The Sonos Five is a wired mid-size speaker that can be used horizontally or vertically. It has a bright sound profile that delivers a thumpy, punchy bass. While it doesn't have a more comprehensive EQ to help tweak its sound, its companion app offers bass and treble sliders. However, it only supports Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay. It also has a lot of compression at max volume and doesn't offer voice assistant on its own. That said, it's a suitable choice for users looking to incorporate a sleek-looking speaker into their Apple ecosystem.
The Sonos Five is good for music. It has a bright sound profile with punchy, thumpy bass suitable for a variety of audio content. Its companion app offers bass and treble adjustment sliders and it has a good soundstage. However, while it can get loud, there's a lot of compression at max volume.
The Sonos Five is mediocre for videos and movies. It has a thumpy, punchy sound profile that's well-suited for sound effects and a good stereo soundstage. However, there's a lot of compression at max volume. You can only stream your audio via Wi-Fi or Apple AirPlay, which is a little limiting. Luckily, it has low audio latency.
The Sonos Five is mediocre for podcasts. It has a balanced mid-range, which helps reproduce clear and detailed dialogue. You can also share your podcast across several Sonos speakers across your home. However, it's not very portable, and it doesn't support Bluetooth or multi-device pairing.
The Sonos Five isn't suitable for voice assistant. While it doesn't support voice assistants on its own, it can be controlled with either Alexa or Google Assistant when it's connected to a voice-enabled device over Wi-Fi.
The Sonos Five isn't recommended for outdoor use as it has a wired design.
The Sonos 5 is a sleek mid-size speaker with a simple, rectangular design. It has a matte coating and a graphite grille. You can either use this speaker horizontally, which gives you stereo audio, or use it vertically for mono audio. There's a small status light next to the play/pause button that can be turned off via the app if you prefer. This speaker is also available in a black finish. Check out the IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf if you're looking for a Sonos speaker that can blend in nicely with most home decor.
The Sonos Five isn't very portable. It's larger than the Sonos Move and needs to be plugged into a wall outlet if you want to use it. Since it's meant to be used wired, it doesn't have a one-hand carry.
The Sonos Five has a mediocre build quality. It feels sturdy and solid, but it isn't designed to be used in or around water. However, the manufacturer states that it can withstand high-humidity like in a bathroom with a running shower.
This speaker has a decent control scheme. It has a set of touch-sensitive control on its top side. Two four-dotted buttons can be tapped to adjust the volume or swiped to skip tracks. There's also a button between both dotted buttons that you can press and hold to play/pause audio or add the music that's playing in another room. It also has a physical join button, which allows you to reset the speaker or connect it to your wider Sonos system.
The Sonos 5's frequency response accuracy is great. It has a thumpy, punchy bass, but is fairly bright overall. That said, its neutral mid-range is well-suited for vocal-centric content. If you prefer a different sound, you can tweak its sound profile using the bass and treble adjustment features within its companion app.
Note: We tested this speaker after running Sonos' Trueplay feature on the Sonos S2 companion app. This feature automatically tunes the speaker to your room by measuring how sound reflects off of your walls and other surfaces around it.
Its soundstage is good. Unlike the Sonos One SL, this speaker can play stereo content when placed in its horizontal position. While its directivity is still somewhat narrow, it's still impressive for a speaker that doesn't have a 360-degree design.
This speaker has a disappointing dynamics performance. While it can get pretty loud, there's a lot of pumping and compression artifacts present at max volume, so it isn't recommended to push this speaker to its max volume. If you're looking for a home speaker with a better overall dynamics performance, check out the Klipsch The Three II.
This speaker doesn't have a battery.
The Sonos 5 doesn't have any voice assistants. However, the manufacturer advertises that this speaker can be controlled with Alexa or Google Assistant when the speaker is connected to a voice-enabled device over Wi-Fi.
The Sonos S2 app is outstanding. While it lacks an EQ, it has bass and treble sliders to help you customize its sound. You can also pair two Sonos speakers together to create a stereo pair. You can connect multiple speakers in separate rooms together to play the same audio throughout your home wirelessly, too.
This speaker can only be used wired. It has an analog in-line with a 3.5mm jack so that you can play audio from devices like older smartphones. It also has an Ethernet port so you can connect it to your home network.
This speaker doesn't support Bluetooth.
The Sonos 5 has good Wi-Fi compatibility. While it doesn't support 5Ghz Wi-Fi, you can stream your favorite audio to the speaker using Apple AirPlay, and it has very low latency, too. However, it doesn't support Chromecast built-in.
The Sonos 5 comes in two color variants: 'Black' and 'White'. We tested the 'White' variant, and you can see its label here. We expect the 'Black' color variant to perform similarly to our test unit.
If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.
The Sonos Five is a wired mid-size speaker. Unlike the Sonos Move, it's only meant to be used within the home and can be placed horizontally or vertically, depending on your preference. It has a bright but thumpy and punchy sound profile and you can stream your favorite audio to the speaker using Wi-Fi or Apple AirPlay. However, it doesn't support voice assistants on its own.
The Sonos Five is a better overall speaker than the Sonos One SL. The Five is capable of reproducing a lot more low-bass, which is great for genres like EDM or hip-hop, and it can play stereo content without downmixing it into mono. However, some may prefer the One SL's smaller size. You can also add it to a Sonos-compatible soundbar setup if you want surround speakers.
The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a slightly better speaker than the Sonos Five, though they have different strengths. The Bose offers exceptional voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, and does an excellent job of hearing you when you're far away and in noisier environments. It also has fewer compression artifacts at max volume, and has a wider sounding soundstage than that of the Sonos, thanks to its 360-degree design. However, with its Trueplay feature turned on, the Sonos has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a thumpier and punchier bass than that of the Bose.
The Denon Home 350 and the Sonos Five are similarly performing home speakers and depending on your needs, you may prefer one over the other. The Denon can get louder with fewer compression artifacts, and it supports Bluetooth, although it has high iOS and Android latency. It also has microphones built-in and the manufacturer's report that they plan to offer voice assistant support in a later firmware update. However, the Sonos has a slightly better-balanced sound profile and it has a more immersive soundstage.
The Apple HomePod and the Sonos Five are two speakers with different strengths, and you may prefer one over the other, depending on your needs. The Apple has a better soundstage and performs better at its max volume. It also has Siri built-in, which can be voice-activated and can hear you from quite a distance. However, the Sonos is better for music since it can produce more low-bass and its sound profile is better balanced. It also has a bass and treble slider via its companion app.
The Google Home Max and the Sonos Five are two mid-size speakers with different strengths and depending on your needs, you may prefer one over the other. The Google has better controls and has an excellent performing Google Assistant built-in. It also supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Google Chromecast. However, the Sonos can produce more low-bass and has a better-balanced sound profile, which makes it better suited for music. It also supports Apple AirPlay.
The Sonos Five is a better speaker than the Sonos One Gen 2. The Five offers a bright sound profile that can produce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass that's typically present in bass-heavy music like EDM. It can get louder, and you can place the speaker horizontally to listen to stereo content, and vertically for mono. However, the One Gen 2 offers great voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. It has less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. If you own a compatible Sonos soundbar, you can even add it to your setup as a surround speaker.
The Sonos Move and the Sonos Five have different strengths. The Move is better suited for outdoor use as it's battery-powered and has an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. It also has outstanding voice assistant capabilities, and you can wirelessly stream audio to the device using Bluetooth. However, the Five is better suited for music as it can produce more low-bass, and it can be used in stereo or mono mode, depending on how it's placed.
The Sonos Five is a better overall speaker than the JBL Charge 5, though they have different strengths. The Sonos can produce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass that fans of bass-heavy music tend to enjoy. It comes with bass and treble adjustments, so you can tweak its sound to your liking. You can also place it horizontally to listen to stereo content, and vertically for mono. However, the JBL has less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio during louder listening sessions. It's also battery-powered, making it more portable. Also, you can pair up to two devices to it at once, so you can easily switch between audio sources.
The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a better speaker overall than the Sonos Five. The Ultimate Ears is battery-powered, so it's more portable and can be used outdoors. It's better-built, and it gets louder with fewer compression artifacts at max volume. Some listeners may prefer its graphic EQ over the Sonos' bass and treble adjustments, too. However, the Sonos reproduces more low-bass out-of-the-box, and its default sound profile is more neutral and balanced.
The Sonos Five is a better speaker for music than the Apple HomePod Mini. It can get louder than the Apple, and can produce a thumpy and rumbling low-bass which may please fans of bass-heavy music. It also comes with bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound to your liking. However, the Apple comes with Siri built-in, and can understand your commands from far and in noisy settings. It also has significantly less compression present at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner at louder volumes.
The Sonos Five is a better speaker than the IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf overall. The Sonos can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono which sounds more immersive. It can also get louder than the IKEA and can produce deeper and thumpier bass. While the IKEA doesn't get as loud as the Sonos, it has fewer compression artifacts present at max volume, resulting in a cleaner sound when listening at louder volume settings.
The Google Nest Audio and the Sonos Five have different strengths and depending on your usage, you may prefer one over the other. The Google speaker is better suited for voice assistants, as it has Google Assistant built-in. It also supports Bluetooth. While the Sonos doesn't support voice assistants at all, it's better for movies and music as it has a better-balanced sound profile with a thumpy low-bass. It can also be used in a stereo or mono mode, depending on how it's placed.
The Sonos Five is a better speaker than the Klipsch The Three II. With its Trueplay feature enabled, the Sonos can produce a more extended low-bass, meaning that you can feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM. It also offers a wider-sounding soundstage and comes with bass and treble adjustments to tweak its sound to your liking. That said, the Klipsch can get significantly louder with less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. It also supports Bluetooth connectivity.
Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sony SRS-RA3000 or the Sonos Five. The Sonos can produce deeper bass, and can get louder than the Sony. You can also connect it to other compatible Sonos speakers when you want your audio to fill a large room without increasing its volume. That said, the Sony has outstanding directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage. It has fewer compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner during louder listening sessions. It also supports Bluetooth and features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking.