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Sonos PLAY:5 Black - The Wireless Hi-Fi (formerly S5)

by Sonos
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

Price: 349.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • HiFi powerhouse of Sonos sound-5 speakers powered by 5 dedicated digital amps
  • Stream all the music on earth-iTunes, music services like Spotify, Internet radio
  • Control wirelessly with your Android, iPhone or iPad
  • Wireless, easy to set up
  • Start with one, expand anywhere
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Free Sonos BRIDGE and 6-Month Premium Music Streaming Subscription When You Buy a Sonos PLAYBAR
Purchase a Sonos PLAYBAR between March 12 and May 5, 2014, from Amazon.co.uk, and Sonos is offering a free Sonos BRIDGE and a free Spotify 6-month premium music streaming subscription. Terms & conditions apply. Learn more here.

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Sonos PLAY:5 Black - The Wireless Hi-Fi (formerly S5) + Sonos BRIDGE - Expand your Wireless Hi-Fi + Sonos PLAY:3 Black - The Wireless Hi-Fi
Price For All Three: 635.13

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 36.5 x 21.7 cm ; 4 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 5 Kg
  • Item model number: ZP0S5UK1BLK
  • ASIN: B003MVZ2GG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Jun 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 615 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description


The original, bigger room, bigger sound wireless speaker.

The all-in-one player that's a HiFi powerhouse of sound. PLAY:5 features five speakers and amps that will astound your ears. Start with one then expand until every inch in your home is packed with your favorite tunes. Experience your favorite music from the only wireless music system that combines warm, full-bodied sound with a powerful wireless network 100 percent devoted to streaming HiFi sound without dropouts.

PLAY:5 - The compact wireless speaker that delivers deep, crystal clear HiFi sound.


Start with a BRIDGE, and a PLAY:5, or pair two PLAY:5s in the same room for massive stereo sound. Continue to add as many Sonos speakers as you want throughout your home, wirelessly.

Fill Your Home With Music


5 speakers powered by 5 dedicated digital amplifiers deliver crystal-clear, room-filling sound that rivals much larger, more complicated audio equipment.

2 tweeters, 2 mid-range drivers and 1 subwoofer driver for powerful bass you can feel.

Sonos Design


Play Anything

A single app lets you play your entire music library, stream all of your favorite Music Services and tune in to more than 100,000 Internet Radio stations and podcasts.

Any Device

Play music from any device stored on your Android* smartphone or tablet, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch wirelessly to your Sonos system.

Control Every Room

Play the same song in every room, in perfect sync—or play different music in every room—from any source.

*Music services availability varies by region.
*Music downloaded through Google Play must still be synced to your computer.

Easy To Control


What you need: meet the BRIDGE
Setup - Bridge

One Sonos component must be connected to your router using a standard Ethernet cable.

The Sonos BRIDGE is perfect for setting up Sonos when your router isn't in a room where you want music.


1. Connect the BRIDGE to your router.*

2. Put the PLAY:5 in any room to connect wirelessly.

3. Choose a controller and download the free Sonos App.


*You can also connect the PLAY:5 directly to your router if it's in the same room where you want music or your house is wired for the Internet.

Connect to router
Connect Home Network

Wirelessly connect your PLAY:5 to a BRIDGE or another Sonos device. Or you can connect your PLAY:5 directly to your home internet router.

Plug in speaker

Plug In Your Speaker

To get started, plug the PLAY:5 in to the nearest power outlet.

Download App
Get The Sonos App

The Sonos Controller App lets you connect and configure new devices, including the PLAY:5. You can download the app for Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC.


Whether you're adding on or starting from scratch, Sonos has a speaker for everyone and every room.

Music Where You Want It

Learn More:

Sonos Comparison Chart

Key Features
Play 1
Play 3
Play 5
Integrated speakers
Wireless connectivity
Pre–loaded Internet radio stations —free of charge
Endless music from the most popular online
music services
Built in handle to carry from room to room    
Rubber feet/bottom
Audio line-in and headphone jack    
Stereo pair setting
New features and music services delivered
automatically –and for free
Wall mountable
Multiple orientations, position horizontal or vertical  
6.4 x 4.7 x 4.7 (in)
Play One Measurements
5.2 x 10.6 x 6.3 (in)
Play Three Measurements
8.5 x 14 x 4.8 (in)
Play Five Measurements

Technology Comparison Chart

Key Features
Sonos HiFi
Expandable, multi-room sound system
Dedicated wireless network for no stutters,
stops, or drops
Combine music from your MP3's, music
services, and internet radio
Independent room control
Synchronized songs in every room
Greater than 30ft wireless range
Flexible wireless control from multiple
devices (iOS, android)
Play iTunes direct from your iOS device
Play music stored on your Android smartphone or tablet

What you need:

  • Broadband internet connection
  • One Sonos component wired to router
  • To setup the system and control music streaming services download the Sonos Controller App to one of the following platforms*:
  • Windows XP SP3
  • Macintosh OSX (10.6 or higher)
  • iOS 4.0 or later.<
  • Android 2.1 or later

*system requirements subject to change

Detailed Specifications

Class-D Amplifiers

State of the art, great sounding amplifiers that are light weight, powerful and very energy efficient in standby and use.


2 tweeters create a crisp and accurate high frequency response.

Mid-Range Drivers

2 dedicated mid-range drivers ensure the faithful reproduction of mid-range frequencies crucial for accurate playback of vocals and instruments.

Subwoofer Driver

Dedicated subwoofer driver provides deep, powerful bass you can feel.

All-Digital Sound Architecture

From the recording studio to your home the music is reproduced as the artist intended. All filter settings, active equalization, and time-alignment are done in the digital domain through state-of-the-art DSP circuitry so there's absolutely no loss of audio quality or energy.

Acoustic Port

The acoustic port on the rear of the unit serves two purposes – it's vital to the sound output of the PLAY:5 when in use and it's also a convenient handle when moving it from one room to another.

Adjustable Bass And Treble Controls

Optimize sound performance using room-specific bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls. Adjust volume by individual room or by groups of rooms.

Simple To Move

Built-in carrying handle allows you to move the PLAY:5 to the backyard, deck or any other room. Simply pick it up, plug it in, and enjoy the music.


Auto-detecting 3.5 mm headphone connection. The PLAY:5's integrated speakers mute when headphones are inserted.

Audio Line-In

Auto-detecting 3.5mm audio line-in connection

Stereo Pair Setting

Allows you to group two PLAY:5s in the same room with one PLAY:5 serving as the left channel and the other as the right channel.

Top-Panel Lights

Indicate Sonos component status and play/pause status

Top-Panel Buttons

Volume and play/pause

Dimensions (H x W x D)

8.50 x 14.40 x 4.80 in. (217 x 365 x 123 mm)


9.15 lb (4.15 kg)

Operating Temperature

32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)

Power Supply

AC 120/240V, 50-60Hz, auto-switchable

Box Contains

  • 1 Sonos Play:5 black 1 Power Cord
  • Flat flexible Ethernet cable
  • Audio cable / line-in (3.5 mm to 3.5mm)
  • Multilingual System Setup Poster & Guide
  • CD-ROM

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Team Sonos, Second to None! 10 Dec 2013
    By Silex
    Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
    OMG!! My old system of stacks had died and I literally spent months researching various options to replace my old faithful. I liked the idea that the Sonos system would stream anywhere in the house and even play different music in different rooms, which would mean my wife could enjoy something different in one room while I was listening to something else in another room. But I must admit I was wary, technology and I are not terribly compatible, idiot proof usually makes me feel like... Well, an idiot!

    All things carefully considered I decided to take the plunge and attempt to move with the times, after all I have a pretty extensive digital music library. I ordered a bridge and a Play 5. My order arrived swiftly and I downloaded the Sonos App, plugged everything in and... Nothing! The App repeatedly told me there was no Sonos system to connect to and I was left feeling like the afore mentioned techno idiot! After much messing about I decided to skip the bridge and connected directly to the Play 5 by plugging it straight into the router. Techno idiot no more! The sound was amazing, I was completely blown away.

    The next day I phoned Sonos Support and explained my problem with the bridge. I have to say the Sonos Support Team are second to none, friendly, helpful, and the patience of saints - taking into account they were dealing with Techno Idiot! The bridge required a factory reset and a software upgrade which got everything going. Then they transferred my entire music library to the bridge for me, no short task. After an hour on the phone the system was up and running beautifully and I was in seventh heaven. An hour later the system crashed!
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    103 of 110 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality hampered by reliability 30 April 2011
    Colour Name:Black
    OK I think on balance, taking into account all the reviews, we can take it as a given that the Sonos S5 is something quite special. While I cannot disagree with the consensus of opinion why have I given it 4 stars instead of 5?

    In a word RELIABILITY. I live in an average house in average conditions with no children and yet on three occasions have had to have replacement Sonos components within the guarantee period. This is too frequent an occurrence to be bad luck.

    The first S5 suddenly lost its ability to produce any bass response within the first 6 months. After the usual factory reset it still failed to perform so I had to invoke a replacement unit within the warranty period.

    The second problem occurred with the very expensive Sonos controller which developed a touch-screen fault. Part of the display failed to respond to touch commands. Once again I had to request a replacement.

    The third occasion was the same problem as the first - the sudden inability to produce a bass response after 10 months of working flawlessly. This time the problem was suffered by my other S5 unit, located in a different part of the house and was purchased at a different retailer from the first.

    So in summary - out of 4 Sonos components only the ZoneBridge has not let me down. Not a good track record is it?

    These days manufacturers have their products 'Made in China' purely because it is cheaper and it vastly increases their profit margin. Unfortunately in my experience components have a much higher tendency to break down be it intermittent electrical faults, failure of rechargeable batteries or transformer failures. They just don't have the longevity expected of them.
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    37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Why buy any other music system? 14 Aug 2010
    By Paul
    Colour Name:White
    The Sonos S5 is a remarkable bit of kit.

    Having been a Sonos user for five years I expected the S5 to be a Zoneplayer with speakers, and not match up to my expectations on sound quality - after all, the portability allowed for use outside at BBQ's and the like, so sound quality is not the primary concern.

    The system arrived quickly as I've come to expect from Amazon, and I couldn't wait to try it out. The S5 is reassuringly heavy and feels superbly well built - the white plastic and silver grille, give it a contemporary look and are a nod to the classic iPod colour scheme.

    Once opened, I plugged in, grabbed one of my Sonos controllers and added it to the Sonos network - as simple and quick as ever.

    Now the real test - what was the range going to be like (this player has Wireless N capability, unlike my existing Zoneplayers which are all wireless G). I set the player up at the back of my garden, a good 30 Meters from the Zonebridge and switched it on. The white indicator flashed a few times and then steadily lit - we were connected! I picked up a controller (My iPhone couldn't get Wifi in the same spot) and the mesh capabilities took over with 100% signal on the Sonos controller from the S5.

    The next suprise was the sound quality - most of my Sonos zones are connected to pretty decent HiFi speakers (Mordaunt Short and the like) and quality is excellent, with deep bass and just the right tonal elements) how was the S5 going to compete? Well, honestly it sounds incredible - the bass belies its small size, and the power is more than enough for the most rowdy BBQ. This unit easily sounds as good as the 700 Bose iPod dock - but with full music library streaming and Napster built in.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars EXcellent sound
    I wanted 'decent' sound without cables and wires everywhere. Easy to set-up, great sound, these are now my preferred audi equipment
    Published 9 days ago by Russ
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound quality and first rate amp
    Sound is beautifully dynamic and reproduction is excellent. Quality remains throughout the volume range - sound fills the village hall without distortion. Read more
    Published 23 days ago by Seb De La Haye
    2.0 out of 5 stars I think I must be missing something?
    Having read all the reviews I thought my decision on whether to buy a Play:5 was a pretty obvious one. Do it and I won't regret it, is what I thought. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Lee
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cool design, fantastic sound
    We are big Sonos fans with the whole music system being reverted to Sonos 5 years ago. This little beauty means we've now said goodbye to the speakers in the lounge and this sits... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by clare hannah
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent can't fault it in anyway
    Great quality, easy to install - just plug and play, sound quality is excellent. Looked at a lot of different speakers on the market before choosing a Sonos PLAY 5. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Scott Russell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a machine
    Having recently taken delivery of a Play One and been impressed by the performance I decided to add a Play Three. What a music system tons of volume with plenty base. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by John Thompson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Ah well.
    The sound is fantastic, deep rich base! I just which it was more user friendly, They've made it more complicated than it has to be really. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Maria
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
    Easy to setup and great looking, fantastic sound synchronised well with all my devises PC,iMac , iPad ,iPhone ,and smart tv. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Mr. Ian Roy Watts
    1.0 out of 5 stars Poor service
    Item arrived and is not working. Contacted Sonos support who informed me product is faulty and also out of warranty. I am returning for a refund.
    Published 2 months ago by Mr G O'Shea
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sonos speaker
    A great addition to your Sonos setup. It's large enough to provide a good rich sound and is portable enough to easily move between locations should you need to. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by stephen
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