Still king on the hill
Sonos’ updated large model is experienced modern, and the sound has also got a boost.
- Pro: Very easy installation. Wide range of speakers in the family. Ready and full sound.
- Contra: Relatively closed system.
Second Generation Play: 5 is significantly larger than its predecessor, has a more modern look and has switched to touch controls. But first and foremost, it has a modern input that means that it is one of the models now updated with support for Airplay 2. Sonos is one of the few that continuously updates even older models with new features.
Sonos has eventually cleaned up in his app, and maturity is obvious in comparison with the competition. It’s easier to install, configure, and there are features such as the Trueplay audio calibration, speaker pairing, and even home theater setup.
Play: 5 is a good notch over its predecessor, its purely sound-like, and as a multi-speaker speaker it still stays. Especially if you have two that play in stereo. The speaker’s best features are the clear and clean sound that specifically favors the rendering of voices. The sound image is significantly larger, more detailed and focused on what we experienced from Harman and Samsung, and the bass is much tighter and more tactile.
There is a reason for Sonos’ dominant position among multirom speakers. Play: 5 II is admirable easy to install and handle, and everything just works. In addition, there are several sizes of speakers, speakers for the TV and subwoofer. The sound is very good, although it is not always best. Combined with flexibility and future security, you can feel safe investing in a multi-room solution that will last for a long time.
Sonos Play 5 II Characteristics
- Output: Not specified
- Connections: Ethernet, Wifi, 3.5 mm
- Streaming: Spotify Connect, Airplay 2
- Other: Withstand moisture
- Dimensions / Weight: 20 x 36 x 15 cm / 6.4 kg
Price: $620, –