Will my HTPC movie sound come through Sonos speakers

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    Hi I am just about to purchase a few components from Sonos but I just need to figure out if everything will work correctly.

    My system
    - Samsung 55" tv 2012 model
    - Marantz receiver NR1604
    - intel NUC HTPC (Home Theatre PC)
    - some cheap wired front speakers

    What I would like to buy:
    - Sonos connect
    - Sonos rear speakers for a 5.1 set-up
    - Sonos sub / playbar

    Currently:
    - HTPC connected to my receiver via mini display port to hdmi.
    - Output from my Marantz receiver going via hdmi to my tv.
    - Optical connected from my tv going into my receiver.
    - Receiver connected to my temporary font speakers (which I am happy to replace).

    How would I add Sonos into this situation...
    - Do connect a Sonos connect to my receiver via coaxial?
    - Can I then add some rear Sonos Play:5's and it will understand that the wired front are connected but to use the Play:5's as the rear sound?
    - When I play movies from my HTPC will the sound come out of the Sonos Play:5's for the rear 5:1? will it understand that the Sonos speakers are there? as there will be no output from the Marantz receiver to the Sonos just an input from the Sonos to the Marantz receiver.

    Overall I'm asking if my external sources (HTPC etc) that are connected to my Marantz receiver be able to utilise Sonos speakers to play movie sound using 5.1?

    I am happy to lose the front speakers and replace with Sonos speakers but I am worried it won't work and the content I play via my HTPC won't come out of the Sonos speakers?

    Sorry I hope I haven't massively over complicated this for myself and thank you for any guidance you can give me.

    Thanks
     
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    To use the Sonos, you get rid of the Marantz. No AVR, none of them, at all, connect to Sonos.Sonos is a powered soundbar. AVR are not used with them.
     
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    but I have my HTPC going into my AVR, how would this then connect?
     
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    Does your HTPC have mini- Toslink?
     
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    mattCR,

    Sorry Matt, bit confused as to what I'm plugging this into?
     
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    It's a USB to Toslink adapter. You'll plug it into a USB port on your NUC (more likely a mini-USB hub) it will enable digital audio out. Connect from that to your sonos. Video can stay going to your AVR, toggle the Toslink adapter as your default audio device, and your audio will come through Sonos rather than HDMI
     
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    Pass through 5.1 does not exist. The pass through (if his does it) is 2.0.So you are advising he keep the Marantz when a $60 HDMI switch is all he needs?By the way...Sell your Marantz. Buy a remote controlled HDMI switch that can output 5.1 over Toslink or coax(yes, they exist and the Marantz won't be an expensive HDMI switch)
     
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    I'm assuming he's using his avr for more than just the NUC.
     
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    The Sonos renders the Marantz useless.
     
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    How do you figure that? I have sonos but it doesn't replace my classe. one distributes through a house, the othr hands ht functions.
     
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    He is using, or wants to, Sonos AS his theater.Big difference.
     
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    Ah gotcha. Then yeah, just and hdmi switcher and usb to optical for sonos
     
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    I have a question on this Sonos...Does this even handle 5.1? (If it does DD I'll be shocked. If it does DTS, I'll drop dead of shock)Does it even have DPL, Or is it some lousy faux version?
     
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    Don't know. I've always just used sonos to stream through the house not for a theater application.
     
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    I just looked at the NR1604.His only possible connection between it and the Sonos is LR preouts on the Marantz.Which renders...1. The entire DD/DTS discussion(If the Marantz/Sonos are used together) a moot point.2. This an even bigger joke.
     
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    Dup
     
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    The sonos play bar has an optical in.,, where are you seeing just left right?
     
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    Talking about connecting it to the Marantz. The only output on the Marantz is LR preouts. And apparently the Sonos can do DD. Although the SONOS FORUMS are littered with "my wireless rear has an audio delay"(shocking, I tell you...shocking).
     
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    I've played with a lot of the solutions. My installer originally sold me on Sonos for distributing through my house. I've tried other solutions since then, and Sonos is actually pretty clunky in comparison to their alternatives (IMHO). I think it just got there first and establishd a name, because the sound quality and ease of use are not as good as they make it out to be.
     

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