Sonos PLAY:1 vs. PLAY:5

Sonos Play 1 vs Play 5

Today, we’ll take a look at the differences between the Sonos PLAY:1 vs. PLAY:5.

Of them all, the most important is the improved audio quality, as well as the in-built stereo sound of the Sonos Play:5.

Of course, you still have the option of purchasing two Sonos PLAY:1 speakers in order to achieve that powerful stereo sound, but if you prefer to shell out for a smart speaker that can produce both mono as well as high-quality stereo sound, Sonos PLAY:5 is the way to go.

The Short Version

Sonos PLAY:1 = Mono output, stereo output only when paired with other speakers, 2 class-D digital amplifiers, one tweeter, one mid-woofer, adjustable bass & treble, no audio line-in, compatible w/ Alexa, works w/ Trueplay, set-up over WiFi works w/ a 2.4GHz WiFi network, humidity resistant, one ethernet port, button on-device control, wall mount available.

Sonos PLAY:5 = Mono output on vertical position, stereo output in a horizontal position, 6 class-D digital amplifiers, 3 tweeters, 3 mid-woofers, adjustable bass & treble, audio line-in, voice control w/ Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant via the line-in port, Siri coming soon, compatible w/ Trueplay, set-up over WiFi, one app control, humidity resistant, compatible w/ 2.4GHz WiFi network, one ethernet port, touch on-device control, can change orientation, wall mount available.

Which one are you getting?

Last update on 2024-02-25 at 20:34 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Sonos PLAY:1 vs. PLAY:5 — Easy Comparison Chart

Sonos PLAY:1 Sonos PLAY:5
Dimensions6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69 in.
8.03 x 14.33 x 6.06 in.
Product finishWhite w/ light metallic grille; Black w/ graphite grilleWhite or black matte enclosure w/ graphite grille
Weight4.08 lbs. (1.85 kg)14 lbs. (6.36 kg)
Humidity ResistantYesYes
Mono OutputYesIn vertical position
Stereo OutputOnly when paired with other speakersIn horizontal position
Class-D Digital Amplifiers26
Adjustable Bass & Treble ControlsYesYes
A Bass RadiatorNoNo
Audio line-inNoYes
Amazon AlexaYesYes
Google AssistantNoVia line-in port
SiriNoComing soon
Set Up Over WiFiYesYes
One App ControlYesYes
WiFi802.11b/g, 2.4 GHz802.11b/g, 2.4 GHz
Ethernet Port11
On-Device ControlButtonTouch
Wall MountAvailableAvailable
Change orientationNoYes

Sonos PLAY:1 vs. PLAY:5 — What’s Different?

Sonos Play 5

Voice Control Options – When it comes to voice commands, both smart speakers have support for Amazon Alexa.

However, Sonos Play:5 additionally offers compatibility with Google Assistant via line-in port as well as Siri.

Mono & Stereo Output – Additionally, Sonos Play:5 can support both mono output when positioned vertically, as well as stereo sound when horizontal.

Whereas Play:1 only supports mono sound, but when you pair it up with another PLAY:1 you can get that desired stereo output as well

Design – In terms of size, Sonos Play:1 is a much more compact device measuring at 6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69 in., and weighing at 4.08 lbs., vs. the bulkier 14 lbs. & 8.03 x 14.33 x 6.06 in. measurements of the Sonos Play:5.

Sound Quality – With Sonos Play:5 you can also expect much higher quality and a wider range of sound with its three dedicated mid-woofers, three tweeters, and an amplifier for each of these audio elements.

While Play:1 only comes with a single tweeter and mid-woofer.

Controls – Both smart speakers also feature on-device controls in order to control them.
Sonos Play:5 features more advanced touch style buttons which allow you to tap to change volume and swipe to change the track, while Play:1 comes with physical buttons.

Audio Line-In – Lastly, Sonos Play:5 also comes out ahead due to its included audio line-in port.

This allows you to connect your smart speaker to a TV, phone or any other source to enjoy a high-quality sound.

Unfortunately, Play:1 lacks this feature.

Last update on 2024-02-25 at 20:34 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API