New black Sonos S5 is better at lurking in the shadows

Chris Davies - Jun 2, 2010
New black Sonos S5 is better at lurking in the shadows

The Sonos S5 has been given a makeover, with the company pushing out a new, black version of the all-in-one music system.  Priced at the same $399 as its white counterpart, the Sonos S5 has the same five integrated speakers – each with their own digital amp – and can be controlled via either Sonos’ own special remotes or the company’s iPhone and iPod touch app.

The new color version follows on from Sonos’ recent software upgrade for the S5, which allows two of the units to be paired up as stereo speakers.  While the company still expects most people to use a single S5 as their main source of audio for a room, the ability to couple two up (using one for the left audio channel and the other for the right) is billed as useful for parties and other times you’d want more impressive sound.

Press Release:

The Award-Winning Sonos ZonePlayer S5. Now In Black.


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – June 2, 2010 – Sonos®, Inc., the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, today introduced the latest addition to its suite of products – the Sonos ZonePlayer S5 in black. Applauded by experts as one of the Gadgets of the Year, the Sonos S5 is an all-in-one wireless music system that can be controlled with an iPhone™, iPod® touch or any Sonos Controller. The Sonos S5 (in both black and white) has a suggested retail price of $399 and can be purchased at any authorized Sonos retailer or at To view an introduction video about the Sonos S5, visit

The key features of the Sonos S5 include:

Room-filling sound: 5 integrated speakers and 5 dedicated digital amplifiers provide crystal-clear audio that fills any room with music.
Unlimited music from iTunes and the Internet: Play way more than what fits on your iPod, including all your iTunes, free Internet radio and millions of songs and stations from the Internet, including iheartradio,, Napster®, Pandora®, Rhapsody®, SIRIUS® Internet Radio, and more.
Control with an iPhone or iPod touch: Download the free Sonos Controller for iPhone app and search for songs, choose the music and control the volume in any room from anywhere. Don’t have an iPhone? Use any wireless handheld Sonos Controller or the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC.
Wireless expandability: Add more S5s wirelessly and fill your whole house with music. Then, play the same song in every room or different songs in different rooms.
“We’re thrilled to expand our product portfolio to include the S5 in black,” said Phil Abram, President, Sonos, Inc. “We felt it was important to offer our customers a choice when designing their perfect Sonos setup for different rooms of their home.”

To learn more about Sonos, locate an authorized Sonos retailer or make a purchase, please visit or call 877.80.SONOS.

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