I’m, frankly, amazed by this piece of kit. I was guilty of prolonged procrastination before finally taking the plunge – now i’m wondering why i fussed so. Wonderful sound quality and so simple to set up, the only downside i can see is that this will prove to have been an expensive decision – i’m already thinking about adding more speakers in other rooms. Indeed, i’ve been experimenting with my play 5 in other rooms (we have thick walls and, consequently, my wifi setup is a little complicated, so it took a little fiddling) and it works like a dream.
Awesome sound, clarity and bass as expected from sonos. Got this speaker as a christmas gift. Awesome sound, clarity and bass as expected from sonos. Connecting this beast to my existing network is very easy. I have got a pair of play 1 which i got 2 years ago. But there is one thing which i really, really love about this play 5 is the fact that it can connect to my tv and play youtube, or stream netflix and hear all these explosion sounds, very sharp and clear speech and background music in movies etc. Really glad that i am now using this play 5 as a sound bar and 2x play 1 as left and right rear speakers.
Super cool wi-fi music player. Sonos play 5 is an excellent wi-fi music system from own music library in computer or nas, music streaming service like apple music and spotify etc. And internet radio services. Many sources of music can enjoy. My standard with sound system is minimal. My concern is easy to use, accessibility and enjoyment. The setup is simple and so cool with trueplay feature. There is an update available when first setup. The sound quality is so much depth and details. I feel like i am embedded in the music. My room is a small one, around 150 sq ft. , the player volume is set 20% mostly. I like the player very much. I enjoy it playing music all days. The packaging is very nice, but it became as a waste once opened. Hope it does not cost too much.
Key specs for SONOS PLAY:5 Smart Wireless Speaker, Black:
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- Hardware and software custom-designed by Sonos to produce pure, immersive sound that’s crystal clear at any volume.
- 3 tweeters and 3 long-throw mid-woofers, each with a dedicated amplifier, were designed in-house and perfectly tuned to match the speakers and acoustic architecture.
- Turn two PLAY:5s into separate left and right channel speakers to create wider, bigger, deeper sound.
- Add 2 PLAY:5 speakers to a PLAYBAR and SUB for a true surround sound experience.
- Top-panel controls The PLAY:5’s touch interface is a simple, convenient way to control your music right from the speaker. Just tap for volume up/down and swipe for next/previous track.
- 2-Year warranty included
Comments from buyers
“The new play 5 is the best sounding smart speaker I’ve come across, Will be adding to this system!, Absolutely brilliant piece of kit, Great on its own, but go with the Play 1 if you want surround, Hahaha My God!!!, Goodbye Bose, hello Sonos!”
I don’t think you will truly appreciate this until you own it. A superb piece of kit, i’m a bit of an audio geek, so was wary of choosing this over my stack system in the dining room, the sound quality is top notch and you can play round with it, for me the app and usability is what sets it apart, i’ve connected it to my nas and spotify and so easy. The only issue i do have is that there are no short links on the actual system (like favourites) or something. You have to have phone or tablet to control it.
The new play 5 is the best sounding smart speaker i’ve come across. Do yourself a favour and get one now. This speaker beats most entry level and several mid level hi-fi systems with several boxes, wires and clutter. The quality of sound and the bass it produces is unbelievable for its size. This is a ‘super speaker’ which is also smart. The build quality is great, setup is very straightforward, the sonos app is good but not great. I’m sure there is a update on its way to make it better. It may seem a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for.
Bought from a different supplier. I’ll start by saying these speakers are incredible. I listen to a lot of soundtrack music plus dance and pop, a variety really. I checked out the play 1s which are brill and do a great job, they sound very good. The play 3s offer more clarity and richness i found which i like. And the play 5s are very rich and full sounding plus offer more depth and bass which is why i decided on them. They are more expensive but they definitely deliver and are so easy to setup. I bought 2 for a stereo pair and they sound awesome. I use them with a spotify premium account but if you can afford it get deezer elite or tidal for flac lossless audio quality. So all in all, a great looking speaker, easy to setup and produces beautiful clarity, rich sounds with depth. A good investment for any music lover.
As someone who has spent a fortune on proper hi fi i’m a bit annoyed with sonos now, the depth, detail and warmth from a single play 5 gen 2 at all volumes is simply stunning. Actually i don’t know how it’s this ‘cheap’ to think you get an array of speakers, amp n network connectivity ‘all in’ as a package that is so brilliant is beyond my understanding. Because i want to listen to the new play 5s over everything else. That includes play 1s paired, old play 5, b&w’s or my beloved linn. The gitsbut don’t take my word for it.
I already have 3 play 1’s, one in the kitchen, one in the dining/hall and one in the study but the living room is a much bigger room and so i went for the play 5. The base is rich, set up could not be easier – took about 2 minutes and it is great to listen to the same music/radio station as i walk through the house. In due course i may buy a second one to run as a stereo pair in the lounge but it does not disappoint on it’s own. I also signed up to spotify premium as they had an offer on, so i am enjoying listening to different artistes but based on the genres of what i like. It plays as background music most of the day. Just don’t delay buy one today.
It is as stunning as i expected. It blows bose (at this price point anyway) clean away. The fidelity when playing quality audio (eg tidal hifi) displays nuances in the performance that you’d struggle to even notice on lesser systems. You can feel the voices, instruments and the bass envelope you in an almost organic way. Rest assured this is not an artificial plasticy sounding boombox. As it says on the sonos website ‘you’ll hear each separate instrument, voice, and sonic detail in all its glory. Six class-d amplifiers with six dedicated speaker drivers deliver crystal clear, rich, deep, stereophonic sound with zero distortion. So go ahead and crank up the volume’. The previous bose (i returned) sounded muddy and two dimensional.
I have loved and enjoyed bose systems for several years but just recently decided to give the play 5 a listen. So much more clarity and a balanced sound throughout the range whereas bose tend to concentrate on bass , sheer volume but not much treble. I compared the play 5 alongside a bose soundtouch 20. It’s like listening to someone singing with their hand an inch in front of their mouth (bose), then without. There is much more ‘spaciousness’ or air if you like between the notes. It connects to your wi fi system, updates itself if needed, then job done.
Bought for my recording studio as a. Bought for my recording studio as a reference speaker. After i saw this this picture of tom elmhirst, one of the best music mixers in the business – adele 25, goldfrapp black cherry, beck morning phase. Play5 right in the middle of the console, surrounded by very high end, very expensive studio monitors.
The new play 5 why didn’t they call it play 6?. This product deserves extra stars. It’s fantastic in every way. Where to start, well for me the single best feature is the simplicity of using sonos. New components are added in seconds, i’ve never had any issue with this, we now have 4 speakers. Then, once speakers are connected the controller is perfectly ergonomic, logical and easy to navigate. There are no complicated menu’s to navigate no self set up complications, my 5 year old get’s it working without trouble (though does insists on changing tracks every 5 seconds). Next is the beautiful sound quality. I speak as someone with less than perfect hearing which means that any distortion, lack of clarity crack and crackle is amplified to me into a horrible mess so cheaper speakers just do not cut it. I can’t talk technically about the sound quality, all i can say is all the speakers sound perfect to me.
Just received play:5 gen ii as a gift. Thought to leave a comparison to gen i, that i had since launch. Considering audio quality, sound dispersion and power, this should have called play:7 or something. Completely different from the first generation. 6 speakers / amps vs 5, sealed design vs ported design, speaker placement etc are notable differences. Bass is more pronounced, deep and tight in gen iigoogle play app can cast directly to sonos, most of the other streaming services are supported via sonos app.
Great on its own, but go with the play 1 if you want surround. I had a play 5 for a while and liked it so much i bought a playbar to go with it. Of course, i was then only one additional play 5 away from a surround sound setup for my tv so i quickly bought another. I was then disappointed to discover that having two play 5s and a playbar sounded nowhere near as good for music as a play 5 was is on its own. This was puzzling, but then i learned that when used in a surround system, the play 5s disable their subwoofers. They basically turn themselves into play 3s. Therefore i’ve decided to get rid of my play 5s and replace them with two play 1s and i’ll pick up a sub at some point in the future. Having said all that, if you’re only interested in the play 5 for music then it is absolutely phenomenal. You won’t regret buying one (or even a stereo pair) of these of you just intend to stream music and radio to it. Just don’t buy two to add to a playbar system – save yourself some cash and get two play 1s instead.
Received our unit yesterday. It is just the most amazing bit of kit, it’s like all the musicians have moved into the room. Going to get another smaller unit to complement it now. Can’t believe anyone would be disappointed with this.
Pretty good for what it is. . I thought it was impressive when i first got it but listening to it over time has revealed it’s flaws. For starters, it’s practically mono – you need to be sitting about 5 feet away perfectly placed to get any real stereo effect. That’s to be expected from a single speaker. Having since bought two play 1’s and set them up as a stereo pair, i’d rather listen to them. You really miss that stereo sound once you’re reminded of it. The other area of weakness is the bass. Whilst it’s big and thumping for a little box, it’s ‘fake bass’ – artificially enhanced sounding. If you get a tune with an electric bass sweep like lfo’s ‘lfo’ then you can hear the bass drop out in portions as that frequency range cannot be produced properly by the unit and then the bass reappears when it hits a range it can cope with.
I am usually a bose man but the fact that their app currently doesn’t integrate with apple music swung me to this and wow am i glad. Deep base, superb mid tones and crisp top end.
Was playing with this and the equivalent bose speaker. . Was playing with this and the equivalent bose speaker. I would say the bose has a few extra ‘toys’ when it comes to connectivity however once you hear the two side by side. Sonos simply smashes the bose to bits. Having been a long time bose fan i would not never buy another. Quite simply an epic speaker the fact the power block is built in is a lovely touch too. Quite simply a stunning audio device.
Let me begin by saying that i am by no means an ‘audiophile’, but i do appreciate a good sound system and having had this unit for almost a week now am very impressed with this unit. Being an owner of the previous play:5 model, i must say that there has been an improvement in every aspect. Design – i’m a big fan of the new streamlined design here, which, in my opinion, gives it a more simple and contemporary feel. The unit can now be orientated both horizontally or vertically, something that couldn’t be done with the previous gen. The buttons (volume, play & pause) are now touch sensors, and i love the little details like the ever so slight ‘blink’ of the led when touching (or swiping across) them and the subtle acknowledgment tones. Sound – ultimately, the sound is balanced and very well delivered across a conglomerate of musical genres. Slapping on something a little aggressive such as the chemical brothers’ ‘go’ and ‘black skinhead’ by kanye west (my current favourite power running songs) both sounded great with the bass deep and punchy without being too overpowering – it actually made want to go for a quick run. Playing something little more alternative / indie such as ‘on top of the world’, by imagine dragons, i found that the vocals were crisp and the mid to highs; clean and detailed – i was easily able to separate individual instruments used. As far as loudness goes, this easily fills my lounge into the kitchen.
Sonos has always been slightly out of my financial reach and despite the affordability of the play 1 it kind of felt like a compromised starting point. I knew from the reviews and in store demos that it was going to be a quality buy, i just wasn’t sure how good it was really going to sound in my living room. After setting aside enough money for a new sound system i was stuck with the choice of going for either three play 1’s, two play 3’s or even one play 5. I finally opted for the play 5 with the view that it would be the best starting point sound wise and then the convenience of ‘adding on’ at some point later. Well my word what a staring point it was, the sound exceeding all my expectations with literally jaw dropping results. I set the speaker up while having friends over in literally a minute after unboxing it (from really beautiful packaging) and after installing the app and hitting play we all sat round in awe of what we were hearing. Two weeks in and i still can’t wait to get home and try another album just to hear the new lease of life sonos has given the music that i have been listening to for years. The speaker itself is beautiful to look at and perfectly designed, from the power in plug at the back of the speaker to the touch receptive buttons at the top of the machine. Is this speaker value for money, absolutely, will i expand on the system, of course.
Flawed model in a very good range. . I have a play:5 and two play:1s. The 1s are excellent, working as a clear, bright stero pair. The sonos software is really good and it’s been a pleasure to beam internet radio and our music library all over the house. The play:5 is in the living room and suffers two significant shortcomings:1) too bassy. I probably would have preferred another pair of play:1s than the 5 in retrospect. I got it because of the line in, but2) line in is too quiet. There’s a setting to increase the gain but even with that, it’s been poor at playing sound from our tv or from a bluetooth receiver. You need to switch the volume from 1/4 to 2/3, which of course risks a nasty shock when switching back to digital streaming.
Was a bit hesitant to buy this, but sprung for it based on the sonos 100 day money back gaurantee. I fully expected to return it within that time, not being able to justify the cost. Deep bellowing bass, detailed mid (you can pick apart individual instruments in your favourite classical performances), crystal clear highs. The sound produces is virtually perfect, and the ‘smart speaker’ capability means you can control and schedule everything from your devices. The only downside i can think of is the danger these things put your bank balance in, because they’re so darn good you’ll be tempted to buy more.
Very good but not the loudest for the price. I already had a sonos connect:amp with a pair of qaccoustics speakers in my kitchen, which once i sorted out the performance of my home wifi worked reliably (well almost) and sounded very good indeed. I wanted a speaker in the adjacent conservatory that played in synch with the kitchen system. The new sonos play:5 looked to be the perfect answer, and it is. The way the system allows the grouping of two or more devices is shear brilliance. The sound of the play:5 is very good, whether at low volume or very loud. I have configured the sonos setup to connect to my nas drive that holds my itunes library. However, now that it supports apple music (beta version only currently) it gives me access to all the music i could ask for. The only reasons i have given it 4 rather than 5 stars is that my son’s b&w zepelin sounds better and goes louder with more rick bass than the play:5 for £79 less; and as with all sonos devices, it is not possible to play music on youtube or vevo through the system without using a device (e. Iphone) connected via an aux port.
I decided to order the play 5 after having a demo listen in my local store, the first thing i noticed is the incredible design, that is modern and that it wouldn’t look out of place in a modern living space. Design is only one reason why this product is a great speaker. The speaker itself is quite bulky due to the weight and size but this is to be expected due to the amount of speakers inside. These speakers deliver a clear and crisp sound that fills the room wherever you are sat in relation to the speaker, the app that accompanies the stereo which is released by sonos also adds well to the whole experience of owning this speaker, it is simple to set up to the stereo and also when using it to choose what music you want to listen to, either off the device you are using or through the radio. I would highly recommend this product.