At the rear of the ZonePlayer S5 you'll find two Ethernet ports, which will let you either connect it directly to your router, or use it as a wireless bridge for other devices. There's also a headphone socket, in case you want to listen to your music without disturbing others, while the line-in port lets you hook up another source, like an MP3 player, and pump the sound through ZP-S5.
The ZonePlayer S5 will set you back £349, which isn't an insignificant sum. Add to that, the fact that you'll probably also need a BR100 ZoneBridge to get connected to your router and the price rises to £428. However, that's still around half the price of the BU250 bundle, so it's fair to say that the ZonePlayer S5 makes Sonos far more accessible.
The ZonePlayer S5 makes a great starting point for a Sonos system, especially for anyone who was thinking of buying a high-end iPod dock anyway. Kick things off with a ZP-S5 and you can always add another zone later, or even invest in CR200 controller. And that's the beauty of Sonos, it can grow with you and your needs, allowing you to stream your music to any room in your house.
The ZonePlayer S5 is a natural progression for Sonos, taking the simplicity of its wireless music system to the next level. Coupled with the Sonos iPhone app, the ZP-S5 will open up Sonos wireless music to a whole new market, acting as an affordable foundation for a Sonos installation.
It's also worth remembering that the ZonePlayer S5 will seem just as attractive to existing Sonos users who have been looking for an all-in-one solution for rooms where sound quality isn't quite so important.
With the introduction of the CR200 wireless controller a couple of months back, and now the ZonePlayer S5, it's clear that Sonos isn't resting on its laurels. The best wireless digital music system just keeps getting better.