Sonos Multiroom Music System
Speaker & Amplifier Section
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
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
- 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:3 amplified wireless music
amplified zone player,
ZP90 zone player,
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
Google Play Music,
SoundCloud, and more; plus downloads from any service offering
DRM-free tracks. (Service availability varies by region.) Click
the latest online music services. (Some online services require a paid
- 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
Apple App Store or
Google Play Store) for Apple iOS
(6.0+) and Android (OS 2.3+) devices, or the Sonos Controller software for
(XP SP3 and higher) or
(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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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, &
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
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,
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.