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Sonos Five Review

True Score

85
85
10

Experts

92
8,494

Consumers

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The Sonos Five delighted experts with its low bass response and detailed vocals. They liked that it could get quite loud but were disappointed with its lack of voice assistant support and speakerphone functionality. They also didn’t like that it didn’t have a Bluetooth connection and that its sound quality was not great at loud volumes.

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Table of Contents

Product Snapshot

Overview

The Sonos Five is a top-tier speaker that was first released in mid-2020. The speaker is available in black and white, and because it is wired (no battery), it is more suited for indoor use. It offers WiFi connectivity, and as is standard with top-ranking speakers, elements such as bass and treble can also be adjusted through its easy-to-use companion app. The speaker is also capable of stereo sound and compatible with Apple AirPlay. Its latency when using AirPlay is pretty low, making it great for watching music videos and movies. Like most highly rated Bluetooth speakers, its soundstage is also quite large, and it is also capable of a stereo output. Its build quality is also pretty decent, but its lack of Bluetooth connectivity may discourage some people from buying it. For an alternative that has Bluetooth connectivity, make sure to check out our Sonos Move review.

Consensus

our Verdict

Expert reviewers praised the Sonos Five for its low bass and stereo music output. Analysts from Tech Radar were impressed with its room-filling sound, and during their tests, they were able to get it up and going through the Sonos app. They were also impressed with how clear the vocals were. The Sonos Five has no built-in voice assistant support, unlike the Google Home Max (Google Assistant) and the Ultimate Ears Megablast (Alexa). We’ve covered them in our Google Home Max review and our Ultimate Ears Megablast review. Specialists from Sound Guys also liked how loud it got during their tests, but they didn’t quite draw a comparison between it and the best soundbar for hearing impaired.

On the flip side, testers didn’t appreciate its lack of Bluetooth connectivity, and this is a discredit it also shares with the IKEA SYMFONISK speaker. (Feel free to explore it in our IKEA SYMFONISK Speaker lamp review). They also lamented its missing speakerphone functionality and felt that its audio quality was reduced at louder volumes.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Good bass response
  • Room filling sound
  • Low AirPlay latency
  • Stereo sound output
  • Available in Black or White

Reason to Avoid

  • No speakerphone functionality
  • No voice assistant support
  • Sound distorts at high volume
  • No Bluetooth connectivity

Sonos Five Specs

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Product Comparison

Sonos Five Review

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Market Context

The Sonos Five is a top-tier speaker that was first released in mid-2020. The speaker is available in black and white, and because it is…

The Sonos Five is a top-tier speaker that was first released in mid-2020. The speaker is available in black and white, and because it is wired (no battery), it is more suited for indoor use. It offers WiFi connectivity, and as is standard with top-ranking speakers, elements such as bass and treble can also be adjusted through its easy-to-use companion app. The speaker is also capable of stereo sound and compatible with Apple AirPlay. Its latency when using AirPlay is pretty low, making it great for watching music videos and movies. Like most highly rated Bluetooth speakers, its soundstage is also quite large, and it is also capable of a stereo output. Its build quality is also pretty decent, but its lack of Bluetooth connectivity may discourage some people from buying it. For an alternative that has Bluetooth connectivity, make sure to check out our Sonos Move review.

The first thing buyers will notice between the Sonos Five and the Sonos One SL is that they’re very different in size, as the Sonos…

The first thing buyers will notice between the Sonos Five and the Sonos One SL is that they’re very different in size, as the Sonos Five is almost three times as large as the Sonos One SL. However, the Sonos Five is capable of stereo sound while the Sonos One SL is not, and it also has an AUX input that the One SL does not.

The Sonos Five has a stereo sound output while the Sonos Move does not, but the Sonos Move offers Bluetooth connectivity, voice assistant support and…

The Sonos Five has a stereo sound output while the Sonos Move does not, but the Sonos Move offers Bluetooth connectivity, voice assistant support and comes with a battery – features that differentiate it from the Sonos Five.

The Sonos Five is capable of a stereo output while the Bose Home Speaker 500 is not, but the Bose 500 supports Bluetooth connectivity while…

The Sonos Five is capable of a stereo output while the Bose Home Speaker 500 is not, but the Bose 500 supports Bluetooth connectivity while the Sonos Five does not. It also works with Alexa and Google Assistant, while the Sonos Five does not.

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Score Card

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Expert Score

85

*.75

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Customer Score

92

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    55
    The Sonos Five is good for music. It’s a stylish home speaker with access to… Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • DXO Mark
    98.76

    Category Trust Rating

    92
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Britta O’Boyle
  • Techgear Lab
    44.89

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Offering the best, most room-filling sound of all the speakers we tested, the Sonos Five… Read More

    By:

    What Hi-Fi?
  • Sound Guys
    55.87

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    The Sonos Five makes for a decent option if you’re already immersed in the Sonos… Read More

    By:

    Becky Scarrott
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Sonos Five is a beefy, exuberant and zealous beast, but don’t get us wrong;… Read More

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • Tech Power Up
    55.97

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    Sonos is the biggest name in the world of multiroom speaker systems, and the Five… Read More

    By:

    What Hi-Fi?