Sonos Five review
Quick Verdict: Sonos' updated standalone speaker pushes out some powerful sound, but it doesn't feel like the innovative speaker it should be.
- Good sound output
- Easy setup
- Audio input jack
- Lacks voice assistant
- Only a small upgrade from the Play:5 for now
Alongside the fancy (and very appealing) Sonos Arc, Sonos also recently upgraded two of its other speaker components, with a new-generation Sonos Sub and a slight remix of the Sonos Play:5 into the simpler-sounding Sonos Five.
Like the Play:5 it's a standalone wired or wireless speaker with a focus on music streaming. Audio output is (as you'd expect from Sonos) very good indeed, but it can't help but feel like the smallest possible upgrade from the Play:5, and one that could have perhaps benefitted from more of a feature bump at launch.
- Black or white all over
- 3.5mm audio line in socket
- Simple setup in theory
- No voice assistant to configure
- Great audio output
- Advantages over older models not apparent at launch
- A good standalone speaker
Should you buy it?
Sonos went all out for the Sonos Arc adding a host of new features and audio quality to differentiate it from its predecessors. It's not quite the same story with the Sonos Five, which fundamentally offers just a small specification bump over the existing Play:5 speakers. As such, there's not much of an argument to upgrade if you've already got one of those.
If you're looking at the Sonos Five as a standalone speaker, or as a stereo pair it's a different story. Audio output is excellent, but it does feel jarring that the cheaper Sonos One(https://www.finder.com.au/sonos-one-review) and Sonos Move (https://www.finder.com.au/sonos-move-review) speakers can manage voice control, but Sonos has seen fit to leave it out of the Sonos Five.
Pricing and availability
203 x 364 x 154 mm
Capacitive Touch Controls
White or black
Auto-switching 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz AC universal input
Images: Alex Kidman