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Sonos - PLAY:5 Wireless Speaker - Black

Model: PL5G2US1BLKSKU: 4467700

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 2359 reviews

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sound, Solid App, Finicky Connection?

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    DannyB
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    The Play:5 was my first SONOS purchase. Since buying the first one, I've added a second Play:5 and also a SONOS Connect, so my Sony 5.1 home theater system could get into the act. While the individual pieces are expensive, the product is truly premium. The Play:5's sound great. i have mine on opposite ends of the house (2,700 sq ft), with my home theater in the central, great room. Even with only 1 speaker in a room, the Play:5's do a great job simulating stereo sound. Music is sounds full, with good bass and clear highs. Walking through the house, I've even found myself thinking my Sony system sounds a little "tinny" in comparison. The App is solid, though not perfect. The "group" function also me to play the same music in multiple rooms, and I love that I can change volume in each room individually, on the fly. However, I wish SONOS would take it a step further - Let me build different preset groups with specific volumes for different situations. If i'm cleaning my house, i want all speakers playing pretty loud. If the baby is napping, i probably want those speakers turned way down or off completely. The ability to do that without breaking and rebuild my group every time would be a game changer, all over again. I do like the new integration with Spotify's app, though i generally go through the SONOS app to stream from Spotify, so I can use the volume adjustments. I only have 2 gripes about the system so far: One, the system seems to lose connection to WiFi pretty often. Sometimes I can't connect to my speakers to start (or stop) music. Be warned if you have spotty internet connection: if the 'net goes down, your SONOS speakers are well designed paper weights. The second gripe is the 3.5mm headphone jack on the back of the Play:5. When my internet went down, i thought - "at least i can still plug my iPhone in and play music in one room." Nope. I tried everything. My phone would stream music just fine, but plug it into the Play:5, and there was no sound. I haven't proven it yet, but I think the Play:5 requires an internet connection to play music, even when using the 3.5mm jack. Those two gripes aside, I will be buying more. I would recommend SONOS to any friend with a solid (non-metered) internet connection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Audiophile Review / Bluetooth Adapter Available

    Posted
    wynwyn
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was very impressed upon my first encounter with the second generation Play5 that I listened to on a display shelf. I purchased a Play5 several weeks later and was even more impressed with this speaker after getting it home and utilizing the customized room tuning feature and adjusting treble and bass to my preference. The high frequencies are crisp and clear and the bass is incredible for this size of a speaker. You can actually feel the bass! Each of the six speakers has it's own independent amplifier that results in full caption of power throughout the speaker. After enjoying listening to some of my favorite songs through the Play5 and discovering that it had a feature in the settings to add another Play5 that you could play in stereo mode, I went out and bought another one. Purchasing the second Play5 created true stereo sound with both speakers working independently of one another providing greater depth and sound. The only thing missing with the Play5 is Bluetooth! This is why I gave it 4 stars as opposed to 5! However, I purchased a Logitech Bluetooth adapter that plugs into the back of the Sonos Play5 and now can stream directly from other devices that I utilize for music, videos, and " books on tape". Note: If you have two Sonos speakers playing in stereo mode you will only need one Bluetooth adapter. Sound will be played through both speakers when the "In Line" feature in Sonos settings is activated. Hopefully this review has been informative and has given you the confidence to purchase your own Sonos Play5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Worthy Upgrade to the Original Play 5

    Posted
    dsc888
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    The NEW SONOS Play:5 is superior to the originals, of which I still own 3 of, in ever way. I will start of by saying that I am a sound ENTHUSIAST but not a audiophile by any means. I was bit by the SONOS bug back in 2012 when I picked up 3 of the original 5s to setup wireless music in 3 rooms in my house. I was OK with the sound quality but not super impressed. I play 320k mp3s from my server which sound almost as great as FLAC files. I added the SONOS Sub this summer and the sound improved markedly with deep but tight bass. Yet the mids and highs were a bit "laid back" even after playing with the EQ settings in the SONOS app. The 5s just sounded very good with the sub, but not great. Don't get me wrong. They weren't muddy sounding by any means but the sound lacked a bit of "presence". I picked up 2 of the new PLAY:5s from my local big box store and the new units were totally a new experience before I even took off the 3 layers of shrink-wrap and plastic bags protecting it! Props to SONOS for the amazing and high quality packaging! You can tell SONOS took a page out of Apple's book when it came to the unboxing experience. But as they say, the proof is in the pudding. The setup was simply enough with just a push of a button on the back of the unit and using either the iOS/Android app or the desktop app to tell your system to look for the new speakers. Both new speakers were found in a minute and the app even asked if I wanted to pair them, which I happily did for my living room along with the Sub for a more immersive stereo experience. SONOS really hit the ball out of the pack with the new 5. Sonically, the mids and highs stood out as the most improved. Bass was better as well but the open ports in the back are gone now it seems so there's less boominess. I listen to a fair amount of jazz and acoustic guitar and these new speakers were far better in it's ability to clearly and boldly reproduce them as they were recorded in the studio. This might have to do with the additional drivers and the speakers being angled upwards and to the tweeters to the sides as well as forwards. I can clearly hear a wider "soundstage" as the music played whereas my old 5s had a more narrow presentation. The highs were clear and sparkly without being too harsh or bright where you get annoyed. The mids, important for vocals, were fuller. Bass was tighter without the Sub but deeper. But I think the system still sounds best with the sub. I don't know if it's as simple as more and better drivers or if there is a bit of audio processing happening inside the unit but it works and that's all that matters. I like the new design. I originally thought the black front grills on the white unit, which I purchased, looked out of place. The original white 5 had a white grill. But I have grown to love the new design. It looks like a high quality piece that screams high fidelity. The older unit looked a bit dated now against the new ones. The only thing I missed is the "handle" on the back which allowed me to take it to a new location at will with just one hand. All in all, the updated PLAY:5 is superior to the originals and I have no regrets with my purchase. I've since moved my older speakers to other rooms and still enjoy them. But the new 5s are front and center in my living room paired with the Sub. PROS: +Superior sounding vs old 5 with clearer/cleaner mids and highs; deeper and tighter bass +Ability to skip tracks with just a swipe of the touch sensitive controls +Can be positioned vertically or horizontally with touch controls adjusting to the position desired +Clean and pleasing styling +Great packaging and protection for unit when bought new CONS: -$100 more expensive -No long has the carry handle in the back of unit -Deeper design may make it too big for smaller/shallower tables

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound and Easy to Setup!

    Posted
    JeffRichards1969
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    The Sonos ecosystem is, by far, the best you can get in it's class for wifi-based music players. Having purchased nearly everything Sonos makes, this addiction doesn't seem to end. The Class D circuitry within every single driver stage independently, shines through with unparalleled performance matching or even destroying some of the most prestigious brands I've ever owned. Each and every time I have done this, I have been left speechless. When considering how is it even possible for these small-footprinted speakers to compete so effortlessly, I'm reminded of that difference between excellence and mediocre that separates the finite resolution and nuances of my favorite Miles Davis album (Sketches of Spain) in contrast to the essence of the sultry and jazzy voice of Helen Merrill's Born to Be Blue. Well??? What about the mediocre? It's non-existent with Sonos speakers. My home is routered by the Nighthawk X8 connected directly to my fiber connection. I am a long time user of Spotify Premium. Having said that, between that source, my KS9800 Samsung 4k TV and my Marantz TT-15S1 turntable, the quality resonating from the Play 5's, as well as all of the other Sonos products within every room, is just simply stunning. The highs are of the crispest highs and the lows do hit with a decisive precision you can feel. Regarding connectivity, it's as easy as 1,2,3... Any 8 year old could follow the directions, literally. As for the cost for ownership, how can you question the value of Sonos speakers after you've paid thousands for other speaker systems that can't compare to them whatsoever? My only wish would be that this sytem was available 25 years ago when I began my quest for "audio utopia." So, do yourself a favor, and give them a listen. Get them home and do it on a 30 day test drive. See for yourself...nothing compares to these quality-infused speakers, even at twice their price!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nearly two years of this one-of-a-kind speaker...

    Posted
    David
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    Almost two years ago, I found myself in a Best Buy. I wanted something to use to listen to music in the garage, but I dislike bluetooth speakers / cheap ones for general... cheap... sound quality. I somehow made my way by the Sonos products. I speak with a relatively unhelpful associate, as there was a few products to choose from, and the display wasn't working perfectly (they had just re-oriented the products in-store). I look up Sonos on my phone and read. I find a few of their claims online: 1) Awesome sound quality (of course they'll claim that!) 2) Always updated (software updates come around) so the speaker doesn't need to be updated due to software limitations 3) Feature packed + lots of supported music services... I mainly use Spotify + Pandora. So - I decide to get the Play:5, for a very hard-to-swallow price. I arrive home. Download the app on my phone. It walks me through setup, step-by-step.... it does require an ethernet cable, but I'm a PC nerd so I had one. Setup was easy. Almost, too easy... I'm sitting on the floor in my living room, with this speaker next to me. I add my Pandora account. Set the volume to 60%. Mind you, all of this is being done via my phone, to a speaker connected to only Power after connecting to Wi-Fi. I hit play. Absolutely astounded. I had to turn the volume down - It was so loud, and I was about two feet away from it. I take a moment to collect my thoughts... and hit play again. Volume at 40%. Still too loud - I'm talking to my roommate, nearly yelling. Fast forward 18 months. I love this speaker. I use it as my alarm, I take it into the garage when I'm hanging out or working on my car, I heft it around the house.... I love it. I've referred probably 13-15 people to buy it after they see mine - it's amazing. It just works. Sound quality is PHENOMENAL from something this small. It has an insane amount of bass for something this size. Clarity... amazing. It just works. I love it. I want to buy more... I just don't need more. This one is enough... isn't that crazy? Great product. I love it. Buy it if you're on the fence about it - give it a shot, and you'll probably love it. Nobody I know has returned theirs, and they all still love theirs. They just work, and they work extremely well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New SONOS Play 5 Still the best ALL AROUND!

    Posted
    PatrickJ
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    I agonized over buying the NEW Play 5's (HI-FI, CD quality) OR the BLUESOUND Pulse 2's (HI RES quality). The Play 5 has more dynamic range (even though the Pulse 2 is said to have more fidelity), and it was much cheaper, so I bought a stereo pair. After many hours of scrutiny, I've decided I love these speakers! The stereo separation is grand, the low end is all the bass most people would ever want, and, when you stream TIDAL or CD quality files, the HI-FI playback is clear and simple as the truth. Norah Jones was on stage in my living room, which is a big room to fill. The Play 5 is good enough for an entry-level audiophile--if not many audiophiles--for sure. Plus, I went to a nearby Magnolia that demos the Play 5 and Pulse 2. The Pulse 2 came off a bit messy to me; the Play 5 does a better job of showcasing the highs, mids and lows. The Pulse Mini actually had more transparent sound than the Pulse 2, but it is too small. The Play 5 has the best combination of scale, clarity, affordability, ease of use, streaming service options, power, design, and support of any all-in-one, streaming speaker. I have had a SONOS ecosystem with CONNECTs, PLAY 1's and PLAY 3's for some time, and I'm glad I stuck with them. SONOS is here to stay for quite some time, they will continue to update and support these Play 5's, which makes them future-proof even without the HI RES support. Besides, HI RES vs. HI-FI is not as important as quality amps and speakers versus lesser quality. And the SONOS is good quality--just as good a physical speaker as any other streaming speaker on the market, it plays CD quality superbly, and I look forward to all the great updates to come...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great if all you listen to are streaming services

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    pdxmusl
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    Pros: Great room filling sound. Very easy to setup. I was setup and playing music in less than 5 minutes after opening the box. Control app is easy to use. It does have a line in which at the time of this review the Play 3 & 1's do not. Cons: The unit is really built to work with streaming services like pandora. You can play music/podcasts from your devices. But the source is really limited and controlling. It does have a line in. However, for myself I didn't find the line-in very useful. It's too big of a speaker to put it anywhere where I might want a line to go into it. Such as my computer room. And the line-in isn't really adequate for a media room. Personally I would prefer the Play 3 or play 1 have a line in instead of the play 5 if there was a choice. I was not able to find a good control option for Linux. So I was limited to controlling the unit from my phone. There's a couple of ugly hacks to control it from Linux, but that didn't appeal to me. My point here is that the Sonos system really forces you into a very strict form of which speakers serve what functionality and really over control the source of input. There's little creativity in setting up a Sonos system. Overall: I really liked the unit at first and I read many of the reviews. So I felt prepared for it to be streaming service centered. However, after using it for a few days I ultimately determined the speaker was not a mature enough product for me. It's heavy focus on streaming music sources like pandora really limit it's usefulness. It's also in the need of a platform independent way of controlling it. It is my understanding some of my concerns can be addressed by the Sonos connect. However that was not a satisfactory solution for me due to it's price and yet another component to buy. Ultimately I took the unit back. If all you want to listen to is Pandora, spotify, or services like that. Then This speaker probably will work good for you. Otherwise I would recommend waiting until the product matures a few years down the road and try something else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality product

    Posted
    Joanne

    EXPECTATIONS: After spending a sufficient time researching what wireless sound system I wanted for our home, I had a good idea that the Sonos wireless speaker system was the best option to meet the needs of our family. The most important feature for us would be the sound quality and ability to add additional speakers in several rooms over time. The second feature important to us was the ability to use the music on our iPhones, iPads, Samsung phone and laptops. We wanted to be able to listen to the libraries on these devices and the ability to access our iTunes library. In addition, we wanted to be able to stream live music from the internet and access live radio stations. QUALITY: I could not be more impressed with a sound system I was very skeptical about the quality of the sound, but I was pleasantly surprised just how good it sounds. I can’t wait to add speakers to more rooms to get the “full-effect” of the Sonos experience. SET UP: When purchasing the system at Best Buy, I was a little skeptical on just how easy it was going to be. The salesman said it would take just a few minutes. When I got home and we took it out of the box to set it up, it literally took 5 minutes until we were listening to our music. It was extremely easy and it didn’t take an IT genius to figure it out! SATISFACTION: My family could not be happier! We all enjoy playing our music libraries at home and take turns listening to our favorite songs. It has added a very positive element to our home as we listen to each other’s music and dance around the house. The ability to change songs and the volume from anywhere in the house has been a big hit with my family! From the purchase and product knowledge the salesman had at Best Buy, to the simple set-up to the ability to listen to all of the internet music we love. RESEARCH: The online research I conducted was very helpful. I not only read product specifications, researched pricing across different brands, researched brand capabilities, I also paid attention and read quite a few customer reviews. Most all of the reviews I read on various sites were giving the product a 4 star or above rating. They all agreed it was a high-quality product, easy to set-up and very user friendly. They were also able to verify the different music platforms that were compatible with the Sonos product. This helped significantly to making my decision on purchasing the Sonos product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than I expected and I had high expectations

    Posted
    BrooksideRyan
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    I am an amateur audiophile; I don't need to have the best of everything and I certainly don't bring in experts to tune the acoustics in my room. But I do like my music to sound really good. I come from a family of music lovers; we don't turn on the TV very often, but we always have music playing pretty much nonstop. II had a really great Bose system that finally aged out and died on me after 12 years, so I started researching. Sonos kept coming up in my research because I knew I eventually wanted a whole home system (without the messy wiring). I wasn't sure which model to get though. Initially, I was leaning towards two Play:1s because, well, price. I did a ton of research and everything kept pointing me towards the Play:3. I have a large family room with a vaulted ceiling; I needed something that could pump out a good amount of sound to fill the space. I went into the store and tried them all out. I ended up coming home with the Play:5, which was more than I wanted to spend. I tried the Play:1 and it was okay. I wasn't blown away, but it's only $199. I would have used two of them for stereo impact, but I was really disappointed with the lack of lows and bass. The Play:3 was better. And then I turned on the Play:5 and it was over. Beautiful sound and balance. vocals are clean and precise. Highs, lows and mids were all clear and supported, even at high volumes. Daddy had come home. I've had it home for a bit now and I can honestly say that this is pretty much the smartest decision I've made probably ever (sorry, honey and children). I could have settled for a less expensive model, but the sound quality on the Play:5 is far and above that of the 1s and 3s. This thing is AMAZING. I've almost gotten use to how good it sounds but every time a friend comes over, they are mesmerized by the clarity and sound quality. This is a little pricey (at least for me it is). But this is a solid investment. You won't regret. And, if you do, you're probably a little too fussy for me and we can't be friends.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING SPEAKERS!

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    Bluejaxx
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    For those of you who may not be familiar with these SONOS speakers they are, in my opinion, the absolute best thing to ever hit the music and television audio world. I am delighted every time I turn them on. Whether it's to just "chill out" to music after a long day at the office or to be blown away during an amazing 4K movie played on my OLED TV, it really doesn't get any better than this. I was a die-hard BOSE fan prior to discovering these speakers but now I will never look back. I was so impressed with these as a surround sound system with my television in my home theater, I installed another one in my master bedroom-placing the subwoofer under my bed. Last night I was watching Dr. Strange in bed and literally thought I would be bounced off my bed from the bass that the sub produced. WOW. Other than the power cord, SONOS are wireless and the feature I like the best is having the ability to build your own "Zones". In other words you can put a speaker in every room of your house and group them together however you like. So you can listen to one song in say the kitchen, family room and living room, while your child listens to another in their bedroom and play yet another one out at the pool. Then you can change the rooms in your zones over and over again. It's wild. As far as quality goes, I have not heard a better speaker- wired or wireless- ever! I will say that the increased cost of the SONOS PLAY 5 over the SONOS PLAY 3 is definitely worth it. I was talked into trying the PLAY 5's by a BB employee and I thank him everyday for that. The difference in sound quality between the two is "HUGE". SONOS also gives you the option of using the speakers as either a single speaker with both left and right in one speaker, or buying two independent speakers and using them as a pair with separate left and right speakers. For the record, I am an individual that doesn't care about the cost of an object- I only buy the best. I can safely say that after listening to these SONOS PLAY 5's -I BOUGHT THE BEST!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound, Nice UI, but pricey

    Posted
    Mancaveliness
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've been a squeezebox user for years and invested quite a bit in the platform. After Logitech stopped supporting the product I knew it was only a matter of time before I lost functionality. With that in mind it was time to invest in a new brand. One of my main reasons for buying SONOS is that they are long standing in the space and I believe they are the safest bet to continue supporting their products into the future. I read many reviews and went to listen to the SONOS offerings. The Play 1 seemed a little "tinny" but that was in the BB showroom. The Play3 seemed like the sweet spot in terms of value and the PLAY5 while it sounded the best seemed priced a bit high at $500. But in my research I realized there is no Bluetooth support. And some things I listen to from the internet that the sonos can't access. So I decided to add a small Bluetooth receiver to the setup in order to make it a complete solution. The problem was, only the PLAY5 supports a line in. The PLAY3 (which is what I wanted) does not have line in. So that leaves me with the PLAY5. I bought an open box online for $424. It looks brand new. The setup is a little trickier when it's been previously connected but overall it's a 20 minute exercise including the unboxing. The sound is really, really impressive. It's a quality made product, looks great and sounds great. I re-purposed an old tablet I had laying around doing nothing to be the dedicated SONOS controller. The user interface on the app is well done. Again, comparing it to squeezebox there is no comparison. It just works, and it's user friendly. I've even got my Harmony Elite controlling it when needed. In summary, if you don't need the line in I recommend the PLAY3. But the PLAY5 will not disappoint in quality and sound. The big down side is the price. I don't believe it's a good value at $500. But the reality is that they dominate the space and any money invested in another brands line may leave you high and dry in a year or two. So pay the extra money and get the SONOS.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound system

    Posted
    Pete
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    For a long time, I wanted a system in which I could play my CD's in any room in my home and also outside on the patio and at the same time, be able to switch over to my favorite FM jazz and classical music station when there was something I liked on the program and hear that in any room or on the patio. I had my CD's downloaded from my computer on my I-pad using ITunes and thought that I would turn to Blue Tooth. I went to Best Buy and explained my needs. Two sale persons in the Home Sound system section at Best Buy told me about Sonos and demonstrated it to me. Wow!! It has fulfilled all of my dreams. I purchased three speakers (one big one and two small ones). They work off my wifi system at home. They are simply plugged in wherever I wish to place them. The sound is phenomenal, like in a concert hall. I can select either from the downloaded CD's on my I-pad or any one of many FM radio stations. I can control the volume of the individual speakers from my I-pad wherever I happen to be. So, if I am upstairs in my office, and my wife is in her studio, I can place the speakers accordingly and then set the respective volumes accordingly. I never thought that my dream would be so well fulfilled!! I have always had the 24/7 Geek Squad technical service program and these speakers are included. So, if I have any problems, I'll be able to have them resolved or have them replaced (I have always had this excellent technical service at Best Buy for my computers).. The service I received at Best Buy opened these doors for me and the sales person in Best Buy took ample time to explain to me how to set the system up. I also have called Sonos twice and immediately received excellent service (and it was not outsource to a foreign speaking person).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Speaker for All Audio Fanatics!

    Posted
    Daniel
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    I just purchased the Play 5, and two Play !'s earlier today. I cannot be any happier with my purchase. Let's start off with the intentions of the purchase. I am a sophomore in college living in a dorm, and love quality music. Are these speakers going to be over kill for my dorm room? Yes. Will I have the best speaker set up in my college? HECK Yes! To start off, the speaker is expensive. It is one of the more expensive speakers on the market, but compared to all the other ones that Best Buy has, this is by far the best one I have listened to. I love how easy it is to set up, as well as how expandable this is. I was considering either the $1750 sony sound bar/sub woofer, or the SONOS. I ultimately choose the SONOS because I am not limited to just one speaker, but I can buy as many as I want. I also see it as an investment because when I move out of college into an apartment, I already have an awesome home theatre set up that I can add a sound bar and subwoofer to. Lets get to the quality. It is amazing! In the Play 5, it has 6 different drivers in it. When I first powered it on and did a sample, I was blown away at the "highs" and the "lows". For one speaker, it had a great range. I will be honest, the bass isn't the best feature of this speaker, but then again, this isn't a subwoofer. The bass is just right, and It can pump out a pretty solid groove. Besides the great sound quality, this speaker is a sexy beast. It is sleek, anesthetically pleasing, and looks like a solid $500 high quality speaker. Overall, I give this a 5/5 and would recommend it for anyone looking to add it to their home theatre set up, or just to use as a wireless speaker in their room. This speaker can pump out pretty good volume so it would be fine for a small office or any normal size room in a house!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An entirely new Play 5

    Posted
    Brunn210
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    I own all of the Sonos products and have always enjoyed the old Play 5. Sonos decided to build a new Play 5, so time to try it. The packaging of the new Play 5 is outstanding. Feels like an Apple product when you open it. Very nice touches all around. Then again, the new unit is $100 more than the old one. The new Play 5 is a little shorter than the old unit but much deeper. The look is cleaner and it can be placed like the old one or on its side. A nice touch if you buy a pair. Connecting it is the same as the other Sonos units. I did not try the new TruePlay feature since Sonos does not support it on the iPad Pro yet. Sonically it is very good. One tip is to let it break in for a while. Out of the box it sounds a little flat and laid back compared to the old Play 5. Give it a little time and it comes to life. Bass is deeper and richer with better overall separation. It's amazing how much sound Sonos gets out of this speaker. Outstanding product by Sonos again. Fun to listen to and worth the $100 price increase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stunning Audio!

    Posted
    Carsrmilife
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    I spent several hours researching various speakers up to the $500 mark and ended up with the SONOS play:5, after hearing it in person. I also liked the Bose SoundTouch 30, but it lacked the low end that the 5 has, likely due to the fact that the Bose has one woofer to the 5's having three. I also liked the Denon HEOS 5, but never got to hear it, since the Best Buy I went to was not a Magnolia store. Just outside of what I wanted to spend was the Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin, coming in at $700. I couldn't justify the price for only barely discernible better sound. I was shocked by the heft of the speaker as well. Its small footprint made me think it would be five pound lighter, letting me know it is of excellent build quality. I also didn't like how bulky and tall the Bose was. It seemed like it'd be harder to stash in various places as decor changes. If you're on the fence about getting this speaker, and your budget allows for it, I don't think that you'll be disappointed. However, like everything in life, we all have different tastes. I consider myself an "Audiophile" and don't skimp out on my audio components though, with my living room system costing over $3,000. I was skeptical with it being my first SONOS product. My only gripe is the lack of Bluetooth, but I knew it wasn't there before purchasing. I just don't see the need to exclude the option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Buy another brand, any brand.

    Posted
    Unpossible

    For $500, you should expect the Play 5 to just work. It just doesn't. After only a few months of use, the speaker has taken itself completely off the wifi network and won't rejoin. It will play if I have it wired to my router, but that kinda defeats the purpose of a wireless speaker, doesn't it? Here's where all the Sonos cheerleaders jump in and accuse me of being a ham-fisted troglodyte. "Duh, you have to go into advanced settings, jump in a circle three times, squeeze eye of newt onto the router, yada, yada, yada." First of all, I've tried all that. I've tried everything, and nothing works. Second of all, I shouldn't have to. Everything else works on my network, including credit card readers, receipt printers, Apple TVs, etc... But not Sonos. Worst of all, their customer service is atrocious, assuming you can even get them on the phone. They advertise 24/7 support, but buyer beware, the only 24/7 resource is a fanboy message board where users, not employees, tell you things you already know. If you want to gamble with $500, find the nearest Indian casino and put it on black, your odds are much better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Music To My Ears

    Posted
    FlyAssTomboi
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    After reviewing and comparing several high quality speakers, namely Bose and Sonos, I decided to go with the Play 5. I already had 2 Play 3's that I use in my bedroom. I really loved the sound of them. I read several reviews on Bose speakers and they were great. Then I went to Best Buy and listened to the Bose speaker that I was interested in purchasing. Then I saw the Play 5 sitting there on the shelf, luring me to come closer. (Why did I push that demo button?) The sound that came from the Play 5 encompassed my entire body. My ears let out a sigh of relief as I closed my eyes to take in everything. Amazing! I could hear every instrument clearly. Nothing was garbled. I turned the sound up and was amazed that the quality of the sound didn't change. I called the sales associate over and told him that I wanted the Play 5 right then and there. I came home and plugged it in. Setup was a breeze...completed in about 5 minutes, if that at all. Just for giggles, I paired it with my Play 3's. Oh me, oh my! How did they get that heavenly sound in there? I unpaired my speakers and danced like a teeny-bopper, and I'm far from teen anything...lol. I fell asleep that night listening to my Play 5. I highly recommend this speaker. You get what you pay for and this is well worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sonos Excellent!!

    Posted
    CMMeek
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    I, like most Sonos fans, purchased the Sonos Soundbar first, after listening to it at Best Buy. The sound was incredible so I saved up my spare money until I could afford two Play 5's. Oh, my! After the very easy installation of the Play 5's the quality of the sound was better than I had ever dreamed I could have. Spotify and Pandora came alive as well as Amazon music. Movies are incredible with Sonos duplicating the sound exactly in the way the studio intended us to hear it. The speakers are stylish and are heavy. You only need to have one of the speakers connected through a Cat 5 cable in order to play sound through the Sonos system. I have my Sound Bar connected to my router and when you add other Sonos components you simply follow the easy to understand instructions and within a minute all your speakers are connected wirelessly through Sonos's Wifi.. Sonos has an app available for Android and Apple that you use to control the Sonos system. Since purchasing the Play 5's I have also purchased the Sonos Sub and two Play 1's. The complete system is very expensive but OMG the sound you get is almost beyond believing until you hear it with your own ears. Sonos plays TuneIn, Pandora Radio, Spotify, Amazon Music and a large number of other subscription services. I will be eating beans for a long while but I can eat the beans while listening to my incredible Sonos sound system. I highly recommend Sonos to all of my family and friends and to those reading these reviews.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than Bose... seriously.

    Posted
    MikeL
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    I purchased both the Sonos Play 5 and the "equivalent" Bose SoundTouch 30 and took them back to my apartment. I am building a house and plan on outfitting at least 14 speakers, so I wanted to be sure I purchased the right one. I put them side by side (see picture) and put each speaker through its paces. I tested several songs from pop, classical, rap, country, rock... look I'll just sum this up: The Sonos Play 5 beat the Bose system hands down. I was legit surprised. I figured the Bose would have better sound quality and the Sonos would have a better interface. Nay I say. Nay. One of the biggest things that stuck out to me was you can adjust the bass and treble on the Sonos. With the Bose, you can only adjust the bass DOWN from the standard. Bose works on 5G, Sonos does not. The Sonos Play series is awesome. The interface, the sound quality... there's nothing wrong with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup, terrific sound

    Posted
    jamesx4
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    I decided to upgrade my sound system in our new house. At one point during my evaluation I had an Apple HomePod, two Sonos Ones, a Sonos Play:3 and the Sonos Play:5. Spoiler...the HomePod and Play:3 went back to the store and we kept the two Sonos Ones and Play:5. The HomePod gave the two Sonos Ones a run for their money, but simply "out-based" them. But the HomePod doesn't give you the stereo separation. So I introduced the Play:3 to the two Sonos Ones and that sounded very nice. Put things on par with the HomePod, plus avoided the walled technology garden that Apple fosters in the HomePod. But I still wanted a stronger, deeper base. So I replaced the Play:3 with a Play:5. Granted this is much more expensive than an Apple Homepod, but the Play:5 gave me an incredible base and with the two Sonos Ones I have the great stereo separation. The Play:5 alone fills the room very well with sound. What's really nice is that I can turn up the paired Sonos Ones over the Play:5 or vice versa to tweak my sound to my liking even more. Plus, I love the fact that I can add easily add more speakers around the house and group them together as desired in the future. Very pleased with my Play:5.

    I would recommend this to a friend