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Hear it just like they played it. Pure and true.

Six speakers powered by six dedicated digital amplifiers

The PLAY:5 uses six state-of the-art digital amplifiers individually coupled with six speakers to deliver great sound to any room. Each instrument, each voice, every detail shines through, pure and precise. With remarkably distinct clarity. And zero audible distortion. Even when you crank it up loud. Really loud.

Class-D amplifiers

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


Three tweeters create a crisp and accurate high-frequency response.


Three dedicated mid-woofers ensure the faithful reproduction of mid-range frequencies crucial for accurate playback of vocals and instruments, while also delivering a deep, rich bass.

Stereo Pair

Turn two PLAY:5s into separate left and right channel speakers to create wider, bigger, and deeper sound.

5.1 Home Cinema

Add two PLAY:5 speakers to a PLAYBAR and SUB for a true surround sound experience.

All-digital sound architecture

All filter settings, active equalisation, 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.

Adjustable bass and treble controls

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

Trueplay tuning.

Trueplay measures the acoustics in any room – analyzing things like size, layout and furnishings. Then fine-tunes your PLAY:5 to make the music sound great, no matter where you place your speaker.

Access all your music

Pre-loaded Internet radio stations, free of charge

Get over 100,000 free radio stations, shows, and podcasts, all for free. And you can tune in without turning on your computer: browse for stations, or type in specific call letters or a radio host you love.

Endless music from the most popular online music services

Sonos works seamlessly with Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, TuneIn, SiriusXM, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Rhapsody, Rdio, Qobuz, Tidal and downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service availability varies by region.)

Computer-free music playback

Get instant access to millions of songs and thousands of radio stations without ripping, downloading, or even turning on a computer. Sonos connects directly to these services over the Internet and then streams the music to the rooms of your choice.

Play the music on your computer in any room

Play music stored on up to 16 PCs, Macs or NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices on your home network, supporting the most popular audio formats, from iTunes® to MP3.

Stream music from an iPhone®, iPad™ or iPod touch®

Sonos wirelessly plays your iTunes® music, direct from your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®, to any room in your home.

Play music and audio from a CD or MP3 player, TV and more throughout the home

An analog audio input lets you connect to an external audio source (such as a CD or MP3 player, TV, DVD, VCR, or radio) and play that music or audio on all Sonos players in the system.

Other cool features

Easy Internet connectivity for other products in your house

When wirelessly connected to a BRIDGE, BOOST or another player, you can use the Ethernet port on the back of your PLAY:5 to bring standard Internet connectivity to your set-top box, DVR, PC, game console or network hard drive.

Top-panel controls

The PLAY:5’s touch interface is a simple, convenient way to control your music right from the speaker. Just tap for volume up/down and swipe for next/previous track.

Rubber feet

Place the PLAY:5 on any kind of surface in your home without fear of scratches or scrapes.

Humidity resistant

Designed to withstand high humidity. (The PLAY:5 is not waterproof or water resistant.)

Control your Sonos system with your smartphone, tablet or PC

Control all your music and rooms with your Android™ device, iPhone®, iPod touch®, and iPad™

Free Sonos Controller apps for Android, iPhone and iPad let you control your Sonos players, music on the Internet and your computer right from the palm of your hand. Download the apps for free on the iTunes App Store or Google Play™.

Integrated, multi-room control

If you have multiple music players, you can control what's playing in any room from anywhere in your house. Sonos Controllers aren't tied to a specific player, so you can use any Controller to control the music and the volume in all your rooms.

Find and play your favourite songs in an instant

Search for songs and stations, choose the music, and control the volume from anywhere in your home.

Wireless connectivity

Android devices, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad connect to your Sonos system through your home WiFi network.

Includes Sonos Controller for Mac or PC

Turn any Mac or PC desktop or laptop computer in your home into a Controller. The software is included for free with every Sonos component.

Wireless multi-room music with SonosNet

Built-in wireless capability

The PLAY:5 can go anywhere, delivering music to any room in your house, wirelessly. Players and Controllers establish their own secure wireless mesh network that delivers the extensive range and superior performance you need to get music all over your house.

Play a different song in every room, at the same time

Tune in to an Internet radio station in the bedroom, stream a music service in the kitchen and play a song from your music library in the living room — simultaneously.

Listen to the same song in every room, in perfect synchronisation

Play the same song in different rooms, simultaneously, without echoes or delays. Add or drop rooms from your rooms grouping and still be in sync.

Simple setup and expandable design

Simple setup

No technical or wireless expertise required. Put a PLAY:5 in any room where you want music and connect it to your home WiFi network using the free Sonos Controller App. The Sonos System Setup software provides simple on-screen prompts on any Sonos CONTROL. With the touch of a few buttons, you’ll be playing music all over the house in minutes.

Expandable wireless system

Expand your wireless music system room by room. Wirelessly add more PLAY:5s to your house with the press of a single button and enjoy true multi-room music.

Automatic software updates

New features and music services delivered automatically — and for free

The Sonos system keeps getting better over time with new features and music services. Once the Sonos music system has been registered, Sonos will automatically notify you when software updates are available. Simply press one button and your system updates itself.




Six Class-D digital amplifiers perfectly tuned to match the speakers and acoustic architecture.


Three tweeters create a crisp and accurate high-frequency response.


Three dedicated mid-woofers ensure the faithful reproduction of mid-range frequencies crucial for accurate playback of vocals and instruments, while also delivering a deep, rich bass.

Audio line-in

Auto-detecting 3.5mm audio line-in connection

Stereo Pair setting

Turn two PLAY:5s into separate left and right channel speakers for an intense stereo listening experience. Place vertically for a deeper, more focused sweet spot, or sideways for wider, more shareable sound coverage.

5.1 Home Cinema

Add two PLAY:5 speakers to a PLAYBAR and SUB for a true surround sound experience.



Audio formats supported

Support for compressed MP3, iTunes Plus, WMA (including purchased Windows Media downloads), AAC (MPEG4), AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, Flac (lossless) music files, as well as uncompressed WAV and AIFF files. Native support for 44.1kHz sample rates. Additional support for 48kHz, 32kHz, 24kHz, 22kHz, 16kHz, 11kHz, and 8kHz sample rates.

Note: Apple "Fairplay", WMA DRM and WMA Lossless formats not currently supported. Previously purchased Apple "Fairplay" DRM-protected songs may be upgraded.

Music services supported

Sonos works seamlessly with most music services, including Pandora, Spotify, Deezer and Soundcloud. For a complete list, see http://www.sonos.com/streaming-music.

Operating systems (for stored files)

Windows® XP SP3 and higher; Mac running OS X 10.7 or greater; NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices supporting CIFS

Internet radio supported

Streaming MP3, WMA

Album art supported


Apple AirPlay music sources

Connect an Apple AirPlay music source, such as an Apple AirPort Express, to any Sonos player with line-in. Enjoy songs from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in any or every room of the home.

Playlists supported

iTunes, Rhapsody, WinAmp, Windows Media Player

Playback modes

Crossfade, shuffle, repeat



Wireless connectivity

Works on your home WiFi network with any 802.11b/g, 2.4GHz broadcast capable router.
Also works on SonosNet, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network dedicated exclusively for your Sonos system to reduce WiFi interference

SonosNet Extender

Functions to extend and enhance the power of SonosNet 2.0.

Ethernet Port

One 10/100Mbps Ethernet port




14 lbs (6.36 kg)

Dimensions (H x W x D)

8.03 x 14.33 x 6.06 in. (203 x 364 x 154 mm)

Package contents

PLAY:5, power cord, Ethernet cable, QuickStart Guide, and Legal/Warranty information

Power Supply

AC 100-240V, 50-60Hz, universal input

Storage temperature

4°F to 158°F (-20°C to 70°C)

Operating temperature

32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)


Touch interface with volume up/down, previous/next track and play/pause.

Status Indicator

Light indicates PLAY:5 status.

Humidity resistant

Designed to withstand high humidity. (The PLAY:5 is not waterproof or water resistant.)

Product finish

White matte or Black matte enclosure, graphite grille.

Rubber and felt feet

Built-in rubber feet

Multi-language support

Sonos System Software supports : Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish and Brazilian Portuguese.

* Internet connection is required for access to Internet radio stations, online music services and software updates. (DSL, cable modem or LAN-based high-speed Internet connection is required.) Internet functionality may require payment of separate fee to a service provider; local and/or long distance telephone charges may apply.
Note: All specifications are subject to change without notice.


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Dolby Atmos Demonstration at Dolby Labs in Soho Square, London

AV fanatics have been watching the progress of Dolby and its new Dolby Atmos technology ever since it was whispers in the dark. With interesting snippets released in magazines and on tech websites we were excited to get an invite by Pioneer to get a first-hand experience of Dolby Atmos at Dolby Labs in Soho Square, London. The idea was for Dolby to showcase the new technology in its custom designed cinema using its full range of speakers and decoders so we can witness what the technology could do for the cinema industry and how that will filter down to the home user.

However it was the second part of the tour that interested us the most where Pioneer where to demo the technology on their new Dolby Atmos enabled home theatre receivers. So ushered into a room laid out to represent a living room space, although who has 6 individual chairs in two rows I’m not sure, we had a brief explanation on the workings of the two types of speaker systems available to the home user. Firstly there is the in ceiling speaker design where home users install 1 or 2 pairs of speakers in the ceiling to add the height channels to their systems. The second system uses `presence’ speakers that sit on the front and rear speakers designed at a specific angle to give the impression of ceiling speakers by bouncing the sound off the ceiling and into the listening positions. Whichever speaker type is chosen the receiver adapts to the listening environment and processes the sound accordingly. For the demonstration the receiver used was Pioneers flagship SC-LX88 paired with KEF’s R series speakers which worked out as R700 front and rears, 200c centre and a 400b subwoofer. Providing the presence speakers was the new KEF R50 Dolby Atmos speakers sat onto of the front and rear speakers.

Running through the demo disc provided by Dolby we listened to both types of speakers and then used certain test sequences to change between them so we could see the differences between the two speaker systems, and although you did notice a better sound stage and detail from the in ceiling speakers, the presence speakers really didn’t fall far behind offering a great sound and detail that I wasn’t expecting from what could be classed as a compromise, they really are a great solution if ceiling speakers aren’t an easy install without compromising on the sound. Along with the performances and the interaction with the new kit (not forgetting the tea and biscuits!) Pioneer had a quick glance at a new speaker setup they are looking to hopefully provide to UK customers in the future that provides an all in one solution for Dolby Atmos. The idea being that they resemble normal floorstanding and bookshelf speakers but have built in Dolby Atmos certified speakers built into the tops providing customers with all the speakers required to run Dolby Atmos but in a standard looking 5.1 system and providing an easier solution. Pioneer is waiting on a possible rebranding, pricing and supply issues to be ironed out then possibly they will be available to UK customers.

Dolby Atmos conclusion…

All in all it was a really interesting event and gave us a good insight into what Dolby Atmos is and how it can easily be implemented into a home environment with ease. Although the tag line Pioneer are using of ‘only 4 more wires’ runs true for the speaker setup, it doesn’t include the new receiver and speakers also required to run Atmos as most older receivers in the market aren’t and won’t be Atmos compatible. But, if you’re in the market for a new home theatre setup and weighing up Dolby Atmos as a contender, it’s definitely worth investing if you are a film buff and really want to add an additional dimension to your listening pleasure.

Coming away from this we knew we needed to get involved in Dolby Atmos, so returning from the show we ordered ourselves the new SC-LX88 and LX58 Atmos enabled receivers for demo and stock and some KEF CI200RR-THX in ceiling speakers to provide the Atmos experience and got to work installing them within our demo room. After completion and an in-depth setup we sat down and listening and watched the Dolby Atmos Demo discs. Again, we blown away with the detail and sound stage provided with this new tech and we are fully behind it being the new standard in home cinema experience and will champion it to anyone that takes the time to pop down to our store to listen to it. With content a bit sparse at present with only Transformers – age of extension being the first title out, but a whole host of blockbuster titles in 2015 already using the new technology and release dates already provided, we think 2015 will be Dolby Atmos’s year for the home cinema owner.

Welcome to AV club…

…and our very first entry in what we are hoping will be fortnightly updates of the comings and goings within the audio/visual industry from our perspective as a retail business. What we are hoping to achieve from the AV club blog is to give our customers and readers an insight into our business and provide them with reviews on new and fascinating technologies, products and services, and anything that interests us within the audio visual industry. The blog area is not just be for AV club entries though, it will also be used to provide information on AV Fanatics movements within the industry with special entries for trade shows and events that we get invited along to.