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Sonos Play:5 Review Roundup

The new Play:5 wireless speaker is the simplest way to start building a whole-home audio system that is all controlled from a single app.

Sonos Play:5 Wireless Speaker (2015) White


The 2nd-generation Play:5 is the largest and best Sonos speaker, both in looks and sound quality. But you’ll need to buy more than one to realize the full potential of the whole-home Sonos wireless eco-system. Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading. // Define the slot itself, register it and fetch an ad. googletag.cmd.push(function() { var slot = googletag.defineSlot('/1003891/_between_article', [['fluid'],[640,480]], 'div-gpt-ad-in-article') .setTargeting('test', 'infinitescroll') .addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().enableLazyLoad(); var div = document.createElement('div'); = slot.getSlotElementId(); // auto-generated by GPT document.body.appendChild(div); // Call display() to register the slot as ready and fetch an ad. googletag.display(slot); });

4.37 out of 5

Average Overall Rating


4.37 out of 5 stars (6 reviews)

Critics Reviews (Around the Web)

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4.67 out of 5 stars
It's capable of filling a large room with excellent bass output and an incredibly wide soundfield that’s almost impossible to believe comes from a single speaker. Read full review →


4.38 out of 5 stars
... when you consider just how good the PLAY:5 sounds - especially relative to its modest footprint - and add in the fun and potential of a Sonos whole house system, coupled with the fact that you won't need to add external amplification or a subwoofer, the PLAY:5 makes a rather compelling case for itself. Highly recommended. Read full review →


4.5 out of 5 stars
Its minimalist design will please even the most fussy and the new touch controls are effortless to use. The sound that comes out of this thing is impressively loud and audio does distinctively change when Trueplay is used. Read full review →


4 out of 5 stars
I’m recommending it is because it's simply the most advanced and most complete piece of hardware Sonos makes. Read full review →
Sonos speakers all sound very good, and the new Play:5 continues the legacy. It's got plenty of low-end power and a realistic soundstage, even when you’re using it in a single speaker configuration. Read full review →


4.45 out of 5 stars
The Play:5 is the best speaker Sonos has ever made. Its reliance on a single app for controlling all your audio services means the software experience isn't quite as slick as it could be, but it's easy to set up and sounds as good as its $499 price tag suggests. Read full review →


4.2 out of 5 stars
The 2nd-generation Sonos Play:5 is a sleek, well-designed Wi-Fi speaker that delivers rich sound for its size and strong bass. It offers the full Sonos wireless experience, controllable from iPhone, iPad and Android apps, with compatibility with nearly every key music service. Read full review →
Sonos PLAY:5
Sonos PLAY:5


  • Auto-senses and adjusts output for vertical and horizontal orientations
  • Capacitance touch controls with audible feedback
  • Great look
  • Easy to setup
  • TruePlay room correction software improves sound
  • More open, bright sound
  • Works in vertical or horizontal orientations
  • Built-in accelerometer knows orientation
  • Whole-home audio capabilities
  • Swipe and touch controls on top of speaker
  • Easy to turn into multi-room system with other, cheaper Sonos speakers
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Line-in adds limitless music options
  • Works with Spotify, TIDAL, and more
  • Unlimited users can control it
  • Stereo listening possible with two units
  • Software updates should improve features over time
  • Six antennas built-in


  • Slight high-frequency edginess when used vertically
  • Does not support Hi-res audio
  • Small feet on side and bottom detract from look
  • TruePlay only works with iOS (not Android)
  • Music must play through Sonos app
  • Bluetooth not supported
  • Apple Music support is coming soon
  • No remote control offered (must use app)
  • Sonos app could be more user friendly
Sonos Play:5 Speaker Exploded
Sonos Play:5 Speaker Exploded

Our Final Conclusion

The new Play:5 wireless speaker is the simplest way to start building a whole-home audio system that is all controlled from a single app.

Sonos Play:5 White
Sonos Play:5 White

Product Overview

October 29, 2015 - Sonos announced the all-new PLAY:5 wireless speaker, which claims to offer the purest, deepest, most vibrant sound yet from Sonos. The company says the new PLAY:5 delivers a listening experience that is closer than ever to how every track was mastered in the studio. Built with six synchronized, custom-designed drivers, the speaker’s three mid-woofers create smooth mids and deep, powerful lows, and three tweeters deliver crystal clear highs at any volume. The array produces a soundstage...

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