A lot has changed since Sonos introduced its original Digital Music System five years ago. These days, wirelessly zipping your digital music library from one end of the casa to the other doesn’t seem quite as novel as it did half a decade ago. Novel or not, though, the Sonos system is still a nifty gadget: a fully featured multiroom audio system that not only puts your iTunes library at your fingertips anywhere in the house (or even just outside), but also packs in more streaming audio services than you’ll ever have time to fully explore—everything from Pandora and Rhapsody to Deezer and iheartradio, and most recently Wolfgang’s Vault, the internet’s largest archive of live concert recordings from acts you’d actually want to listen to.
And with the addition of the ZonePlayer S5, the Sonos family just got even more inviting. The S5 boasts all of the proprietary wireless connectivity of its forebears, and adds built-in speakers and amplification, which, when combined with the ease of installation and setup, not to mention the surprisingly good sound quality, makes it one of the most enticing portable music systems I’ve held in my massive front paws yet.
For a more in-depth look at the S5, along with the free Sonos iPhone Control app and all of the additional services Sonos has added to their system in the past few years, check out my Sonos ZonePlayer S5 Review at Big Picture Big Sound.