New Sonos Play:5 Wireless Speaker (Late 2015)      [Back to Products]


Over the years I haven't been a big Sonos fan, primarily because their products are quite expensive and I felt you could recreate them for significant savings by building your own AirPlay speakers. That said, I have to acknowledge Sonos outdid themselves with the release of their latest flagship Play:5 speaker. This is their top of the line unit, and has 6 speakers inside - three long-throw mid-woofers and three tweeters - powered by six high quality Class-D digital amplifiers. The speaker is as easy to setup and configure as usual - this is what made Sonos great - you can be up and running in less than 2 minutes after unpacking it. The speaker sound is crystal clear, and it can get very lound without noticeable distortion. Additionally, the brand new TrueSound calibration software that comes with the Sonos app will help you fine-tune the sound and tailor it to your room acoustics using your iPhone or Android phone's microphone. The calibration process is quick and painless, and works very similar to what the Audyssey system does when you calibrate an Onkyo receiver for example.

The unit comes in black and white color options, as is usual from Sonos. I recommend it because of its simplicity to setup, and high quality sound. It is still not cheap, but given the quality of sound you get I believe you will not regreat it, and may be the last speaker you buy.

Sonos Play:5 Features

  • Size: 204mm x 364mm x 154mm
  • 6.3 Kg (13.88 lb.)
  • 3.5mm aux input, and 3.5mm headphone output.
  • Amplifier: 6 Class-D digital amplifiers
  • Speakers: 3 long-throw mid-woofers, 3 tweeters
  • Connectivity: 802.11b/g 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi, 10/100 Ethernet
  • Support: Mac/Windows/iOS/Android and all major audio formats
  • Price: $499
Sonos Play:5 Wireless Speaker (late 2015 model)
Price: Typically $499

Other Sonos Wireless Speaker Models
Sonos Play:1 Wireless Speaker   Sonos Play:3 Wireless Speaker
Price: Typically $199   Price: Typically $299