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Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5

Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5
alaScore 95

3624 reviews

Sep, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3624 reviews of Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Audio Systems for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Audio Systems the Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 257 user reviews of Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5 from 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

90% of the reviews on 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 Black - The Wireless Hi-Fi (formerly S5)Sonos Zoneplayer S5 White Starter Kit (with Zonebridge)

Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1541 user reviews of Sonos PLAY:5 / ZonePlayer S5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Audio Systems on

88% of the reviews on 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) - WhiteSonos Play 5 All-In-One Wireless Music Player With 5 Integrated Speakers (S5, White)

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: Michael Brown (

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


Expert review by: Caleb Denison (

Sonos ZonePlayer S5


Cheap and simple or complex and expensive, all iPod docks all share a common drawback: They lack real convenience. Sure, some of them may be portable, but the more portable they are, the less likely they are to sound good. Plus, you are limited to what...

Fantastic Sound ; Extremely versatile ; Great user interface- easy to use ; Full of thoughtful extras

Initial setup could be confusing to some ; High initial cost of investment

Sonos’ ZonePlayer S5 obsolesces other iPod speaker docks with a blend of sophistication and surprising convenience, paired with audiophile-grade sound.

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Mark McClusky (

Sonos ZonePlayer S5


way back in April 2005, this was my conclusion:

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 $400 each, it's a stretch; at $200 a room, Sonos would rule the world

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (

Sonos ZonePlayer S5


With a minimum outlay of $1,000 for the necessary hardware, entering the realm of the Sonos home-audio system isn't an option for everyone. Enter the $399 (direct) Sonos ZonePlayer S5, a standalone speaker, which lets you stream music from your PC,...

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

The ZonePlayer S5 overcomes some of its deficiencies—like the lack of an iPod dock—and shines as a relatively affordable entry into the excellent, but expensive, Sonos wireless music streaming system.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Review Crew (

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

Expert review by: Digital Home Thoughts (

In The Zone - The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 System


The ZonePlayer S5 is a standalone wireless audio system that is very simple and intuitive to set-up and operate. Its audio capability is impressive and it performs its purpose extremely well - quickly and easily accessing and controlling your...

Extremely simple set-up and operation;, Impressive audio performance;, Allows whole house audio distribution with additional ZonePlayers;, ZonePlayers can be synchronized or play different music in different zones.

More expensive than many iPod docks;, Desktop Controller Software isn't as polished as it could be and has some issues with iTunes libraries;, Cannot play protected music songs, unless upgraded through iTunes.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Kim Wilson (

Sonos ZonePlayer S5


I like the ZonePlayer S5 and saw its potential immediately. Most rooms in a home don’t have a dedicated sound system, and that’s where the ZonePlayer S5 really comes in handy. To have a wholehouse audio system usually means running Cat-5 cable all over...

Jan, 2011


Expert review by: Kim Wilson (

Sonos ZonePlayer S5


Description When I opened the packing, I immediately thought of Apple. The packaging is compact and well thought out, though not as sleek. The ZonePlayer S5 is super easy to set up and highly intuitive to use. All good criteria to emulate.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Rachel Cericola (

EH Buyer's Scorecard: Sonos ZonePlayer S5 Wireless Music System


A closer look at this wireless music system, from in-house and around the web.

No, it doesn't need a hardwired SonosBridge. It requires a single Sonos unit to be hardwired to the internet. All other units can then run wirelessly. The wired unit can be any of the Sonos models, the S5, the 90, the 120, or the bridge.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Dennis Burger (

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...

Sep, 2010

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


Headphone Jack: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sonos ZonePlayer


Color:White / Light metallic