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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius...Pure Genius!, November 6, 2009
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This review is from: SONOS PLAY:5 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music (White) (Gen 1) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
Just got the S5 about an hour ago. Setup couldn't be easier. Step 1 - connect the power cord to an power outlet. Step 2 - hit the Mute and + button to get the S5 added as a new zone, Step 3 - hmmm....I don't think there is one. Just hit play and enjoy pure bliss.

This is my 4th Zone player (see my other gushing review of the Sonos system on the Sonos bundle page), and anytime my wife asks, "how many of these white boxes you really need?", the answer is always "one more".

Portability is the key feature of S5. Moving it from Kitchen to backdeck is just a matter of unplugging the power cord and replugging at the new location. It's all in one box. And the sound quality is not bad either. With all 4 zone players on party mode - some connected to very expensive Klipsch towers - I have ran around to compare the sound quality at various locations. The verdict - this little guy stacks up nicely against the big boys.

And the iPhone controller is not too shabby either. Don't see the need to buy the new touch controller (CR200).

Awesome product. Pure genius. Just get it.
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Initial post: Nov 21, 2009, 10:26:34 AM PST
LB says:
Probably a silly question, but I don't see it mentioned anywhere...does this system support playlists? Thanks in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2009, 11:01:53 AM PST
Absolutely. iTunes Playlists are fully supported. So is Windows Media Player playerlists. Zune playlists, last I checked, are still not supported. Also it may be useful to add that only non-DRMed iTunes songs are supported by Sonos (hence, playlists containing DRMed music are not supported).

Hope this helps. By the way, iTunes playlist will show up under 'Imported Playlists' menu option from the music menu.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2009, 11:26:31 AM PST
LB says:
Thanks! I had read about the non-DRMed iTunes songs. Thanks so much for your help. Great review. SOLD!

Posted on Nov 30, 2009, 2:54:32 PM PST
Dei gratia says:
I am considering this for my husband as a gift; I have an iTouch and we have a wireless internet set-up, but the router is in the office in our basement. I want the S5 for play on the main level so I need to buy a bridge? Hope you don't mind the question, you just seem so excited about it and since you have multiple boxes you probably understand the set-up better than most. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2009, 6:51:08 PM PST
Yep, you will definitely need a Sonos Bridge.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2010, 11:46:05 AM PDT
esanta says:
You may also elect to get a Zone Player instead of a bridge for the basement, this will create a separate zone in your office. Just hook up speakers and you're good to go.
Sonos just released new firmware that allows you to join two S5 units into a left/right stereo pair, a great (albeit expensive) feature to fill up a large room.

Posted on Jul 1, 2010, 6:41:18 PM PDT
How do you see/use a menu with this thing? There's no screen...(?...)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2010, 4:59:10 AM PDT
Jonathan, you will either need an iPhone Sonos aap (free) or a hand-held contoller (CR-200) directly from Sonos.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2010, 8:05:46 AM PDT
Ok, so this thing doesn't really do anything without the controller, which is sold seperately?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2010, 1:43:55 PM PDT
And if the controller is required to operate this machine, I'd like to know: is this machine required to operate the controller? - i.e.: are the two dependant on each other? I don't have an iphone or ipod or an ipad, or any other mp3 player nor any plans to buy one...
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