Summary: Sonos currently does not directly support Airplay. As a result, if your iTunes music is stored in iCloud, you cannot stream directly to Sonos without first downloading every song to a device on your home network -- which defeats the purpose of iCloud. You also cannot directly use iRadio with Sonos.
Summary: I'm a pretty low tech guy I guess. I wanted a whole house music system for our house so I had a technician from best buy come over. I told him I wanted to cut holes in the ceilings, install speakers, and run the wires to volume knobs next to the light switches. I hadn't completely thought it through but the general idea was to hook it up to a central point where I'd plug in my mp3 player, or a turn table, or a radio, or whatever.
Summary: This was so easy to set up, plug into electricity, attach to router with included ethernet cable, download controller app to computer, iphone, ipad, press button on play5 to link to controller. I've only listened to a few of the 1000's of radio stations available; it's an amazing variety. The sound quality is very good. If you get one play5, you will want another and another. Fun! It can be set up as a pair for true stereo too.
Summary: Fact: I'm a 50+ yr. old audiophile. I am beginning to be left behind because I resist change. I still like physical mediums like CDS. I think speakers, in order to be considered proper, must be of a certain size and in no less than a stereo pair. And finally, prodigious amplification is one's assurance of projecting a glorious sound as long as the other components are worthy. The Sonos Play 5 flies in the face of all of this.
Summary: I bought the Play:5 after being extremely impressed with the Play:1 and thinking that the 5 will sound better in a larger room. Adding the speaker to the existing network was easy and I like the fact that it has an audio line-in to play music from a phone or tablet directly. The sound is good (I play mostly classical and other orchestral music such as soundtracks) but getting a second Play:1 and pairing them would have been an equally good option for me.
Summary: I bought my second PLAY:5 over the holidays. I have a mix of Sonos devices throughout the house and they all have worked to my great satisfaction. The PLAY:5 is great to fill a room with music. No, it won't please purists - its just one speaker. But the variety of devices available and the quality of sound makes it a great wireless system.
Fine when it works, and then it doesn't, and then it does, and then it doesn't
Captain Obvious, Amazon
4 January 2014
Summary: The audio quality is fine (though not better than $150 THX computer speakers) when it works. The problem comes when I try to connect my iPhone, iPad and computer. IPhone ppreviously worked, now it won't find the system, even when the speaker is playing music from the computer (so clearly the components work). Updated the phone app, computer app, bridge firmware, and Play5 firmware. Phone still can't see SONOS stuff. Computer can, but iPhone app cannot. iPad app works...
Summary: I don't write that very often. I was up between the Bose and the Sonos systems and went with the Sonos because they have been at it longer and they use their own network to stream music so it does not affect your existing WiFi (Bose uses your system). I had done some research so I was pretty sure the sound quality was very similar. The installation was probably the simplest thing I have ever done, with no glitches.