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Sonos overhauls PLAY:5 wireless speaker with new design, vastly improved sound

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.

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Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Still no uncompressed FLAC 24/96?? Sticking with Qualcomm Allplay. Superior in sinister every way ...
  • Sh*t. Even with sales tax added, the US price is still below 490 euros. And they sell it 579 here. Sweet.
  • You should see how much it costs in India.
  • Not the same speaker but $1200 for a sound bar? Must be one mind blowing piece of equipment. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Sonos Playbar? I believe it is $699 for the Playbar (soundbar) then $699 for the wireless sub. Which one is $1200? Even at those prices I hope it sounds great.
  • JBL Extreme auch better option and almost have the price and water resistant. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sure wish they'd take five minutes to code up "shuffle by album."
  • Ridiculously overpriced. Get an audio Chromecast later today and some legit speakers for a much better experience.
    Also, WTF does 60,000 holes have to do with quality or fidelity? Sad.
  • Absolutely nothing, just marketing garbage. I bet that machine drill took some careful the time it took to drill they could've worked out why they need so many drivers in one speaker and that side firing tweeters are a joke. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Whilst nice looking, well built and having that nice warm sound that some people seem to love, Sonos stuff is just stupidly overpriced when you work out what else you can get for the money. I went to listen to a Sonos 1 and thought, hey nice! Then realised that a) it was mono, b) it relies on Ethernet connection and streaming services and c) was just shy of £170. Shit. I promptly turned around and walked out with a Soundlink Mini which you may argue is also not worth £170, but just sounds so awesome and is so versatile I just couldn't resist! For the price of this Sonos I could go and buy an Onkyo Av receiver with decent speakers and Blu Rays to watch on it!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sonos isn't just about the speakers themselves, but the connected room experience. Yes there are some other options, but nobody does it better than Sonos in my opinion, and for some, the total experience can justify the equipment cost. I like that I can grab my phone, send a playlist I have in the cloud on Google Music to my master bedroom, send a Pandora station to my kid's bedrooms either separately or in a group, then send a Spotify station to my Living room. Then when downstairs grab a tablet and load the App which picks up what is going on and change a station or config. Or group the whole house to play the same music in every room. Is is perfect? Nope. Is it expensive? Yep. But it's a solid whole house music solution and they get a lot of things right. Anyways, it's good to see them refresh their best speaker. I'm not chomping at the bit to buy one but I'm looking forward to checking it out.
  • I agree with the features you mention, but the price of Sonos to listen to online streams is really high. Online streams really aren't high-quality. Honestly, that people pay Sonos' price to listen to online streams rather than their own local libraries has generally kind of baffled me.
  • For some (like me) I'd venture to guess, will sometimes prefer convenience and ease of use over audio quality. I like good sound, but I don't have it in me to manage a huge library of losses audio files sitting on a NAS. If it passes my "sounds good" test, which streaming audio does, I'm happy. Different strokes. Posted via the Android Central App