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Sonos ZonePlayer S5

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Review: Sonos S5 ZonePlayer and 3.4 System Update

Sound & Vision Magazine
23 May 2011

In The Zone - The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 System

Digital Home Thoughts
12 February 2011
  • 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 services. Using the ZonePlayer is a very different experience than using an iPod dock, and once you have used it, you will never want to go back.
  • 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.
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In The Zone - The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 System

Digital Home Thoughts
20 January 2011
  • Summary: The 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. Using the ZonePlayer is a very different experience than using an iPod dock, and once you have used it, you will never want to go back.
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Overall 10
9.5
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 10
10
Performance 9
9.0
Ergonomics 10
10

Sonos ZonePlayer S5

Sound & Vision Magazine
19 January 2011
  • 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. It incorporates its own power supply, amplification, and internal speakers, which allows audio streaming from a wide variety of sources without a dedicated sound system.
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Sonos ZonePlayer S5 review

Techworld
25 August 2010
  • Summary: But if you aren't deterred by the Sonos ZonePlayer S5's unique setup requirements, you'll be hard pressed to find an all-in-one system that sounds better or is more versatile.
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Easy As 1, 2, S5

Gear Patrol
8 July 2010
  • 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. Use your iPhone, Sonos Controller 200, or your Mac/PC to control the Sonos S5 and play your music remotely as it streams to the S5 via your wireless router.
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Wireless Audio Solutions for Any Size Home

Gear Patrol
8 July 2010
  • 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 inner audiophile.
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Overall 7
7.0

Sonos ZonePlayer S5

PC Magazine
8 July 2010
  • 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.
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Sonos ZonePlayer S5 Multi-Room Music System Review

Hardware Secrets
30 June 2010
  • Summary: The Sonos S5 is one of the best choices for a whole-house, high performance, wireless digital music system. Setup and implementation are easy. The S5 ZonePlayer has excellent sound quality. The USD 399 S5 ZonePlayer gives you a lot of sound and ease of use for your money. Although there are a few incompatible routers and you may have to adjust any software firewall that you may have, everything just plain “works.
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Expert Review

L.A. Audio File
28 June 2010
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