I recently purchased a Sonos Five and have not found it to be particularly loud. I do not listen to my music at very high levels, however, I was surprised that even when the slider is half way—as in the photo below—it is not as immersive or room-filling as I expected. I was curious how others find the volume level or if I’m missing something here?
I like to listen to my music, not be deafened by it. Certainly when I slide the volume up to ¾ it gets plenty loud, as measured by pure output of sound, but I do not find that it has the same fullness or presence of my 20 year-old stereo bookshelf speakers. The clarity is very good, and modern music is fine, but in the subtleties of classical music I’m afraid I find it lacking the fullness I’m seeking. Any thoughts or tips?
Best answer by ForwardKnowledge
I’d like to report back some good news. I received the replacement Five in the mail today and after setting it up and listening to a few sample tracks, I can definitively say that the sound is much more what I was thinking it would be. At only 25% volume, the sound is quite full, lively, and robust. It’s well balanced in the room and I expect it to get better over the next several days since I just completed the Trueplay a few hours ago. I’m now really looking forward to getting a second Five to create a stereo pair in the near future!
(As for my question about the Move, I believe that it has more to do with the sound mixing of certain audio books and/or the weaker support and integration from Audible’s side.)
I’d like to thank the forum as you were my first line of defense; and I’d especially like to thank Sonos support as well: They were prompt, polite, patient, and really helpful with my issue.