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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 (176 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
Sonos Multi-room Music System - discover the full range
With Sonos, no room is off-limits and you can add music wirelessly to practically any number of rooms. Check out the full range.

Frequently Bought Together

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: 630.00

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 36.5 x 21.7 cm ; 4 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 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 (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,960 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
    56 of 57 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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    111 of 119 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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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted- it 'just works' 7 Sep 2012
    Colour Name:Black
    After looking at all sorts of options for streaming my music I settled on this.
    I pulled the wireless bridge (sold seperately) out of the box, attached it to my router and plugged it in.
    Next I plugged the play 5 in.
    Next I downloaded the Sonos app from the AppStore to my iPad.
    Next I opened the app and clicked on setup system.
    Next I selected to add a component and held the button down on the wireless bridge for a few seconds.
    Next I selected to add another component and pressed the buttons down on the play 5 for a few seconds and it connected.
    The system is now fully set up. It just works. If I want to put up to 32 speakers in the house all I have to do is press add component, and hold down the button on the unit.
    However you then want to get music onto it. I have Spotify premium ( 9.99 a month but so worth it) and so selected Spotify, entered my password and username and it works. Streaming millions of songs, instantly in 320k quality.
    I could set it to share all my music on the computer in iTunes. All you have to do is click on the cog on The Sonos app, then on shares and select the public folder on the computer.
    However, instead I bought a WD Mybook Live, plugged it into my router, copied the music to that and shared that folder in Sonos and it just plays it straight off this Nas drive.
    The sound quality on the Play 5 is lovely. I upped the bass 2 notches and treble about 5 notches on the Sonos equaliser app. Sound is clear, nicely balanced and very detailed- this is top quality kit and the sound fills the average UK lounge no problem.
    Apple could have made this kit- does not really need instructions, very well made, and again, it just works.
    You get what you pay for.
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