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Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5 (1st Gen)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4862 reviews of Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5 (1st Gen). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Audio Systems for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and design are on the whole positive. The size and usability also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Audio Systems the Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5 (1st Gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5 (1st Gen)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 355 user reviews of Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5 (1st Gen) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Audio Systems on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the design. The size is also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the reliability, and many are critical about the price.

usability, size, design

price

91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sonos PLAY:5 White - The Wireless Hi-Fi (formerly S5)Sonos PLAY:5 White - The Wireless Hi-Fi (formerly S5)

Jul, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5 (1st Gen)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1652 user reviews of Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5 (1st Gen) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Audio Systems on Amazon.com. Comments about the reliability and design are on the whole positive. The size and usability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed opinions about the price.

usability, size, design, reliability

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: SONOS - PLAY:5 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music (Large) - BlackSONOS - PLAY:5 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music (Large) - Black

Jul, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5 (1st Gen)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5 (1st Gen) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.4/5 for other Audio Systems on Amazon.ca. People really like the reliability and design. The size and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed views about the price.

usability, size, design, reliability

95% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: SONOS Play 5 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music, Large, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)SONOS Play 5 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music, Large, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: Michael Brown (maximumpc.com)

Sonos ZonePlayer S5

 

The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 is a fabulous addition to the multi-room Sonos Digital Music System, even if the company's engineers did make some sonic compromises in the name of delivering an all-in-one model at a friendlier price point.

All-in-one design; wireless; powerful amp; outstanding price/performance ratio

Audio quality not as high as the rest of the Sonos lineup; available only in white

Several hours of critical listening left our ears feeling a bit fatigued—an issue we didn’t encounter with B&W’s Zeppelin (not entirely an apples-to-oranges comparison, since the Zeppelin is a non-networked iPod dock), but the S5 was a huge hit when we...

Apr, 2010

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Tim Gideon, Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Sonos Play:5

 

The Sonos Play:5 speaker justifies its very high price by delivering excellent wireless audio in a seamless, simple design that's expandable to serve every room of your house.

Powerful audio performance with seriously deep bass and accurate highs. Easy setup. Expandable to multiple rooms. Can be used as part of a stereo pair.

Pricey. No Bluetooth.

For $500, the Play:5 isn't cheap, but it doesn't sound, look, or behave like a cheap system. Sonically, the Play:5 is a winner, and from a multi-room home audio standpoint, Sonos still leads the pack. That makes it our Editors' Choice.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Sonos Play:5 review (2015): A generational leap forward

 

The Play:5 is the best speaker Sonos has ever made. Its reliance on a single app for controlling all your audio services means the software experience isn't quite as slick as it could be, but it's easy to set up and sounds as good as its $499 price tag...

Simple setup and tuning ; Easy to turn into multi-room system with other, cheaper Sonos speakers ; Audio quality is excellent ; Long list of supported services ; Line-in adds limitless music options

Searching for music in app is cumbersome ; No dedicated remote ; Priced even higher than previous generation

It did buy Nextbit, after all.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Sonos Play: 5 2015, Black

 

It comes in two colors -- white and black -- and can be placed either horizontally or vertically in three different orientations. I personally liked the look of it standing vertically, and while the Play:5 works well as a single speaker with a wider...

The second-generation Sonos Play:5 is a sleek, well-designed Wi-Fi speaker that delivers rich sound for its size and strong bass. It offers the full Sonos wireless experience, controllable from iPhone, iPad and Android apps, with compatibility with...

Fairly pricey, especially if you want to buy a second one for stereo sound.

While fairly pricey the second-gen Play:5 is the best-sounding Sonos speaker yet.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Mark McClusky (wired.com)

Review: Sonos ZonePlayer S5

 

If you want awesome sound sans wires, the S5 is the system to get. You'll just need deep pockets for such deep audio.

Dead simple setup has you streaming in minutes. Slick iPhone app for controller. Five speakers give good sound, and decent stereo separation. Geolocation shows you local radio stations when you look

At 0 each, it’s a stretch; at 0 a room, Sonos would rule the world

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Sonos ZonePlayer S5

 

The $400 Sonos Zone player S5 wirelessly streams your PC's audio through its built-in speakers—and it can be controlled by an iPhone or an iPod touch.

Full access to Sonos wireless music streaming—for far less than any Sonos starter bundle. Fills a large room easily with no distortion. Clarity throughout entire frequency range. Controlled by free app for iPhone and iPod touch, as well as any Sonos...

Needs to be connected via Ethernet (unless you have another Sonos ZonePlayer). No charging dock for iPod. No power switch.

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Nov, 2009

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Sonos S5 ears-on review: a premium iPod speaker dock without the dock

 

We had the opportunity to hear a preview of the $399 Sonos S5 all-in-one speaker ahead of its 27 October US launch (November 10th in Europe). For comparison, w...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Review Crew (reviewboard.com)

Sonos ZonePlayer S5 Review

 

I've made no secret of my love for the Sonos Multi-room Music System, a system designed to let you listen to your music all over your house. It's the musical ...

Nov, 2010

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Michael Gowan (tomsguide.com)

Sonos Play:5: Sound Centerpiece

 

The Play:5 can easily replace most wired stereo systems, and comes with the option of adding additional Sonos speakers for multiroom sound. It's easy to use and produces balanced and detailed sound for all music genres.

Well-balanced bass and treble ; Room-filling sound ; Supports multiroom audio through additional Sonos speakers ; Works with most streaming services

No Bluetooth ; Proprietary system — can only use with other Sonos speakers

Who needs a stereo? With great sound and an easy-to-use app, the Sonos Play:5 makes a strong case for being the center of your home audio universe.

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: Marcus Wong (hardwarezone.com)

Sonos unveils its smartest speaker ever with their new Play:5

 

Tat Chuan Acoustic had a launch event for the new Sonos Play:5 and we were on hand to experience the latest offering from the wireless speaker company. Find out what's new from the multi-room audio pioneers!

Nov, 2015

Product Specifications

The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 is a high-performance wireless music system with 5 speakers powered by 5 dedicated digital amplifiers. With 2 tweeters, 2 mid-range drivers and 1 subwoofer, the S5 delivers crystal-clear, room-filling sound that rivals much larger, more complicated audio equipment. Plus, the all-digital sound architecture provides precise sound reproduction, just as the artist intended. With the S5 you can quickly add a room of music anywhere you want - simply plug it in and enjoy. And thanks to the S5's superior wireless range, no room is out of reach.

Audio System

Functions (KA):Network audio player
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KA):Audio systems, radios, karaoke
Type:Network audio player

Connectors

Headphone Jack: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.8in
Height:8.5in
Weight:9.1lbs
Width:14.4in

Header

Manufacturer:Sonos
Model:S5
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sonos ZonePlayer

Loudspeakers

Suitable for outdoor use: No

Miscellaneous

Color:White / Light metallic

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (cooling) (T-T):0 - 40