How to Calibrate Your Sonos Sound System to Get Fantastic Sound

Whether you’re tuning in for a 10-hour Netflix binge or family movie night– nothing can quite compare to watching a movie from the comfort of your couch.

And although a large TV and dimmed lights may help create an immersive theater experience, if you don’t have brilliant sound, you’re missing out on a key element!

Clear, richly detailed sound will add value to your home theater setup (and boost your theater-like experience). 

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through how to calibrate your Sonos sound system to get the best listening experience.

Determine a Starting Point

If you’re thinking a home theater surround sound system setup will take a full day to install (and come with several steps)– you may be surprised to learn it’s much easier than that!

The truth is, Sonos home theater audio only takes a few minutes to assemble. Plus, the control is simple with the Sonos app. 

First, decide on the location of your home theatre speakers (and plug them into your nearest outlets). Even though these speakers are wireless, they still need to be connected to a power source.

Top tip: Try not to place speakers behind any objects or architectural details that could potentially tamper with your audio quality!

Install the App

Next up: use your iOS or Android phone to download the free Sonos app. 

Here, click on “Set Up New System.” Confirm if your Sonos speakers and handheld devices are in the same Wi-Fi network (even though one Sonos speaker will automatically create a mesh network called Sonos Net). 

Once you connect your speakers, tune each with Sonos’s Trueplay app feature. 

Top tip: Trueplay is a crucial step! This is where your phone will record what it hears in your space. Then, based on this feedback, Trueplay will automatically adjust how your speakers sound for superb acoustics.   

Start with a Soundbar

For the fastest improvement in your sound, install a soundbar. This is the simplest way to elevate your listening experience during shows, movies, or games! 

A soundbar is an external speaker that helps create a fuller sound, bolder bass, and crisper dialogue.

Top tip: With Sonos’s surround sound speakers set, you get a soundbar, subwoofer, and pair of two loudspeakers. You can also choose from two soundbar options: The Beam or the Upgraded Arch (which provides Dolby Atmos sound technology). 

Add a Subwoofer

Bring your viewing experience to the next level! 

With subwoofers, you can feel your rumbling bass (and improve your speaker’s performance).

Plus, you won’t get the full 3D sound experience without subwoofers, so it’s a step you don’t want to miss!
Top tip: 80 Hz is the most common (and recommended) crossover frequency as well as the THX standard.

Bring in Your Rear Speakers

Typically, a home theater setup includes two rear surround speakers, one soundbar, and one subwoofer, called 5.1. This makes for the most optimized listening experience.

To completely immerse yourself in the notes of jazz, the action of movies, or the drama of TV shows, a 5.1 surround system will envelop you in clear sound.

Top tip: Sonos offers Architectural In-Wall and In-Ceiling speakers that will seamlessly blend into your home theatre or media room walls.

Connect to Your Screen

To sync your TV (or projector) to your speakers, ensure your Bluetooth is enabled. This way, you can wirelessly connect your screen to your Sonos speaker system.

If you don’t have a Bluetooth TV, your second option is to plug in your Sonos soundbar (or another speaker) into your TV and wirelessly link it to the system through that one plugged-in speaker.

Top tip: Sonos speakers allow you to customize your system and group rooms together on your mobile app. This way, you can have full control over what’s being played (and where)!

Elevate Your Listening Experience!

Optimize your home theater audio with award-winning speakers from Sonos. Get started today with a FREE quote from our team of home theater installation experts!