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Good: For online raio works out of the box
Bad: Issues regarding adding own music to library
Comment: As the main review tended to concentrate on the radio options (napster, spotify, et al) I want to point out some issues that might influence the purchase of a great piece of kit. Firstly, and this is something that does not receive much (any) mention is that if you are adding your own ripped CDs to the Music Library there is a track limit of 65,000 (or less - depending on mp3 tag length). Let's stop using phrases like "all you music collection" when it patently is not true.
Adding music can also be problematic, and a scan of the forums will give an indication of the scale of this problem. Having bought two units a week ago I still haven't managed to add any of my music folders (and clearly this is not just my problem). I am currently listening to my music through the inbuilt music app on my iPad using line in. It is also worth mentioning that using line in to watch online TV on your iPad or other device with the sound through Sonos will give significant sync problems. Everything ends up looking like a 70s Japanese Kung-fu movie.
Having got those issues out of the way let's see why I am happy at spending £700.
I have my two units set up as a stereo pair (L+R) of speakers. The sound quality for size of unit is exceptional. Look at the price of Bose speakers and think of the added functionality that comes with Sonos and price becomes less of an issue. I'm not saying that, as speakers, Sonos are better than Bose - speakers provide a very personal experience - but I would find it hard to make any comparison where Sonos dd not come out on top.
There is a strong, but not overpowering bass, good mid-tones, and (to my ear at least) exceptional top-end - even after this short usage time I have heard elements of my music that have escaped me previously. Stereo separation is accurate and distinct; Yes' "Tales From Topographic Oceans" had Rick Wakeman's keyboards swirling majestically around the bedroom, while a mono recording from the Kinks' first album was planted firmly in the middle of the room (no faux stereo here). Although my set-up is in an average-size bedroom (to which I am unfortunately confined for much of my time) I would have doubts about the power available to fill a decent size living room - I don't think you are likely to having the neighbours banging on the walls.
Overall, extremely pleased with my purchase (although y bank manager may not agree), but there appears to be a lack of third-party development (as you get with the squeezebox), so - as far as I am aware you cannot get additional goodies like BBC iPlayer content or fancy skins for the iPad controllers.
Good: it sounds amazing
Comment: worth every penny. used nearly every day since i bought it from Amazon, and its never failed me once.
Good: Well made, easy to set up, and control, good sound.
Comment: Great piece of kit, easy to set up and use. Perfect way to stream your music all over your home. Even though expensive it is good value for the money.
Comment: Easy to set up
Works like a dream... paired with decent speakers the sound is brilliant if your files are of high quality.
Reduces clutter... kit is hidden away apart from the speakers.
No more hunting for hours looking for a lost CD only to find an empty case.
The iphone app is brill
Good: Easy to use and good sound
Bad: Can work out expensive
Comment: Love it!
Good: * Easy setup * Surprisingly good sound quality * Loads, loads, and more loads of music services available * Free Sonos Controller iPhone/iPod touch app is the cat's pajamas with bees' knees printed on them
Bad: * The S5 isn't quite as "all-in-one" as its name implies, since the proprietary network makes two ZonePlayers or a ZoneBridge necessary for wireless access, adding to the cost * While setup is easy, if you run into any snags they're hard to fix * Sonos wants the thing back when I'm finished reviewing it Final Thoughts
Comment: Whether you're considering the ZonePlayer S5 as an addition to an existing Sonos system, or simply as a portable standalone audio system, it's a smart, compact device with sound quality that belies its small size. That, combined with its plethora of available streaming audio services (forgive me, El Guapo) make it hard to resist.
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Good: good when itworks
Bad: keeps cutting off
Comment: ok when it works - fo half a song usuallly
keeps cutting off
i am bit pissed off with it
quite embarrising if you showing friends
Bad: can't think of anything.
Comment: I first came across Sonos (I had never heard of it....self confessed middleaged technophobe) 2yrs ago whilst looking for a 'normal' hi fi system, budget meant I couldn't afford it (as I definately wanted more than one!) Decided to save my pennies, in the meantime Sonos very kindly developed the S5, perfect, no need for seperate speakers. Having been totally seduced (and saved those pennies/pounds) my 3 S5's & zonebridge arrived last week, definately worth the wait, the system is fantastic!!!!
Good: Simple to use. Updated regulary
Bad: The price. But you get what you pay for
Comment: Sounds great, looks great and you can listen to what you want all over the house.
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