In Depth: Sonos Play:5 and Trueplay

Last week I got the chance to sample the new Sonos Play:5 speaker and Trueplay. Let’s start with the latter.

Trueplay stems from the insight that few homes are acoustically perfect. The placement of the speaker and the room it’s in impacts the way it sounds. Now Sonos speakers are great, but they can’t make up for that. Until today. With Trueplay, anyone can tune speakers with the press of a button. The result is that music sounds great in every room and in every home. Using the Sonos app, the microphone on an iPhone or iPad, and a special tone emitted by the Sonos speaker, the system analyzes how sound reflects off walls, furnishings, glass and other surfaces in any given room. Sonos then smartly tunes that speaker so the music sounds its very best. I listened to the difference and it was stunning. It took an already good speaker and made it outstanding with minimal work. Here’s the best part, if you have an iOS device and a Sonos speaker, you’ll get this neat feature this week free of charge. Android users will be coming soon. As for supported speakers, the SONOS PLAY:1SONOS PLAY:3SONOS PLAY:5 will be supported at launch with support for other Sonos speakers coming soon.

If you want to see Trueplay in action, here’s a video for your viewing pleasure:

Now over to the new SONOS PLAY:5:

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Built with six synchronized, custom-designed drivers, the speaker’s three mid-woofers create smooth mids and deep, powerful lows, and three tweeters deliver crystal clear highs at any volume. The array produces a soundstage that is much wider than expected in a single speaker, creating room-filling sound with precise separation of vocals and instruments. It can be oriented in three different ways as well to allow it to fit in your environment. You can have two SONOS PLAY:5s paired together vertically deliver top-of-the-line stereo sound with a focused and intense sweet spot. Paired horizontally, they create a larger stereo image for an immersive, room-filling listening experience.

Now if you look closely….:

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You can see tiny holes that let the sound through and there’s around 60,000 of them. Those holes are not visible at a distance which makes the Play:5 look less like a speaker and more like a piece of art. The new SONOS PLAY:5 incorporates an innovative design that allows for the most effective wireless performance, without compromises, to ensure the music remains in perfect sync without dropouts.

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These new touch controls offer an intuitive, easy way to play, pause, adjust volume and change the track. Smart sensors make these touch controls responsive to all orientations, so the volume-up is always facing up.

Available in a custom matte black and matte white finish, the all-new SONOS PLAY:5 will retail for $549 CAD.

For more details on Trueplay and the new SONOS PLAY:5, please visit Sonos.com. Also you can expect a review of the new Play:5 shortly.

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