This package consists of a Sonos Amp and 2 x Monitor Audio CP-CT260 In-Ceiling Speakers.
In our opinion, this package is ideal for a medium-sized room and will provide high-quality audio.
The SONOS Amp is the latest dedicated amplifier from SONOS, and improves greatly on the model of the outgoing Connect:Amp, which had become Sonos' best-selling amplifier of all time through its clever design, ease of set-up and use, and continuous improvements to its performance and flexibility via free updates from SONOS. You can now enjoy high-fidelity performance with an uprated 125 Watts per channel, plenty to power almost any speakers whether they are bookshelf, floor-standing, in-ceiling or in-wall designs.
All New Inputs
As well as analogue audio inputs for your turntable, CD player or computer it now features an HDMI connection with ARC (Audio Return Channel) to allow connection of your smart TV, and devices with an optical output can be connected via an optical to HDMI convertor. Your TV audio can be enjoyed in either stereo or surround sound.
Audio streaming is as usual very well supported, the Amp allows you to stream using either the SONOS app, Apple AirPlay 2, or via many popular streaming Apps such as Spotify. Music stored on local devices or networks can also be played across the whole SONOS network.
Another new feature is the introduction of a ‘dual mono’ setting. This allows both left and right audio to be sent to an otherwise mono speaker, thus giving the possibility of hearing balanced sound across large areas.
A thoughtful arrangement of connections at the back of Amp allows for a straightforward setup, and the threaded speaker connections for left and right channels are a standard diameter so you can remove these and use 4mm ‘banana’ speaker plugs.
Bespoke SONOS accessory manufacturer Flexson has also designed some dedicated brackets for the Amp, allowing wall mounting of one or four Amps, as well as a dock that accommodates four Amps vertically.
In summary then, the new SONOS Amp has a higher power output and better physical connectivity, as well as Apple Airplay 2 compatibility. TruePlay tuning can now be used, and three pairs of compatible speakers can now be connected. The dual mono setting allows for even greater flexibility across multiple rooms or larger areas.
Read more about Sonos Amp in our detailed Sonos Amp Review article.
Monitor Audio CP-CT260 In-Ceiling Speakers
Deploying all C-CAM® drivers, the next level CP-CT260 provide a wider and more detailed performance for home cinema and music applications. The pivoting C-CAM tweeter is joined by a 152mm C-CAM bass driver - and high frequency level adjustment by a boundary compensation control for optimum bass tuning when positioned near room corners.
- Pivoting C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter and C-CAM bass driver.
- High overall efficiency.
- High frequency level adjustment (+/-3 dB).
- Boundary compensation controls.
- Our innovative Tri-Grip fixing system is easier to install than conventional clamping schemes but provides three times the surface area and a better surface seal, maximising bass response and mid-range clarity.
- Magnetic and easily removable steel grille.
- Paint-able surface to blend with the living environment. Additional scrim material is provided for trouble free painting.
- Airtight enclosure design, which protects each precision-engineered driver system against the damaging ingress of dust and dirt.
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