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The Sonos Play:5 multi-room audio System

The Sonos Play:5 is the wireless multi-room music system formerly known as the ZonePlayer S5, you can put one in each room of your home and wirelessly stream music to all of them.

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The Sonos Play:5 is the wireless multi-room music system formerly known as the ZonePlayer S5.

The basic idea of the Sonos Play:5 is that you can put one in each room of your home and wirelessly stream music to all of them.

You can choose to sync up all your Sonos Play:5s in party mode so they all play in unison, or you can choose to play different selections on each player.

The Sonos Play:5 units themselves have no controls on them, other than volume and mute buttons, which you can also use to get each device in your house talking to each other.

You actually control the players in three different ways:

  • through the desktop PC client (your PC will need to be switched on if you want to play your MP3 library over the system)
  • by using the free iPhone, iPod touch or Android app which works as a wireless remote
  • by using a dedicated Sonos CR200 Touch-Screen remote which does the same thing

Despite the moderate size of the Sonos Play:5, the quality of the sound is fantastic.

Inside the unit sits a total of five drivers which include two tweeters for the high end, two mid-range drivers and a single, meaty subwoofer which pumps out bass with such clarity as to rival some compact hi-fi systems.

To use the Sonos Play:5 in a room other than where you keep your wireless router it is necessary one another Sonos device, the ZoneBridge. It's a small wireless box which plugs into the router via Ethernet.

The Sonos Play:5 gives you access to a wealth of assorted content, including 25,000 internet radio stations, shows and podcasts – all free of charge and pre-loaded.