A Sonos compatible Wi-Fi wireless home speaker system and analog audio inputs.
About This Brand
Sonos, which helped pioneer the multiroom wireless speaker category, has a lineup of Wi-Fi speakers that can be used either independently, as part of a multichannel sound system, or as a speaker in a multi-room system. Prices range from low to high.
Features & Specs - Sonos Play:5
Wireless type The type of wireless technology used. Bluetooth works from device to device over a relatively short distance; it is well suited for wireless connections between devices in the same room. Wi-Fi works from devices to device using an existing Wi-Fi network; it's range is the range of the network and it is well suited for wireless connections between devices in different rooms of a house.
Wi-Fi content sharing technology The communication systems used to transfer (stream) data via a Wi-Fi network. The Apple AirPlay streaming system can stream audio to one AirPlay compatible device from a mobile device running AirPlay (i.e. iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad) and up to six different AirPlay compatible devices from a computer running iTunes. The Sonos system can stream audio from Internet radio or the audio files from the home network computer to Sonos speaker systems and other Sonos components in up to 32 separate rooms. The maximum number of DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible devices that can send/receive audio streams is not specified - it depends on the Wi-Fi network bandwidth.
Wi-Fi content sharing technology
Optional multi-room sharing Can be used as one of many speakers in a multi-room speaker set up that allows audio to be streamed wirelessly via a Wi-Fi network to different rooms.
Optional multi-room sharing
Audio format "Mono" systems provide audio information from a single speaker array in one enclosure. "Stereo" systems provide two channels of audio information either as two separate speaker arrays in two separate enclosures, or as two separate speaker arrays that are both housed in one enclosure.
Remote Comes with a remote control, or an optional remote control and/or an optional remote control app is available for the system that can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet.
Power source The unit can be operated on AC, batteries, or either as specified.
Stereo analog audio input Has a jack for a two-channel analog audio input connection from another device such as a MP3 player, TV, cable box, or satalite receiver.
Stereo analog audio input
iPod Docking Allows you to physically connect and charge your iPod, iPhone, or iPad and perform at least basic functions like play, pause, and skip.
We have a Play 5 and a PlayBar. I have nothing but positive things to say about the Play 5 and SONOS in general. We take the Play 5 outside all of the time. Sounds great. Works great. Wireless performance is very solid and 100% reliable. Early on I had a few concerns with the Android app but SONOS has addressed them. <br /><br />I could see where some people might consider this product pricey (especially the Playbar) but I do not. It is fairly and responably priced.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Peter K
We bought the a Sonos 5 about six months ago. It connected to our WiFi initially and worked reasonably well but then the problems started. None of our Macs, iPhones or iPads could 'find' the blessed unit. The on-line help is energetic by totally pathetic and although we've been able to make it work sporadically, it's caused foar more frustration than its worth. The sound is just OK - nothing like the price tag or CR tests indicate. I'm extremely disappointed with Sonos and would NOT advise anyone go down that road as we foolishly did.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Music fan
from Dayton, OH
Sonos is awesome
Ease of opperation
Ease of setup
Great Sound quality
High price tag
I own a Sonos Play 5, a Sonos Playbar, and two Sonos Connect Amp's. I love them all and they work great. My Play 5 is my sound for my home PC. I like to sit in my office and listen to music. I had to go for the Play 5 because it is the only Sonos speaker with a 1/8in input jack which makes it well suited for a PC speaker. The sound quality is amazing. The only down side is the high price tag, but once you start filling your house with Sonos speakers and creating different zones, you'll be hooked. I love being able to play the same source of music in any room I have sonos.