The Hi-Fi high-end equipment manufacturer Sonos comes with a little walk on the flat band of pioneers of the genre in revealing the Sonos ZonePlayer S5, "a wireless music system all-in-one controlled by the iPhone". The enclosure features an aesthetic close to the recent Bose SoundDock.
Like Bose SoundLink, the device can stream music stored on its local network, but this time it contains everything needed to access independently to a computer, a server to networked storage (NAS) or Internet wirelessly. The Sonos system can access iTunes shared libraries, to network shares or the famous music service Deezer, and broadcast the music of its choice on one or more chambers of the same household.
Acoustically, the Sonos ZonePlayer S5 has two tweeters, two midrange and a subwoofer powered individually by a digital amplifier whose power has not been specified.
The device uses an obscure proprietary wireless technology and requires another device Sonos (a ZonePlayer or ZoneBridge) to work wirelessly. An Ethernet connection allows to save the day otherwise.
The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 will be launched on 10 November for 400 euros. Watch the Sonos ZonePlayer S5 Video Demonstration.
1. Room-filling, ear-impressing sound
- With 5 speakers powered by 5 dedicated digital amps.
2. Internet connected for unlimited music
Over 25,000 free Internet radio stations
Your entire iTunes® library (not just what fits on your iPod®)
Millions of songs and stations streaming direct from the Internet
3. Control with your iPhone or iPod touch
- Free Sonos Controller for iPhone™ app is a download away
- Pick a room, find a song and touch play from anywhere
- Keep your iPhone in your pocket, not stuck in a dock
- Get a text or a call and the music won’t stop
4. Simple to set up anywhere you want music
- Just plug in the S5* and rock out.
5. Add more S5s without adding wires
- Play the same song in every room or different songs in different rooms.
|Amplifier||Five Class-D digital amplifiers|
|Speakers||Five driver speaker system – two tweeters, two 3” mid-range drivers, and one 3.5” woofer. Each driver of the product is individually powered by a dedicated amplifier.|
|Headphone||Auto-detecting 3.5 mm headphone connection. The S5’s integrated speakers mute when headphones are inserted.|
Auto-detecting 3.5mm audio line-in connection
|Audio formats supported||Support for compressed MP3, iTunes Plus, WMA (including purchased Windows Media downloads), AAC (MPEG4), Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, Flac (lossless) music files, as well as uncompressed WAV and AIFF files.
Native support for 44.1kHz sample rates. Additional support for 48kHz, 32kHz, 24kHz, 22kHz, 16kHz, 11kHz, and 8kHz sample rates.
Note: Apple "Fairplay", AAC Enhanced and WMA Lossless formats not currently supported. Previously purchased Apple “Fairplay” DRM-protected songs may be upgraded. See Apple for details.
|Music services supported||Deezer, Last.fm, Napster®, Pandora®, Rhapsody®, SIRIUS® Internet Radio, and downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service availability varies by region.|
|Operating systems (for stored files)||Windows® XP SP2 and higher; Mac OS X v10.4 and higher; NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices supporting CIFS|
|Internet radio supported||Streaming MP3, WMA|
|Album art supported||JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF|
|Playlists supported||iTunes®, Rhapsody, WinAmp®, Windows Media Player®, and MusicMatch™ (.m3u, .pls, .wpl)|
|Wireless connectivity||SonosNet 2.0, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network|
|Network bridging||2-port switch (10/100Mbps, auto MDI/MDIX) allows Ethernet devices to connect through SonosNet|
|* Internet connection required for access to Internet radio stations, online music services and software updates (DSL, cable modem or LAN-based high-speed Internet connection required.) Internet functionality may require payment of separate fee to a service provider; local and/or long distance telephone charges may apply.|
|Power Supply||AC 120/240V, 50-60Hz, auto-switchable|
|Top-panel buttons||Volume and Mute|
|Top-panel lights||Indicate ZonePlayer status and Mute status|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||8.50 x 14.40 x 4.80 in. (217 x 365 x 123 mm)|
|Weight||9.15 lb (4.15 kg)|
|Operating temperature||32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)|
|Storage temperature||4°F to 158°F (-20°C to 70°C)|
|Product finish||White finish with light metallic grill|
|Multi-language support||Sonos System Software supports Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish|
|Package contents||Sonos ZonePlayer S5, power cord, line-in audio cable, flat Ethernet cable, Sonos System Setup software CD-ROM, Product Guide, and Setup Poster|
|Note: All specifications subject to change without notice.|