Questions & Answers
- Answer This was done just to annoy you and to make sure it doesnt match your asthetic desires. Sonos will make sure and call before their next manufacturing decision and ensure you approve. Maybe put some white tape over your keyboard so you cant put this stuff on the internet.
- Answer I have a pair of the new Play 5's and was considering adding the sub but after doing some manual adjustments and increasing the bass level on the built in EQ I don't believe I need one. For normal music listening they put out more than enough bass. I did speak with Sonos though and they confirmed that when paired with a sub the crossover levels are adjusted on the play 5's taking some pressure off the woofers and allowing them to handle more of the mid bass. I would be curious to hear it but you do not "need" the sub to enjoy great bass.
Question1) Is the mesh on front metal or fabric; 2) is the base adequate, or does one need a sub? Tks
- Answer It is actually plastic. It used to be metal on the old version but they found that the antenna was had interference in the new design so they changed it to a hard plastic. It feels like metal but it isn't. As far as the base, no sub needed. I think the sub would be great for the playbar or the play 1 or play 3. But the play 5 just doesn't need it in my opinion. It hits hard without it.
QuestionCan you make the sonos play 5 Bluetooth compatable with a Bluetooth transmitter / receiver that you might sell?
- Answer Sonos is a wifi speaker, there are no BT capability. You can use Line in Audio, or add a BT adapter with AUX into Sonos.
- Answer Depends. What are you wanting speakers for? If you're wanting surround sound buy 2 Play3s. If you're just looking to put a speaker in a big room the Play5 will do great. Just bought a Play5 for a large room in the house. It's perfect.
- Answer Both great speakers. The Play 5 has a bit more clarity, bass and is louder. Also, the Play 5 is the only one with the "Line In" feature that allows you to plug another sound source into it like a stereo receiver/cd player/turntable/cell phone/computer. For instance, I have my old school stereo from the 80s plugged into one of my Play 5s and now I can listen to vinyl records all over my house. The Play 5 is the "control unit" for all other Sonos speakers on your system. Not ALL audio sources from the internet are compatible with the Sonos system like "Audible" from Amazon. I listen to books on Audible and I have to plug my cell phone into one of my Play 5 speakers in order to hear my audio books on the Sonos system. Every Sonos speaker will work by itself but you have more flexibility if you have at least one play 5 for that "Line In" feature. It's an investment but worth every penny!
- Answer Yes, this is the 2nd generation, it is more rounded than the first.
- Answer yes you can using airplay. http://www.sonos.com/en-us/airplay
QuestionIf I use this hooked to my desktop PC for a speaker, will all my speakers play including 2 additional ones I have set up behind my sofa for stereo?
- Answer I just did this and it worked fine. You have to go into the app, select browse then line in. Then group them up again. it was easier then I thought Hope this helps!
QuestionWe are planning to use these in a large (really large, like 4000 sq ft) garage, will two give us coverage and what if we need three or four, will they interact and work together or is the limit two speakers to get a well rounded interactive sound? Thanks
- Answer I would try two of them first, you can always add more if it isn't loud enough. I have two paired to act in stereo, and it gets very loud, though my room is less than 1/4 of yours. I still think it would be loud enough with just two -- which of course depends on how loud you like to jam. You can add as many as you want to your set up, and play the same music and control the volume together. For four speakers, you would create two groups, with a pair of stereo speakers per group. It will work well, they will be synced up - however if your network goes out you will probably need to re-"group" them. This takes about 5 seconds in the application.
- Answer The 5 is superb. The 3s imo are just average in comparison.
- Answer Yes you can do just about anything wuth sonos
- Answer I dont believe so at least not in the same exact way I believe you are thinking of. However sonos has its own app that is much easier to use than you might think. From your phone it allows you to connect to your speakers as a group or individually and you can play music that way. Also through the app it links up to any music services you might have like pandora or amazon music to play music and the app also accesses your stored files to play music that way. So in my opinion its a much better way of using sonos than just bluetooth.
QuestionIs a single speaker capable of throwing stereo separation? I read that it does this when placed horizontally. After all, no separation = bad sound quality for music.
- Answer No. For critical listening you need two speakers for the separation intended in the recording. For a satellite speaker for exercise or something, one speaker is fine.
Questiontrying to connect to tv? bluetooth on tv does not show speakers ( i have play 5 and 1). what do I need to do so tv can find speakers?
- Answer Sonos is not a Bluetooth system. Sonos works in a network wifi or hard wired (ethernet port in some Sonos products) if you want to listen your tv throug Sonos you will need to purchase any of the Sonos-tv compatible speakers, like the sonos playbar, or the Sonos Beam, playbase or the new AMP. Then you will be able to group any other sonos speaker on the house by creating a group on the app. Will be able to listen in any different room the sound from your TV.
QuestionThere’s a known issue of soundcard failure in and out of warranty, necessitating sending the unit off if in warranty but what happens if it’s out of warranty? Is Sonos going to fix this?
- Answer Yes, the sound card/wireless card failure issue happened to me when my Sonos was outside of warranty window. I contacted Sonos, submitted the diagnosis per their instruction, and they sent a brand new speaker to replace the defect one for free.
- Answer Yes, but the Alexa software suppresses the volume on the Sonos 5 speakers. Sonos is aware of this and I hope they improve the software to handle this
QuestionI know these plug into an AC outlet. I see they also have an Ethernet hook up. Do you need to use both the Ethernet and AC plug in to make the speaker work?
- Answer You do not need to use both. It will connect to the internet (or your NAS device with stored music) wirelessly. If you have multiple speakers in multiple rooms, you can hardwire one or more to your network router. The benefit of this set up is that the Sonos speakers create their own wireless mesh network, so you can extend the speakers further than your normal wireless network can reach. Also, it moves the traffic off of your wireless network onto the Sonos, and the internet connection remains stable through a wired connection (no dropouts in sound, but in my experience those are rare/non-existent using my wireless network anyways).