Sonos Music System
Sonos Music System
Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: The Sonos Play:5 brings
great sounding music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring
project through SonosNet or WiFi.
- SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: SonosNet, 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 Play:5's built-in
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
- WiFi Wireless Network: The Sonos Play:5 can also operate over
your home's existing WiFi network (802.11 b/g; 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 Play:5's range will be
dependent on your home's existing WiFi network. Play:5 devices manufactured
after March 2014 are loaded with the proper firmware and ready to go out of
the box for WiFi connectivity. All PLAY:5 devices 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 Play:5 via both SonoNet and
WiFi; you will need to choose one. Sonos recommends using its proprietary
SonosNet wireless mesh network over WiFi when applicable. SonosNet 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 and N routers (you will have to use SonosNet in this case).
Multi-Zone Compatibility: You can place a PLAY:5 in each
zone where you want to listen to music. The Sonos Digital 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:5 or PLAY:3 amplified wireless music players,
ZP120 amplified zone player, and ZP90 zone player.
Music Streaming Services: The Sonos PLAY:5 gives you access
to unlimited music; such as your iTunes library, your favorite music services,
and thousands of Internet radio stations, shows, and podcasts.
- Pre-Loaded Internet Radio: The Sonos PLAY:5 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: The Sonos PLAY:5 works
Amazon Cloud Player,
of Space, iHeartRadio,
SiriusXM Internet Radio,
Wolfgang's Vault, plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free
tracks (service availability varies by region). Check out the
Sonos website for
the latest online music services. (Some online services require a paid
- Music Library: The PLAY:5 supports playback of music
from any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home
network where you have shared music folders. The PLAY:5 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 PLAY:5
indexes your music folders so you can view your music collection by
categories (such as artists, albums, composers, genres, or tracks). The
PLAY:5 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 PLAY:5 supports the playback of music and
playlists managed with your iTunes account (playlists are limited to 40,000
tracks). The PLAY:5 can access your iTunes music files from your network
computer or directly from your Apple iPod iOS device (4.0+) running the
Sonos Controller app.
Sonos Controller: The Sonos PLAY:5 allows you to control its
audio setup, playback functions, and search features through the Sonos
Controller software for Windows and Mac computers, or from the Sonos Controller
app for Apple iOS and Android devices. You'll have access to thousands of
pre-loaded nternet radio stations, dozens of online music services, your iTunes
music, and your network music library; all from one control app on your
computer/laptop or smartphone/tablet.
- Sonos Controller for Windows/Mac: The Sonos Controller
software allows you to control the Sonos PLAY:5 from your computer. Simply
download the Sonos Controller software from the Sonos website onto your
Windows PC or
Mac computer. The Sonos Controller software is compatible with Windows
XP (SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Macintosh OS X (10.6 or
higher) operating systems.
- Sonos Controller for Apple iOS/Android: You can also
wirelessly control the Sonos PLAY:5 from your Apple iOS device (4.0+) or
Android smartphone/tablet (2.1+) running the Sonos Controller App from the
iTunes App Store or
Google Play Store.
Note: The Sonos PLAY:5, computer, and Apple iOS/Android
device 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
- 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
- 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.
Note: The PLAY:5 is compatible with Sonos software
versions 4.0 and later. If you are adding the PLAY:5 to an existing Sonos
system, be sure to check for software updates before adding the PLAY:5 to
your Sonos system.
Automatic Updates: The Sonos PLAY:5 supports free automatic
software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services
to enjoy. Simply register the PLAY:5 and Sonos will automatically notify you
when software updates are available. By simply pressing one button your system
Room-Filling Sound: The Sonos PLAY:5 provides crystal-clear,
room-filling sound through various advanced sound technologies. The PLAY:5
incorporates an all-digital architecture design for precise sound reproduction.
The Sonos PLAY:5 utilizes a five-driver bass-reflex speaker system individually
powered by five dedicated digital amplifiers for room-filling sound. The PLAY:5
offers adjustable bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls for optimal sound
5 Speakers/5 Amplifiers: The PLAY:5 uses five state-of
the-art digital amplifiers individually coupled with the unit's five 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. The components of the PLAY:5 include:
- 5 Class-D Amplifiers: five 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
- 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: a 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 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
Controls: The PLAY:5 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.
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 Controller software
can be used to configure the units in this manner.
Optional Wireless Subwoofer: The optional Sonos
Sub is a wireless subwoofer that can be associated with the PLAY:5 to
enhance the sound in the room. The set-up procedure for the Sub adjusts the
crossover automatically so it seamlessly integrates with the PLAY:5. Through the
Sonos Controller software, you can also set the phase and level of the subwoofer
to match it to the PLAY:5's output. You must setup your Sonos system via the
SonosNet wireless mesh network in order to connect the Sonos Sub (not compatible
Versatile Placement: You can position the Sonos Play:5
wherever you find the sound most enjoyable. Its compact size and inset handle
make it easy to place the Play:5 on the kitchen counter, or carry it out to the
patio with you.
Dual Ethernet Ports: 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 mini-jack
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 Play:5 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 Play:5's built-in
speakers automatically mute.
Power Input: The Sonos Play:5 operates on ordinary household
current using the supplied AC power adapter and cord. The Play:5 is capable of
accepting 115/120 Volts AC or 230/240 Volts AC.