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Sonos Play:5

Sonos Play:5
alaScore 92

1710 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1710 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Audio Systems the Sonos Play:5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 1710 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

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Sonos Play:5 (black)


Editors' note: Since this review was first written, the product reviewed below is now available in white and black versions. The name has changed from "Sonos ZonePlayer S5" to "Sonos Play:5." Also, support for the Spotify music subscription service is...

Single-speaker streaming audio system; controlled from any iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android smartphone using a free app; impressive sound from a compact, single housing; elegant design; cuts down on cord clutter; streams Internet-based radio and...

While the Play:5 can wirelessly interact with other Sonos products, you'll need a hard-wired connection or the $49 wireless bridge accessory if it's your only Sonos component; somewhat expensive; not much stereo separation.

The Sonos Play:5 shrinks the Sonos streaming music experience down to a compact single-speaker system with great sound, which you can control from any iOS device or Android smartphone.

Expert review by:

Sonos ZonePlayer S5 (aka PLAY:5)Review


Whether you're considering the PLAY:5 as an addition to an existing Sonos system, or simply as a portable standalone audio system, it's a smart, compact device with sound quality that belies its small size.

You'd think being unable to sync my iTunes music folder directly with the system would be a big deal. Really, it's not. I already have Windows Media Player set to monitor my music folders for use with various DLNA systems that waft through my home from...

Consumer review by:

"Once great, not useless."


Entire system was amazing for 2 years. I bought these systems for myself and as gifts for others. I have multiples of each component. Currently, they are all unusable. With each software update it got worse. After most recent update it won't play...

If it actually works, the system and sound are amazing.

This system used to be flawless. But they have fallen victim to their own software updates.


Consumer review by:

"First Class Kit"


The Sonos units and their supporting software, manual and internet facilities are a first-class example of modern consumer technology. Simple to install, with excellent control interfaces and producing high quality sound.

Excellent control interfaces

Doesn't integrate fully with

Consumer review by:

"Does not stream music from google play or i-cloud"


Used to play sonos radio stations and music on amazon cloud ONLY. Do not use if you want to play your music.

Really good sales pitch to make you think you can play your music. You cannot.

Does not play your streaming music. Wireless does not mean cordless.

Consumer review by:

"Excellent sound, compact size, perfect wireless system!"


If you are committed to the ease and advantages of a truly wireless system, this is the one for you. The price is expensive, but worth every penny. I liked it so much, I bought a second system for my vacation home.

Great sound particularly when coupled with the Sonos subwoofer the wireless set up using the Sonos app was as easy as pie and the wireless performance is excellent. I have played a variety of music selections and find the performance to be great.

Nirvana ain't cheap. You are looking at well over a grand for the Play 5 and the subwoofer.

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Highly recommend, I will definitely be adding more Play 5 speakers to my system. I don't believe there is another system like it.

Bought the Play 5 and the bridge and had it all set up and synced within 10 mins, and that time included getting it out of the box. The sound is unbelievable!! Also, being able to play different songs on separate speakers is a great feature.

Haven't found one yet

Consumer review by:

"Terrific "Little" Music System!"


I've had a Sonos network up and running with a ZoneBridge and ZonePlayer 120 for a couple of years (see my reviews of those products). So I was already impressed with Sonos. When I learned about the new Play5 and Play3 devices, they appealed to me...

Unit is very well made

No have for cons

Consumer review by:

"Much better sounding than one might expect."


I liked the system so much, that I went back twice and each time ordered two more Play:5's. Now I have one or more in the kitchen, office, dining room, living room, bedroom, master bath, and patio.

Fantastic sound even at high volume. Just plug it in and do a little computer work and you are done.

My wife would not have been able to set it up without me. One more thing, it's a little pricey.

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The SONOS S5 is just awesome. I recently bought their ZP90 to add on to my current 8 zone Niles home entertainment system. I was skeptical at first so I initially bought one S5. It is a winner. I am going to buy 2 more and my entire home will have...

Incredible sound. Attractive. Easy to install, easy to use and did I mention that it provides INCREDIBLE sound.

I can't really think of any.

Product Specifications

WiFi Connectivity: Yes


AirPlay:No / Yes
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DLNA certified: No
DTS Decoder: No
Internet Radio: Yes
PC Streaming:Audio
Progressive Scan: No
Real Dolby: No
Remote Control: No
Subwoofer: Yes
USB Recording: No
Web Content Access: No
WiFi Connectivity: Yes


Docking System:No / OTHER DOCKING
Ethernet: Yes
iPod Control: No
Number of Output Channels:2 (Stereo)
PMP Docking: No
Signal Input:Analogue
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: Yes

General Features

1080p Upscaling: No
2D to 3D Conversion: No
3D: No
CD Player / Recorder: No
Construction:Multi-Part Speaker Set
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Home Theatre System (Digital Dolby and DVD Player): No
Network Music System:Music Client / Music Streamer
Product Type:Audio Home System
Signal Connection:Wireless
Sound Projector: No
Speaker Type:Active


Wireless Speakers: No


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
DVD Audio Playback: No
HD-DVD Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording:Not Applicable
DVD-R Recording: No
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No


Dolby / DTS: No