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Sonos® Play:5 (S5) Starter Kit

Play:5 speaker system and wireless Bridge adapter (Kit with black S5)

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    Play:5 (black) and ZoneBridge adapter

  • Sonos® Play:5 (S5) Starter Kit

    Bridge adapter

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    Bridge adapter (back)

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    Play:5 (black) in the kitchen

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    Play:5 in the living room

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by Marshall Chase
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Sonos lives everywhere you do

All your music, anywhere in your home

Music is a big part of your life. Whether you're cooking in the kitchen or chilling out on the deck, listening to music just makes it better. Now it's easy to tap into your collection of tunes plus lots more music from the Internet, from anywhere in your home. This bundle from Sonos pairs together the Play:5 — a self-contained music system with built-in speakers — and a Bridge adapter that connects to your home computer network. You'll get top-notch, room-filling sound from a player that easily fits on a tabletop. The Play:5 teams up five drivers — two tweeters, two midranges and a subwoofer — with five tailor-matched amplifiers to deliver full-bodied, lifelike sound.



Music for one room or every room

You can use a single Play:5 for big, room-filling stereo. But two Play:5 players can be paired together to fill an even bigger space. Or use lots of Play:5s all over the house to have all your favorite tunes wherever you want them. You can have up to 32 Play:5 units and players in your Sonos system. Each one can play an independent selection of individual tracks or playlists. Or all rooms can be playing the same music at the same time...a popular feature of Sonos.

Creating a network couldn't be easier

This bundle includes the Bridge, which you plug into your router's Ethernet port. Connect its power cord, turn on the Play:5, and your network is up and running. Sonos' network is known for its extensive range and superior performance, giving you house-wide access to tunes stored on your PC along with a treasure trove of Internet audio choices.

iPhone

Use your iPhone or iPod touch to control your Sonos system.

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Or pick up a dedicated Sonos Controller.

The iPods® have it

You can use an iPhone®, iPod Touch, or iPad™ to control your Play:5. A free download from the App Store at apple.com turns your device into a full-fledged Sonos controller. Use your touchscreen to control the Play:5 and all zones and music sources in your system.

Total control for the whole family

The Sonos Controller, sold separately, is a remarkably user-friendly remote. It's a great choice if you want a secondary remote upstairs or if you don't want the whole family handling your iPhone. Equipped with a 3-1/2" color LCD touchscreen, the Controller lets you easily navigate and search through the playlists and tracks stored on your computer or select an Internet radio station. You can even use this remote to create customized playlists on the fly for one or more Play:5s, or for playback over your entire Sonos system. You can even use it to mute or adjust the volume of each of your Play:5 speakers using dedicated hard buttons.


Rhapsody®, Pandora®, SIRIUS, and more at your fingertips

The Sonos system works seamlessly with a host of Internet-based digital music services, including Rhapsody, Pandora, last.fm™, Napster®, and SIRIUS Internet Radio. Rhapsody offers instant access to millions of songs and ad-free radio stations through your Sonos Controller. SIRIUS Internet Radio gives you access to over 80 channels of programming. Every Sonos system includes free 30-day trials of these two services, so you can start listening the moment you take it out of the box. Pandora and last.fm create customized Internet radio streams just for you — all you have to do is enter the name of your favorite song or artist. And because Sonos connects directly to the Internet for all of these music services, you don't even have to turn on your PC.


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Highlights:

    Sonos® Play:5 Bundle:
    • five built-in amplifiers and five built-in speakers (two tweeters, two midrange drivers, and one woofer)
    • communicates with Bridge and players via proprietary Sonosnet™ 2.0 wireless technology, or wired Ethernet connections
    • Sonosnet 2.0 features a greater wireless range than previous version
    • control your Sonos system with your iPhone or iPod touch — free download available from the App Store at apple.com
    • plays MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and Ogg Vorbis files (firmware is upgradable to support future audio formats)
      • compatible with protected WMA files from Napster, Urge, AOL, and many other music download sites
      • not compatible with protected AAC files from iTunes
    • plays MP3 and WMA streaming Internet radio stations
    • plays songs from Rhapsody® digital music service — subscription required after free 30-day trial
    • plays songs from SIRIUS® Internet Radio — subscription required after free 30-day trial
    • plays personalized Internet radio stations from Pandora® and Last.fm
    • multi-zone synchronous playback (same music plays in multiple zones simultaneously) or multi-stream playback (each ZonePlayer plays individually selected music)
    • top controls for volume and muting
    • bass, treble, balance, and volume controls accessible via remote
    • 4-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)
    • AC adapter included
    • 14-3/8"W x 8-9/16"H x 6-13/16"D
    • warranty: 1 year
    Sonos Bridge
    • communicates with other Play:5s and players via proprietary Sonosnet™ wireless technology, or wired Ethernet connections
    • connects to your router, allowing players to access your digital music collection
    • automatic wireless setup
    • 2-port Ethernet switch
    • 5-7/16"W x 2-15/16"H x 5-3/8"D
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    • Sonos ZonePlayer S5 (Black):
    • Black ZonePlayer S5 wireless music system
    • 6' AC power cord
    • 5' Ethernet cable (with male RJ-45 connectors on each end)
    • 5' Minijack audio cable (with a stereo 3.5mm connector on each end)
    • Setup CD/User Guide CD-ROM (CD Version 090701)
    • Product Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Setup Instructions
    • Support contact information
    • Sonos ZoneBridge 100 (White):
    • White ZoneBridge BR100
    • AC adapter with 6' DC cord
    • 59" Ethernet cable
    • Sonos System Setup Software CD-ROM
    • Setup Guide (Eng/Spa/Fre)
    • License Agreement and Limited Warranty sheet
    • Regulation Information note
    • Service and Support note

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    Overview: This Sonos Bundle includes one Sonos ZonePlayer S5 and one Sonos ZoneBridge 100. The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 is a high-performance all-in-one wireless music system. The Sonos ZoneBridge 100 lets you connect the ZonePlayer S5 to your home's wireless network. Together, The ZonePlayer S5 and ZoneBridge 100 lets you listen to music stored on your computer or from Internet radio in any room of your home. The Sonos Wireless Music System:
    • Provides crystal-clear, room-filling sound in any room.
    • Plays your digital music library (including iTunes), Internet radio, and millions of songs from online music services.
    • Allows control from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or optional Sonos Controller.
    • Offers simple wireless setup.

    ZonePlayer S5
    ZoneBridge 100
    Network Requirements

    Sonos ZonePlayer S5

    ZonePlayer S5: The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 is a wireless music system that lets you use your iPhone or iPod touch or any Sonos Controller (CR100/CR200, sold separately) to control and enjoy all the music you want all over your house. The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 creates room-filling, high-performance sound using an integrated five-way speaker system driven by five built-in digital amplifiers. In a multi-room sound system, the first ZonePlayer is connected to your home network, and each subsequent ZonePlayer S5 can be wired or completely wireless.

    Note: The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 works seamlessly with the complete range of Sonos products.

    Wireless Technology: The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 brings great sounding music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring project. SonosNet 2.0, a proprietary wireless mesh network technology, provides superior wireless range for whole-house coverage, ensures synchronous music playback, and avoids sources of wireless interference. The transmitting range of the ZonePlayer S5's built-in wireless system is approximately 100 feet, depending upon your home's layout.

    Note: Thick walls, microwave ovens, and the presence of other wireless devices can interfere with or block the wireless network signals of the Sonos Digital Music Signal. When interference occurs, you can relocate the ZonePlayer S5, change the wireless channel, or make a wired (Ethernet) connection.

    Multi-Zone Compatibility: You can place a ZonePlayer S5 in each zone where you want to listen to music. The Sonos Digital Music System can accept up to 32 ZonePlayers. With multiple zones, you can play the same song in different rooms, or different songs in different rooms.

    Room-Filling Sound: The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 provides crystal-clear, room-filling sound through various advanced sound technologies. The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 incorporates an all digital architecture design for precise sound reproduction. The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 utilizes a five -driver bass-reflex speaker system individually powered by five dedicated digital amplifiers for room-filling sound. The ZonePlayer S5 contains two tweeters, two mid-range drivers, and on bass driver for accurate tonal balance, deep bass, and crystal clear sound. The ZonePlayer S5 offers adjustable bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls for optimal sound performance.

    • 5 Speakers Powered By 5 Dedicated Digital Amplifiers: The ZonePlayer S5 uses 5 state-of the-art digital amplifiers individually coupled with 5 speakers to deliver superior sound to any room. The wireless music system provides crystal-clear, high-quality sound that rivals much larger, more complicated systems. A subwoofer produces powerful bass while two mid-range drivers and two tweeters fill out the sound.
      • Class-D Amplifiers: state of the art, great sounding amplifiers that are light weight, powerful and very energy efficient in standby and use
      • Tweeters: two tweeters create a crisp and accurate high frequency response
      • Midrange Drivers: two 3.0" dedicated mid-range drivers ensure the faithful reproduction of mid-range frequencies crucial for accurate playback of vocals and instruments
      • Subwoofer: dedicated 3.5" subwoofer driver provides deep, powerful bass you can feel
    • Acoustic Port: The acoustic port on the rear of the unit serves two purposes - it's vital to the sound output of the S5 when in use and it's also 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.
    • Adjustable Audio Controls: Optimize sound performance using zone-specific bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls. Adjust volume by individual zone or by groups of zones.

    Unlimited Music: The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 connects to your computer and home network via an Ethernet connection on your broadband router to give you access to unlimited music, such as:

    • Radio: Sonos includes a radio guide that provides immediate access to thousands of Internet radio stations and broadcast programs. You can easily find \radio from all over the world; music, news, and variety programming, including archived shows and podcasts.
      • Internet Radio (25,00 free stations included): Tune in to 25,000 Internet radio stations, shows & podcasts; free of charge and pre-loaded on the Sonos ZonePlayer S5. You can browse endlessly or type in the call letters or name of your favorite station or host and hit Search. Tune in to live radio shows on everything from politics to sports to entertainment, catch up on what you missed with podcasts featuring the best of previous shows, or see what is playing soon. You can listen internationally or locally; just tell it where you live and it will give you all the local radio stations streaming on the Internet. You can even add to it to Favorites so it's easy to find the next time. The unit supports MP3 and WMA Internet streaming.
      • Sirius Internet Radio (Free 30-day trial included): Tune in to more than 80 premium channels with exclusive radio programming, original formats, legendary DJs, and celebrity hosts. Listen to over 20 channels of news, comedy, sports, and talk radio; from the likes of Howard Stern to Martha Stewart. When you are in the mood for music, tune in to any one of the 60 plus channels featuring 100% commercial-free music; from 80s hits to hip hop. Set up your system without wires or antennas and browse all your channels from the palm of your hand.
    • Music Services: A music service is an online music store or online service that sells audio on a per song, per audiobook, or subscription basis. Sonos is compatible with several music services.
      • AmazonMP3 (Account required): Amazon MP3 is Amazon.com's DRM-free music download service with a library of millions of songs to choose from. Buy your favorites in MP3 format and play them in every room with Sonos.
      • Audible (Subscription required): Audible.com is the Internet's leading provider of spoken audio entertainment, information and educational programming. With a subscription to Audible and Sonos you can listen to books in the bedroom, get language lessons in the kitchen, and hear the Wall Street Journal in the office.
      • Classical.com (Subscription required): Classical.com is a digital music service with a library dedicated to the greatest and the latest classical, jazz & blues, and world music. Browse by composer, genre, or country and explore new music with the Classical.com playlists.
      • eMusic (Subscription required): eMusic is a digital music store that offers 3.5 million tracks from thousands of independent labels spanning every genre of music.
      • iTunes (Account required): Play your entire iTunes library stored on any computer. Play your entire DRM-free iTunes library, not just what fits on your iPod. Instantly access any iTunes library stored on any computer or Network Attached Storage, such as an Apple Time Capsule.
      • LiveDownloads.com (Account required): LiveDownloads is the ultimate download source for live concert recordings. Browse a catalog of over 100,000 live tracks and listen to Widespread Panic, the String Cheese Incident, Jerry Garcia, and more in every room.
      • Napster (Free 30-day trial included): 8 million songs at your fingertips. That's the beauty of Napster and Sonos. Just type in the name of your favorite artist or track and start listening to a recent release or a classic from high school; it's all there in Napster's massive music library. Discover new music and rediscover old favorites with top 100s, Napster playlists, radio, charts, and more. Or create a custom playlist based on any artist or song with Napster Automix.
      • Pandora (Free service included): Create custom stations based on your favorite artists and songs with Pandora. It's a new kind of radio; personalized just for you, playing only the music you love. Rate songs as they play by choosing thumbs up or down on your Sonos Controller and Pandora will adapt the station on the fly based upon your feedback. Bookmark songs as they play in case you want to download them later. Works seamlessly with your Pandora iPhone app so you can create stations when you are out on the town and then come home and listen on the couch.
      • Rhapsody (Free 30-day trial included): Enjoy instant access to Rhapsody's catalog of millions of songs and ad-free music channels, right from the palm of your hand. Browse by genre or check out the charts. Find what you love by typing in the name of your favorite artist, album, composer or track. Get new album and playlist recommendations based upon the music you have chosen. And build your own library of favorites and create custom playlists so you can listen again and again. To stay in the know about the music that is playing, simply touch the Info View button and get artist bios, photos, projects, album reviews, and more.
      • WalMart (Account required): WalMart is a download service with millions of tracks, top albums, new releases, Editor's Picks, and more. Download all the music you want for less and then play it everywhere with Sonos.
      • Zune Marketplace (Account required): Zune Marketplace is a download service with more than 3 million songs, albums, DRM-free MP3s, podcasts, and more. Once you download your favorites, you can play them all, all over the house with Sonos.
    • Music Folders: The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 wireless music system can play music from any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home network where you have shared music folders. The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 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. The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 indexes your music folders so you can view your music collection by categories (such as artists, albums, composers, genres, or tracks). The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 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).

    Note: Previously purchased Apple "Fairplay" DRM-protected songs may need to be upgraded. WMA Lossless format not currently supported.

    Wireless Control: The ZonePlayer S5 provides wireless control of your music using your iPhone or iPod touch and a Sonos CR100 or CR200 Zone Controller (616CR100 & 616CR200, both sold separately).

    • Sonos Controller (CR100 or CR200): The Sonos Zone Controllers work exclusively with the Sonos Digital Music Wireless Systems, and allows you to control all of your music and all of your zones wirelessly from the palm of your hand. The controller communicates with the nearest ZonePlayer through Sonosnet, a secure, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network, allowing you to extend the range of the controller to any room in your house, even outside. Because it communicates with the nearest ZonePlayer, rather than through one distant control point, the system avoids sources of wireless interference. The range of the Sonosnet is 50 to 100 feet, a range similar to that of an 802.11g wireless access point.
    • iPhone or iPod touch: You can also control the Sonos ZonePlayer S5 from your iPhone or iPod touch with a free application from the Apple App Store. You are able to search for songs and stations, choose the music, and control the volume. You can even get a text or a call on your iPhone and the music will keep playing.

    Controls: The ZonePlayer S5 only has a mute button and a volume control, both mounted on the top of the unit. Between the buttons lies a Zone Player LED status indicator, which flashes white when powering up or connecting to the Sonos Digital Music System, and lights solid when powered up and connected to the music system.

    Desktop Controller Software: The supplied setup disc contains the software for the Desktop Controller, which allows you to control the Sonos Digital Music System from your home computer. It includes easy-to-use wizards for setup and music sharing so the music folders on your hard drive can be shared across all Zone Players. You can also add Internet Radio stations and set preferences for online updates. Once the system is set up, all you need to do is choose your music, choose your zone, and press Play. The Desktop Controller is compatible with Windows XP and higher, as well as Macintosh OS X (10.4 and higher) operating systems.

    Connections: The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 is equipped with the following connections.

    • 2-Way Ethernet Port: There are two rear-panel female RJ-45 connectors for plugging in Category 5 Ethernet cables. You can connect a router, computer, or an additional network device, such as a network-attached storage (NAS) device. Specifications: 10/100 Mbps, auto MDI/MDIX.
    • Analog Input: You can connect an external source, such as a portable music player or a CD player, to the unit's rear-panel 3.5mm minijack port. The input jacks automatically detect a device is connected, and the source appears in the system. Music from the external source can be played in any zone. The volume is controlled by the Sonos Digital Music System, however, the playback (pause, music selection, etc.) must be controlled at the source.
    • Headphone Output: The ZonePlayer S5 is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm headphone output for connecting a set of headphones. The headphone jack is auto-detecting, so when you plug-in a set of headphones, the ZonePlayer's built-in speakers automatically mute.
    • Power Input: The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 operates off AC household current using the supplied AC power adapter and cord. The ZonePlayer S5 is capable of accepting 115/120 Volts AC or 230/240 Volts AC.

    Versatile Placement: You can position the Sonos ZonePlayer S5 wherever you find the sound most enjoyable. Its compact size and inset handle make it easy to place the ZonePlayer S56 on the kitchen counter, or carry it out to the patio with you. For maximum performance, following these guidelines:

    • For best bass performance, locate the ZonePlayer S5 within 2-feet of a wall.
    • Place the ZonePlayer S5 across the room from where you will be listening.
    • Don't block the acoustic port when in use.
    • Place the ZonePlayer S5 at least 12-inches from a television, computer, or other monitor to avoid the possibility of picture quality interference.
    • The ZonePlayer S5 is not water-resistant; do not leave it outside during a rain store or position it near water.

    Sonos ZoneBridge 100

    ZoneBridge 100: The Sonos ZoneBridge BR100 is used to connect the Sonos ZonePlayer S5 to your home network or to extend the wireless range of the Sonos Digital Music System. The Sonos ZoneBridge BR100 makes setting up your wireless Sonos system fast and easy by simply connecting the ZoneBridge to your router to instantly activate SonosNet (a secure wireless mesh network). The included Sonos ZonePlayer S5 and Controllers (CR100, sold separately) will work wirelessly and can be placed anywhere in your home. Although the ZoneBridge doesn't play music like the Sonos ZonePlayer, it's an effective way to extend the range of the Sonos system and expand the Controller's wireless coverage. It's also a way to connect other products to the Internet.

    Note: This unit is not a stand-alone device and requires at least one Sonos ZonePlayer.

    Instant Wired/Wireless Setup: The ZoneBridge connects to your router using a standard Ethernet cable connection (2-port switch, 10/100Mbps, auto MDI/MDIX). Then, a simple press of the button located on top of the BR100 will start SonosNet, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network that enables other Sonos products to control and play music wirelessly.

    System Flexibility: Once you've set up your ZoneBridge, you can easily add more components anytime. If your home has structured (built-in) wiring, you can make a wired connection to additional ZonePlayers or ZoneBridges. If you don't have structured wiring, you can take advantage of Sonos's built-in wireless technology. The ZoneBridge BR100 provides flexibility to place your ZonePlayers in any room of the house and connect them all wirelessly.

    Ethernet Ports: The ZoneBridge has two Ethernet jacks on the back to bring standard Internet connectivity to your set-top box, PVR, PC, Game Console or NAS drive.

    Range Expansion: You can stream music wirelessly to a remote location by placing a ZoneBridge in between your ZonePlayer in a remote location and the rest of your Sonos system. You can also improve Controller access to SonosNet by placing the ZoneBridge in areas where wireless coverage needs a boost. The ZoneBridge BR100 is ideal for retrofits, where your ZonePlayers might be in one location instead of being placed throughout your home.

    Desktop Controller Software: Designed with a user interface to accommodate a large screen displays, the supplied Sonos Desktop Controller software for PC and Mac will guide you through both set up and music sharing. It offers all the same functionality as the Sonos Controller, but instead of being in the palm of your hand, it's all on your desktop. The software offers the following features.

    • Easy-to-use wizard for set up and music sharing. Set up music folders on your hard drive so they can be shared across all ZonePlayers.
    • Control of your Sonos Digital Music System from your desktop.
    • Add and edit your choice of Internet radio stations.

    Network Requirements

    Hardware: In order to play the digital music files stored on your computer throughout the Sonos Digital Music System, you must meet the following hardware requirements:

    • Ethernet: You must have an Ethernet network interface connection in your computer. If you do not have one, you will need to buy and install a Network Interface Card (NIC) before setting up your system.
    • Modem: It is highly recommended that you have a DSL/cable modem, or LAN-based high-speed Internet connection. It is not designed for a dial-up system.
    • Router: If you have a cable or DSL modem connected directly to your computer, you should have a router connected between your modem and your computer to maintain your computer's security. If you don't have a router, you will need to buy and install one before setting up your system.

    System Requirements: In addition to the above-described hardware, your computer must have the following:

    • Compatible Operating Systems: Windows XP and higher, Macintosh OS X (10.4 and higher)
    • CPU: 500 MHz processor or better
    • RAM: 128MB RAM minimum/256MB RAM recommended

    Automatic Updates: The ZonePlayer S5 allows for free automatic software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services to enjoy. Simply register the ZonePlayer S5 and Sonos will automatically notify you when software updates are available. By simply pressing one button your system updates itself.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Happy with tihs purchase

    Written By ChrisC, Franklin, TN on Friday, January 27, 2012
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    I purchased this Sonos starter system for my wife for Christmas. When the weather finally gets warm we will mainly use it to provide music to our screened porch. It does take a while to learn and understand it's capabilities, but once you figure it out it is great and easy to use. The only issue I have right now is lack of reliability when tuning in some of the radio stations. Streaming speed is a big consideration so make sure you have enough horsepower from your IP before making a purchase. This purchase is more of a luxury and could be considered overkill if all you really want to do is be able to listen to music in an unwired location. There are a cheaper ways to do this for sure. The Crutchfield folks were great with service and support and will definitly buy from them again.
    Pros:
    Easy to use. Great sound from speakers Tons of music choices Expandable
    Cons:
    Expensive Might require upgrade of streaming speed (which also cost more)
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    5 out of 5

    Exactly what I was looking for

    Written By Sean, New York on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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    I spent a lot of time going to retail stores, asking questions, listening to the system and playing with all the systems functions. It made me very frustrated because different places would tell me differnt information and some of it didn't make any sense and was completly wrong. It wasn't until I called and spoke to a Crutchfield representitive(jackie) who spent a lot of time answering all my questions and explaining what the system was capable of. I love the fact that I can combine my already existing system (stereo) with the sonos system or take ordinary speakers and hook them up to the sonos system. It is a great system that can grow as our needs grow.
    Pros:
    How easy it sets up and how it interfaces with different devices
    Cons:
    The price
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    3 out of 5

    Excellent for what it is

    Written By BillA, Sacramento, CA on Sunday, November 06, 2011
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    I bought the Sonos 5, got it home, and the setup was quick, easy, and painless...really top notch. This was the first tabletop stereo-type item I've bought and I realized they are not for me. I need the fuller sound of, at least, bookshelf speakers. I wound up returning my Sonos 5. I will find another way to stream internet radio, maybe a Sonos amp or a Logitech Squeezebox hooked to my stereo, not sure yet.
    Pros:
    The set up and ease of use are excellent. Quick, easy and painless.
    Cons:
    The sound quality.
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    5 out of 5

    I LOVE my Sonos!

    Written By Jody, St. Cloud, MN on Sunday, October 30, 2011
     
    I absolutely love having a huge selection of free music at my fingertips. With one simple tap of the screen I'm able to access an endless variety of online music, no matter what my mood happens to be. The magnitude and depth of sound you get from this little speaker is fabulous as well.
    Pros:
    Outstanding Sound, Simple to set up and run, Endless supply of free music that is at your fingertips, covering all generes
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    5 out of 5

    Sonos S5 Combo

    Written By Mark, IL on Monday, June 20, 2011
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    Out Standing Sound!!!!!!!!!! I bought the Sonos s5 combo about 1 month ago and i can not believe the sound quality the s5 puts out and how simple it is to hook up and use. I will be buying more s5 in the future
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    5 out of 5

    Sonos® Play:5 (S5) Starter Kit

    Written By MikeA, Waterville, ME on Thursday, March 10, 2011
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    This was a lot of $$$ to spend on this unit, or so it seemed. This was to replace speakers that I had had for several years in the kitchen where my wife and I spend a lot of time cooking together. The size and color of the speakers always bugged my wife so this was the perfect in for this sweet little unit. After consulting with a Crutchfield rep I took the plunge. Now seriously, we had this thing out of the box and playing music in 20 minutes (I might mention that we are by no means tech saavy)!!! Last night we had Mexican fish tacos and we tuned into some great authentic music on one of the hundreds of inet radio stations available though the Sonos controller, which is a very sweet unit too by the way. So if you're thinking about this for your kitchen, or any other room, do it! We plan on getting another S5 for the office soon we like the one in the kitchen so well.
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    5 out of 5

    WOW!

    Written By Bob L., New Hampshire on Saturday, February 26, 2011
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    Ordered this product with free shipping and it arrived in two days...in a
    snowstorm! That feat aside, this may be the best product, of any kind, that
    I've ever purchased. I couldn't imagine the sound quality that the S5 produces.
    If I could give it 6 stars, I would. There are absolutely no minuses. This small
    unit (really 5 speakers in one) produces better sound than my Bose/Harman Kardon
    stereo combo, at 1/2 the price. Set up the controller app on my iPhone and on my
    iPad, and they work flawlessly too, not to mention instantaneously, regardless
    of where I am in my house (3000 SF and three floors). This is worth every penny.
    I can't wait to get another S5 for my loft. This is a flawlessly executed
    product.
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    5 out of 5

    Great system

    Written By JimTex, Houston, TX on Monday, February 21, 2011
     
    Received and installed a SONOS S5 bundled system last week. This is a great system with almost unlimited sources for music and more. Our home has TechShield roof decking which restricts radio signals. SONOS solved that problem. We are still moving the S5 to different locations to get the best sound quality, though all locations have been very good. Amazing sound from such a small box! We could not be more pleased. We are still learning the in and outs of programming music sources, but within an hour from taking it out of the box had music streaming from our iTunes library.
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    5 out of 5

    S5 Exceeded Expectations

    Written By TateE, NJ on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
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    We were looking for a way to replace an iPod dock that could play radio in addition to our iTunes library, so it seemed like the Sonos was a good way to go.

    A few things to consider that were not self evident when investigating this system:
    1. Internet Radio - We are new to internet radio streaming, and the content available through Sonos is tremendous, even offering international stations galore. We had no idea that much would be at our fingertips out of the box, and it a such a pleasant surprise
    2. Sound quality - The S5 is a really high quality audio system. Very deep bass, and good power gives it room-filling oomph. We have our unit in an open kitchen/family room area, and we just cannot have the volume above about 15-20% normally as it gets too loud.
    3. Set up - Many reviews talk about how easy the setup is. Believe it. 10-15 minutes and I was done.
    4. iPod controller - Although you do not require a handheld controller to run the Sonos (the PC software included does a great job), having the iPod app makes it really simple to use.
    5. Content - The music services available (Pandora, etc...) are simple to set up and provide as much content as most would want. There may be specifics available from the subscription services, but I don't feel like we are missing out on anything at this point.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sonos® Play:5 (S5) Starter Kit

    Written By KarenB, Mukwonago, WI on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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    I absolutely love the Sonos S5 Bundle that I purchased and the Crutchfield team was great in answering all my questions before I purchased. Initially I purchased this system so that I could access Jazz music from the internet in a room other than where my computer is. The local Jazz stations are gone in my area. Setting the system up took only minutes even with connecting the Zone Bridge and then I was able to play Smooth Jazz from an internet HD station and from Pandora. I also use it to play music from my iTunes music collection. The sound is great. Use my iPod touch to control the Sonos S5 and that was easy too after I downloaded the App from iTunes. Thank you Crutchfield team for helping me find a system to wirelessly listen to Jazz again!
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    5 out of 5

    Good Value

    Written By PeteG, Bethlehem, PA on Monday, January 31, 2011
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    Sonos S5 Zonebridge bundle was very easy to set up on a wireless network. Good quality sound. Internet radio selection is very good. Remote control app using an iPod Touch works well. Issues with playing iTunes albums from two computers were resolved with email tech support help from Sonos.
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    5 out of 5

    One Word... WOW!!!!

    Written By Dave R, Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, January 30, 2011
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    Very easy to set up. The sound is awesome. Endless music anytime. iPhone controller app
    is very easy to navigate. Sonos hit it out of the park with the S5.
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    5 out of 5

    SONOS IS KING OF WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY

    Written By Toby L., Davidsonville, MD on Monday, January 03, 2011
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    I did a lot of research on many components of the Sonos system for months before I finally decided to pull the trigger. I ordered a Zone Player 90 (hooked to my AVR in family room), an S-5 (for my fire pit) and of course a Zone Bridge which is the heart of the system. I expected this wireless system to be awesome when it was set up but it is so much more than that. Why I didn't buy this 3 years ago is beyond me. The set up for everything was really a piece of cake. I did run into a minor problem when trying to add my iTunes into the Sonos software of my PC. It turned out to be a glitch with my McAfee anti-virus software and was easily resolved directly with Sonos over the phone (they accessed my computer remotely and fixed the problem). Also downloaded the Sonos app on my iTouch which works seamlessly as the controller for my system. The customer service that Crutchfield and Sonos (direct) offers is just phenomenal. I now have an incredible wireless system in my home that I can build upon for years!! If you are wavering on this purchase, JUST BUY IT!
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding Product!

    Written By David, Annapolis, MD on Friday, December 31, 2010
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    This was the easiest home stereo setup I have ever experienced. I purchased the S5 bundle, a Zoneplayer 90, and the controller. The setup was complete in less than an hour after I started opening the box, including product registration and downloading updated software. The hardest part was connecting the Zoneplayer 90 to my ancient home theater receiver (20 minutes). The sound from the S5 speaker is outstanding, and the controller is completely intuitive, super easy to learn, and a lot of fun to use. I will definitely expand my Sonos system to other rooms. It isn't cheap, but it is a great value product that is worth every penny!
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