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a single Sonos 5 audio difference when placed vertical vs. horizontal

  • 18 June 2020
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Hi, I bought a single Sonos 5.  I read somewhere that when placed horizontally, it automatically detects and adjusts the way the speakers project the stereo mix -- something like there will be a wider stereo spread.  Is this true, does the speaker “know” it’s horizontal?  Or is it just a wider “spread” because the drivers and now aligned horizontally?

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Best answer by jgatie 18 June 2020, 22:41

It has a sensor inside that knows the position and routes the sound accordingly (Vertical is mono, horizontal is stereo).  

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It has a sensor inside that knows the position and routes the sound accordingly (Vertical is mono, horizontal is stereo).  

Thank you so much.  Tell me what you would recommend:  In my living room I have a Sonos 5 on one side.  On the other side, a paired set of Sonos Ones, in stereo.  Would you recommend keeping the Sonos 5 mono, or turning it horizontally to stereo.  Does it matter?

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I’d turn it horizontal (JMO). However, know that after a few feet (meters) away the stereo effect will dissipate and sound as mono.

You only get stereo when you have a pair.

You get a wider soundstage when you have one sonos five horizontal.

So if you have one five, place it horizontal or if you have a pair go vertical for stereo & better sound

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