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89
Engadget
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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

The Play:5 is the best speaker Sonos has ever made. Its reliance on a single app for controlling all your audio services means the software experience isn't quite as slick as it could be, but it's easy to set up and sounds as good as its $499 price tag suggests.

Pros
  • Simple setup and tuning
  • Easy to turn into multi-room system with other, cheaper Sonos speakers
  • Audio quality is excellent
  • Long list of supported services
  • Line-in adds limitless music options
Cons
  • Searching for music in app is cumbersome
  • No dedicated remote
  • Priced even higher than previous generation
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Score Breakdown

 
90
Average Critic Score

Audio quality

98
 

Design and form factor

88
 

Durability

80
 

Portability

70
 
 
90
The Next Web
If you’ve got the budget and are looking for some connected speakers, the Play:5 are definitely worth consideration ... Your ears will thank you.
 
90
Gizmodo
If you’re really only going to use a speaker to listen to digital music, Sonos is a dream. Still, some people might find a speaker with Bluetooth connectivity more versatile.
 
90
iMore
Sonos knows its game, and it plays it exceedingly well: This is a well-crafted, dynamically-powerful speaker that looks at home in your bathroom, in your office, on your kitchen counter, and in your living room.
 
100
What Hi-Fi
The Play:5’s rich, exciting and articulate way of delivering the best the streaming world has to offer, all as part of an excellent multi-room set up, makes it a truly compelling buy for both current Sonos owners and newcomers alike.
 
90
Pocket-Lint
Sonos has competition nipping at its heels left, right and centre, but the new Play:5 shows what 13 years of experience can deliver. It's the ideal way to start a Sonos multi-room system, or add a badass centre piece to an existing one.
 
80
Wired
It’s simply the most advanced and most complete piece of hardware Sonos makes. If you want to get an idea of a company’s vision for the future, look at its flagship.
 
90
TechRadar
An elegant looking and bombastic sounding speaker that proves Sonos is still king of the streamers.
 
80
CNET
While fairly pricey the second-gen Play:5 is the best-sounding Sonos speaker yet.
 
100
Stuff
A reinvention in all but name, the new Play:5 offers even more boom for your buck.
 
90
Engadget
The Play:5 is the best speaker Sonos has ever made. Its reliance on a single app for controlling all your audio services means the software experience isn't quite as slick as it could be, but it's easy to set up and sounds as good as its $499 price tag suggests.