Sonos Play:5 Overview
Do you want to fill your home with HiFi sound but dread the thought of unsightly speaker cables? Check out the Sonos PLAY: 5 - Ultimate Smart Speaker for Streaming Music. This wireless speaker is sleek, lightweight, and powerful enough to make your neighbors think they are living next to a concert hall.
- Trueplay technology delivers amazing sound in any room
- Takes up a small footprint
- Sleek and elegant design
- Humidity resistant – perfect for bathrooms and patios
- Sonos app to control all of your home audio
- Streams audio from more than 30 streaming services
- Connect to other Sonos speakers for a customized listening experience
- Add a Sub for even deeper bass response
- You can connect your audio equipment directly through the audio line-in
- 6 individually amplified speakers deliver crisp highs, full mids and deep bass
- Connects to your home WiFi to create its own dedicated network
- Sonos Play: 5 Dimensions – Height: 8.03” x Width: 14.33” x Depth: 6.06”
- Sonos Play: 5 Weight: 14lbs
- Warranty: Within 1 year of the date of original shipment for a defect; or within 45 days of the date of original shipment for any reason – World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell
- Included: World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support
High-Quality Audio Components
If you look inside the Sonos PLAY: 5 - Ultimate Smart Speaker for Streaming Music, you will find six speakers: Three high frequency tweeters and three bass drivers. Each speaker is matched with its very own dedicated amplifier ensuring highly detailed and lifelike audio. Highs are clear, mids are lush, and the bass is tight and powerful. Technical talk aside, the Sonos PLAY: 5 richly reproduces everything from hip-hop to heavy metal and everything in between.
What is Trueplay?
The Sonos PLAY: 5 - Ultimate Smart Speaker for Streaming Music is loaded with Trueplay technology – a true work of sonic wizardry. Trueplay allows the PLAY:5 to analyze the layout of any room it is in and adjust the way it produces sound based on room shape and size. The result is a dynamic listening experience no matter where you place the speaker.
You’ve never heard your music collection sound like this. The Sonos PLAY: 5 - Ultimate Smart Speaker for Streaming Music has a built-in RCA line-in, making it a breeze to connect a CD Player, amplified record player, FM tuner, or other portable music players.
Flexible, Expandable Sound
Sonos makes it easy for you to build the audio system of your dreams. If you want more earth rattling bass all you have to do is add a Sonos SUB. If you want to authentic stereo sound wirelessly connect your PLAY:5 to another PLAY:5, Sonos PLAY: 1, or Sonos PLAY: 3. Put them all together with a Sonos PLAYBAR and you can have theater quality surround sound in your very own home. With Sonos the possibilities are endless and wire free.
Dedicated Wireless Network
The Sonos Play: 5 connects to your Wi-Fi network or router and creates its own dedicated network ensuring uninterrupted playback. If you are putting your speaker in a remote area that’s too far to connect to your router, check out the Sonos BOOST. It will create its own dedicated network to ensure peak performance.
Endless Streaming Options
Whether you want to listen to your favorite Pandora station, share a Spotify playlist, check out the top selling tracks on Apple Music, or dive into a brand new audio book, The Sonos PLAY: 5 - Ultimate Smart Speaker for Streaming Music can play all of your favorite music streaming services and more. This Sonos wireless speaker streams audio from more than 30 music-streaming services, so you can listen to what you want when you want.
Mobile Phone Compatibility
Download the free Sonos App and take control of all of your audio right from your mobile phone. The Sonos app lets you control what you play, where you play it and how loud you want it to be. This app lets you create playlists from your own music library and lets you add songs from multiple streaming services. You can even program what rooms the songs are played in and when. The Sonos app lets you get more out of your music by giving you access to artist bios, reviews and concert listings.
Sonos Play:5 Specifications:
- Amplifier: Six Class-D digital amplifiers perfectly tuned to match the speakers and acoustic architecture.
- Tweeters: Three tweeters create a crisp and accurate high-frequency response.
- Mid-woofers: Three dedicated mid-woofers ensure the faithful reproduction of mid-range frequencies crucial for accurate playback of vocals and instruments, while also delivering a deep, rich bass.
- Audio line-in: Auto-detecting 3.5mm audio line-in connection
- Stereo Pair setting: Turn two PLAY:5s into separate left and right channel speakers for an intense stereo listening experience. Place vertically for a deeper, more focused sweet spot, or sideways for wider, more shareable sound coverage.
- 1 Home Theater: Add two PLAY:5 speakers to a PLAYBAR and SUB for a true surround sound experience.
- Audio formats supported: Support for compressed MP3, iTunes Plus, WMA (including purchased Windows Media downloads), AAC (MPEG4), AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, Flac (lossless) music files, as well as uncompressed WAV and AIFF files. Native support for 44.1kHz sample rates. Additional support for 48kHz, 32kHz, 24kHz, 22kHz, 16kHz, 11kHz, and 8kHz sample rates.
- Note: Apple "Fairplay", WMA DRM and WMA Lossless formats not currently supported. Previously purchased Apple "Fairplay" DRM-protected songs may be upgraded.
- Music services supported: Sonos works seamlessly with most music services, including Pandora, Spotify, Deezer and Soundcloud. For a complete list see http://www.sonos.com/streaming-music.
- Operating systems (for stored files): Windows® XP SP3 and higher; Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or greater; NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices supporting CIFS
- Internet radio supported: Streaming MP3, WMA
- Album art supported: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
- Apple AirPlay music sources: Connect an Apple AirPlay music source, such as an Apple AirPort Expres, to any Sonos player with line-in. Enjoy songs from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in any or every room of the home.
- Playlists supported: iTunes, Rhapsody, WinAmp, Windows Media Player
- Playback modes: Crossfade, shuffle, repeat
- Wireless connectivity: Works on your home WiFi network with any 802.11b/g, 2.4GHz broadcast capable router.
- Also works on SonosNet, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network dedicated exclusively for your Sonos system to reduce WiFi interference
- SonosNet Extender: Functions to extend and enhance the power of SonosNet 2.0.
- Ethernet Port: One 10/100Mbps Ethernet port
- Weight: 14 lbs (6.36 kg)
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 8.03 x 14.33 x 6.06 in. (203 x 364 x 154 mm)
- Power Supply: AC 100-240V, 50-60Hz, universal input
- Storage temperature: 4°F to 158°F (-20°C to 70°C)
- Operating temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
- Controls: Touch interface with volume up/down, previous/next track and play/pause.
- Status Indicator: Light indicates PLAY:5 status.
- Humidity resistant: Designed to withstand high humidity, such as in a bathroom with a running shower. (The PLAY:5 is not waterproof or water resistant.)
- Rubber and felt feet: Built-in rubber feet
- Multi-language support: Sonos System Software supports : Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish and Brazilian Portuguese.
What's in the Box
What's in the Box:
- Power cord
- Ethernet cable
- QuickStart Guide
- Legal/Warranty information
Customer Reviews for Sonos Play:5 - Ultimate Wireless Smart Speaker for Streaming Music
Listening to music on the Play 5 reaffirmed all my research as it turned out to be truly remarkable speaker in terms of audio quality and balance.
However, only post a year and 2 months of use my Play 5 would refuse to turn on out of the blue. A quick google search confirmed a number of users facing the same issues across the Sonos product line.
On contacting Sonos, they offered me to ship a replacement for $280, which is more than half the original price of the Play 5. Obviously I didn't choose that option as I wouldn't want to waste my money.
In conclusion if I pay a premium for a high end speaker, I would expect it to last at least a couple of years given proper usage and maintenance. Truly disappointed with the turn of events. I was planning on buying a playbase for my TV and now I know where not to look for. I'd also recommended Sonos to a bunch of friends who had then purchased different Sonos products, in retrospect it was a mistake.
Yes, it's a grand for two speakers. But they're more than speakers. They're your network connection to all your music. They're your amplifiers. And they're your direct connection to your turntable with one simple wire.
The sound quality is quite good. One app connects to my networked computer with all my digital music, my favorite radio stations and my music services. Plus, you can control the bass and treble from your phone, along with volume of course. Not something you can do with any channel setup I've ever had.
The Play5's are essentially always "on", and recognize when you put a record on the the turntable and will immediately switch to it, even if accessing other music from a digital source. Pretty cool. If you would have told me five years ago this would be my system today, I'da said you were crazy, but here I am. And I'm very cool with it.
Musical simplicity worth every penny.
Overall, yes these are darn good speakers - powerful, good bass and definition, and their features, convenience and small footprint is pretty much worth the price alone. But after living with these for four or five months now, I find myself wishing they were better. Don't get me wrong, most will be very happy with the audio quality of the Play 5's. But my impression after a couple hundred hours of listening is they are "lifeless" for a lack of better term. The midrange is lacking and there is a flatness to their sound that is hard to describe, it's more of a feeling. Don't expect a deep soundstage or dramatic stereo presence, it's just not there. Yes, the class D amps that drive these are responsible for much of what I'm hearing, and I get that, but there is certainly something lacking here that I miss from previous two channel systems. Granted I'm comparing apples to oranges, but I wanted to point this out to those for whom music listening is a true passion.
If you're accustomed to audio nirvana or something close, you won't get it from these. Adequate? Yes. Excellent? Nope. (BTW, I love my Sonos Playbar and the single Play3 speaker I use outside on the patio.)