Whether you want to add a Sonos speaker to some existing speaker ecosystem or want to create an exclusive Sonos ecosystem, the Sonos Five can support you fully. The big and bulky wired speaker can also serve as a Sonos five wireless speaker because of the Ethernet and Wi-Fi options, and it suits those without other Sonos products. The flexibility of using the Sonos five speaker as a standalone speaker or as an additional unit of an assorted speaker system makes it a favorite for users. You can use the rectangular-shaped speaker vertically or horizontally, but since it is heavy (6.36 kg), you must be careful about its placement. With a global speaker score of 147, the speaker meets the expectations of various users with different purposes. Not only is the Sonos five speaker the biggest in the range, but also the most powerful.
Sonos Five Features
The versatility of the Sonos five wireless speaker is evident from the placement options – horizontal or vertical. You must place the speaker horizontally to enjoy stereo sound with a single speaker. You must place the speaker horizontally. However, if you pair it with another identical speaker, each speaker behaves like the traditional stereo configuration. It allows you to use a pair of speakers to enjoy surround sound for a home theater setup. Opting for a Sonos five stand allows more flexibility in speaker placement. However, for a more permanent arrangement, it is advisable to use a Sonos five wall mount.
The three sockets at the back of the speaker are for power and Ethernet, and the third is a mini-jack input for attaching an additional source like a record player that becomes a part of the Sonos network.
Since the Sonos five speaker replaces the Play: 5, a comparison between Sonos five vs. Play 5 becomes almost inevitable. Externally, the new speaker looks very much like its predecessor. The arrangement of the internal speaker under the grille will remind you of Play 5. Across the bottom are three mid-woofers (10 cm). The angular placement of two of them ensures wider sound dispersion.
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The Sonos five speaker derives enormous power from the Quad-core 1.4 GHz CPU processor supported by an enhanced memory. Users will find it easy to control the speaker because of faster responses. You can use the S2 app, Apple AirPlay 2, or Spotify connect to stream radio and music directly. Bluetooth connectivity should not be an issue.
The sound dispersion of the Sonos five speaker is fantastic. The stereo sound emitted by the horizontal placement of the speaker is an excellent option for filling the room with sound consistently and extensively.
Even if the speaker is in the corner of the room, turning on the Trueplay feature on the S2 app allows you to experience a roomful of sound.
The Sonos five is a musically pleasing speaker that’s worth the money.