bang between the more costly Bluesound Powernode (โ‚ฌ899 – โ‚ฌ999) and the recently released Bluesound Powernode Edge (โ‚ฌ699).

    Eyeing the possibility of a side-by-side comparison to each Bluesound (and perhaps throwing the Rotel A11 Tribute into the mix), I purchased an AMP from Sonos Europe’s online store. With its arrival at my door the very next day came a 100-day money-back guarantee. I would have three months to listen for myself. Not that I’d need that long. An extensive video review is on its way…

    Specifications…

    125wpc into 8 Ohms (Direct Digital amplifier)
    Damping factor = 400
    HDMI ARC input
    RCA analogue input
    Subwoofer output
    Ethernet (with passthrough) & Wi-Fi

    Further information: Sonos

    Written by John

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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