This week, Sonos has decided to tell the world that current owners of its multi-room music system will be getting a neato upgrade catering for better sound, which is great news for people who own one of the three Play speaker options, but it’s not the only thing Sonos is talking up.

You see a new speaker is also on its way.

Set to arrive later this year, Sonos will be replacing its Play:5 speaker with something a little bolder and more up to date for today.


The name will stay the same, but that’s about it, as the second-generation Play:5 will arrive with a changed inside, working with six synchronised drivers comprised of three mid-woofers and three tweeters, all of which work together with individual amplifiers to create a range that Sonos says is bigger than you’d expect in a single speaker.

And Sonos is right.

Tested at a briefing well ahead of launch, you find that when closing your eyes, the sound coming out of the 2015 Play:5 is bigger than what it should be doing, unleashing an audio amount that not only fills a room without fear, but also feels quite like the speaker should be larger, as if Sonos has created a tall loudspeaker and somehow encased it in a smaller package.