Sonos Five Wireless Speaker

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Sonos Five Wireless Speaker

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Overview

Immerse yourself in music and more with Five, the high-fidelity speaker for superior sound, tuned by renowned producer Giles Martin. Experience deep bass and an ultra-wide soundstage, and stream high-resolution audio. Use the line-in port to connect your turntable or another device, and enjoy simple control with the Sonos app or Apple AirPlay 2.

High Notes

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TruePlay Tuning

Sonos Trueplay tunes the speaker to your room for even better sound.

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Amazing as a Stereo Pair

A pair of these rivals much more expensive speakers.

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Access the Most Music

Sonos has access to far more streaming music services than any other system.

Company & Product Overview

It’s been almost 20 years since Sonos first rocked the world with their unique concepts on how to experience music. Move ahead to 2020 and Sonos has become one of our favorite brands for their great software, products that are simple to use, and incredible sound for their size and price. Not to mention, their designs look great in just about any setting.

The Five descends from the very first Sonos all in one speaker, the S5 which was introduced in 2008, and later updated in 2015 to the Play:5. What is pretty amazing is the fact the brand new Five sells for the exact same price the original S5 did back 12 years ago, yet sounds miles ahead of it!

Design & Build Quality

The Five is a sleek box with rounded edges available in a monochromatic black or white finish. As with all Sonos products, build quality is very high. Just as an FYI, at Audio Advice we are very diligent about tracking failure rates of the products we sell. We don’t like things that break or that are hard to use! Sonos products have by far and away the lowest failure rate of anything we sell. This is probably because they actually test every single piece as it comes off the line, rather than random samples. Plus, they way over-engineer things to last for decades.

For great stereo sound, the Five is designed to sit horizontally on your shelf or tabletop. It is physically pretty stout at 14 pounds and is a little over 14” wide, about 8” tall, and 6” deep. If you want even better sound, two Fives can be set up as a stereo pair. In this case, you would set them both up vertically and the speaker's smart software will adjust the audio, pretty neat!

Overall, when you pull a Five out of the box, you will probably be like us and be super impressed with the quality of the fit and finish.

A pair of Sonos Five set up on a cabinet in a well lit living room.

Features & Technology

First and foremost, the Sonos Five is designed to provide you with room-filling, high sound quality. But not far behind is the Sonos music app that lets you explore more music streaming services than any other app out there. We applaud Sonos for the way they keep improving their control app as they just updated it to a new Sonos S2 version, which works with the new Five. The new Sonos Five has much faster processors and more memory built-in that enhance its current performance and allow for future improvements.

From a connection standpoint, you’ll be able to stream just about any service with the Five, and with its analog input, you could connect a turntable (with a built-in phono preamp) or other legacy audio source. If that were not enough, Apple Airplay 2 is built-in as well.

While most people will use the Sonos app for control, there are some quick touch controls on the top of the unit for play/pause/mute and swiping for track skip/back. Voice control is also available for this great wireless speaker with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

There are 6 separate fine-tuned amplifiers inside the Five that power the six speakers. To provide room-filling stereo sound from a single box, Sonos points one tweeter (the high-frequency speaker) straight out, while the other two are pointed at an angle on each side, which projects a very big sound. These are coupled to three mid-woofer drivers that can move very far to give you big, full bass. One thing that will surprise you is how much output a single Five can put into a room, it is quite powerful.

Sonos and Audio Advice both believe the room has a huge impact on your sound, which is why we love Sonos Trueplay which is included with the Sonos app. This walks you through steps that play a series of test tones to fine-tune the Sonos Five for your room. Trueplay only works on iOs devices as they have consistent microphones. The difference to our ears is pretty amazing. Should you wish to further fine-tune your sound, the app has eq settings for bass and treble.

Sonos Five connected to a white turntable.

Performance

When you consider its price, the Sonos Five is one very impressive all in one speaker. It has a warm, rich sound with the ability to play very loud, yet it still sounds full at very low volume levels. The fact that it is under $500 with 6 individually powered speakers with Trueplay for room fine-tuning built-in, is very pretty amazing. Nothing else we can think of has all of this for the cost of a Sonos Five.

We love the fact you can later add a second Five for a great stereo pair of wireless Sonos speakers and if you really want to smile, add a Sonos Sub!

The app allows you to easily find music and create favorites, but really shines when you have more than one Sonos product in your home. This brings multi-room audio to a new level with the way Sonos allows you to group rooms and control volume.

Sonos Five set up in a kitchen playing music.

Overall Recommendation

The smart speaker market is certainly crowded with products from both huge tech companies and smaller niche companies. Sonos strikes a wonderful balance of having a large engineering staff on hand to keep up with tech and their great app, while also devoting a good portion of their R&D towards better sound. The Five truly is a world-class, high-performance music speaker.

When you add in their super to easy use app and the fact you could later add another Five and/or a Sub, you have a product that can grow with you should you decide you want even better sound. Highly Recommended!

Details & Specs

When you buy from Audio Advice, we’re also including an exclusive “Tips & Tricks" video that walks you through the setup using the Sonos S2 app, available only to Audio Advice customers. This video will give you some additional key tricks, and a few other tips to help you get the most out of your audio gear.

Deep bass

Five's unrivaled acoustic design features three high-excursion woofers within a sealed architecture that eliminates reverb and echo.

Ultra-wide soundstage

Two precisely-angled side tweeters create spatial extension and rich stereo sound, whilst a center tweeter optimizes vocal playback

Smart stereo sound

Place a single speaker horizontally for stereo sound. Pair two speakers in an upright position and each automatically adjusts to mono for more detailed stereo separation and an even wider soundstage.

Line-in and play

Connect your turntable, CD player, or other devices directly to Five using the 3.5 mm line-in port.

Customized sound

Trueplay™ puts the speaker-tuning capability of the pros in the palm of your hands, adapting and optimizing the sound of the speaker to the unique acoustics of the room.

Apple AirPlay 2

Stream sound directly from your iPhone or iPad and ask Siri to play Apple Music.

Humidity Resistant

Five can withstand the moisture of bathrooms and covered patios.

Capacitive touch controls

Play, pause, skip tracks, adjust the volume, and group rooms simply by tapping or swiping the top of the speaker.

Automatic software updates

Experience better sound, new integrations, enhanced security, and more reliability with regular platform updates.

WiFi

Stream via your WiFi network, and wirelessly connect more Sonos speakers to expand your sound system.

Voice control

Wirelessly connect a voice-enabled device, such as an Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home Mini, for hands-free control of your music and more.

Simple setup

Go from unboxing to listening in minutes. Just plug in the power cable and open the Sonos app.

Expand your sound system

When you're ready, wirelessly connect more Sonos speakers and enjoy listening in more rooms.

  • High-fidelity sound for music and more
  • Works with all your streaming services and Apple AirPlay 2
  • Supports high-resolution audio
  • Line-in port for connecting a turntable or other device
  • Versatile design with smart orientation sensing

Key Features

  • Deep bass
    Five's unrivaled acoustic design features three high-excursion woofers within a sealed architecture that eliminates reverb and echo.
  • Ultra-wide soundstage
    Two precisely-angled side tweeters create spatial extension and rich stereo sound, while a center tweeter optimizes vocal playback
  • Smart stereo sound
    Place a single speaker horizontally for stereo sound. Pair two speakers in an upright position and each automatically adjusts to mono for more detailed stereo separation and an even wider soundstage.
  • Line-in and play
    Connect your turntable, CD player, or another device directly to Five using the 3.5 mm line-in port.

Features

  • Customized sound
    Trueplay™ puts the speaker-tuning capability of the pros in the palm of your hands, adapting and optimizing the sound of the speaker to the unique acoustics of the room.
  • Automatic software updates
    Experience better sound, new integrations, enhanced security, and more reliability with regular platform updates.
  • Expand your sound system
    When you're ready, wirelessly connect more Sonos speakers and enjoy listening in more rooms.
  • Apple AirPlay 2
    Stream sound directly from your iPhone or iPad and ask Siri to play Apple Music.
  • WiFi
    Stream via your WiFi network, and wirelessly connect more Sonos speakers to expand your sound system.

Approximate Dimensions

  • Length: 14.33"
  • Height: 8.03"
  • Depth: 6.06"

Approximate Weight

  • Unit: 14 lbs
  • Shipping: 17 lbs

Warranty Information

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
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