Sonos Multiroom Music System
Speaker & Amplifier Section
Sonos Multiroom Music System
Sonos PLAY:5 (Generation 2): The PLAY:5 (generation 2) is part of the
Sonos wireless multiroom music eco-system consisting of a family of wireless
network speakers, players, and amplifiers. Start with a single PLAY:5 speaker
and add more over time - including the Sonos
PLAY:5 powered speakers, the Sonos
One voice-activated speaker, the Sonos
Connect zone players, and the
BEAM soundbar speakers (all sold separately). With multiple zones, you can
play the same or different songs in different rooms. Up to 32 Sonos devices can
be connected in one system.
Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: Sonos brings
great sounding music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring
project through SonosNet or WiFi.
- SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: Sonos can utilize its own
wireless mesh network technology to provides superior wireless range for
whole-house coverage, ensure synchronous music playback, and avoid sources
of wireless interference. The transmitting range of the Sonos wireless system is approximately 100', depending upon your home's layout. In
addition to the PLAY:5, you will need a
Sonos Boost (sold separately) connected to your network router/modem via a
- WiFi Wireless Network: Sonos can also operate over
your home's existing WiFi network (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz). Because you are
connecting wirelessly to your home's existing WiFi network, you do not need
to hardwire a Sonos Boost to your router/modem. The Sonos system's wireless
range will be dependent on your home's existing WiFi network. Sonos products manufactured
after March 2014 are loaded with the proper firmware and ready to go out of
the box for WiFi connectivity. All Sonos products manufactured prior to
that date will require a wired connection to facilitate a firmware
upgrade and hereafter they will be able to work over WiFi.
- You cannot connect the Sonos system via both the SonosNet
proprietary mesh network and WiFi; you will need to choose one. Sonos
recommends using its proprietary SonosNet wireless mesh network over
WiFi when applicable.
- The Sonos proprietary mesh network will provide a more secure
wireless connection with fewer interruptions for optimum performance.
- WiFi is subject to greater interference from other WiFi and 2.4GHz
devices on your network. WiFi connectivity is not compatible with 5GHz
(you will have to use the Sonos wireless mesh network in this case).
Ethernet Port (10/100 Mbps): In addition to built-in WiFi,
the Sonos PLAY:5 is equipped with one Ethernet port (10/100 Mbps). Use it to
wire directly to your router to operate Sonos if WiFi is unstable, or use the
Ethernet port to provide Internet accessibility to non-wireless devices if
you're using a SonosNET Boost setup.
Music Streaming Services: Sonos gives you access
to unlimited music; such as your iTunes library, your favorite music services,
and thousands of Internet radio stations, shows, and podcasts.
- Online Music Services: Sonos works seamlessly with
Google Play Music,
more; plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service
availability varies by region.) Click
here for the latest online music services (some online services
require a paid subscription).
- Music Libraries: Sonos supports playback of music
from any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home
network where you have shared music folders. Sonos can 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. Sonos indexes
your music folders so you can view your music collection by categories
(such as artists, albums, composers, genres, or tracks). Sonos supports
the following audio file formats - MP3 (compressed), WMA (compressed),
AAC (MPEG4), iTunes, Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless,
FLAC (lossless), WAV (uncompressed), and AIFF (uncompressed).
- iTunes Music: The Sonos wireless music system
supports the playback of music and playlists managed with your iTunes
account (playlists are limited to 40,000 tracks). Sonos can access your
iTunes music files from your network computer or directly from your
Apple iPod iOS device (4.0+) running the Sonos app.
Sonos Controller App: Sonos allows you to control playback
functions, search features, and multiroom audio distribution through the Sonos
Controller app (for
Apple iOS 10.0+ and
Android OS 5.0+) or the Sonos Controller software (for
Windows PC (7-up) and
Mac OS X 10.10-up) - letting you control the entire Sonos eco-system from
your compatible smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer. The new navigation bar
(My Sonos, Rooms, Browse, Search and More) at the bottom of the app makes
finding what you're looking for effortless and moving between music quicker than
- My Sonos: Organize your music with the My Sonos tab.
It's the simplest way to combine and access all the music you love. Bringing
together in one simple screen all your favorite songs, playlists, albums,
podcasts and radio stations from across your different music services.
- Now Playing: The Now Playing screen features album art
and basic playback controls. For a deeper look into the music you're
listening to, the "Info View" screen gives you artist bios, album reviews
and concert listings. See related artist suggestions to discover a new band
for your queue. You can also add to your playlists, delete songs from your
library, and share tracks to Twitter or Facebook.
- Rooms: You can choose to play different songs in
different rooms, choose to group all rooms together to hear the same music
throughout your home, or choose to group only certain rooms together for
music playback. You can also crank up the volume for each room individually
- Browse & Search: Browse your music services, favorites,
internet radio, personal music library and playlists. You can browse your
music content by Album, Artist, Song, or Playlist. You can even search
across all of your music services and files simultaneously, so you can find
the music you love instantly.
- More: Provides personalized & custom settings for your
Sonos system. Adjust and audio settings like bass, treble, balance, and
loudness for each room location.
Note: The Sonos device, Apple iOS/Android device, Windows
PC, and/or Mac computer must be connected to the same wireless network.
AirPlay 2 (Firmware Update Available):
AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for
iTunes, Apple Music, and other Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any
sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer
(running OS X 10.13.2) on the Sonos One, Play:5, Playbase speakers, and other
compatible AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You will also be able to ask
Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control
playback of your Apple Music on compatible Sonos speakers. You can even watch
videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device
or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on a Sonos One, Play:5, or Playbase
speaker. You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in
grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room.
Note: Even though the Play:1, Play:3, Playbar, and other
Sonos products are not AirPlay 2 compatible, you can still group these Sonos
speakers with an AirPlay 2 compatible player (like the Sonos One, Play:5, or
Playbase) to unlock AirPlay for your entire system.
Alexa Compatible: Through a free network software update
you'll be able to control your Sonos system through any Alexa-enabled device -
Sonos One and Amazon Echo (sold separately - see Accessories Tab). Using the Amazon Alexa device as you
normally would; just say "Alexa" and the name of the Sonos room you want to play
a particular music service through when instructing Alexa to play music. Play a
song, skip forward and back through playlists, target one room or an existing
group of rooms, and adjust volume - all using your voice.
- Alexa supports Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn Radio, and
SiriusXM music services (Spotify control is coming soon). When instructing
Alexa to play a particular artist, the song will begin playing from your
default music service, set in the Alexa app, unless you specify the service
in your voice instruction.
- For a complete list of Alexa voice commands you can use with Sonos,
- Any non-music related commands will still play over your Alexa device
(weather, traffic, flash briefs, etc).
- You will need to search and enable the Sonos skill from the Alexa
app on your mobile device or computer.
- Your Sonos equipment and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices must be on the
same wireless network.
Google Assistant: The Google Assistant will be supported by
Sonos later in 2019 through an over-the-network firmware update.
Home Network Requirements: To access Internet music
services, Internet radio, and any digital music stored on your computer or
Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device, your home network must meet the following
- High-speed DSL/Cable modem, or fiber-to-the-home broadband connection
for proper playback of Internet-based music services. If your Internet
service provider only offers Satellite Internet access, you may experience
playback issues due to fluctuation in download rates.
- If your modem is not a modem/router combination and you want to take
advantage of Sonos' automatic online updates, or stream music from an
Internet-based music service, you must install a wireless router in your
home network. If you don't have a wireless router, you will need to purchase
and install one before setting up your system.
- The Sonos Controller app (for
Apple iOS 10.0+ and
Android OS 5.0+) is required for system setup. Initial setup is not
possible through the Sonos Controller software (for
Windows PC (7-up) and
Mac OS X 10.10-up).
- Connect at least one Sonos component to your home network router using
an Ethernet cable, and then you can add other Sonos components wirelessly.
Or setup your Sonos component wirelessly via WiFi without any hardwire
- For best results, you should connect the computer or NAS drive that
contains your personal music library collection to your home network router
using an Ethernet cable.
- Make sure all of your Sonos components have the latest software update
Note: Although Sonos is compatible with most networking
equipment, some network devices are incompatible. Usually when networking
hardware does not work with Sonos, it's because it lacks support for the
network protocols that Sonos uses to operate, like UPnP, STP, and SMB/CIFS.
Automatic Updates: The Sonos wireless music system supports free automatic
software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services
to enjoy. Simply register the Sonos device and the Sonos Controller app on your
smartphone/tablet or the Sonos Controller software program on your
laptop/computer will automatically notify you
when software updates are available. By simply pressing one button your system
Speaker & Amplifier Section
Six Discrete Speakers & Amplifiers: The PLAY:5
(generation 2) uses six state-of
the-art Class-D amplifiers individually coupled with the unit's six speakers to
deliver superior sound to any room. Two 0.75" tweeters and one 1" tweeter create a crisp and accurate high
frequency response, while three dedicated 4" mid-woofers ensure the faithful reproduction of midrange
and midbass frequencies crucial for
accurate playback of vocals and instruments. Each driver is powered by its
own state-of-the-art, great
sounding Class-D amplifier that is light weight, powerful and very energy
efficient in standby and use.
Acoustic Port: The acoustic port on the rear of the unit
serves two purposes: it is vital to the sound output of the PLAY:5, and it
doubles as a convenient handle when moving it from one room to another.
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 is absolutely no loss of audio quality
Equalization Settings: The PLAY:5 offers adjustable bass, treble,
balance, and loudness controls for optimal sound performance.
Touch-Sensitive Controls: The PLAY:5 provide touch-sensitive
controls on its top-panel. Controls include Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, &
Mounting Options: The PLAY:5
speaker can be positioned vertically or horizontally. Integrated rubber feet
protect your furniture and keep the speaker securely in place. The PLAY:5 is designed to
withstand high humidity, such as in a bathroom with a running shower. However,
the PLAY:5 is not waterproof or water resistant.
Trueplay Tuning (for Apple iOS): The layout of a room, and where a
speaker is placed, can have a significant impact on the sound that you hear.
Trueplay, an auto-tune app within the Sonos App, uses the microphone in
your Apple iOS device to measure how sound reflects off walls, furnishings and
other surfaces in a room, and then fine tunes the Sonos PLAY:5 speaker to make
sure it sounds great no matter where you've placed it. The Sonos PLAY:5 speaker
already sounds fantastic, but Trueplay brings you even closer to how music
should sound. Completing Trueplay tuning for a room takes approximately 3
minutes from start to finish.
- Compatibility: Trueplay is compatible with the
Sonos PLAY:5, Play:3, and Play:1. In order to perform Trueplay tuning, the
Sonos app for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 7 or higher is
required. This includes iPhone 4s and higher, iPad 2 and higher, as well as
iPod touch 5th generation and higher. Trueplay tuning is not
available if the VoiceOver" feature is enabled on your Apple iOS device. Trueplay is currently not compatible with Android.
- 1Ch/1.1ch & 2Ch/2.1Ch Tuning: Trueplay can be used with a single
speaker setup, two speakers configured as a stereo pair, or either of these
configurations with the Sonos Sub added.
Note: You will need to retune the PLAY:5 speaker using TruePlay, if you move the speaker within the same room or to another room,
change the orientation of speaker (horizontal vs. vertical), or change the
configuration of the speaker setup (going from a single speaker to a stereo
pair for example).
Creating a Stereo Pair: For a
wider stereo experience, you can combine two PLAY:5 units in the same room to
create a pair of stereo speakers. In this configuration, one unit serves as the
left channel and the other serves as the right channel. The Sonos Controller app can be used to configure the units in this manner.
When creating a stereo pair, the speakers should be placed 8' to 12' apart.
Optional Wireless Subwoofer: The optional Sonos
Sub 1 wireless
powered subwoofer (sold separately) can be linked with the PLAY:5 to enhance its bass response. The
set-up procedure for the Sub adjusts the crossover automatically so it
seamlessly integrates with the PLAY:5. Through the Sonos Controller app, you can
also set the phase and level of the subwoofer to match it to the PLAY:5's
5.1ch Surround System: Two Sonos PLAY:5 wireless speakers
can be used to create a wireless 5.1ch surround sound experience with the Sonos
Sub 1. Now you don't have to run wires to a powered sub or rear speakers to
enjoy true 5.1ch audio.
Ethernet Port: There is a rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet port
(10/100 Mbps) for hardwiring the PLAY:5 speaker to your network router.
Aux Input: You can connect an external source, such as a
portable music player or a CD player, to the unit's rear-panel minijack (3.5mm)
input. The Aux input is automatically detected when a device is connected, and the source
appears on the system. Music from the external source can be played in any zone.
The volume is controlled by the Sonos wireless music system, however, the
playback (pause, music selection, etc.) must be controlled at the source.
AC Power: The Sonos PLAY:5 operates on standard household
current (100-240V, 50-60Hz) using the supplied 6.5' AC power cord.