Denon Heos 5 vs. Sonos PLAY:5

Denon Heos 5 vs Sonos Play 5

Let’s take a look at the differences between the Denon Heos 5 vs. Sonos PLAY:5.

Most of the differences are slight, but Sono’s sound quality is a big one.

Since it comes with an extra class-D amplifier, tweeter and a mid-woofer you can expect a deeper and clearer sound from Sonos Play:5.

Whereas Heos 5 offers us Bluetooth compatibility and a dual-band network support for more efficiency.

So in terms of sound quality Sonos PLAY:5 is the better model to go for, while Denon Heos 5 comes out ahead with its network support.


The Short Version

Sonos PLAY:5 = 6 class-D digital amplifiers, 3 tweeters, 3 mid-woofers, includes an audio line-in, no USB port, 1 ethernet port, no Bluetooth available, supports a 2.4 GHz wireless network, can be placed both vertically and horizontally.

Denon Heos 5 = 5 class- D digital amplifiers, 2 tweeters, 2 mid-woofers, includes an audio line-in, comes with a USB port, 1 ethernet port, compatible w/ Bluetooth, works with 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands, horizontal placement only.

Which one are you getting?

Last update on 2020-12-01 at 08:44 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Denon Heos 5 vs. Sonos PLAY:5 — Easy Comparison Chart

Sonos PLAY:5 (Gen 2) Denon Heos 5
Wireless Network802.11b/g, 2.4 GHz802.11a/b/g/n networks on2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands
PlacementVertical or HorizontalHorizontal
Ethernet Port11
Class-D Digital Amplifiers65
Tweeter32
BluetoothNoYes
Audio Line-inYesYes
Mid-Woofer32
USB PortNo1

Denon Heos 5 vs. Sonos PLAY:5 — What’s Different?

Denon Heos 5

Sound Quality – When it comes to the sound quality between Denon Heos 5 vs. Sonos Play:5, Sonos definitely has the advantage here, even if it isn’t a huge difference.

With its 6 digital amplifiers, vs. Hoes 5, and 3 mid-woofers compared to the 2 which Heos 5 comes with, you can expect a more powerful and rich sound from the Sonos Smart Speaker.

USB Port – Additionally, Heos 5 also includes a USB port addition as well. While it’s not a huge difference, Play: 5 doesn’t come with one.

Wireless Network – Heos 5 comes ahead due to its support of both a 2.4 & a 5GHz wireless network for better connectivity options, whereas Sonos Play: 5 only offers support for a 2.4GHz network.

Placement – In terms of placement, Sonos Play: 5 can produce a powerful sound both when placed vertically or horizontally, while Heos can only be placed horizontally.

Bluetooth – Lastly, Heos 5 offers us Bluetooth compatibility which can be pretty handy when out and about.

Unfortunately Sonos Play: 5 lacks in this department.

Last update on 2020-12-01 at 08:44 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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