Arc vs Play Five

  • 8 August 2020
  • 2 replies




So I currently have a Sonos Surround set up for my tv in the living room, consisting of two One SLs, Arc, and a Sub, which are great. 

But I was thinking that maybe it would be beneficial to purchase a single Play Five (pared with my Sub) to use strictly for music in that same room.

Mind you I live in a one bedroom apartment In Charlotte, NC. It’s not a closet by any means. It’s an average size for an apartment in NC at the price I pay, which is a little over 1000.

Is that practical? Does it make sense to have a Play 5 to use strictly for music playback while the surround system is dedicated to tv and movies?


I would also like to hook a Play Five up to a CD Player in the near future via Line In. 

2 replies

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Hi @jhmanigo.

Welcome to the Sonos community and thanks for reaching out to us.

I would like to inform you that you cannot add a Sub to a single Sonos Play 5 or a Sonos Five. You may only add a Sonos Sub to a Stereo paired Sonos speaker which means 2 Sonos Speakers of the same model stereo paired. You may want to consider getting in touch with our sales team @ +18006802345 option 4 for the best options to take advantage of.

Please let us know if you still have further questions or concerns. we are always here to help.


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I have Arc, sub, and rear ones and use two paired play 5’s on either side of the TV for music.