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Sonos Home Entertainment System Goes Outdoor Cinema

I think we can all agree that it’s been a bitterly cold winter this year and I, for one am very happy to see the end of it. So now that it’s spring time, I’m planning to make the most of the warm weather, especially on my balcony which I have hardly stepped foot on since it got cold.Sonos Playbar

I can’t wait to spend some longer, warmer days outside, having a few beers and cooking some sausages on the bbq. Yes, I have spent many hours fantasising about rolling around on my luscious green astro turf which I laid on the balcony only a few summers ago and that’s when it hit me. I could do my very own DIY outdoor cinema.

I thought about it for 5 minutes and decided that the effort would be worth while. I’m a pretty lazy guy, so I would have just shut it down if it was going to seem remotely complicated. The good news is that my TV is very light weight and my sound system is pretty much wireless (sans power cable). Sonos Playbar Sonos Sub

I started an action plan in my head.

  1. Unplug power and inputs from TV and move it to the balcony
  2. Unplug power from Sonos Playbar, Sub and 2 speakers and move to the balcony
  3. Connect TV sound to Playbar with the optical audio cable (All the other Sonos speakers would just sync automatically).
  4. Connect power to everything


In my head it was easy, so I just went and did it. It literally took 10 minutes to set up because all the speakers were portable and just synced when I plugged the power back in.

Here’s how it went.


To start your own Sonos setup, here’s more info.

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