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New Sonos Play:5 revealed with fresh design and smarter software

A few days ago we reported that a new Sonos Play:5 speaker was right around the corner. Well it turns out our tipsters were right, though the company still had a few surprises up its sleeve.

The second-generation Sonos Play:5, announced Tuesday, features a new design packed with six synchronized drivers and three mid-woofers for an overall improved sound. The company says it should offer a stronger wireless connection too, meaning even fewer dropouts when you’re listening to music. It also boasts new touch control buttons for play, pause, volume and change track that can automatically re-orient based on how you position the speaker.

Beyond its latest speaker, Sonos announced Trueplay, a new feature that can adjust the music based on the room you’re in and the position of the device. It works using the speaker and microphone in your iPhone or iPad to release a special tone that bounces around the room to measure the space. Based on that information your speaker will recalibrate automatically. Trueplay will be available for the new Play:5 at launch, along with older Play:5, Play:3 and Play:1 models.

“Trueplay is a revolutionary system that gives music lovers confidence that they’re hearing what their favorite artists labored to produce, independent of the room’s acoustics and speaker location,” said Sonos CEO John MacFarlane.

The redesigned Sonos Play:5 is set to launch later this year for $499.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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