Creating, separating, and placing a stereo pair

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Stereo pairing two Sonos speakers together delivers a wider stereo experience by splitting the audio signal into dedicated left and right channels. In a stereo pair configuration, one of the speakers will play the left channel audio and the other will play the right channel. This is different than simply grouping the two speakers together.

When you create a stereo pair, the two speakers are bonded together and will appear as a single Room in the Sonos app. You will not be able to play separate tracks to each player unless the stereo pair is separated. Instructions for creating and separating a stereo pair are covered in this article.

Sonos products that can be stereo paired:

To create a stereo pair, you will need two Sonos speakers that are the same model (for example, two PLAY:3s). It is not possible to create a stereo pair with Sonos speakers that are different models. It is not possible to stereo pair a Sonos PLAY:1 with a Sonos One.

Sonos speakers that support stereo pairing:

– Sonos One

– PLAY:1

– PLAY:3

– PLAY:5 (gen2)

– PLAY:5 (gen1)

Placing your Stereo Pair:

For the best stereo sound experience, we recommend following the guidelines below:

– Place the two Sonos speakers roughly 8 to 10 feet apart from each other.

– Your favorite listening position should be 8 to 12 feet from the paired Sonos products. Less distance will increase bass, more distance will improve stereo imaging.

– If you have an iOS device that supports Trueplay, tune your speakers once they have been placed. Instructions can be found in our article: How to tune your speakers with Trueplay.

Horizontal or Vertical Orientation:

PLAY:3: When creating a stereo pair with two PLAY:3s, you can place the speakers in either horizontal or vertical orientation. Ensure both speakers are in the same orientation (both horizontal or both vertical).

PLAY:5 (gen2): When creating a stereo pair with two PLAY:5s (gen2), you can place the speakers in either horizontal or vertical orientation. Ensure both speakers are in the same orientation (both horizontal or both vertical).

In stereo pair mode, the PLAY:5s automatically detect whether they are in vertical or horizontal orientation, creating a unique acoustic experience for each.

– A vertical pair creates an excellent stereo image for listening from the ‘sweet spot’, which exists equidistant from both speakers.

– A horizontal pair expands the stereo image sweet spot to roughly ‘couch sized’.

How to set up a stereo pair using the Sonos app:

Using the Sonos App for iOS or Android:

– Open the Sonos app. From the More tab, tap Settings > Room Settings.

– Select one of the speakers you wish to create a stereo pair with.

– Select “Create Stereo Pair”, and follow the in-app instructions.

Using the Sonos App for Mac or PC:

Choose one of the following:

                    – On a Mac, select Sonos > Preferences > Room Settings

                    – On a PC, select Manage > Settings

– From the dropdown at the top labeled “Room Settings for”, select one of the speakers you wish to include in the stereo pair.

– Click the button labeled “Create Stereo Pair” and follow the onscreen instructions.

How to separate a stereo pair using the Sonos app:

Using the Sonos App for iOS or Android:

– From the Sonos music menu, tap Settings > Room Settings.

– Select the stereo pair you wish to separate. The room name will contain “(L+R)” to indicate it is a stereo pair.

– Select “Separate Stereo Pair”.

Using the Sonos App for Mac or PC:

Choose one of the following:

                    – On a Mac, select Sonos > Preferences > Room Settings

                    – On a PC, select Manage > Settings

– From the dropdown at the top labeled “Room Settings for”, select the stereo pair you wish to separate. The room name will contain “(L+R)” to indicate it is a stereo pair.

– Click the button labeled “Separate Stereo Pair”