For those unfamiliar, the beauty of a Sonos system is that you can buy multiple speakers and place them all over the house, without having to worry about how to hard-wire them. They operate wirelessly via your home wifi system, not with conventional speaker wires. However, you will need to plug the Play:5’s power cord into an electrical wall outlet for power.
You can control the speakers with one master remote–your smartphone, tablet or PC. Via Sonos’ user friendly app, you can either play the music stored on your computer or you can stream music from popular music services such as Spotify, Google Play and Pandora. Absent from the list is Apple Music but Sonos says that will be remedied by year end.
Sonos speakers come in a variety of sizes–the system starts at $199 for the Play:1, $299 for the larger Play:3, and now $499 for the top of the line Play:5.
Beyond the new speaker upgrade, Sonos also has a new app set to debut TruePlay, which autotunes new speakers to adjust to the room’s acoustics. In other words, TruePlay is capable of tuning the speaker for optimal sound. Muddy sound becomes crisper, thin sound becomes more full. We’ll examine TruePlay in a future post but what we can tell you is that it is extremely impressive. If you use your Sonos control app on an iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®, great news. You’ll be able to use your iOS® device to fine-tune the PLAY:5 with Sonos’s Trueplay feature. This free software upgrade will be available later in 2015. Trueplay will work with every PLAY:1, PLAY:3, and PLAY:5 speaker in your system.
Seattle Hi-Fi has the Play:5 in stock and available to audition.
Sonos Play:5 Highlights:
- six built-in synchronized drivers
- communicates with other Sonos players via Wi-Fi® or a dedicated Sonosnet™ 2.0 wireless network
- Sonos control app
- free download from iTunes App Store® and GooglePlay
- compatible with iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, and Mac® computers
- compatible with Android™ smartphones, tablets, and Windows® PCs
- bass, treble, balance, and volume controls
- Trueplay automatically adjusts Sonos speakers to your room for optimum performance
- for iOS® devices only
- free software upgrade required (available late 2015)
- plays MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis, and WAV files
- not compatible with protected AAC files from iTunes®
- plays songs from subscription streaming services such as Spotify, Rhapsody, TIDAL, and more
- plays music and podcasts directly from compatible iOS portable devices
- plays streaming Internet radio stations from TuneIn Radio and iHeartRadio
- plays programming from SiriusXM Internet Radio — subscription required
- multi-zone synchronous playback (same music plays in multiple zones simultaneously) or multi-stream playback (each ZonePlayer plays individually selected music)
- top-mounted controls for volume, play, pause, skip, and mute
- 2-port Ethernet switch
- minijack stereo input for connecting an MP3 player or other audio gear
- compatible with Windows® (XP or higher operating system)
- compatible with Mac® (OS X 10.4 or higher operating system)
- requires AC power (adapter included)
- warranty: 1 year