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Best amp to drive 3 zones, 4 speakers each

Hi,

We already purchased 12 B&W CCM663 in-ceiling speakers and plan to wire each set of 4 speakers as a zone to its own SONOS CONNECT.

I've read some recommendations for the Parasound ZoneMaster 1250 (did not purchase yet) for all of our amplification needs.

Does anyone have experience with the Parasound or can alternatively recommend a different amp/setup?

Thanks
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Hi,

We already purchased 12 B&W CCM663 in-ceiling speakers and plan to wire each set of 4 speakers as a zone to its own SONOS CONNECT.
Why not just use a Connect:Amp for each zone?

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Hi,

We already purchased 12 B&W CCM663 in-ceiling speakers and plan to wire each set of 4 speakers as a zone to its own SONOS CONNECT.

I've read some recommendations for the Parasound ZoneMaster 1250 (did not purchase yet) for all of our amplification needs.

Does anyone have experience with the Parasound or can alternatively recommend a different amp/setup?

Thanks

I have had the ZoneMaster 1250 for over a year now. It is powering ceiling speakers (Atmos, etc.) and I couldn't be more pleased with the flexibility and sound quality. It has been a great investment.

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You're definitely going to want to go with that amp. I could make some recommendations that are a little less expensive, but you're already satisfied with the quality of that particular product and your gut is telling you to go with it. So go with it! It's definitely the right type of product and you're going to get a power output that's superior to other amps. It's the right call.

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Why not just use a Connect:Amp for each zone?
Thanks for the idea @jautor . I'd consider it but what it means is committing to Sonos long-term. Having a separate amp gives me the flexibility to try something else in the future.

@dmarcink , @JT Babin - Thanks for the great feedback!

One question regarding the amp power - The speakers are 8Ω each, is the ZoneMaster the right amp in that sense? I pasted the specs for the ZoneMaster, wish I had a better understanding of amp/speaker/power/impedance relationship.

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* Universal amplifier for applications from 50 to 200 watts
* 24 speaker connections (A and B outputs for all 12 channels)
* High current for stable operation at 2 Ohms
* Channel pairs are bridgeable for up to 200 watts @ 4 Ohms
* Class AB input stage plus premium Class D power stage
* Independent audio sensing triggers, one for each zone
* 6 Independent 12 volt trigger inputs, one for each zone
* Looping 12 volt trigger outputs for each zone
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Thanks for the idea @jautor . I'd consider it but what it means is committing to Sonos long-term. Having a separate amp gives me the flexibility to try something else in the future.
True, but with three Connect units you're pretty committed..

But you're spending $2k to avoid a $450 "lock in"?

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True, but with three Connect units you're pretty committed..

But you're spending $2k to avoid a $450 "lock in"?
You've got a point there. The CONNECT:AMP is basically a Connect and Amp in one? so with 3 of those I'm fully covered for all my sonos/amp needs for 3 zones? Would I get the same quality as I would with a CONNECT+Parasound?
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You've got a point there. The CONNECT:AMP is basically a Connect and Amp in one?
Yeah, you should at least look at it before you dismiss the suggestion...

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So with 3 of those I'm fully covered for all my sonos/amp needs for 3 zones? Would I get the same quality as I would with a CONNECT+Parasound?
There could be a difference in max volume, but for most rooms it probably wouldn't be an issue. If you did find one zone lacking in power, an inexpensive 2-channel amp could be added later. If you buy one or two units to start, you can test everything before you commit, too...

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Yeah, you should at least look at it before you dismiss the suggestion...
Word.

I guess another nice aspect of the CONNECT:AMP is that if I want to have say a Google ChromeCast Audio or something like that as an additional input I can hook it up to the Sonos and use their app to switch to it.
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I guess another nice aspect of the CONNECT:AMP is that if I want to have say a Google ChromeCast Audio or something like that as an additional input I can hook it up to the Sonos and use their app to switch to it.
You can do that with the Connect as well. The AMP just adds the amp...
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Multiple Chromecast Audios to the OSD or Dayton Audio (same product) 12 channel amp is rarely talked about, but will save you some $$$. I have a couple of Sonos Connects and just using them as a conduit to stream music is overkill, but thats what a lot of people use them for because there has never been much of an alternative, until now.
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