Sonos has updated its flagship wireless speaker, the PLAY:5, with a new modern design and a more immersive soundstage.
Featuring three mid-woofers, a central tweeter and two side-firing tweeters, the PLAY:5 can either be used as a standalone unit arrayed horizontally or vertically, or you can use two PLAY:5 speakers side by side in a stereo configuration. The orientation sensors automatically disable the tweeters when they detect two speakers in a horizontal configuration to prevent sound distortion.
The speaker comes with a capacitive control panel that allows you to use gestures to control music playback. The quality of the unit as a whole has increased dramatically, with the PLAY:5 now featuring 60,000 individually drilled holes. There are two color variations on offer with the PLAY:5, an all-black model that's designed to be unobtrusive, and a white-and-black version that stands out.
The PLAY:5 will be available later this year for $499 USD, $549 CAD, $749 AUS, €579 and £429.