The Sonos 5.4 software update brings improvements to the Play:1 audio quality, removes the need for an Ethernet connection with Sonos home cinema systems, and brings changes to the TuneIn app and a new look shuffle feature.

Released in beta on Android back in May, it's now available for all - so look out for a prompt for the update on your controller.

The Sonos 5.2 update brought upgrades to the Playbar sound quality, while the 5.3 update redesigned the Sonos app, and now the new 5.4 update promises a "tune-up" for the Play:1 and a fully wireless Sonos home cinema experience.

Originally available in beta on Android and desktop controllers, Sonos 5.4 promises vocals will sound more natural at loud volume on the Play:1, while the bass has been optimised to improve the audio quality when partnered with the Sonos Sub

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Sonos has been gradually removing the need for any ethernet connetion and now home cinema systems (any Sonos surround sound system), which still required an ethernet connection to your router somewhere, no longer require this wired connection.

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Sonos says there's no need to make an adjustment if you already have a Sonos home cinema setup but you will no longer strictly need to connect an ethernet cable to a Bridge, Boost or directly to the Playbar. 

There are also tweaks to the way streaming music services can work, with a new look TuneIn app promised and an improved shuffle feature across the Sonos app. Sadly, however, the update does not fix the problem with streaming BBC internet radio stations.

"Beginning earlier this year, you may have experienced decreased quality and gaps in live programming while listening to your favourite BBC radio streams," says Sonos. "We apologise that this update does not fix these problems. Please know that we are working hard on a solution in partnership with TuneIn and the BBC to be released later this year."

You can read more about Sonos 5.4 on the Sonos blog.

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Comments

scools's picture

Sonos + Home Cinema

If Sonos were able to connect to a home cinema AV Amp, what a a killer feature that would be. Wireless Play:1 rear speakers for those who can't cable to the back of the room and using better, cheaper Bookshelf speakers instead of a Playbar.

Can but dream!! 

Graham Luke's picture

I think it's just great that

I think it's just great that Sonos continues seeking to improve the performance of the system well after the release of new products and software.

Are Sonos's rivals matching this...?

gowiththeflow's picture

The CR200 controller is downgraded though!

Good to see constant improvements to an already very good, robust and user friendly system, but the one downside this time round is the reduced functionality of the CR200 controller.

I understand the reasoning for this, but it's a shame that this very useful controller is losing some of its functions. I use an iPad, an Android phone and the CR200 to control my 5 zone system. The iPad is very user friendly, but the physical home, mute and volume buttons on the CR200 are much quicker and easier to use than the graphical touchscreen buttons on the other devices. the phone app is the least user friendly for me, mainly due to the physical size of the screen and the fiddle and inaccurate graphical touch buttons and sliders.

gowiththeflow's picture

The CR200 controller is downgraded though!

Good to see constant improvements to an already very good, robust and user friendly system, but the one downside this time round is the reduced functionality of the CR200 controller.

I understand the reasoning for this, but it's a shame that this very useful controller is losing some of its functions. I use an iPad, an Android phone and the CR200 to control my 5 zone system. The iPad is very user friendly, but the physical home, mute and volume buttons on the CR200 are much quicker and easier to use than the graphical touchscreen buttons on the other devices. The phone app is the least user friendly for me, mainly due to the physical size of the screen and the fiddly and inaccurate graphical touch buttons and sliders.