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: Offering high fidelity sound and a best in class online interface the Sonos ZonePlayer S5 offers arguably the best in class wireless music experience. Its compact size should not be underestimated, this diminutive speaker system packs quite punch, and fills…
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.
Excerpt: Installing a multiroom stereo system can involve drilling holes in walls, running wires throughout the house and spending a lot of money. And after all that, the stereo still won’t have access to as much music as your computer.
Excerpt: The first time I reviewed a Sonos system, for the late, great Mobile PC magazine way back in April 2005, this was my conclusion: “It’s a ton of cash to drop on music, which is part of why this isn’t for the dabbler.
Pros: Dead simple setup has you streaming in minutes. Slick iPhone app for controller. Five speakers give good sound, and decent stereo separation. Geolocation shows you local radio stations when you look.
Cons: At 0 each, it’s a stretch; at 0 a room, Sonos would rule the world.
Review: Sonos ZonePlayer S5 All-In-One Wireless Music System
13 December 2009
Conclusion: I will close this review up by bringing in some of the Sonos ZonePlayer S5's competitors into the equation. These include products like the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin and Bose SoundDock 10, both of which are 599 and are more or less only iPod docks.