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Meet Sonos Five, studio-quality sound

Meet Sonos Five, studio-quality sound
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Available on June 10th, Sonos Five is our most powerful speaker for music and more in high-fidelity sound. Enjoy seamless control with the all-new Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, music service apps, and more.

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Studio quality sound

Sonos Five delivers the same great sound as the Play:5, with updated internals including increased memory, processing power, and a new wireless radio. Six Class-D digital amplifiers are perfectly tuned for Five’s acoustic architecture to power the three tweeters and three mid-woofers. 

 

The custom-designed woofers deliver rich bass while the sealed architecture eliminates reverb and echo. This ensures faithful playback of vocal frequencies in addition to rich bass without distortion, even at high volumes.

 

One center tweeter and two precisely-angled side tweeters create a crisp high-frequency response.

 

This all creates a wide stereo soundstage that directs sound to the left, right, and center from one compact speaker. You can amplify the experience by adding another Sonos Five as a stereo pair in either vertical or horizontal orientations, or bring it to the next level with a Sonos Sub. 

 

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Some more details on Sonos Five:

  • Simple to set-up. Plug Five into power and bring your phone up to Five to automatically pair and securely transfer WiFi credentials using near-field communication (NFC).

  • Analogue line-in. With 3.5 mm jack for connecting another device, bring sound to Sonos from anything with a standard audio connection. 

  • Flexible Orientation. Enjoy great sound with a standalone Sonos Five horizontally, or pair two Fives in the upright position for incredibly detailed stereo separation. A pair of Fives can also be used as surrounds for a Sonos home theater speaker.

  • Control your way. Control Sonos Five with your voice when paired with a voice enabled device, the Sonos app, your favorite music service’s app, or AirPlay 2. Capacitive touch controls for play, pause, skip tracks, adjust the volume, and group rooms just by tapping or swiping the top of the speaker. LED indicates status, and mute status.

  • Tune with Trueplay. Trueplay puts the speaker-tuning capability of the pros in the palm of your hands, adapting and optimizing the sound of the speaker to the unique acoustics of the room. iOS device required. 

  • Dimensions. The dimensions are (H x W x D) 8.03 x 14.33 x 6.06 inches (203 x 364 x 154 mm) and Five weighs 14 lbs (6.36 kg).

Pre-order today on Sonos.com in black with a black grille and, for the first time, white with a white grille for $499 US (€579 EUR).

We’ve announced details for the Sonos Arc and new Sonos Sub. You can also check out our blog for some great stories. 


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Why wouldn't you get a play 5 before they all went. I did with the play 1.

You can no longer use the PLAY:5 Gen 2?

@UseroftheSonos, the Sonos Five doesn’t have support for WiFi 6 which was released well after the Sonos Five hardware had been fully designed. 

Regarding stereo pairing, the answer is that the computing components are too different for us to support stereo pairing between the old Play:5 gen2 and the new Sonos Five. 

I don’t think that a “premium” product like this should have obsolescence built in. £500 is too expensive to find out it is not an investment.  I’ve had a Play 5 Gen 2 for 18 months and have planned to add another for a stereo pair but have to justify that expense.  I went to install my new Five today only to find out it cannot be paired.  I can’t justify £500 for an “extra” speaker so will return but now have to live with the knowledge that my Play 5 is “redundant”.

es ce que je peux utiliser 2 Five avec la barre de son arc et le sub3? pour home cinema

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Thanks a looot!!!!

 

I have another one ... hahaha , can i conect two sonos five with the sonos Beam , can i do that ? And how...sorry im new on this things..

Have a nice one there GleannanIolair!!!

Hi @rodrigoca

It depends on what kind of setup/layout you have. If you have the Beam set up as a different room/zone then you can group it with the Sonos Five pair.

If the speakers are in the same room you can still group but probably just need to ensure the levels are set properly to get the best out of each speaker. Depending on layout having the Fives as a stereo pair might not work so play about to see which you prefer.

Alternatively, if in the same room, you could set the Fives up as the surrounds for the Beam - you can access this setup within the settings > (zone with beam) > Add Surround Speakers and then follow the instructions to setup the Fives. You may than also want to go into the Surround Audio setting and set Music Playback=Full, as well as increasing the Music Level slider, to get the most out of the Fives. However, it seems this option disables the line in port on the Fives which doesn’t sound like it would work for you. 

heeey community , how can I connect two sonos  five in the computer ??

can I use two sonos five in one computer …? the computer only have one out , its the earphone out 

im new on this brand 

I m looking some videos but they're not have tutorials 

thanks !!

Hi @rodrigoca,

Connect the computer via the earphone out/line in to one of the Fives (let’s call it speaker 1). In the app under Settings for speaker 1 configure the Line-In settings. You’ll likely want the Audio Delay setting set to Low/75ms and Autoplay to speaker 1.  Then (in the app) set the 2 Fives up as a stereo pair (again in the settings > speaker 1) with speaker 2, or simply group with speaker 2 if for some reason you just want a mono pair.

Hope that helps.

Thanks a looot!!!!

 

I have another one ... hahaha , can i conect two sonos five with the sonos Beam , can i do that ? And how...sorry im new on this things..

Have a nice one there GleannanIolair!!!

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heeey community , how can I connect two sonos  five in the computer ??

can I use two sonos five in one computer …? the computer only have one out , its the earphone out 

im new on this brand 

I m looking some videos but they're not have tutorials 

thanks !!

Hi @rodrigoca,

Connect the computer via the earphone out/line in to one of the Fives (let’s call it speaker 1). In the app under Settings for speaker 1 configure the Line-In settings. You’ll likely want the Audio Delay setting set to Low/75ms and Autoplay to speaker 1.  Then (in the app) set the 2 Fives up as a stereo pair (again in the settings > speaker 1) with speaker 2, or simply group with speaker 2 if for some reason you just want a mono pair.

Hope that helps.

heeey community , how can I connect two sonos  five in the computer ??

can I use two sonos five in one computer …? the computer only have one out , its the earphone out 

im new on this brand 

I m looking some videos but they're not have tutorials 

thanks !!

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I’ve almost wanted to turn down the bass some times.  But I can’t recommend the 5’s enough.  What a great speaker especially in stereo.

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Stereo Fives are great, I have two pairs of them.  I don’t think a sub is necessary.  Look up Peter Pee’s videos on you tube and he compares them with and without a sub.  I almost want to turn down the bass on my stereo Five’s.

Yeah that’s what had me wondering what it would sound like as the bass depth on their own is already immense :relaxed:

Will check out the videos thanks

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Stereo Fives are great, I have two pairs of them.  I don’t think a sub is necessary.  Look up Peter Pee’s videos on you tube and he compares them with and without a sub.  I almost want to turn down the bass on my stereo Five’s.

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Received 2 new Sonos Five speakers to replace my Play:5 Gen1s yesterday. I’m very impressed, and I don’t even have them in a stereo pair, or TruPlay tuned (Android guy, waiting for Apple friend to come visit). Warm/tight bass and a lovely wide/crisp soundstage. For the fun of it I did a side by side comparison with the Play:5 Gen1 and not surprisingly there is no comparison. Kudos Sonos!

Meanwhile, again for the fun of it/not that I need it, I’m wondering what a stereo pair of Fives and a Sub would sound like...

The software, which is why this occurs, hasn’t changed. 

What is the latency on the new Fives’s like on the line in? Is it still the 70ms?

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Thanks for the help and answers. I guess the problem here is that this is not fully explained as a limitation on the sonos website when ordering, I guess I’m not the first to suffer this. And actually there is no reason why it could not be achieved to make the system even better. That is only software required to do that. Same as creating a stereo pair is only software. Sonos should consider this as it is an improvement. 
might you could do this the system would move to another level and me truly awesome!

Unfortunately it looks like sonos is getting two new speakers back. 
and I will have to sell my playbar, sub and 2 x play 1’s which I have purchased in the last year with the view to doing this when I could afford it. The launch of the new 5’s was the incentive to do that. 

 

You actually have no idea if that is true or not.  

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The fact that I can’t stereo pair the Five with my Play:5 is totally bogus. I was literally about to add my stereo pair tonight, now I’m screwed. Thanks a lot sonos

Play:5 Gen 1 or Gen 2?

Gen 2

Well, that would be an obvious pairing, so I wonder why it is excluded? Perhaps the audio dynamics are so different that it wouldn’t sound right.

I think that’s the case.  I have a stereo pair of 5’s and the sound quality is better than the Play 5.  Clearer and more detailed although not quite as warm.  I’ve seen others say the same.  Airplay is more reliable which makes sense since Airplay was added to the Play 5 later.  Given that it’s pretty likely the internals are too different to pair the old and new 5’s.  I was one of the naysayers earlier in this thread but was wrong.  Now I have another set of Fives on order.  My best speakers to date were Kef LS50W’s which are $2499 and the Fives give them a run for their money while being simpler and more reliable as the Kefs have had lots of reliability issues.

Thank you Airgetlam:

I’ve been on hold with Sonos Support for 10 minutes, another 35 minutes to go.

Thanks again for your reply.

Your best bet would be to contact Sonos Support directly to discuss it.

I suggest the phone folks, they have more options available because they're on the phone with you, they are available Monday through Friday during business hours. The Twitter support folks are available 24/7. 

I have a Sonos 5 speaker.  This morning, it was totally dead.  It is plugged in but no light is on.  What do I do now?  How can it be repaired?

Thanks for the help and answers. I guess the problem here is that this is not fully explained as a limitation on the sonos website when ordering, I guess I’m not the first to suffer this. And actually there is no reason why it could not be achieved to make the system even better. That is only software required to do that. Same as creating a stereo pair is only software. Sonos should consider this as it is an improvement. 
might you could do this the system would move to another level and me truly awesome!

Unfortunately it looks like sonos is getting two new speakers back. 
and I will have to sell my playbar, sub and 2 x play 1’s which I have purchased in the last year with the view to doing this when I could afford it. The launch of the new 5’s was the incentive to do that. 

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IMHO Sonos is not striving for the best home theater setups, it is intended as a very good setup with ease of use and no hassle with too many cables.

 

If you want a really good home theater setup go for JBL Synthesis.

So you cannot have a true 5.1 system then with sonos? That makes no sense. Because a playbar is seriously not up to the job in a large room. Surely that’s just a software change by sonos? Why would you add 2 x Sonos Five at the rear, have a decent sub  and just a ply bar at the front. Gives no true L & R separation. Looks like they are going back then. 
anyone want to buy a playbar, sub and two play 1’s?

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Cannot work out how to set up up a stereo pair of 2 x new Play 5's as front speakers in a 5.1 setup, using playbar, sub and 2 x play 1 as rears. Can't find anyway to set the 2 x 5's as front L&R and use playbar for speech, which is how a 5.1 system should be set-up?
I can only add 2 x 5's as fronts on their own, setting them up separately, when I pair them to the surround it sounds terrible. Says on Sonos Website that 5's are suitable for use as surround speakers? Help! Looks like they will be going back to Sonos!

5’s can only be used as surround rears, Sonos soundbars always handle the front three channels. 
 

Cannot work out how to set up up a stereo pair of 2 x new Play 5's as front speakers in a 5.1 setup, using playbar, sub and 2 x play 1 as rears. Can't find anyway to set the 2 x 5's as front L&R and use playbar for speech, which is how a 5.1 system should be set-up?
I can only add 2 x 5's as fronts on their own, setting them up separately, when I pair them to the surround it sounds terrible. Says on Sonos Website that 5's are suitable for use as surround speakers? Help! Looks like they will be going back to Sonos!

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Hi to everybody. Sometimes speed bump it’s due to new electronic components and cpu on the market that substitute the old ones. IMHO the five it’s one of the finest loudspeaker you can find on the market and i do not miss the lack of the microphone on it. I use two play:5 stereo paired to listen music, not to talk with them. I suppose the new Five will serve great for years, like my 2nd generation did (actually they are doing well even today...)

...I use two play:5 stereo paired to listen music, not to talk with them...:laughing::laughing: LOL

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