Sonos' new Play 5 is a bigger, sleeker, better sounding speaker
In the last few years SONOS has been steadily adding speakers to it's multi room audio lineup.
But it's flagship tabletop speaker, the Play:5 hasn't changed in six years.
Until now, that is.
This is the new Play:5, a bigger.
sleeker, and significantly better sounding speaker.
It costs $500 or $100 more than the previous model.
But after hearing it, I'd say it's worth the extra dough.
It comes in two colors, white and black, and can be placed either horizontally or vertically in three different orientations total.
I personally liked the look of it standing vertically, and while the speaker works well as a single speaker, with a wider soundstage and better clarity than the previous Play 5, You can spring for two of these guys.
You can create a stereo pair and get some real stereo separation.
The speaker also delivers significantly more bass than the previous Play:5.
It's got six drivers, included three mid-woofers and three tweeters.
As you'd expect, the new speaker works with all of Sonos's existing smart speakers and the company has created a new True Play tuning system to help you get the best sound out of your Sono speakers based on their placement in a particular room.
You calibrate your speaker, or speakers, using a free app and the microphone on our iPhone or iPad.
Initially, at least, True Play is iOS only, though Sonos does have both iOS and Android apps to setup and control your system on your mobile device.
The speaker itself does have new touch controls that enable you to play, pause, adjust volume, and change the track, and what's cool is that smart sensors in the speaker make the touch controls responsive to all orientations.
So the volume up is always facing up.
We'll have more about the sound in our text review, but that's a quick first look at Sonos's new and improved and slightly pricier flagship speaker, the Play:5.
I'm David Carnoy from cnet.com.
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