What Hifi Awards, 2016

'Best Multiroom System Under £500' 

Sonos are a highly renowned American manufacturer of quality wifi multiroom audio solutions. Having been at the forefront of wireless multiroom technology for over a decade and a half, Sonos are famous for their intuitive control software, rich and engaging sound quality, robust build quality and their commitment to designing and engineering an innovative product that looks as good as it sounds. 

In addition to their range of single-box 'Play' speaker models, Sonos build the Connect and Connect Amp, designed to integrate Sonos streaming and multiroom functionality into an existing hifi or auduio playback system. 

The Play:1 is a compact single driver and tweeter speaker with a sound much larger than its enclosure. The Play:1 can be used as a mono speaker, or teamed up with another Play 1 to act as a stereo pair. Despite its discrete appearance, the Play:1 will have no trouble filling most rooms and thrives in smaller to medium sized acoustic environments.

The Play:3, which consists of two bass/midrange drivers and a tweeter module between them, can also be used as a stand alone speaker unit or put two together and use them as a stereo pair. The Play:3 can be placed horizontally or vertically and the speaker will adjust its sound depending on its current orientation. The Play:3 is also a very compact and discrete speaker, making it great for use within a smaller/medium sized kitchen or bedroom. 

The Play:5 has three mid/bass woofers in and two off-centre tweeters for a wide stereo field and a dynamic, engaging listening experience overall. 

The Playbar has been designed to provide textured and well-detailed high fidelity sound for television systems. The Playbar pairs up with other Sonos units flawlessly as a multiroom music source, or using a stereo pair of Play:1s/Play:3s - as a fully immersive surround sound home cinema set-up. The Playbar will bring your Blu-Rays, Xbox games, favourite films and TV shows to a new level of life. 

The Sonos SUB is a simple, one-button set-up subwoofer, designed to take some of the strain off the Playbar by handling all of the lower frequencies to allow the Playbar to focus on the midrange and higher frequencies. The Sub provides a deep, liquid-like bass response with an exceptional level of clarity. It's highly flexible in terms of placement, as it can be put anywhere in the room for the same effect; you can even lie it down flat beneath your sofa.

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