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Sonos PLAY:5

Wireless streaming smart speaker (White)

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$499.00

Overview

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Sonos lets you tap into music from your personal collection and from the Internet, anywhere in your house. The all-new Sonos PLAY:5 makes it easy to get started or add an additional room — it's a self-contained music system with built-in speakers.

All the music you want — anywhere in your home

Sonos PLAY:5

The Sonos PLAY:5 can tune itself for the clearest possible sound in your specific room.

Sonos lets you tap into music from your personal collection and from the Internet, anywhere in your house. The all-new Sonos PLAY:5 makes it easy to get started or add an additional room — it's a self-contained music system with built-in speakers.

The ultimate smart speaker for streaming music

Sonos redesigned the PLAY:5 to make it an even better speaker for big rooms. The all-new PLAY:5 is ideal for spaces with vaulted ceilings, open kitchen/family room combinations, and other large rooms. Sonos gave it six built-in synchronized drivers to deliver rich, vibrant sound.

A convenient new touch feature allows you to effortlessly skip songs and adjust volume with just a touch of your hand. You'll get top-notch, room-filling sound from a player that easily fits on a counter in the kitchen or an end table in the living room.

Exceptionally easy multi-room music

Place Sonos music players like the PLAY:5 in every room where you want to listen to music. The players connect to your home network — either via Wi-Fi® or by connecting one player to your router via Ethernet to create a dedicated Sonos network. This network, known for its extensive range and superior performance, gives you house-wide access to tunes stored on your PC along with a wealth of Internet audio choices. (For the best wireless performance, we recommend adding the Sonos BOOST.)

Sonos controllers

The Sonos app gives you easy wireless control

You can use your iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad®, or Android™ smartphone or tablet to control any and all Sonos players. A free download turns your smartphone and tablet into a full-fledged Sonos controller. Easily navigate and search through playlists and tracks stored on your computer, or select an Internet radio station. Create customized playlists on the fly for individual rooms or for playback over your entire Sonos system. You can also mute or adjust the volume of each of your players. 

Trueplay speaker tuning for optimal sound

If you use your Sonos control app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, great news. You can use your iOS® device to fine-tune the PLAY:5 with Sonos's Trueplay feature. It uses the mic built into your device to measure how the sound reflects off your walls and furnishings, and then it adjusts the speaker's settings for the best possible sound. Trueplay works with every PLAY:1, PLAY:3, and PLAY:5 speaker in your system. (Currently for iOS devices only.)

Spotify®, Apple Music™, SiriusXM, and more at your fingertips

The Sonos system works seamlessly with a host of streaming music services, including Pandora®, Spotify, Apple Music, Rhapsody®, TIDAL and more. You also have access to thousands of Internet radio stations from around the world through TuneIn Radio, and terrestrial radio stations through iHeartRadio. If you subscribe to SiriusXM Internet Radio, you can tune into all your favorite programming on any Sonos player in your system.

Play music stored on your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®

Sonos gives you convenient wireless access to music and podcasts stored in the Music app of your iOS devices, for playback throughout your entire Sonos system. This function works on devices running iOS6 or later (see below for full list of compatible Apple devices). The system even lets you connect a combination of up to 16 PCs, Mac® computers, smartphones, tablets, and digital music storage devices from your home network simultaneously.  

Queue up songs from your iPhone to play in the kitchen while you cook, while your spouse streams a podcast in the den from the family computer, and your children use their tablet to enjoy music from their kid-friendly Pandora station — all at the same time.


Expand your Sonos system

You can have up to 32 Sonos music players in your system, and each one can play an independent selection of individual tracks or playlists. Listen to jazz in the den while your spouse plays rock music in the kitchen, or pump a single playlist of songs throughout the entire house during a party.


Great product. Integrates well with our Apple ecosystem and our Internet radio services.

Anonymous, New York, NY

What's in the Box:

  • Network powered speaker
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • 5' Ethernet cable
  • Quickstart Guide
  • Important Product Information

Product Highlights:

  • six built-in synchronized drivers
  • communicates with other Sonos players via Wi-Fi® or a dedicated Sonosnet™ 2.0 wireless network
  • Sonos control app
    • free download from iTunes App Store® and GooglePlay
    • compatible with iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, and Mac® computers
    • compatible with Android™ smartphones, tablets, and Windows® PCs
    • bass, treble, balance, and volume controls
  • Trueplay automatically adjusts Sonos speakers to your room for optimum performance
    • currently works with iOS® devices only
  • plays MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis, and WAV files
    • not compatible with protected AAC files from iTunes®
  • plays songs from subscription streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Rhapsody, TIDAL, and more
  • plays music and podcasts directly from compatible iOS portable devices
  • plays streaming Internet radio stations from TuneIn Radio and iHeartRadio
  • plays programming from SiriusXM Internet Radio — subscription required
  • multi-zone synchronous playback (same music plays in multiple zones simultaneously) or multi-stream playback (each ZonePlayer plays individually selected music)
  • top-mounted controls for volume, play, pause, skip, and mute
  • 2-port Ethernet switch
  • minijack stereo input for connecting an MP3 player or other audio gear
  • compatible with Windows® (XP or higher operating system)
  • compatible with Mac® (OS X 10.4 or higher operating system)
  • requires AC power (adapter included)
  • 14-5/16"W x 7-7/8"H x 6-3/4"D
  • weight: 14 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires high-speed Internet connection
Reviews

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Sonos PLAY:5

Anonymous from New York, NY on 9/19/2016

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Great product. Integrates well with our Apple ecosystem and our Internet radio services.

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Good so far

Andrew from New York, NY on 9/19/2016

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Easy to set up. I bought this after hearing the announcement that Sonos and Amazon Alexa will be integrated in 2017. So until that happens I am wary of giving a 5 star review. However so far sound quality is great, set up was easy and the app interface was OK.

Pros: Good sound quality for a single speaker Very easy set up

Cons: App interface is not perfect yet. Its good but not as good as using the music providers own interfaces

Sonos PLAY:5

Anonymous from Irvington, VA on 9/11/2016

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Product amazingly straightforward to set up. Only challenge has been to get the controller app onto an old IPhone - still not accomplished because of a glitch with Apple's app store security. Speaker performs well in the mono mode with very good audio sensitivity - possible that the bass ranges could be better. But, for its size it is a first rate speaker. Control via IPhone will take some getting used to as I have so far avoided getting wedded to my smart phone. Internet streaming is almost always interruption free. Brief interruptions only occurred during one short period during the past 10 days of use. Did need to install a WiFi extender because of our physical set-up. We are at the fringe of FM reception so this is a major improvement for us.

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Sonos PLAY:5

Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on 9/8/2016

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I can't believe it took me this long to make this purchase. It was so easy to hook up and does everything I need it to do. I judge I product too by how they package it and Sonos is over the top. I now need to start adding to the Whole home system. The Play:5 gave me a great start and it sounds great!

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Sonos PLAY:5

Anonymous from Parker, CO on 9/6/2016

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I love the sound on the play 5. I have a couple of play 1s and while those sound great, the play 5 sounds so much better. It was easy as always to add a new unit my sonos setup.

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Sonos PLAY:5

King from Bel Air, MD on 9/5/2016

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15 minutes out of the box everything was functioning. Easy setup and simple app to use on my Iphone6. Very impressed with sound as there is a solid range from lows to highs. The soundstage is amazingly full given its size. Bought a play 5 to start and will probably get another play 5 for stereo.

Pros: Easy of use and overall range of sound. Solid highs and lows. Especially impressed with midrange capabilities.

Cons: Pricey but you get what you pay for.

SONOS = High quality sound, ease of set-up

Art from Asheville, NC on 9/5/2016

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We wanted a quality speaker solution that could play music from our play lists contained on iPad, iPhone and iMac. We were told by friends that SONOS was the best way to go for both ease of configuration and quality of sound. What an understatement! Just plug in the speaker, download the SONOS app, and follow a couple of prompts and you are set! Really no problem. We are old school audiophiles and thought we wanted the traditional 2 stereo speaker set-up. The SONOS Play:5 has such good quality to fill a room that we do not miss the stereo with 2 speakers. We will stay with SONOS and the Crutchfield team for future configurations of additional SONOS speakers.

Pros: High Quality sound Ease of set-up Configurability

Cons: Price

Don't know how I did without it

Anonymous from Elkridge, MD on 9/4/2016

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Great speaker! I bought one. Sounds great! Ordering another next week. NICE

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Awesome sound!

Anthony from St. John, VI on 9/3/2016

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Amazing sound for the size of the speaker! Setup is a breeze. The app is easy to use. The sound quality of the 2nd gen vs the 1st gen is night and day different

Pros: Sound quality, ease of setup, user friendly app and portability

Cons: Bit pricey but worth it

sonos 5

Anonymous from Anaheim, CA on 8/21/2016

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Nice piece.

Pros: easy to set up

Cons: too exspensive

Big Sound!

BHarrison from Woodbridge, VA on 8/8/2016

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These speakers are worth every penny! The sound/voices are crystal clear and when paired with the sub and soundbar make a great addition to your home theater room. They are wireless, but must be placed near a power outlet. The play 5 are bigger than what I expected, but not too cumbersome. Setup was very easy and completed within 15 minutes.

Pros: Great sound. Wireless. Bluetooth setup.

Cons: Must be near a power outlet. If they were cordless, it would be sheer perfection.

Clear, big sound. Very impressed.

Peter from Nashville, TN on 8/2/2016

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The Sonus Play 5 was intended to supplement a Sonos wired audio setup in a room which was not pre-wired for sound. The power of the music from this relatively small speaker is impressive, and very clear and precise. The unit looks good too and easily fit into the room in question. At this price point it made sense to buy the Play 5 versus running cable and adding in-wall speakers - and we enjoy the extra flexibility of moving the wireless speaker out onto the deck as needed.

Pros: Clear, powerful, looks good. Movable. Sonos app compatible with Apple Music and much more.

Cons: The Sonos app is not perfect. Still getting used to it. For example, it doesn't continue to play the rest of an album after you choose a song part way into the album. Expensive.

Sonos PLAY:5

John from Scottsdale, AZ on 7/19/2016

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I've been wanting to buy this for a while now. Fantastic sound and a no hassle set-up. Out of the box and operational in 15 minutes or less. The app for Play5 is so convenient.....I would def. recommend.

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Sonos PLAY 5

Bruce L from New York, NY on 7/19/2016

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This is an excellent all in one speaker system that fills our loft (with 13 foot ceilings) without any problem. It's easy to operate. We have all our music sharing apps on it, and we love it.

Pros: Convenient, one unit powerful speaker which is easy to connect to your music streaming apps.

Cons: None.

Sonos PLAY:5

Kevin from Pinehurst, NC on 7/3/2016

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Great sound! Easy to hook up.

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Somos Play5

Butron from Somera, NY on 6/28/2016

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I bought my first Play:5 a few years ago. Still happy for quality and easy access to many music sources. Now I hace to new ones for stereo sound plus a sub, sounds is great what I was expecting for

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Great for the patio. Big sound, little sound

Anonymous from Boulder, CO on 6/26/2016

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When the sun is up and the beer is flowing the Sonos 5 makes enough noise to keep the party going. The bass is robust and the fidelity is superb. When it gets dark and the neighbors are heading to bed the Sonos 5 can play quietly also with high end hi-fi.

Pros: Great bass Sound fills large spaces

Cons: Not battery operated

Sonos PLAY:5

Anonymous from Reno, NV on 6/20/2016

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great style - great sound and simple

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Great Speaker System and Sound Not Thrilled With Support

Jeffa from Everett, WA on 6/19/2016

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Great speaker system and sound. Not thrilled with support. I got 2 of the Paly 5 and a Sub. All set up easily and the app works well. I got these playing quickly right out of the box. The speakers can be linked in a stereo pair and you can put them anywhere. Sound is very good although I am thinking about getting a Play 1 to see if the highs can be enhanced a bit. I don't hear that tinkling very high sound that I am looking for from the tweeter. That said the sound is amazing and I am very pleased with the purchase. The only area of disappointment came from Sonos Tech Support. Although setup was easy I was not able to link to my music library on my Windows 10 PC. I called Tech Support and waited for 15-20 minutes for a representative. I explained the problem and he immediately wanted to remote in to my PC to troubleshoot. I have had issues with this in the past and prefer to be stepped through the diagnosis rather than give control of my PC to a stranger. He stepped me through a few things including using a cool diagnostic feature of the app that sends all of the connection and software information to Sonos. He reviewed this data and said it all looked correct, then asked again to remote in to my PC. I asked him to step me through the steps he would take and let me stay in control of the PC. After a few checks he declared it "must be a Windows 10 issue or some software on your machine". No help, no solution and no advice on next steps. Very disappointing.

Pros: Put them anywhere, orient them any way and they sound awesome. Easy initial setup Heavy, high quality construction Look great, don't take up too much space

Cons: Tech support not helpful and insist on remote control of PC

phenomenal product

dave from Clifton Park, NY on 6/13/2016

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Called for advice and questions, ordered product, received product, follow up email all within 3 days. Fantastic. Even better is the quality of the sound from this speaker. And set up all of 2 minutes.

Pros: Great speaker, quality of sound outstanding. Set up easy.

Cons: Just a tad heavy, for wife to move, for me no, problem.

Sonia 5 2nd Gen

Will from Spring Lake, NJ on 6/13/2016

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Great speaker so much more depth and clarity than Sonos play 3 very pricey, but worth

Pros: Great sound

Cons: Pricey

Sonos PLAY:5

John from Yelm, WA on 6/5/2016

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Enjoying the new Sonos Play 5. Playing it a lot to break it in good. The older model was excellent also & still have it.

Pros: The sound is fantastic. Plays loud as I want in the den.

Cons: Kind of pricey but if you want quality it's worth it.

Best wifi speaker I've heard.

CC from Franklin, IN on 6/1/2016

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I've tried many (Marshall, Bose, Jawbone to name a few) and this by far is the best sounding wifi speaker I've heard. A fuller, richer, deeper sound than the others offer. Clear distinction between right and left channels out of a single speaker. Going to by another for the basement.

Pros: Sound. Appearance. Can be controlled easily by phone, tablet, laptop or desktop once setup is complete.

Cons: Setup can be challenging if your network wifi is weak. In the costly range, but worth it when compared to others.

Sonos 5

Bones1 from Kennewick on 5/22/2016

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Only way to go is Sonos products. Unreal sound....

Pros: Very clear and loud.

Cons: Expensive

Sonos PLAY:5

KG from Hilliard, OH on 5/16/2016

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Hooked on Sonos! Love this speaker and buying another soon.

Pros: portable, simple to set up, good sound

Cons: pricey

Simply Amazing

Dave S from Matthews, NC on 5/14/2016

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Simply amazing. I have a $15K + A/V system with high-end speakers and amps and when at the gym use Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones which are fantastic. So I guess I'm saying I know great audio reproduction. I immediately signed up for Tidal to listen to FLAC audio (less compression) and the sound is knock-your-socks-off great. What sold me was when I heard them at local audio show and the manufactures reps were playing them. I only bought one but they have 2 for stereo and their wireless woofer so I didn't know if just one speaker would sound so great. Given Crutchfield's liberal return policy, I took the plunge and bought one. So far, I've listened to Classical, rock, pop, alternative and Jazz and ALL sound superb.

Pros: The sound quality across the entire spectrum is accurate. The bass is perfect for my ears, not boomy or underpowered. It is like you would hear it live. The definition of the instruments is very good and even with one speaker the sound stage is amazing. Vocals are crisp and spacious. Piano is notoriously difficult to faithfully reproduce and the Play 5 is dead on accurate.

Cons: They are pricey.

Sonos PLAY:5

Fred F from Cary, NC on 5/11/2016

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I have been waiting for decades to find a speaker system with sufficient quality and function to easily connect my home with music. SONOS has done excellent job and meeting all of my requirements and in fact exceeding them. Thank you SONOS.

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SONOS Play 5

SONOS Enthusiast from Washington, DC on 5/1/2016

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We've been building our home SONOS system over time, adding a new room every so often. This was our first new model Play 5, but our 10th speaker added to our 9th room (we have a paired set of older Play 5s in the living room). The new model is significantly better than the old - in design, depth of sound, and functionality. That being said, I do not believe it should be priced higher than the former model as it was already a high ticket item and the improvements are par for the developmental course. Then again, cost is obviously not the first consideration when buying into SONOS. Let's face it, SONOS equipment is expensive. We are big fans of the overall SONOS experience - we enjoy both having synchronized music throughout the house and the opportunity to have separate, personalized music choices in different rooms. We also love sharing SONOS with guests. Virtually everyone has a smart phone these days so friends and family who visit can easily download the SONOS app and personalize music in their rooms. Set up is smooth, connectivity clean, and music options deep - from streaming to personal library. We look forward to seeing the SONOS ecosystem continue to evolve over time. Oh, and as always the Crutchfield experience was flawless - easy ordering, clear order progress communications, quick delivery, clean packaging.

Pros: Rich sound, ease of set up, design, portability, variety of music sources, options for synchronization and differentiation across units

Cons: Cost

Sonos Play 5

Will L from Nashville, TN on 4/26/2016

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Very pleased with the Sonos Play 5. This is my third unit. Wanted one for patio use and considered a Play 3 however the sound is so good on the Play 5 I just couldn't downgrade. Great sound even outside with plenty of bass.

Pros: portable, convenient, full sound range.

Cons: High cost for just one speaker.

Sonos 5

Tim from Charlotte, NC on 4/14/2016

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The Play 5 arrived on my doorstep less than 36 hours after I placed my order. I originally ordered two Play 3's and after some consideration, I changed my order a few hours later. I phoned Crutchfield and they apologized and updated my order to one Play 5. I chose the Play 5 because it had a line in for my DirecTV receiver. The set up took me about 25 minutes, only because I had forgotten my passwords to my online music sites. (Pandora, Sirius XM, Spotify) The sound from this speaker is amazing and you will not be disappointed. Sonos has created a speaker that is superior to any other on the market.

Pros: Sound Clarity Style

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Awesome!

A from Hartford, CT on 4/13/2016

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Great separation & quality

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Superior sound to our other Sonos speakers that we loved~~~

Doxie Momm from Medford, NY on 3/31/2016

Like our previous speakers this version is easy to setup, easy to use. It is larger than our other Sonos speakers and offers a richer sound. We hardly ever listen to our cd's anymore. We found a great internet station (Calm Radio) & it is on day & night. Our doxie even likes it when we go out. She curls up on HER couch & sleeps until we return home.

Pros: Sound quality, easy of usage

Cons: Not One!

Sonos new Play 5

Harold from lynchburg, VA on 3/24/2016

Super nice product great sound easy to install.

Pros: easy to add to system very nice sound for a stereo speaker

Cons: none so far

Very happy with the Play:5...but

Richard A from Maumelle, AR on 3/22/2016

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Overall I am very happy with the Play:5. It is a great sounding single speaker, and by "single speaker" I mean a speaker "system" in a single enclosure. I bought this to replace a Polk satellite/sub system in my work-at-home office. But after using it a few weeks I decided I liked the stereo separation and bass of the Polk satellite/sub system better. The bass on the Play:5 is very good, but still not up to the level of a good sub. So instead, I used it to replace a bluetooth speaker in the bedroom. Since Sonos doesn't support bluetooth, I connect my iPhone6 to it through the line-in jack on the back of the Play:5. With this configuration, I fall asleep to the ambient sound from an app on the iPhone (via line-in) and wake to either radio or music (via Sonos). Both sound excellent! So the bottom line for me is, if stereo separation is important to you then a single speaker is not on par with a good set of quality speakers. Depending on budget, I can see a pair of these (or Play:3s or Play:1s) with a sub as an excellent system. Or in a single room with limited space for components, the Play:5 is an excellent choice. I should mention that I already owned the Sonos Playbar and a pair of Play:1s for home theater usage. So I was already a fan of Sonos before buying the Play:5, and I still very much am.

Pros: Simplicity, sound quality, line-in capable

Cons: Lack of true stereo separation

Sonos Play 5

Anonymous from st john, IN on 3/20/2016

The Sonos Play 5 was everything that it promised. The set up was quick and easy and the sound experience is amazing. We will definitely be investing in more Sonos products.

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Sonos are the Best

Hungry Hippo from kent, WA on 3/18/2016

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I've had Pokes, JBL, Onkyo and BOSE but Sonos 5 are by far the best Speakers I have had.

Pros: Wireless, size, simplistic and looks

Cons: Haven't found one yet

Nice speaker for gen x

Hhibird from hilton head island, SC on 3/9/2016

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Pretty nice sound for a tech speaker and a convenient operating system. I'm a stereo hifi buff with musical fidelity and dynaudio, etc. I've started going over to the dark side for the convenience of music servers and cell app interfaces. this speaker was for my son who is thrilled with the interface and clarity... A really good solution for his lifestyle and Spotify, Pandora world.

Pros: Interface for the young generations and reasonably good sound quality

Cons: A little pricey but saved on a scratch and dent that looks like new..

Excellent Sound at a Great Price

kyaros1977 from Denver, CO on 3/2/2016

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Excellent product for a great price. The sound is impressive for this little unit.

Pros: Cost, Sound, Size and Portability

Cons: None

Sonos Play 5

Ricardo M from san juan, PR on 2/24/2016

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I'm an old school music enthusiast, so as expected, I did plenty of research before committing to a $500 single speaker. Listen to pretty much all the available options out there and, in my opinion, Sonos have the most stable platform and the most solid sound as of today. When I first installed the Play 5 in my living room, I was quite disappointed with the sound coming out it. With all the hype I was expecting a larger-than-life sound, but this wasn't the case. After running the Trueplay software a couple of times, my opinion began to change. Sound became more harmonious and I dare to say coordinated. Two weeks later, after installing all the available services and uploading all my music, I love it! Nevertheless, it left me wanting more. Another Play 5 paired? Playbar? What mere mortal got the budget?

Pros: Very good sound and solid software.

Cons: It will probably cost thousands to get a kick-ass system.

Excellent speakers.

Syd B. from new york, NY on 2/18/2016

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Sound is great. Ability to play same music or individual music in each room is a great asset. Purchased recently, but so far no problems.

Pros: Sound, convenience, easy setup.

Cons: none

Sonos play 5

S.W. from south elgin, IL on 2/16/2016

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The play 5 sounds great very easy to hook up but I thought it would be a bigger wow with the new play 5. I have Sonos throughout my entire house I would recommend them for big rooms

Pros: Very easy to hook up and they have a great app

Cons: Wish it had a little more power

Sonos PLAY: 5

Edmund from Charlottesville, VA on 2/13/2016

I picked up one of the original Sonos PLAY: 5 speakers a few years ago and I have to admit that the new model Sonos PLAY: 5 is a noticeable improvement. The bass is a bit deeper. However, the bigger improvement is the simple shape of the new model speaker - much easier to put in place and adds the option of vertical over just horizontal.

Pros: Deeper Bass, Speaker Shape

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Sonus PLAY5

Curtis D from bellingham, WA on 2/10/2016

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Fantastic, especially for a wireless product that is ~8.5"x 14" Wonderful Sound & very easy to use. Controls are very intuitive.

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Sonos PLAY:5

Neura from san juan, PR on 2/9/2016

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clear sound, easy setup!

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Unbelievable

-k from san jose, CA on 2/7/2016

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Better than I could have imagined. Love it and will be buying more.

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Greatly Improved a Great Speaker

Ed from Tucson from tucson, AZ on 1/30/2016

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I have 11 other Sonos speakers and am very pleased with this new generation play5. It is much improved with better depth of tonality and better overall reception capability than the older generation.

Pros: Looks, sounds, reception

Cons: It all comes with a higher price.

A special product with great support

Peter from jacksonville, FL on 1/30/2016

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The Sonos Play 5 is the best sounding wifi music system I have tried. It is easy to set up and has wonderful sound performance.

Pros: easy to set up; easy to use; and great to listen to-the guys in support are very helpful and forgiving even for the dumbest mistakes.

Cons: none

Great Speaker

mm17382 from springfield, OH on 1/26/2016

This is a really great sounding speaker, you get incredible clarity and volume out of a relatively small package. It is also fairly portable and I can put it anywhere in my house since it will connect through my wifi network. The only downside is some of the functionality with the app and how it connects. In order for music to play through the speaker, you have to play it through the app and therefore can be limited in how you can play some music (for example you have to have Spotify premium to use it with the app). Other than this the speaker is outstanding and I would definitely recommend it.

Pros: SOUND, portable (fairly), easy set up

Cons: App could be better

Really good but not for me

Carlo from Long Island, NY on 1/25/2016

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I wanted to love these speakers and at times I did but just as often I didn't and that was a problem. I had a stereo pair with the sub connected to a turntable. Dream setup and expensive. Upon listening to older 70's music, I felt the sound to be processed, at times the speakers sounded like they were holding back to protect themselves. Newer digital files, Adele, Ed Sheeran, sound great. I imagine for most people these speakers are more than adequate but if you find yourself on the fence between a traditional setup and this, I don't think you will be happy with this. For me too big an investment. My two cents.

Pros: Convenient, No Wires, Access to all music via Spotify

Cons: Sound is not as rich as I had hoped. Expensive.

Great Speaker

Pleas P from Gatlinburg,TN on 1/24/2016

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Great sounding speaker thought it might be a little louder. But it is fine.

Pros: Sound , Easy setup

Cons: Loudness , Price

Sonos 5

Michael B. from New Jersey on 1/18/2016

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Phenomenal sound! Easy set up with great mfr support and website

Pros: Can add additional speakers throughout the building and link

Cons: Nothing

Great sound as a pair

DNV from Florida on 1/18/2016

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Very good sound when paired as a stereo (L and R channels). I sold the Gen 1 to get the Gen 2. This new gen does sound better, although more expensive. I prefer the look of the old Gen 1. When paired these make for a solid sound system. I have an open living room and was too large an are for just recommend just one speaker (16'x18' with two sides completely open).

Pros: Good sound Nice sound separation

Cons: Price

Play:5

Paula from Texas on 1/12/2016

Great sound! Easy to setup and use...

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Awesome Sound Rock Solid Design

SoundBuy from Michigan on 1/11/2016

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This is such a great product. The sound is awesome and can fill a house easy and if you like even more sound you can expand with other Sonos connected through your network. This unit is built very solid and setup is super easy. Sonos app for smartphones allows control of music and volume. Pairing this up with an optional Bluetooth adapter allows tablet and phone connections to stream sound from youtube and such easy.

Pros: Sound quality, Construction, Expandability, Easy Setup

Cons: Price, No Bluetooth support built in

Perfect!

Nicole from New York on 1/5/2016

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I bought the Sonos PLAY:5 because my boyfriend wanted a Sonos system but also wanted to use a turntable. This is the perfect solution! The sound is great, the interface is simple, and the unit is sleek.

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Another Hit!

Jay from Georgia on 12/31/2015

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Another hit for the Sonos family! We already have the play 3 (2) and the play 1 but wanted to add some additional sound to our music family. The play 5 is everything that has been stated about it! The sound is amazing and it is just as easy to hook up as the others. Highly recommend!

Pros: Sharp looking, advanced technology, easy to hook up and has fantastic sound

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Great sound

HMM from Missouri on 12/30/2015

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Set up takes about five minutes. The sound is crisp at almost all volumes. Excelent speaker for the size. No cord clutter. I'll get another one to fill the entire first floor of the house.

Pros: Great sound, easy setup, can be controled by many devices.

Cons: A little pricey.

Gen2 Play5

rich from Colorado on 12/30/2015

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Added the new play5 to our Sonos system (Gen1 play5, play3, connect, and connect:amp). The new Play5 has definitely taken a step forward compared to it's predecessor. Overall sound quality is much improved. Not that the gen1 play5 was bad - the gen2 is just better. Improved sound clarity and range at all volumes. Though not a huge bass fan, low frequency performance is certainly better as well. The capacitive buttons for volume, play/pause, and forward/backward are great. Connecting to an existing Sonos system was as easy as ever. As a fan of the gen1 enclosure, I am neutral as far as the aesthetics of the new enclosure is concerned. Though I have to say the new enclosure delivers as far as sound quality is concerned, and that is huge. Mainly I liked the handle in the gen1 version for moving the unit to different locations. The new play5 will be placed where the older one was typically located. And the gen1 play5 will become a portable unit (garage, basement, deck). I have to mention the function of the play/pause button on the new play5. I have found it to be a great feature. You can now resume listening with just a touch of this button - not the same as mute. What ever zones were grouped with this unit previously also start playing again. No app or device needed to resume. Awesome! IMO Sonos continues to be the leader in getting all your music anywhere you want it around your house. And what that ultimately means is you listen to music more - way more!

Pros: Great immersive sound from relatively small speaker - ideal for a larger room. New capacitive buttons and functions are great. Typical Sonos quality and performance.

Cons: Cost is still a bit of a pill to swallow. But overall Sonos performance makes it a worthy investment in my opinion.

Amazing Speaker for Size and Price

DRH from Seattle, Washington on 12/28/2015

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I had the previous generation of the Play5's paired as a stereo pair in my living room of my home that is about 40ft in length by 18ft in width. It is a home that is 100 years old and is has plaster walls, wood floors and opens to a few other rooms with tile. When I looked into the new Play5 I was interested and was shocked at how much improved they have become. The previous generation sounded good but these sound like I have a surround sound in the room when using the truesound app. I would highly recommend these to anyone, great sound for the price.

Pros: Great Sound at Low Volume & and High Volume Levels Bass is Amazing (sounds as if there is a separate sub in the room) Ease of addition to existing home automation system

Cons: N/A

New Sonos Play5 is even better than the previous model

Arnie S from Virginia on 12/26/2015

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I have been a long-time user of the Sonos system and have been delighted with all of the advances in their technology and product line. The update to the Play5 is quite a step up. The range, clarity and separation of sound are noteworthy. While I am not going to run out and replace all of my old 5's, the updated model has very noticeable improvements. Sonos continues to show itself as the best in wireless sound technology.

Pros: Sound quality (separation of sound, range, clarity), ease at set up and operation, integration into the Sonos system

Cons: None

Gen 2 - great speakers

Larry E from California on 12/26/2015

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Great addition to our system - freed up other speakers for more rooms! Yes sound ever!

Pros: Good size, can stand either way.

Cons: Black plastic cases could look better.

Amazing

Eric from California on 12/25/2015

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The new play 5 sounds amazing, looks inconspicuous, and the app works well. The plays 1 and 3 are nice also, but the 5 is most impressive, it fills the room with lows, mids, and highs.

Pros: Compact, simple looking, sounds amazing

Cons: I'm not going to pretend that it isn't pricey

Very nice but...

DougC from New York on 12/23/2015

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Packaging was second to none. Had little difficulty setting up. The sound is another matter. It sounds good, nice base and you can hear the highs very well. It did not make my jaw drop nor did it put me in an awe moment. Not sure what I expected but perhaps with another one and a subwoofer (more money) maybe the awe factor will come into play.

Pros: Came very well packaged. Is attractive.

Cons: While the wi-fi connection is outstanding, I would have liked a bluetooth connection in addition. Now I have a laptop that has crappy sound, a $500 speaker that can not be used except under certain instances, can not use it as a speaker for the laptop. Disappointing.

Sonos Play5

James boy from Kansas on 12/22/2015

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I replaced an earlier version of the Play 5 with this newly released version. While I perfectly happy with the earlier version, I decided to go for the newer release, based on its early reviews. I am more than pleased with my new Play 5! The range, fullness and clarity are simply outstanding and an improvement over its earlier counterpart. I also enjoy the sleeker appearance and somewhat smaller footprint.

Pros: Fullness and clarity of sound.

Cons: None.

Best speaker ever!!

Agb from Nj on 12/20/2015

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The sonos 5 speaker is the best speaker ever. It's well made and offers a deep rich sound that's matched by none

Pros: Deep Rich sound Quality all around Easy to use

Cons: None that I've come across

Excellent product

B00buu from Massachusetts on 12/17/2015

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Excellent sound, no brainer setup, looks great, excellent packaging, a no regrets purchase

Pros: I love everything about this product. The sound is excellent.......it will make you move!!

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Sonos Play 5 wireless speakers

GeorgeM from Stillwater, New York on 12/17/2015

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I purchased 2 of the latest Play 5's to use in stereo mode in a very large (24 x 18) vaulted ceiling kitchen. The speakers are located on top of kitchen wall cabinets. The sound is absolutely top notch. A few weeks later I purchased the Sonos subwoofer and added it to that system. I now have a concert hall quality sound system - actually better than most concert halls! I run the whole system off of an older Ipad dedicated as a music server in the kitchen.

Pros: Fantastic sound. Easy setup with a very nice software interface.

Cons: These speakers are pricey but I don't actually consider the price a 'con' given the quality of sound and workmanship. I plan on buying additional speakers now that I'm familiar with the product.

Simply awesome...especially now with Apple Music

Dan from Verona NJ on 12/17/2015

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I was already sold on Sonos, but the new play 5 raises the bar even higher. The clarity and range of this speaker is a big leap forward. Now that Apple Music is available, this is a killer combo...while pricey, I have absolutely no regrets.

Pros: Sound quality, simplicity, access to just about any music ever recorded

Cons: Price...I wouldn't mind a few more around the house, but that will have to wait.

New Sonos Play 5

Front Royal from Virginia on 12/15/2015

Surprising easy to set-up and great sound in a large space ( 30'x 17'x10') . The SONOS app makes expanding the system a snap. But what earned this rating was the sound. I only hope they deliver 7.2 surround sound soon so I can cut those cords. If you are tired to small and underpowered bluetooth this is what you want.

Pros: Fair price, great sound and easy set-up.

Cons: Wish the grill came in white as well as the body of the speaker.

Hits the mark

swegs from Seattle, WA on 12/14/2015

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You can't beat the Sonos system for ease, quality and versatility. Love the second gen Sonos 5. I have music throughout the house now with controllers for two stereos, a 1st gen 5 and a 2nd gen 5.

Pros: Great sound, easy to setup and easy to use.

Cons: A little pricey.

Great with Playbar

Anonymous from Ohio on 12/13/2015

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I bought 2 of Play 5's to use for surround sound with the Playbar. Although they are pretty expensive, the sound quality is great. The convenience is superb and the ease of use wonderful. I have owned and enjoyed Gen1 Play 5's (4 of them) for several years. These new Play 5's re bigger and badder for sure. I have recommended SONOS to several friends who are now enjoying SONOS sound in their homes.

Pros: Easy set-up; sound quality; size; user friendly;

Cons: expensive, with no discounts; doesn't play well with other products

Best Wireless Speaker

D.S. from Illinois on 12/13/2015

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Incredibly easy to set up. Amazing sound. The "balance feature is fantastic. Highly recommended.

Pros: Easy set-up, great sound

Cons: Price

So crisp and clear. How could it be this easy to set up?

drcpace from Massachusetts on 12/11/2015

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It is pretty amazing how fast you can go from getting the speaker out of the box to enjoying wonderful music using your smart phone. I have two of the Play 5's in our vacation home, and four in my home. They just fill the house with great sounding music!

Pros: easy setup. great quality sound, sturdy.

Cons: Expensive

Best I've owned!

Wayne S from Florida on 12/11/2015

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I've wanted a whole house sound system for most of my life and started comparing the Bose Soundtouch with the Sonos speakers. The first thing you notice is the heft in this speaker and when it comes to speakers, heavier is usually a sign of better. They certainly look and feel like a much better product than the Bose. Now, as for sound: I've never heard anything like it (Play 5). Just a few minutes of various types of music makes you think you're listening to a far more expensive piece of equipment. It does need a high speed connection and will be affected by how many devices are drawing on your network. A Boost might be a good idea if you have heavy traffic and a moderate speed. Otherwise, my four speakers (paired 1s and a 3 also), now anchored by the Play 5 in our great room, is filling our house with almost constant holiday tunes. I might add one more Play 3 to pair with mate and that should do it.

Pros: Great look Great feel Great sound Amazing versatility Easy set-up Compact

Cons: Fairly expensive May need Boost in certain situations

Songs 5

Tony from Guaynabo PRo on 12/10/2015

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Excellent product.

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OK so far

MEM21 from New York on 12/6/2015

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Just received a Sonos Play:5 - overall good so far. They came in excellent protective packaging, the units are simply beautiful, and it took only 20 minutes to set up - that was great. Sound quality is good - I am using them with Spotify only now - so I take sound quality with a bit of grain of salt. Some variance in bass response - I wonder how much contributed by signal quality from Spotify, nonetheless sometimes bass sounds a bit flabby/farty. Sonos app easy to use - allowed me to set up Spotify quickly as well as locate the speakers in a room. However there is a delay sometimes in song selection and volume control. Also bit irritating that Sonos app does not stay open on iPad/iPhone or give you the opportunity to control it from the locked screen as other apps do - so that you can control it quickly. E.g. if I have the thing blaring and a phone call comes in, you have to unlock your device and locate the app before controlling volume. I took one of the speakers into another room yesterday afternoon, and the Sonos app had a lot of difficulty staying connected with that speaker. Perhaps something glitchy about separating speaker pairs. Nonetheless, Overall I am pleased so far.

Pros: Beautiful design, easy to set up, sound quality overall great

Cons: Sonos app glitchy/slow at times, bass response a little flabby with Wi-Fi player

Bill

Fantastic sound from Virginia on 12/6/2015

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The Sonos Play 5 is an amazing source for tunes. The sound is crisp, full, and detailed, without any colouration like the darkness of BOSE products. It interfaced easily and quickly with my network and connects to amazing internet sources as well as my iTunes library. I would love to replace all of my surround sound speakers with Play 5's.

Pros: Clear, clean sound. Easy set up and interface with my network. Excellent selection of internet channels. Easy sharing of iTunes library. Sonos app works well on iPhone 6.

Cons: None.

Sonos PLAY:5

Anonymous from New Jersey on 12/3/2015

Got the first generation Play 5 on a great open box special! First experience with Sonos and all I can say is I love it...great sound and great features within the Sonos App. Looking forward to getting sub next! Was a big Bose fan, but now I think Sonos has them.

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Hardware doesn't get much better than this

Cam from Boston, MA on 12/3/2015

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Very balanced sound, bass mids and highs are all clear and well represented. The speaker looks very nice and the orientation options are appreciated. The controls are simple and useful.

Pros: Sound Design Functionality

Cons: Software is outdated

Excellent

EF from New York on 12/3/2015

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Sonos is great. I have an apt and the various speakers are an excellent choice - but the Play:5 surpasses them all.

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What an upgrade!

Alan from Tennessee on 11/30/2015

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I had the original Play 5 about two years ago but i didn't keep it because it just never satisfied me with music output. It was very anemic and the bass was very bloated and boomy during low volume and no bass at higher volumes. When compared to similar sized wireless boxes, It pretty much sounded like crap against the B&W Zepplin or the NAD Viso 1. I even preferred two Sonos Play 1's to the sound of the gen 1 Play 5. Well I must say the Gen 2 Play 5 is just insane! It has so much power and clean low bass that its approaching the output of a powered PA speaker like my QSC K10. This new Play 5 exceeds all other compact wireless speakers I have heard. The design is fantastic - its clean, compact and heavy. I really like having the AUX IN port so I connect my turntable or a bluetooth adapter. My Sonos System consist of a Playbar, 4 Play 1's and a Play 5 (Gen 2)

Pros: Massive Bass that doesnt distort - Acoustic Output - Design

Cons: nothing at all

Sonos Nails It

jonS from Albany, NY on 11/26/2015

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I previously owned two play 5 speakers, as well as play 1 and a connect. When I read various reviews I decided to upgrade and sold my play 5's. (A bit of a hassle that, and not because it was hard to sell the speakers). Although obviously losing some money on the deal, I have not been disappointed. I listen to a variety of music, including classical, world, jazz, blues, etc. The sound is much clearer, much more live. For those of you living in this area it is the difference between hearing music in the acoustically superb Troy Music Hall and the Palace Theater in Albany. In the former Hall you can hear a pin drop and the sound is excellent from wherever you sit. In the Palace, with its carpeting, the sound is absorbed by the walls and floor and comes out muddy and thin. Now the old play 5's were not that bad. It's just that the new ones are that good by comparison. YOU WILL NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE IMMEDIATELY, AND IT IS DRAMATIC. I have not tried to use them as a stereo pair, though I read they sound even better. I use them in upstairs bedroom as my main stereo in the living room has two very old, but good Advent speakers that sit just off the floor.

Pros: Excellent sound, good design

Cons: No bluetooth support. No battery support. These are not really a problem with these speakers, because not one is likely to move them around all that much. It would be very nice to have these features on the play 1 however.

Oh Sonos Mio!

david from New York on 11/25/2015

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Just swapped out my "old" Play 5s for a pair of the new ones and at first blush all I can say is a loud Phil Rizzuto quality "Holy Cow!" They have most definitely stepped up their game. Did I need a new pair? Do any of us really "need" any of these toys? Baby wants. Baby gets. And...scene. Do not hesitate to step up to the new heights. These are punchier...fatter....cleaner...sweeter. I have the sub too. Connectivity was basically the time it takes to open a carton of Yogurt. Flawless. A million different services. I have both Deezer and Tidal because....well: baby wants. Just amazing.

Pros: Perfection realized.

Cons: Oh why be negative?

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Sonos Multiroom Music System

Sonos PLAY:5 (Generation 2): The PLAY:5 (generation 2) is part of the Sonos wireless multiroom music eco-system consisting of a family of wireless network speakers, players, and amplifiers. Start with a single PLAY:5 speaker and add more over time, or add other Sonos products. Up to 32 Sonos devices can be connected in one system.

Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: Sonos brings great sounding music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring project through SonosNet or WiFi.

  • SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: Sonos can utilize its own SonosNet proprietary wireless mesh network technology to provides superior wireless range for whole-house coverage, ensure synchronous music playback, and avoid sources of wireless interference. The transmitting range of the Sonos wireless system is approximately 100', depending upon your home's layout. In addition to the PLAY:5, you will need a Sonos Boost (sold separately) connected to your network router/modem via a Ethernet cable.
  • WiFi Wireless Network: Sonos can also operate over your home's existing WiFi network (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz). Because you are connecting wirelessly to your home's existing WiFi network, you do not need to hardwire a Sonos Boost to your router/modem. The Sonos system's wireless range will be dependent on your home's existing WiFi network. Sonos products manufactured after March 2014 are loaded with the proper firmware and ready to go out of the box for WiFi connectivity. All Sonos products manufactured prior to that date will require a first wire connection to facilitate a firmware upgrade and  hereafter they will be able to work over WiFi.
Note: You cannot connect the Sonos system via both the SonosNet proprietary mesh network and WiFi; you will need to choose one. Sonos recommends using its proprietary SonosNet wireless mesh network over WiFi when applicable. The Sonos proprietary mesh network will provide a more secure wireless connection with fewer interruptions for optimum performance. WiFi is subject to greater interference from other WiFi and 2.4GHz devices on your network. WiFi connectivity is not compatible with 5GHz (you will have to use the Sonos wireless mesh network in this case).

Multi-Zone Compatibility: You can place a PLAY:5 in each zone where you want to listen to music. The Sonos wireless music system can accept up to 32 Sonos players. With multiple zones, you can play the same or different songs in different rooms. The PLAY:5 can be combined with other Sonos components; including the PLAY:1 or PLAY:3 amplified wireless music speakers, ZP120 amplified zone player, ZP90 zone player, and the PLAYBAR soundbar speaker (all sold separately).

Music Streaming Services: Sonos gives you access to unlimited music; such as your iTunes library, your favorite music services, and thousands of Internet radio stations, shows, and podcasts.

  • Internet Radio: Sonos includes TuneIn, an Internet Radio Service, that provides immediate access to 100,000 Internet radio stations and broadcast programs. You can easily find radio stations from all over the world broadcasting music, news, and variety programming, including archived shows and podcasts.
  • Online Music Services: Sonos works seamlessly with Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Rhapsody, TIDAL, Deezer, SoundCloud, and more; plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service availability varies by region.) Click here for the latest online music services. (Some online services require a paid subscription.)
  • Music Library: Sonos supports playback of music from any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home network where you have shared music folders. Sonos can play music stored on up to 16 PCs, Macs or NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices on your home network, supporting the most popular audio formats. Sonos indexes your music folders so you can view your music collection by categories (such as artists, albums, composers, genres, or tracks). Sonos supports the following audio file formats - MP3 (compressed), WMA (compressed), AAC (MPEG4), iTunes, Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, FLAC (lossless), WAV (uncompressed), and AIFF (uncompressed).
  • iTunes Music: The Sonos wireless music system supports the playback of music and playlists managed with your iTunes account (playlists are limited to 40,000 tracks). Sonos can access your iTunes music files from your network computer or directly from your Apple iPod iOS device (4.0+) running the Sonos app.

Sonos Controller App: Sonos allows you to control its audio setup, playback functions, and search features through the Sonos Controller app (from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) for Apple iOS (6.0+) and Android (OS 2.3+) devices, or the Sonos Controller software for Windows PC (XP SP3 and higher) or Mac computer (OS X 10.6 and higher). You'll have access to thousands of pre-loaded internet radio stations, a variety of online music services, your iTunes music, and your network music library; all from one control app on your smartphone/tablet or laptop/computer. The app is divided into 5 screens.

  • Main Menu: The main menu is the gateway to your world of Sonos music. Browse your music services, favorites, internet radio, personal music library and playlists. You can also find settings to easily add new Sonos components.
  • Now Playing: The Now Playing screen features album art, basic controls, and easy access to all of your music on the Sonos network. From the Now Playing screen you can also access the main menu, control songs and volume by room, access more options from the Info View, and add songs to the queue.
  • Room Modes: You can choose to play different songs in different rooms, choose to group all rooms together to hear the same music throughout your home, or choose to group only certain rooms together for music playback. You can also crank up the volume for each room individually or together.
  • Info View: For a deeper look into the music you're listening to, the "Info View" screen gives you artist bios, album reviews and concert listings. See related artist suggestions to discover a new band for your queue. You can also add to your playlists, delete songs from your library, and share tracks to Twitter or Facebook.
  • Queue: The Queue screen gives you ultimate control in listening to whatever you want, whenever you want. Choose any song from your Sonos library and add it to your queue on the fly or create your favorite playlists in a few seconds. From this screen you can also easily edit and save playlists, shuffle and repeat music tracks, and access additional controls like Play Now, Play Next, Add to Queue, & Replace Queue.
Note: The Sonos device, Apple iOS/Android device, Windows PC, and/or Mac computer must be connected to the same home network.

Home Network Requirements: To access Internet music services, Internet radio, and any digital music stored on your computer or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device, your home network must meet the following requirements:

  • High-speed DSL/Cable modem, or fiber-to-the-home broadband connection for proper playback of Internet-based music services. If your Internet service provider only offers Satellite Internet access, you may experience playback issues due to fluctuation in download rates.
  • If your modem is not a modem/router combination and you want to take advantage of Sonos' automatic online updates, or stream music from an Internet-based music service, you must install a router in your home network. If you don't have a router, you will need to purchase and install one before setting up your system.
  • If you are going to use a Sonos controller application on an Android smartphone, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or other tablet, you will need a wireless router in your home network.
  • Connect at least one Sonos component to your home network router using an Ethernet cable, and then you can add other Sonos components wirelessly. Or setup your Sonos component wirelessly via WiFi without any hardwire connection.
  • For best results, you should connect the computer or NAS drive that contains your personal music library collection to your home network router using an Ethernet cable.
  • Make sure all of your Sonos components have the latest software update installed.
Note: Although Sonos is compatible with most networking equipment, some network devices are incompatible. Usually when networking hardware does not work with Sonos, it's because it lacks support for the network protocols that Sonos uses to operate, like UPnP, STP, and SMB/CIFS. Click here for a list of networking equipment that is incompatible with Sonos; be aware that the majority of this list is made up of older networking equipment, but may still exist as part of a home network.

Automatic Updates: The Sonos wireless music system supports free automatic software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services to enjoy. Simply register the Sonos device and the Sonos Controller app on your smartphone/tablet or the Sonos Controller software program on your laptop/computer will automatically notify you when software updates are available. By simply pressing one button your system updates itself.

Speaker & Amplifier Section

Six Discrete Speakers & Amplifiers: The PLAY:5 (generation 2) uses six state-of the-art Class-D amplifiers individually coupled with the unit's six speakers to deliver superior sound to any room. Two 0.75" tweeters and one 1" tweeter create a crisp and accurate high frequency response, while three dedicated 4" mid-woofers ensure the faithful reproduction of midrange and midbass frequencies crucial for accurate playback of vocals and instruments. Each driver is powered by its own state-of-the-art, great sounding Class-D amplifier that is light weight, powerful and very energy efficient in standby and use.

Acoustic Port: The acoustic port on the rear of the unit serves two purposes: it is vital to the sound output of the PLAY:5, and it doubles as a convenient handle when moving it from one room to another.

All-Digital Sound Architecture: From the recording studio to your home the music is reproduced as the artist intended. All filter settings, active equalization, and time-alignment are done in the digital domain through state-of-the-art DSP circuitry so there is absolutely no loss of audio quality or energy.

Equalization Settings: The PLAY:5 offers adjustable bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls for optimal sound performance.

Touch-Sensitive Controls: The PLAY:5 provide touch-sensitive controls on its top-panel. Controls include Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, & Previous/Next Track.

Mounting Options: The PLAY:5 speaker can be positioned vertically or horizontally. Integrated rubber feet protect your furniture and keep the speaker securely in place. The PLAY:5 is designed to withstand high humidity, such as in a bathroom with a running shower. However, the PLAY:5 is not waterproof or water resistant.

Trueplay Tuning (for Apple iOS): The layout of a room, and where a speaker is placed, can have a significant impact on the sound that you hear. Trueplay, an auto-tune app within the Sonos App,  uses the microphone in your Apple iOS device to measure how sound reflects off walls, furnishings and other surfaces in a room, and then fine tunes the Sonos PLAY:5 speaker to make sure it sounds great no matter where you've placed it. The Sonos PLAY:5 speaker already sounds fantastic, but Trueplay brings you even closer to how music should sound. Completing Trueplay tuning for a room takes approximately 3 minutes from start to finish.

  • Compatibility: Trueplay is compatible with the Sonos PLAY:5, Play:3, and Play:1. In order to perform Trueplay tuning, the Sonos app for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 7 or higher is required. This includes iPhone 4s and higher, iPad 2 and higher, as well as iPod touch 5th generation and higher. Trueplay tuning is not available if the VoiceOver" feature is enabled on your Apple iOS device. Trueplay is currently not compatible with Android.
  • 1Ch/1.1ch & 2Ch/2.1Ch Tuning: Trueplay can be used with a single speaker setup, two speakers configured as a stereo pair, or either of these configurations with the Sonos Sub added.
Note: You will need to retune the PLAY:5 speaker using TruePlay, if you move the speaker within the same room or to another room, change the orientation of speaker (horizontal vs. vertical), or change the configuration of the speaker setup (going from a single speaker to a stereo pair for example).

Creating a Stereo Pair: For a wider stereo experience, you can combine two PLAY:5 units in the same room to create a pair of stereo speakers. In this configuration, one unit serves as the left channel and the other serves as the right channel. The Sonos Controller app can be used to configure the units in this manner. When creating a stereo pair, the speakers should be placed 8' to 12' apart.

Optional Wireless Subwoofer: The optional Sonos wireless powered subwoofer (616SUB, sold separately) can be linked with the PLAY:5 to enhance its bass response. The set-up procedure for the Sub adjusts the crossover automatically so it seamlessly integrates with the PLAY:5. Through the Sonos Controller app, you can also set the phase and level of the subwoofer to match it to the PLAY:5's output.

5.1ch Surround System: Two Sonos PLAY:5 wireless speakers can be used to create a wireless 5.1ch surround sound experience with the Sonos Playbar (616PLAYBAR, sold separately) and Sub (616SUB, sold separately).

Connections

Ethernet Port: There is a rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet port (10/100 Mbps) for hardwiring the PLAY:5 speaker to your network router.

Aux Input: You can connect an external source, such as a portable music player or a CD player, to the unit's rear-panel minijack (3.5mm) input. The Aux input is automatically detected when a device is connected, and the source appears on the system. Music from the external source can be played in any zone. The volume is controlled by the Sonos wireless music system, however, the playback (pause, music selection, etc.) must be controlled at the source.

AC Power: The Sonos PLAY:5 operates on standard household current (100-240V, 50-60Hz) using the supplied 6.5' AC power cord.

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How much of an improvement is the redesigned flagship Sonos speaker over the original version? Our writer spent some time with both to find out.

Great wireless speakers gets even better!

Written by Cooper, Advisor, on 10/6/2015 5:13:00 PM
Sonos has raised the bar on their wireless speaker system with this improved PLAY:5. The new ability to pair two of these in stereo (before only capable in the PLAY:1 and PLAY:3 speakers) delivers a better experience than ever before. It allows true stereo separation with the larger speakers that noticeably increases the mid-bass and bass output. Keep in mind if you have older PLAY:5 speakers, this cannot be accomplished as the older speakers do not have the hardware (a 5GHz antenna that was only found in the smaller speakers before) to do this.
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best sound and connection quality of any bluetooth speaker I've heard [ james  Sep 21, 2016 ]
Awesomely simple with great sound [ CRISTINO  Sep 10, 2016 ]
Based on my research, this might be the best wireless speaker under $500 for now. [ Achilles  Sep 02, 2016 ]
This is my 5th Sonos purchase! Great products! [ MICHAEL W  Aug 13, 2016 ]
I already have and am VERY happy with the playbar an 2 Play:1 speakers in our family room....THIS is to extend sound to my bonus room. [ A  Aug 12, 2016 ]
Sonos system is incredible and this is the largest speaker they have. [ PHILIP  Jul 19, 2016 ]
To expand my Sonos system to another room. My experience with Crutchfield for the past twenty years has been superb. They are the go-to place for all of my audio/video needs. [ Stephen  Jul 17, 2016 ]
Sound quality [ Mark  Jun 22, 2016 ]
Rich sound. Liked it better than two paired Play 1's [ Milton  Jun 19, 2016 ]
Great sound ! [ KEVIN  Jun 18, 2016 ]
I like the quality and the easy access to my favorite internet music stations. Easy to set up.....I bought my first Play 5 a few years ago still happy [ PERCY  Jun 15, 2016 ]
For out door parties, the play 3 did not have big enough sound for our backyard. [ Mark  Jun 12, 2016 ]
Latest technology [ ANTHONY J  Jun 09, 2016 ]
Love it, wanted one more. [ laurie  Jun 08, 2016 ]
To expand my Sonos system. [ DOUGLAS M  Jun 01, 2016 ]
Additional outside speaker to complete the sound with the hard wired speakers. [ James S.  May 31, 2016 ]
The ease of use, features and sound quality of Sonos is nothing short of amazing. [ Mark  May 16, 2016 ]
Incredible sounding speaker. Sold GEN 1 Play 5 and replaced with GEN 2 Play 5. [ VIJAY  May 13, 2016 ]
Good system [ ALAN S  May 07, 2016 ]
I have one already, wanted a pair. [ SCOTT  May 05, 2016 ]
Great sound to fill one room. [ Thomas  Apr 25, 2016 ]
good reviews online and on the crutchfield web site. The system, of course, is wireless and I already have a Sonos connect [ DANIEL  Apr 03, 2016 ]
Replaces outdated A7 [ Daniel  Apr 01, 2016 ]
These speakers deliver a hugh and full sound in a small easy to manage package. Automated speaker setup is great for those not knowledgable in such matters. [ Ed  Mar 29, 2016 ]
To add to my existing Sono system. Mainly to use when I am outside. [ Eugene  Mar 28, 2016 ]
because we have play bar sub and one play five and love them now we will have surroud with this play 5 [ Mary  Mar 20, 2016 ]
upon recommendation by Kay Kay's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=211 [ RUDOLF F  Mar 12, 2016 ]
I was impressed with the new Play 5 improvements along with the ease of setting up Sonos. I found the Bowers & Wilkins A7 system way too much trouble to use. [ Bill  Feb 08, 2016 ]
Despite having an expensive surround sound system in my family room, a home theater, and 48TB house server for all of our media, Sonos made perfect sense, when it comes to music from Spotify and Apple Music. I do not want to turn on the receiver, preamp, subwoofer, etc. every time I want to listen to some music. I just want to click a couple of button on my iPhone and listen. Move to another room and continue listening. Go to the master bath and continue listening there. [ ALEX  Feb 02, 2016 ]
Looking to fill a timber loft with excellent sound and wireless capability. I hear this is just the product to make that happen...looking forward to receiving these speakers and putting them to the test. [ KEVIN  Jan 31, 2016 ]
Because its the Shiznit!!! [ DAVID  Jan 27, 2016 ]
I have a play 3 it sounds and works great. I am getting the 5 to upgrade the system [ DAVID  Jan 19, 2016 ]
I already have many Sonos speakers, but only have a play3 in office, which I've never been very happy with. This will replace the play3 which will migrate to another part of the house that doesn't need top quality sound. [ Edward  Jan 17, 2016 ]
Excellent Product! [ Albert  Jan 15, 2016 ]
recommended by a good friend [ heru  Jan 15, 2016 ]
based on review [ Hendra  Jan 14, 2016 ]
I already have (2) Sonos 1 units and am very pleased with the whole setup. [ David  Jan 05, 2016 ]
Great Sound, Solid design love the feature to be able to expand easy to all rooms of house, also to mix and match with other Sonos speakers and to control them through one Simple app [ M  Dec 31, 2015 ]
We chose the SONOS over the similar BOSE system because of the company's long history in the market, the speaker tuning feature, the more extensive music service selection in their app, and the expandabilty/connectivity with additional devices. [ MICHAEL  Dec 23, 2015 ]
Because they are outstanding loudspeakers with the best internet streaming ability of any speakers....and are made even better with the Trueplay tuning capability. And they also have line-in connections for a hardwired source such as a CD player. [ WILLIAM T  Dec 21, 2015 ]
I purchased one of the Play 5 second gen(2015) just to see if it was worth the price and was blown away with the sound quality for such a small speaker! Buying a second one so I can pair them in stereo. I own several Sonos speakers, including the original play 5 but this one is by far the best. Great job Sonos! [ Christopher  Dec 18, 2015 ]
We needed to fill a pretty big room and this product can handle that request [ Patrick  Dec 17, 2015 ]
We have several other Sonos speakers in use. Made sense to expand on the system that we already enjoy. [ Ned  Dec 16, 2015 ]
Research, research and more research determined it was what I needed and from the best customer support in the business! [ Ray  Dec 13, 2015 ]
Reviews, wireless options [ Brian  Dec 12, 2015 ]
"Loved the Play 1's I just received". [ Lonnie  Dec 11, 2015 ]
Sonos is a great product. Always recommended by everyone that has them. Even though the price seems high to some once they have one they order more or ask for more. [ JAMES  Sep 16, 2016 ]
Have one and love it. Giving as gift. [ Rich  Aug 12, 2016 ]
Own two Sonos Play 3 and a Play 1. I am upgrading to the better Play 5 gen 2 in my main listening area. I love the ease of use and sound these units produce. [ I  Jul 28, 2016 ]
Prior experience [ Andrew  Jul 20, 2016 ]
Amazing sound from a small package [ Rajeev  Jun 30, 2016 ]
Bedroom [ Karl  Jun 27, 2016 ]
Excellent sound. Flexibility in placing speakers. [ Sydney  May 12, 2016 ]
I want to check out the new Sonos Play:5 for myself ! It doesn't have to be pretty..... just has to sound good ! [ KEVIN  Mar 03, 2016 ]
I have a Play3 in kitchen area and I wanted another speaker in living room (larger Play5 seems ideal). Receiver, Sony 4K TV etc in basement. Sonos is ideal for wifi speakers in rest of house. I wish they made weather proof speakers for outdoor use! [ Jeffery  Feb 21, 2016 ]
Bought Play1 and Play3 and they are fantastic! [ Steven  Feb 09, 2016 ]
Despite having an expensive surround sound system in my family room, a home theater, and 48TB house server for all of our media, Sonos made perfect sense, when it comes to music from Spotify and Apple Music. I do not want to turn on the receiver, preamp, subwoofer, etc. every time I want to listen to some music. I just want to click a couple of button on my iPhone and listen. Move to another room and continue listening. Go to the master bath and continue listening there. [ ALEX  Feb 02, 2016 ]
I heard it is great and I have a play 3 [ Edward  Jan 05, 2016 ]

6 questions already asked

according to the sonus web site/support, the answer is yes. i even think there might be two ways to do it. [ Harold  Jun 08, 2016 ]
sorry I do not know [ MICHAEL  Jun 08, 2016 ]
I don't know. We don't have a turntable. I think you can run anything connected to wifi but best to ask tech support. The sound is awesome though. Very clean and deep. [ WILLIAM  Jun 06, 2016 ]
No. I Don't think directly, but maybe with a line level adapter of some sort. [ Alexander  Jun 06, 2016 ]
had another idea, after thoughts are good too. If you think you can split your Source (TV) audio out to two different Play:5, you could get two play:3's that would do the same as the Play 5. you would still have your stereo and now you have the capabilities to play/put the 3's in other rooms just like the 5's. i think they sell as a set. That was my second thought for my christmas present from my wife :) [ Harold  Jan 14, 2016 ]
Once the speakers are paired, they show up in the app together as 1 "Room", which means they can only be used together. You can easily unpair them to use them simultaneously for different audio, but would the have to go through the processor pairing them again. This is also the same if you add them as "Surround speakers" connected to a playbar, in which case all thre speakers are one room. [ Josiah  Jan 12, 2016 ]
just a guess here, does the TV (source) have two lines out, one for each Play;5 ? Does a line out cable have the capabilities to be split ? again, one for each Play:5 ? Hate to answer a question with a question. [ Harold  Jan 11, 2016 ]
Yes, the Sonos 5 is an integrated speaker/amplifier combination. Quite powerful in a relatively small package. Plug it in, download the app, follow the instructions and it will work using your existing wifi. If plugged in to your router by ethernet the unit will create it's own wifi thus reducing any additional strain on your wireless network lessening the chance of dropouts. It is expensive but a very nice sounding (as well as attractive) piece of audio equipment. [ RYLAND P  Sep 16, 2016 ]
Yes the amp is built into the speaker [ CARLO  Sep 16, 2016 ]
Your TV would have to offer an analog audio output for you to connect to the 3.5mm "Local Source" input on the Play5 speaker. If the primary purpose of the speaker will be to produce audio from your TV, you may want to consider the PlayBar instead: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_616PLAYBAR/item.html It offers an optical input for making a digital audio connection from your TV and provides a simulated surround sound experience (in addition to all the streaming services/options of the Play:5). I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Feb 17, 2016 ]  Staff
Hi Michael, you can connect it via 1/8 headphone jack cable with an adapter. I've read that there may be latency issues. The second option is buy Connect or Connect Amp but that may be expensive. Also, Sonos does not have a solution for streaming audio from youtube and other web based audio unless its in there application. I think for the price I should be allow to play anything on my computer and stream it to the speakers. [ Alex  Feb 17, 2016 ]
Yes. There is a company that makes wall mounts specifically for Sonos. They sell them on here. [ Karin  Jan 05, 2016 ]
don't think so but I would contact either Sonos of Flexson to find out for sure. [ ANDREW  Jan 04, 2016 ]
Not easily, no. I suppose one could find a way but it would take some time and more than a little finesse I think to craft a permanent mount without damaging at least the finish of the unit. [ Ken P.  Jan 04, 2016 ]
You can create a shelf on the wall and place the speaker on it but there are no mounting options on the speakers. [ Alex  Jan 04, 2016 ]
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