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SONOSPLAY:5White Wireless Music System

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With What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine's over 35 years experience in the industry it's easy to see why a What Hi-Fi? Award is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon a product.
What Hi-Fi? magazine is the world's leading independent guide to home entertainment products. Any product they award with a 5 star rating is instantly marked out as one of the best around..

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"Reasonably priced, effortlessly stylish and with a plethora of options to expand as you go - Sonos is still one of multi-room's leading lights." What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision Award Winner 2014


The Sonos wireless sound system is simply one of the best sounding, most reliable and highly flexible there is. With the latest Sonos components you don't even require a BRIDGE or BOOST, as they are capable of linking via your home Wi-Fi system. For the very best results, though, linking one component to an Ethernet connection will allow you to take advantage of the famous Sonos 'Mesh' system. The more components you add, the stronger this dedicated wireless mesh becomes. Best of all, because it runs independently from your Wi-Fi, the reliability and strength of the signal is unaffected by Wi-Fi dropouts.


Controlling your Sonos system couldn't be easier. Simply download dedicated apps for your smartphone or tablet - both Apple iOS and Android are catered for - and you're good to go. You can either stream music stored on your device, from a local network share or take advantage of music streaming services such as Spotify, Napster and With the veritable selection of music sources available on Sonos, there's simply no need to buy 'physical' music again!


Contained within the still compact casing you'll find a 5-driver speaker system with five dedicated digital amplifiers. Twin tweeters and mid-range units combine with a single woofer to give a full-range, stereo, expansive sound quality. The active design gives a hugely punchy, dynamic sound with excellent detail and control. The Play:5 fills even the largest rooms with sound without effort.


Think of a scenario and the Play:5 fits. With its powerful sound the Play:5 is ideal as the main music system in your home. Adding to its appeal is a line level input, making it perfect for plugging in your MP3 or CD player, or even your TV.


With robust build quality, the Play:5 is not only built to last but also ideal for use in rooms with wide temperature changes - such as conservatories. The solid construction with no vinyl wrap or wood veneers to peel or distort will still look good in years to come. As usual, there's a Play:5 White and Play:5 Black so that finding one to suit your decor is easy.

For all that's great about Sonos, with the most powerful and dynamic sound, the Play:5 makes a worthy range topper.

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Connection Features
Number of USB sockets.
Analogue Input
Number of analogue line inputs
1 x RCA phono
Networking Features
Does the unit support Apple AirPlay? Apple AirPlay lets you listen to your entire iTunes music library from a suitable iOS device such as iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. Best of all, the system is wireless and so is ideal for building up a wireless multi-room system.
Does the unit support Bluetooth? A built-in Bluetooth receiver lets you stream music from a suitably equipped device such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.
Wireless Connection
Whether a wireless or, Wi-Fi, connection is included as standard or optional (via dongle). This allows for wireless connection to your home network hub.
Sonos Mesh
Smartphone Control
Can you use a Smart Phone (iPhone or Android) to control the receiver?
General Features
Remote Control
Is an Infra-red remote included?
Dimensions of unit (W x D x H) mm.
365 x 123 x 217
Weight of unit, unboxed, in KG.
Award Winning System
Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 13 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect sound system! Easy set up and great sound quality! I purchased two for use in adjacent rooms. 25 March 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sonos functionality is excellent especially with a streaming svc This 5 is excellent for a larger room. It's bass is that much bigger and of course it will go louder ! This is the 3rd component I have bought and the system gets better the more you have. I think there is great synergies between the sonos and my streaming svc which happens to be spotify. The world's music at a touch in any room ! Can't get better than that. 22 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very pleased great sound Very pleased with this great sound which easily fills the room. 15 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Elegant, easy of use and impressive sound I set it up on returning home and within 5 minutes, had music streaming to the speaker in the lounge. I am a software developer, so I appreciate good software UI?s, and was impressed with how well the IOS software looked and how easy it was to use. I?m no expert when determining if the sound from the speaker is comparable to other speakers of similar price, but it did sound great and the bass was of a level that I wished for. Part of my decision making was to be based on the overall design, as I had a lady to contend with who didn?t want the macho look of the masculine looking floor standing speakers and after choosing the white coloured play 5, I met both an elegant design and the acceptance of the other half. In conclusion, I would truly recommend this speaker system and although the price is higher than I would of liked, I will be buying the play 3 for the dining room. 14 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sonos, excellent product Only went in for the sound bar to improve the TV, but bought the whole system. Easy to set up and use. Great sound. A real audiophile would probably pick it to bits, but then if you are really into your sound systems you would build your own from scratch. Have never bought a big sound system like this so was surprised at the quality. The best points are the ease of set up and variety of sources. Still a joy to listen to and use three months later. Has not dropped out, buffered or hung yet. (Airplay does). 03 December 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wonderful sound easy to use with the help of Richer Sounds help line, thank you! The sound quality is very good, it doesn't rely on a mega bass which smothers the music! Not the easiest app but with the help of Richer Sound help line it works perfectly 23 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product is excellent. This is a good bit of kit, great sound and Easy to use. Set up is really straight forward And takes only a few minutes. I have a large Open plan kitchen diner and lounge and this speaker gives great sound in that space. I control it from my ipad and I phone and have uploaded my CD's to Google Play, I also use spotify premium which is Great. I Would definitely recommend it and will be adding further Sonos speakers to rooms around my house in the future. Thanks to Richer Sounds who really made The purchase un pressured and were very knowledgeable and helpful. 10 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Surprisingly good audio. On completing a new kitchen extension a while ago, we opted for in ceiling speakers from a well known brand but somewhat dissatisfied with the range and tone, we decided to try a play 5. Very happy with the result, out of the way on top of the cabinets, the sound is so much better and so we have put one in the bedroom too. 07 September 2014
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