Updated 1 Mar 2018

Sonos

Play: 5 (2nd Gen)

Snapshot: The Sonos Play: 5 (2nd Gen) doesn't have a battery but it will run off mains power. It weighs more than 500g but can't be used as a hands-free device for your phone.

Play: 5 (2nd Gen)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$995

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Test results

Overall score
63
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Sound signal
?/10

Good points

  • OK sound.
  • OK ease of use.
  • Good sound signal.
  • Has a 3.5mm line input.

But

  • Isn't battery powered.
  • Doesn't have a remote control.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Sound (45%): Scored by our panel of expert listeners judging a variety of music, spoken word, and sounds on each device and scoring them out of 10. These scores are collated to get our overall sound score.

Ease of use (45%): Considers the clarity and accuracy of the manuals supplied and the ease of setting up the speaker, as well as connecting it to a device and sending music to the speaker.

Signal (10%): Tested by looking at several factors, including having the audio source in different positions, using various audio sources, interference, obstruction and degradation.

Price is based on a January 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$995

Audio adjustments

Bass on device
×
Treble on device
×
Tone presets on device
×
Bass on app
×
Treble on app
×
Tone presets on app
×

Specifications

Weight (g)
6600
Mainspowered
Apple Airplay
×
Lightning cable port
×
Bluetooth
×
Handsfree phone over Bluetooth
×
Micro USB port
×
Line in (3.5mm)
Built-in FM radio
×
Battery powered
×
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
204x363x153

Features

Controls

Volume up, Volume down, play/pause, previous/next track

Microphone
×
Travel case
×
WiFi capable
Ethernet capable
Headphone jack
×
Charge external devices via USB
×
Remote control
×
Audio cable included
×
Streaming services supported
n/a
Audio formats supported
n/a
Multi-room capable
No
Can be paired for stereo
n/a