I have just seen the review for the Sonos Play 5 on what Hi-Fi, and their credibility is beginning to crumble. Firstly they tout high-res audio as a must have game changer, now they say that the audio quality of the Play 5 has been superseded by a £300 speaker called the Audio Pro C10.
Looking at this objectively, there is more inputs on the C10 but c'mon What Hi-Fi... two tweeters and a woofer? How does that deliver the "impressive scale" of the sound... with two tweeters. Okay. And the design isn't close to what the Play 5 has.
Now I haven't listened to this speaker, but if anyone has let me know what it sounds like. I just can't objectively see how it can deliver superior sound to a Play 5 with the drivers it has. Here's a quote from What Hi-Fi's 4 star review:
"But, viewed as a wireless speaker in its own right, it’s impossible to deny that the Play:5 can now be beaten for sound quality, not just by the more affordable Audio Pro Addon C10, but also by the more expensive Bluesound Pulse 2."
I haven't listened to the C10 so I don't have much backup in what I say - but HOW can that speaker sound bigger and better?!
I am looking at the specs on the official website and it is measured down to 45Hz bass response. So the woofer can't even go as deep as the THREE in the Play 5 that has TruePlay and more drivers. And my Play 5 has incredible detail in every song.
I have to give Audio Pro credit... they seem to have a really polished multi-room system and I think Sonos should be looking into this company as I think they might be a very good competitor in the future.
Now this is a Sonos forum. Objective, un-biased replies would be preferred.