Network & Internet Features
Bluetooth & App Control
Two-Way/Dual Passive Radiator Speaker System: The Sony SRS-ZR5
Bluetooth speaker utilizes a two-way driver and dual passive radiator system for
immersive sound. The speaker is equipped with a 0.5625" dome tweeter, one 2.75"
cone woofer, and dual side-firing 3.25" x 2" oval passive radiators. The dual
passive radiators allow the SRS-ZR5 to deliver dynamic bass, despite its compact
Sony Audio Technologies: The SRS-ZR5 incorporates three
Sony-unique audio technologies for high-resolution audio playback and to
revitalize your favorite compressed digital music tracks.
- S-Master HX Digital Amplifier: S-Master HX digital amp technology,
developed for high-resolution audio, reduces distortion and noise across a
wide frequency range for rich, full-bodied sound.
- DSEE HX: DSEE-HX enhances high-frequency audio response
and upscales existing audio signals from MP3, AAC, and WMA music file to
high-resolution levels (available through Sony SongPal app for Apple
iOS and Android).
- ClearAudio+: ClearAudio+ renders a vibrant soundfield
with immersive bass, full mids, and pronounced highs for all your music
tracks (available through Sony SongPal app for Apple iOS and Android).
192kHz/24-bit High-Resolution Audio Playback:
The Sony SRS-ZR5 speaker system supports a wide variety of compressed,
uncompressed, and high resolution music files (up to 192kHz/24-bit).
- Compressed Music Files:
- MP3 with a sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48 kHz and a bit-rate of
- WMA with a sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48 kHz and a bit-rate of
- AAC with a sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz and a
bit-rate of 16-320 kbps
- High Res Music Files:
- WAV with sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz and
bit-depth of 16/24-bit
- FLAC with sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz and
bit-depth of 16/24-bit
- AIFF with sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz and
bit-depth of 16/24-bit
- ALAC with sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz and
bit-depth of 16/24-bit
- DSD with sampling frequency of 2.8/5.6MHz and bit-depth of 1-bit
Wireless Stereo Pair: You can pair two Sony SRS-ZR5 speakers
together to create a wider, stereo soundstage. A firmware update (version 3.01)
may be necessary for the Wireless Stereo function.
Wireless Surround: You can pair two Sony SRS-ZR5 speakers
together with a compatible Sony soundbar (HT-CT800) or receiver (STR-DN1070) for wireless rear surround.
A firmware update to the speakers and the soundbar or receiver may be necessary.
Network & Internet Features
Wired or Wireless Network Connectivity: The Sony SRS-ZR5 features
a rear-panel Ethernet (RJ-45) port and a built-in 2.4/5GHz dual-band WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n) receiver that allows you to
connect the speaker system to your home network via a wired or wireless connection. By
connecting the system to your home network you are able to stream select online
music services and internet radio from Google Cast, as well as access music
files on your DLNA music server or Windows PC. A WiFi network connection can be
configured using your computer, Sony's SongPal app, an Apple iOS device, or WPS
(WiFi Protected Setup).
- Broadband Line Connection: A Broadband line connection
to the Internet is required in order to listen to select online music
- Modem: This is the device that is connected to the
broadband line to communicate with the Internet. Some of these devices are
integrated with the router.
- Router: Use a router compatible with 100 Mbps or
greater transmission speed to enjoy content on your home network. 802.11
a/b/g/n compatible wireless router for WiFi connection (2.4GHz or 5GHz).
- LAN Cable (CAT5): A LAN cable (CAT5) is required for
- WiFi Security: WPS, WEP 64-bit, WEP 128-bit,
WPA/WPA2-PSK (AES), or WPA/WPA2-PSK (TKIP)
Chromecast Built-in: Chromecast Built-in
lets you cast many of your favorite music apps from your from your Android (OS
2.3+) smartphone tablet, Apple iOS (7.0+) device, Mac computer, Windows PC, or
Chromebook to the Sony wireless speaker system and your speakers. Chromecast
Built-in certified apps include
Google Play Music, TuneIn,
iHeart Radio, and more
here for a complete list of compatible apps). Chromecast Built-in streams
your music directly from the cloud instead of from your phone, so you won't lose
any sound quality. Additional Chromecast Built-in features include:
- Simple-to-Use: Chromecast Built-in allows you to search, browse,
play, skip, and turn up the volume directly from the music apps you know and
love on your compatible phone, tablet or laptop. While you cast your music,
you can still use your phone to answer a phone call, play a game, send a
text, and even leave the room, all without interrupting what's playing on
the receiver's speaker system or draining your battery. Friends and family
can even use their own Chromecast Built-in compatible phone or tablet to
cast music to your system by connecting to your home's WiFi network.
- Google Home: Multiple Chromecast Built-in speakers can
be added to the same WiFi network to form a multiroom audio system using the
Google Home app. Using the Google Home app for
Apple iOS 8.0+ and
Android OS 4.0.3+, you can sync multiple speakers with Chromecast
Built-in in multiple rooms of your home to play the same song throughout
your house at the same time. Only Chromecast Built-in compatible music apps
- Voice Control (Optional): Purchase the Google Home
Wireless Speaker (8064658762,
sold separately) and gain voice control of compatible Chromecast Built-in
music apps. You'll be able to access a specific music app and then select a
specific station or song using only your voice. You'll also have voice
control over Play, Pause, Skip, & Volume. The Sony SRS-ZR5 & the Google Home
Speaker must be connected to the same wireless (WiFi) network.
Spotify Connect: With the Spotify app on your Apple iOS or
Android smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And now you
can stream those same songs from your smartphone to the Sony SRS-ZR5 by using
simply hit play on the app to start streaming music. What's more, when you've
been listening to Spotify on your smartphone outside and come inside, the song
immediately begins to stream to the speaker system for uninterrupted music
enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and receive phone calls while
listening to music. The Spotify app for
devices and a
premium account are required.
DLNA: The Sony SRS-ZR5 speaker system is DLNA certified. By connecting
the Sony SRS-ZR5 to your home's network, you can wirelessly listen to music
stored on your Windows Vista/7/8 PC or a DLNA (ver.1.5) compatible media server.
Compatible music formats include MP3/WMA/AAC (32-48kHz; 16-320kbps) and
WAV/FLAC/ALAC/AIFF (32-192kHz; 16/24-bit).
Bluetooth & App Control
Bluetooth Music Streaming: The Sony SRS-ZR5 features built-in Bluetooth
(version 4.2) with support for A2DP wireless audio streaming and multiple audio codecs like LDAC,
AAC, and SBC.
- Wireless Audio Streaming: You'll be able to wirelessly
stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple
iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, or Mac
computer to the Sony SRS-ZR5 speaker system. The speaker automatically
selects the optimum compatible codec for your Bluetooth device so you can
enjoy high-grade wireless sound. You'll continue to use your
Bluetooth-enabled mobile device for music navigation and song/artist
- LDAC Codec Support: In addition to support for
Bluetooth standard SBC codec and Apple's AAC codec, the speaker system also
supports Sony's newest LDAC codec. LDAC is a new audio technology from Sony
that allows you to enjoy high quality wireless audio via Bluetooth. With 3x
the data transmitted (compared to regular Bluetooth), LDAC provides an
enhanced wireless listening experience for all your music.
Pairing: The speaker system also offers Simple Secure Pairing (SSP)
and Near Field Communication (NFC). Once paired, the
speaker system will automatically re-connect to your device when within
range (up to 33'). The unit can pair with up to 9 devices, but only one
device can be connected and used at a time.
- Simple Secure Pairing (SSP: The SRS-ZR5 pairs
wirelessly and effortlessly with Bluetooth enabled devices with a single
press of a button thanks to SSP (Simple Secure Pairing); there is no PIN to
- Near Field Communication (NFC): The SRS-ZR5 pairs
wirelessly and effortlessly with Bluetooth enabled devices (up to 9) with a
single press of a button thanks to SSP (Simple Secure Pairing).
Bluetooth-enabled devices (like Android 2.3.3 or later) that have Near Field
Communication (NFC) are even easier to pair with; simply touch the device to
the NFC logo on the speaker and they're paired. NFC Easy Connect app is
needed for your Android device, unless you have Android OS 4.1 or later
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology,
some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or
may not support all features when used with the Sony SRS-ZR5 system.
SongPal Remote App: By downloading Sony's free SongPal
remote app (from
Apple's App Store or
Google Play), you can use your Apple iOS (7.0+) or Android (4.0.3+) device
to control the Sony SRS-ZR5 speaker system via a WiFi network connection. From
the SongPal remote app, you can select music sources and customize sound
settings of the speaker system. You'll be able to browse music stored on your
DLNA music server or connected USB device. You can also access the system's
GoogleCast online music services. The SongPal app will display song/artist
information and album art on your compatible smartphone or tablet. The SongPal
app also provides WiFi connection setup for the SRS-ZR5 system from your
SongPal Link: Use SongPal Link to group selected Sony
soundbars and speakers together to stream the same or different music content to multiple rooms of
your home or office. Choose from online music services, Apple iOS/Android
devices, Windows/Mac computers, or your DLNA network. This feature requires the
SongPal Remote App on your Apple iOS or Android device, plus at least a 2.4Ghz
wireless band on your wireless router. For a better experience, Sony recommends
configuring your wireless band router to a 5Ghz wireless band.
USB-A Port: The SRS-ZR5 is also equipped with a rear-panel
USB-A port that allows you to connect a USB mass storage class (MSC) memory
device; such as your
Sony Walkman or USB thumbdrive. You can enjoy MP3/WMA/AAC (32-48kHz;
16-320kbps), WAV/FLAC/ALAC/AIFF (32-192kHz; 16/24-bit), and DSD (2.8/5.6MHz;
1-bit) music files on your USB device through the Sony speaker system. USB
portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged
into the unit's USB port (5V/1A).
Note: This USB port does not support Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad and Android
HDMI ARC: The SRS-ZR5 is fitted with a rear-panel HDMI ARC jack for
connection to your TV. You'll be able to listen to your TV programs and Smart TV
apps through the SRS-ZR5 speaker system. The speaker's HDMI ARC jack only
supports 2ch PCM audio.
Aux Input: In addition to Bluetooth and Network
connectivity, the Sony SRS-ZR5 is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for
connection of almost any portable audio player with a headphone output.
Top-Panel Controls: The Sony SRS-ZR5 speaker features
top-panel controls for easy access to Power, Function (Source), & Volume
Mounting Options: The Sony SRS-ZR5 speaker is fitted with four rubber
feet so it can sit safely and securely on a flat surface; like a table-top,
shelf, desk, or stand. There is also one 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the
rear-panel of the speaker, so you can wall mount it using an optional wall-mount
bracket (sold separately).
Power Requirements: The Sony SRS-ZR5 wireless speaker
operates off of standard household current using its internal power supply and
power cord. This unit is not battery powered.
Auto Standby Mode: The SRS-ZR5 automatically enters the Standby mode,
if the speaker does not sense an audio signal or there is no operation of the
speaker for more than 15 minutes.
Software/Firmware Updates: You can update to the latest
software version of the SRS-ZR5 through its wireless network