How to set up a 5.1 surround sound system with Sonos with iPhone and iPad

With the right Sonos speakers, you can enjoy wireless 5.1 surround sound anywhere!

If you have all the right Sonos speakers, you can connect them up and create really impressive — and really wireless! — 5.1 surround sound for your home theater system. Here are the components you'll need:

Note: You need two of the same Sonos speaker models for them to work as rear surround.

How to set up a 5.1 surround home theater system with Sonos with iPhone and iPad

The easiest way to get started is factory reset all of the speakers that you have set up already.

Once that's done we're going to start by setting up the Playbar, which will prompt the setup of the rest of your home theater system.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Set Up a New Sonos System.
  3. Tap Next on the welcome screen.

    Launch the Sonos Controller app. Tap set up a new Sonos system, and then tap next.

  4. Tap Standard Setup so everything stays wireless.
  5. Tap Next on the "Standard Setup" screen.
  6. Tap Set up this player. Choose the Playbar from the list, if it prompts you.

    Tap standard setip, tap next, and then tap on Playbar.

  7. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  8. Tap Next.
  9. Tap I see an orange light once you see the orange light flashing on the side of the Playbar.

    Follow the on-screen instructions, tap next, and then tap I see an orange light.

  10. Tap Next on the "Wireless Setup" screen.
  11. Press the Home button twice to return to the Home screen.
  12. Launch the Settings app.
  13. Tap on Wi-Fi.

    Tap next, press the home button twice to return to the Home screen, Launch the settings app, and then tap on Wi-Fi

  14. Tap on SONOS
  15. Wait for your phone to connect to the network.
  16. Return to the Sonos Controller app and tap Next

    Tap on SONOS, wait for your phone to connect to the network, return to the Sonos Controller app, and then tap next.

  17. Tap Next on the wireless setup screen.
  18. Enter your Wi-Fi password into the field.
  19. Tap Continue.

    Tap next. enter your Wi-Fi password, and then tap continue.

  20. Tap Next once the Playbar has been added to your network.
  21. Tap the room in which you'll have your home theater setup.
  22. Tap Next once your TV is turned off.

    Tap next, tap on the room you are setting up your surround system in, and then tap next once your TV is off.

  23. Tap Add a Sub.
  24. Tap Next once you have plugged in your Sub. As the screen says, it can take up to 30 seconds for it to register (it's not kidding).
  25. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    Tap Add a Sub, tap next once your Sub is plugged in, and then follow the on screen instructions

  26. Tap Next once the Sub has been added.
  27. Tap Add Surrounds.
  28. Swipe left and right to choose which players you have.

    Tap next, tap Add Surrounds, and then choose the model of Sonos you have.

  29. Tap Set up these players, once you've chosen the Sonos model that you have.
  30. Tap Next on the "Add Left Surround" screen, once you've placed the speaker where you like it.
  31. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    Tap on Set up these players, tap next

  32. Tap Next on the "Added Left Surround" screen.
  33. Tap Next on the "Add Right Surround" screen.
  34. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    Tap next on the added, tap next on the Add right surround screen, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

  35. Tap Next on the "Added Right Surround" screen.
  36. Tap Next on the "Audio Setup" screen.
  37. Tap Next once you have moved to a central location in the room from which you will watch TV.

    Tap next, Tap next, and then tap next once you move to a central location in the room.

  38. Tap the play button to start the Sub test sounds.
    • Tap No Difference if the alternating tones don't change in volume.
    • Tap A is louder if the Sub sounds louder when the letter "A" is highlighted.
    • Tap B is louder if the Sub sounds louder when the letter "B" is highlighted.
  39. Tap the play button to start the bass tones.
  40. Tap the bass setting that is most pleasing to your ear.

    Tap the play button and select the option that works best for your, then tap the play button, and then tap which bass setting you would like.

  41. Tap Next after you have selecting your preferred bass setting.
  42. You will be asked how far away from you your surround speakers are. Tap one of the following options for both left and right rear speakers:
    • Less than 2 feet
    • 2 feet to 10 feet
    • More than 10 feet
  43. Tap Next on the "Audio Setup" screen.

    Tap next, select how far away your rear speakers are, and then tap next on the audio setup screen.

  44. Tap Next on the "TV Sound" screen, once your Playbar is connected to your television via optical cable.
  45. Tap Next once you have your TV turned on to a movie or show.
  46. Set your TV speakers to external. This can be done using your remote in your TV's sound settings.

    Tap next, tap next once you have a movie or TV show playing, and then set your TV speakers to external audio setting.

  47. Tap Next.
  48. Tap Successfully disabled, once you have your audio output set to external speakers.
  49. Tap Next.

    Tap next, tap successfully disabled, and then tap next.

  50. Tap Next on the "Remote Control Setup" screen.
  51. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  52. Tap Next once your remote is set up.

    Tap next, follow the on-screen instructions, and then tap next.

  53. Press the volume button on your TV remote and tap an option.
    • A message is displayed
    • A volume level is displayed
    • Nothing is displayed
  54. Tap Next on the "TV Messages" screen.
  55. Tap Add Another Player if you wish to do so and follow steps 3-20. Otherwise, tap Not Now.

    Press the volume button and tap one of the options. tap next, and then tap not now or add another player depending on what you want to do.

  56. Tap Next on the "Sonos Registration" screen.
  57. Enter your email address.
  58. Tap Next once you have entered your email.

    Tap next, enter your email address, and then tap next again.

  59. Tap Use Current Location to allow Sonos to use your location as part of the registration process.
  60. Enter your zip/postal code.
  61. Tap Done.

    Tap on Use current locations button, enter your Zip/Postal Code, and then tap on done.

  62. Tap Next.
  63. Tap Next on the help us improve our products screen.
  64. Tap Next on the "Registration Complete** screen.

    Tap next three times

Your 5.1 Sonos surround sound system is now ready to go. You can enjoy your favourite movies and TV shows even more with great quality sound. From here you may also choose to Set Up Music Services so you Sonos 5.1 system can really make your music come alive.