Summary: The ZonePlayer S5 is a standalone wireless audio system that is very simple and intuitive to set-up and operate. Its audio capability is impressive and it performs its purpose extremely well - quickly and easily accessing and controlling your computer's music collection, Internet radio and music...
Pros: Extremely simple set-up and operation;, Impressive audio performance;, Allows whole house audio distribution with additional ZonePlayers;, ZonePlayers can be synchronized or play different music in different zones.
Cons: More expensive than many iPod docks;, Desktop Controller Software isn't as polished as it could be and has some issues with iTunes libraries;, Cannot play protected music songs, unless upgraded through iTunes.
is a standalone wireless audio system that is very simple and intuitive to set-up and operate. Its audio capability is impressive and it performs its purpose extremely well - quickly and easily accessing and controlling your computer's music collection, Internet radio and music services.
Excerpt: Sonos, a leader in low-cost, wholehouse audio, has made it possible to inexpensively stream audio from a computer to multiple A/V systems using one or more of its ZonePlayers. The $399 Sonos S5, the newest ZonePlayer, is completely self-contained.
Excerpt: A lot has changed since Sonos introduced its original Digital Music System five years ago. These days, wirelessly zipping your digital music library from one end of the casa to the other doesn’t seem quite as novel as it did half a decade ago.
Conclusion: The ZonePlayer S5 overcomes some of its deficiencies—like the lack of an iPod dock—and shines as a relatively affordable entry into the excellent, but expensive, Sonos wireless music streaming system.
Pros: Full access to Sonos wireless music streaming—for far less than any Sonos starter bundle. Fills a large room easily with no distortion. Clarity throughout entire frequency range. Controlled by free app for iPhone and iPod touch, as well as any Sonos remote.
Cons: Needs to be connected via Ethernet (unless you have another Sonos ZonePlayer). No charging dock for iPod. No power switch.
Excerpt: You’re a busy guy. You like things simple, and you like things to work, and you like it to work well. You like listening to your tunes and Quick Mixes where and how you want them. The new Sonos S5 (which Gear Patrol is working to get one in for an official review) is about as simple as they come.
Excerpt: At the last Gear Patrol management meeting, my dirty little secret was exposed. I don’t own an audio system. No stereo, no home theater system, just a clock radio. After Ben and Eric picked their respective jaws up from the floor, they handed me the Sonos ZonePlayer S5 and sent me home to expand my...
Sonos ZonePlayer S5 Multi-Room Audio System Review
21 January 2010
Excerpt: Have you ever wanted to listen to your favorite tunes, no matter where you are in your home? Sure, everyone wants one of those in-home audio systems but they aren’t easy to set up or install. Sonos is trying to change all that with their latest product, the ZonePlayer S5.
Pros: Powerful, room-filling sound., Easy, straight-forward setup., Easiest way to get an “in-home” audio system.
Cons: Pricey., Requires ZoneBridge or direct connection to a network router., Can’t control it on the go without iPhone, iPod touch, or CR200 controller.