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Multi-room marvellousness: Sonos Play:5 (2015) reviewed
4.8Overall Score

Price (RRP): $749
Manufacturer: Sonos

Speakers have to have a solid amount of punch to grab our attention, and usually yours, but the second generation of the Sonos Play:5 goes further, offering customisable excellent sound amidst multi-room awesomeness.

Features and performance

It might be normal for companies to upgrade their products on a yearly basis, but not every manufacturer feels the same need, and Sonos is one such group.

With its ranging being made up of less then ten products, one of the models that was initially introduced in 2009 is only now getting a second generation, and it’s here in the Play:5 gen two, or just called simply the “Sonos Play:5”.

While the name hasn’t changed, the design has, with the plastic body getting a revisit to be slicker, brighter, and with more holes in the grill, looking cleaner across the board.


Even the logo gets a slightly different set of holes, and so no space is wasted, you find even tinier holes here to let more sound out. Woot.

The controls have also changed a bit, with the push buttons initially appearing on the unit replaced with touch buttons that ask you to lightly touch or swipe them to get a response, with the speaker sounding a chime every time you do so.

We couldn’t find a way to turn this off, though given that you can switch the white LED found on top of the unit off, suspect Sonos could introduce a patch that changes this, too.


On the back, most of the ports we saw back in 2009 are still there, with wired Ethernet provided, one 3.5mm line-in port, and the single jug plug to power the speaker, meaning it’s pretty easy to plug in and setup, and you don’t need much space, merely a ledge, shelf, or table to hold the large speaker.

Inside the new Play:5, you’ll find some upgraded technology comprising six Class-D digital amps working with three tweets and three mid-woofers.

Network support exists for more than just the wired Ethernet on the back, with 802.11b/g WiFi supported here, though if you have a Sonos setup already reliant on the Bridge and Boost network appliances for the Sonos mesh network, you can use that, too.


And then you just really need to get into the unit, and setting it up is a cinch.

Simply plug it in, load up the app, and if you already have a Sonos system, you’re adding a speaker, with the connection being made in no time.