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Sonos Unveils Stunning All-in-one Wireless Speaker System

Gordon Kelly


Sonos Unveils Stunning All-in-one Wireless Speaker System

We're big fans of Sonos at TrustedReviews and that is because it has the uncanny knack of working out our deepest musical desires and making them into reality. And here we go again...

Today Sonos has unveiled the 'Zoneplayer S5', an all-in-one wireless music system which can be controlled with an iPhone, iPod touch or any Sonos controller. Key points this time around: it is wonderfully simple to use and setup and it is more affordable than all other previous Sonos systems.

Looking at the S5 itself what we have is essentially a very smart speaker. It measures just 217 x 365 x 123mm, packs in a five driver speaker system (two tweeters, two 3in mids and a built-in 3.5in sub) for room filling sound, plus Ethernet to connect to your digital music collection as well as web radio stations and popular music services like Last.fm. From here you can add further S5 speakers to any room in your home and they will all be linked together and controlled via the Sonos iPhone app or a separate Sonos CR200 touchscreen remote.

Music can be streamed directly from the iPhone/iPod touch, the web, taken from an iTunes library or any external source (iPod, CD player, TV, DVD, VCR, radio, etc) that can be connected via analogue input. Each S5 has the ability to play independent content at individual volume levels or linked together at the touch of a button to seamlessly play the same track everywhere. It's Cribs on a fraction of the budget!

That said there is still some budget required, though the Sonos Zoneplayer S5 does slash the cost of entry to £349 - less than half what you'd have expected to pay from Sonos systems a few years back. Couple this with the room by room expandable nature of the S5 and you can start pimping out your home as soon as it launches in the UK on 10 November.

Check out the video below for a company demo, but remember: watch the drool...


Sonos Zoneplayer S5 Product Page


October 13, 2009, 8:18 pm

tele-sale.. hate it or love it @.@

The iphone/ipod control systems looks great, would be even better if the unit itself runs on battery as well. Also what if I switch off my phone, does it also kill off the radio?

Colour looks dull, clearly it doesnt fit the deco of the flat in the video...lol

Eddy Hall

October 13, 2009, 9:52 pm

Hi Gordon,

Can you say how exactly this unit is wireless? It looks pretty wired, aside from the remote. Which is a generally wireless concept.

I read elsewhere about having to buy a wireless adapter if I want to link this up to the Sonos quasi-draft-N network.




October 13, 2009, 10:07 pm

@Eddy Hall - sure. All the players will work together via 'SonosNet 2.0', a secure, proprietary AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network optimised for audio. But if you want Internet radio stations you'll need to plug in the Ethernet cable to one S5 as SonosNet doesn't work with Wireless b/g/n. That said, if you connect just one S5 up with Ethernet it can then broadcast wirelessly to all other S5 units in the home.

And yes, you are right other remotes don't have wires, but with the Sonos units you can control any S5 in the home from any room and also control multiple units at the same time so, for example, turn the volume up or down, stop, play, play the same song, etc.


October 14, 2009, 1:00 am

"Check out the video below for a company demo, but remember: watch the drool..."

Are we talking about the product in question still or the lovely lady in the video? 'Cause I know what I was drooling about... ;)


October 14, 2009, 1:09 am

if they produce an Android controller app and hook up with Spotify, then I'm in. Any word on either being in the pipeline, guys? (ideally we'd be talking about accessing Spotify directly from the S5 and also potentially allowing playing directly from the playlists on the phone).

I would buy a similar product for the lounge if they done away with the amps and speakers - i.e. plug it into the main system. I guess the S5 will have audio out capabilities, but it'd be shame to pay for the unused components.


October 14, 2009, 2:12 am

This is pretty cool.

It's like the Sonos Zone players but with a built in amp and speakers. It can be controlled from the Sonos remotes (CR100/200) or an iPhone / iPod touch.

I've already got 3 Sonos zone players, but I know that I will be getting a couple of these.

Awesome !!

Now, if only they did a weatherproof version ....

Hamish Campbell

October 14, 2009, 10:31 am

I'm about to create a similar system as have an iphone and just inherited a b&o beosound which looks very similar to that unit....though you'd need to hit the sonos with a growth ray. I'm just gonna buy an apple express though and play my itunes library through it.


October 14, 2009, 10:55 am

montyburns - 'would buy a similar product for the lounge if they done away with the amps and speakers'

They have - the Sonos Zoneplayer 90. (Plus you'll need a Sonos ZoneBridge to hook up to your network and create the SonosNet wireless network mentioned by Gordon).

No sign of an Android app or Spotify support yet but expect them as Sonos are good at supporting their products.


October 14, 2009, 2:47 pm

I want one. Wish it had come out 2 months earlier then I wouldn't have bought the Logitech boombox (even though it is a fab bit of kit). I want one in every room! My stereo is history. Welcome to the future, the CD is dead.

Stephen James

October 14, 2009, 10:05 pm

This is flipping cool.

Did anyone else notice the prosthetic hand which was used to hold the iphone? Haha.

Pre-order cancelled.


October 17, 2009, 1:31 am

Sounds exciting. Am I right in thinking that if we don't have an iPod or iPhone, the entry cost isn't really reduced, as we still have to buy a controller?

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