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What is the best way to add a sonos connect (for apple music service) to my C4 system. My EA-5 is connected to a Videostorm audio matrix via digital coax output & analog output.

Also, I have a Triad One remotely placed to run the speakers by my pool. It is on wifi. There is no way to connect it to the Videostorm audio matrix.

Should the sonos connect be connected to the Digital coax input on the EA-5?

or should the sonos connect be connected to the videostorm audio matrix via dig coax & analog.

I would think connecting it directly to the matrix would make more sense, but would the Triad One still be able to play music from the Sonos connect?

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Into the EA5 should be fine though you will have an issue with the audio delay if you are trying to syn it up to amy wireless sonos speakers you add in the future due to the encoding/decoding into sonos plus latency into the videostorm matrix if there is any

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Thx.

Not planning on adding any wireless sonos speakers.

Would best practice be to connect both digital and analog outputs from the connect to the EA-5 or can I get away with only one digital connection? Does the EA-5 downconvert digital PCM to analog?

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We do use shairbridge, but sometimes its just easier to hit a button on a keypad and have a Sonos favorites playlist start playing.

What would the audio inputs on a EA-5 be used for?

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13 hours ago, ee999 said:

What is the best way to add a sonos connect (for apple music service) to my C4 system. My EA-5 is connected to a Videostorm audio matrix via digital coax output & analog output.

Also, I have a Triad One remotely placed to run the speakers by my pool. It is on wifi. There is no way to connect it to the Videostorm audio matrix.

Should the sonos connect be connected to the Digital coax input on the EA-5?

or should the sonos connect be connected to the videostorm audio matrix via dig coax & analog.

I would think connecting it directly to the matrix would make more sense, but would the Triad One still be able to play music from the Sonos connect?

Connect the Sonos Connect to the Videostorm audio matrix via analog outputs and connect it to the triad one via digital coax. This will allow you to listen to the same thing in the matrix as well as the triad one. Remember, the Sonos is only 1 source.

Don't connect it through the EA-5. 

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3 hours ago, therockhr said:

and connect it to the triad one via digital coax

Triad one is in a remote location ( by the pool) so dont think its an option.

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5 hours ago, tdougray said:

Triad one is in a remote location ( by the pool) so dont think its an option.

Correct. He would need to be able to run a RG6 cable from the triad one to the Sonos connect. 

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Yes, running a RG6 cable from my rack out to the Triad by the pool would problematic.

If the Sonos connect Digital out were to go to the Videostorm matrix first, then the digital out on the matrix to the EA-5 Digital In. -> would that be a problem.

Is there a particular reason you should not connect an audio source to the EA-5?

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