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I want to add a Sonos speaker near the shower in the master bath. It requires a 120 volt outlet for power. My plan is to build a niche (open on both front and back) between a closet and the bath. Put the speaker in the niche and use an existing GFCI outlet in the closet for power.

Is this acceptable or is there a better way? I have access to power in the closet but it is 15A and has other outlets on it in the bed room.
 

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Thanks herdfan. I have a couple of Sonos product throughout my house. It's a great system with amazing versatility.

My question is more about properly connecting it to power in a bathroom. For instance, when someone says they run the power cord for a wall mounted TV yhrough the wall many say that not good, not legal ect. Specifically I want to know if putting the speaker in a niche as described above sounds unsafe or like a problem to anyone. Also, I am wondering if anyone has a better idea.
 

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I don't see any issues if the speaker is just sitting in a cutout in the wall. The power cord will be fully exposed.
 
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Thanks herdfan. I have a couple of Sonos product throughout my house. It's a great system with amazing versatility.

My question is more about properly connecting it to power in a bathroom. For instance, when someone says they run the power cord for a wall mounted TV yhrough the wall many say that not good, not legal ect. Specifically I want to know if putting the speaker in a niche as described above sounds unsafe or like a problem to anyone. Also, I am wondering if anyone has a better idea.
First off, who in the world has enough time in the day to listen to something playing, while trying to get ready for work or to get going. The steam alone will shorten that Sonos so quickly, that you will find that you are wasting money doing this. There is a reason why they make products for use around water spray and steam.

As for what you are wanting to do, really it would be much easier to get either a Bluetooth capable speaker that plugs into an outlet, or putting in a speaker that is made for bathrooms in the ceiling and have it set up to be controlled from a Sonos.

The Sonos Play 1 could just sit on your toilet tank lid or on the corner of the sink counter. When I did our Bathroom, I placed an outlet on the left side of our vanity and the right side by the light switch, so that there could be stuff plugged in and kept on the toilet tank like a shaver.
 

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First off, who in the world has enough time in the day to listen to something playing, while trying to get ready for work or to get going. The steam alone will shorten that Sonos so quickly, that you will find that you are wasting money doing this. There is a reason why they make products for use around water spray and steam.

As for what you are wanting to do, really it would be much easier to get either a Bluetooth capable speaker that plugs into an outlet, or putting in a speaker that is made for bathrooms in the ceiling and have it set up to be controlled from a Sonos.

The Sonos Play 1 could just sit on your toilet tank lid or on the corner of the sink counter. When I did our Bathroom, I placed an outlet on the left side of our vanity and the right side by the light switch, so that there could be stuff plugged in and kept on the toilet tank like a shaver.
gregzoll - Sometimes when I am getting ready in the morning is the only time I have to listen to music, LOL. Right now the speaker is on the toilet tank and it seems like it is always in the way plus you have to turn it up pretty high to hear it in the shower.

I had already considered your suggestion of putting a speaker in the ceiling or in the wall and using a Sonos Connect Amp. At $100 - $150 for a speaker and $499 for the Sonos component I am thinking it's worth risking a $199 Play 1 on the project. The support team at Sonos said steam and humidity should not be a problem for a Play 1 but water spraying or raining on it "might".
 

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RegeSullivan, I hope you saw that I was joking. I know some on here will get upset, because everything has to be way too serious.

I would do a speaker in the ceiling and have a waterproof touchpad to raise, lower volume and skip.

The first gen Echo is pretty loud if I turn it up. I cannot see going that deep with the Sonos for just one room, unless you are going to be expanding outside and other rooms.

It really depends on what equipment you have right now. You would need a multi-room amp to control each speaker and allow for different sources. You surely do not want the rest of the house listening to say Ratt, while they want to watch TV.

You can go with a shelf for the Play 1 to get it up and find the sweet spot, where the sound will carry. Problem is that some showers with hard surfaces will cause the sound waves to bounce too much or actually deaden.

Do a handclap in the bathroom at various points and make sure that it is dead silent. There are apps out there that allow you to graph the sound threshold.
 

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No worries gregzoll, I am in no way offended. I just wanted to make sure what I planned was not dangerous and was looking for some other ways to install the Play 1 in in our bathroom.

I already have 6 Play 1s, a Playbar, a Sub and a Boost so I am pretty heavily invested in Sonos already so to go with a ceiling mounted speaker I would need to go with a Sonos connect Amp. I just can't justify the $499 plus the cost of a speaker to replace what already sounds great.

Your suggestion to look for the sweet spot is a good one. I have already tried the Play 1 in the spot where I will cut in the niche. It sounds as good as when on the back of the toilet but much better to hear it in the shower.
 

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I would do that then. As long as the Bathfan is not loud, but is pulling the steam out as it should. It can be why you are raising the volume.

Finish the niche in a way that it helps the sound be directed to where you want it. That may mean material other than tile. Maybe thr stuff they use in restaurants in the Kitchens and Baths. You can get it in different colors and styles. Tile would make the sound too reflective.
 
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