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Sonos Play:5 review

Wireless multi-room music system that just works

Our Verdict

For

  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to use
  • iPhone app is great
  • Sound quality is good
  • Robust networking
  • Depth of content is fantastic

Against

  • It's very expensive
  • No desktop playback

sonos zoneplayer s5

As easy as the desktop client is to use, you really don't want to be returning to your computer every time you want to change the music. And that's where the controllers come in.

If you already have an Apple iPhone or an iPod touch, you're in luck – you can download a free Sonos Controller app from the App Store which can be used to sync your iPhone up to your Sonos system.

sonos iphone app

From here, you can do everything you can do on the PC version of the app, only the iPhone fits in your pocket and a laptop, er, doesn't.

sonos zoneplayer s5

The great thing about the iPhone app is that its control over the Sonos system is instantaneous. If you drag the volume dial down a few notches, the volume on your selected Play:5 will change completely in unison with your finger movements.

Official controller

The other option is to purchase the Sonos CR200 which is a large, dedicated touchscreen controller, performing the same functions as the desktop and iPhone apps.

If you have an iPod touch or iPhone already, we can't see any reason to recommend the purchase of the CR200, even though it's a great bit of kit.

In fact, even if you don't have an iPhone, you can buy an iPod touch 8GB for £139 these days, so we'd absolutely advocate that as a better option than dropping £279 on the official Sonos hardware.

The fact that Sonos engineers built the iPhone app in the first place suggests that they feel the same.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNetwork Audio Player
EthernetYes
Internet StreamingYes
Brand NameSONOS
Audio FormatsWMA, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, Apple Lossless, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, MP3
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Height217 mm
Width365 mm
Depth123 mm
Image FormatsBMP, PNG, GIF, JPEG
ManufacturerSonos, Inc
Product ModelS5
Product NameZonePlayer S5 Network Media Player
Product LineZonePlayer
Manufacturer Part NumberZONE PLAYER S5
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sonos.com
Marketing Information

The S5 is a high-performance, all-in-one wireless music system that delivers crystal-clear, room-filling sound. Simply plug it in wherever you want music and enjoy. The 5-driver speaker system is individually powered by 5 dedicated digital amplifiers and includes 2 tweeters, 2 mid-range drivers and 1 subwoofer for high-quality sound that rivals much larger, more complicated audio equipment. To start playing music, one ZonePlayer or ZoneBridge must be connected to the router, then all the rest work wirelessly.

SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)4.15 kg