I will apologize in advance for this lengthy review. I purchased a pair of SONOS "Five" for our patio room and could not be more pleased. Starting with the un-boxing. The speakers are well packaged in a solid box with plastic locking tabs, a fabric like material wrapped around the speakers, and all securely held by a well designed foam base. Set up was a breeze, as I was up and running in less than 10 minutes. The SONOS app guides you through the entire process and connectivity to my iPhone, and PC worked like a charm. Linking the two speakers for the full stereo effect was also easy. The SONOS speakers were visible on all devices and streaming is fast to connect, dependable, and with no buffering. The sound quality is amazing! I used the "Trueplay" feature on the Sonos App to "tune" the speakers to my room. What a difference that made. The sound literally fills the room. The woofers deliver nice base and vocals with no distortion. The highs from the tweeters are crisp and clear. Bottom line: for this price, this powered speaker system is amazing! Finally, the Crutchfield Customer Service is top notch. I ordered my SONOS speakers on Friday morning and they were delivered around noon on Saturday! My advisor-Davis, was knowledgeable about the product and was instrumental in my final decision to purchase.
Pros: Overall product quality and sound; Ease of setup; Wireless connectivity and performance; SONOS App
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Although most reviews note the new Sonos 5 has an improved processor and other internal IT enhancements, many pundits suggest the speaker's audio performance is about the same as the Sonos Play 5 second generation. Yet in terms of audio quality, I find the Sonos 5 is superior to the Sonos Play 5 second generation. In my experience, the new Sonos 5s provide an improved definition of individual instruments, a sharper base, and better stereo separation. These enhancements were evident after I swapped two new Sonos 5s for two Play 5s in the same location - while listening to identical streaming services and selections from my iTunes library (via AirPlay). While the differences are subtle, the new Sonos 5s uniformly sound better. In addition, I found it easy to set up and integrate the new 5 with existing Sonos equipment, which counters the experience of some consumers. I suspect some folks are trying to create a stereo pair with one Sonos 5 and one Sonos Play 5 speaker. Instead, I suggest you assign a different, exclusive 'room' to the new 5s, the Play 5s, and any other recent Sonos speakers. Finally similar to most audio products, I recommend plugging Sonos equipment into a surge suppressor/line conditioner, which frequently boosts Sonos' sound quality and longevity.
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