Sonos PLAY:1 Wireless Streaming Music Speaker Review
24 July 2014
Excerpt: In Frank Oz's criminally underrated comedy What About Bob? , Bob Wiley (Bill Murray) reminds us: There are two types of people in this world: those who like Neil Diamond and those who don't. My ex-wife loves him.
Pros: Tiny footprint, big sound, Easy to pair with a second PLAY:1 for stereo sound, Sonos Controller mobile app keeps getting better
Cons: Looks weatherproof, but it isn't, Wish list: rechargeable battery for easier outdoor use, Black and white are a good start. More colors please!
Excerpt: At $199 each, the Play:1 represents the new low entry point for the Sonos multiroom wireless audio system. Connect it to your router, download the free controller app to your smartphone or tablet, and you’re ready to start building a wireless wholehouse music system fed by your personal music...
Summary: The downside to testing a single PLAY:1 is that we can't create a "stereo pair" or play different streams to each of the devices. That being said, what we can test is the range, quality and overall performance of the SONOS PLAY:1 - both software and hardware.
Pros: Great software, Build quality, Decent audio quality, Easy to use and setup, Comes with the SONOS Bridge, Flexible options and easy to setup/add other SONOS gear
Cons: The SONOS PLAY:1 is a great setup and if you snag a couple of these, you'll likely be very happy. The overall build quality of the hardware as well as the engineering of the software is fantastic. I'm a fan., Needs a pair to really appreciate quality, functionality, Not cheap
Excerpt: Last month launched in the U.S., Sonos' latest wireless speaker - the Sonos Play:1 - is also available in Europe since this month. I don't think that the Sonos system needs any further introduction but if you haven't heard about it yet, it's a wireless HiFi speaker system.
Excerpt: The Good Great sound - Stylish build - Easy setup - Humidity-resistant The Bad iOS app interface could use iOS 7 makeover - Audio playback is limited to Sonos-supported services Improvements in wireless technology over the years has made it increasingly easier to offer music playback in every room...
Conclusion: So what’s there not to love about the Play:1? Nothing.
Pros: Excellent sound quality for the size and convenience; Sonos's cheapest speaker yet and it includes a free Bridge (for now); wireless; works with virtually all music streaming services; designed to withstand high humiidty
Cons: Bass drops off after 50% amplitude; you'll want at least 2
Conclusion: For existing Sonos users, the PLAY:1 is a no-brainer. Affordable enough to slot easily into an existing zone that needs a little extra oomph, and yet capable enough to keep up the company's reputation for audiophile-friendly quality, it's equally at home setting up new zones in rooms that might once...
Summary: The Sonos Play:1 finally brings the company's wireless audio magic to the masses, in a fantastically designed compact speaker that's just $199/AU$299.
Pros: The, is a stylish and exceptionally well-made wireless speaker, especially for the price. It offers the full Sonos experience, with support for most key services (including Spotify, Pandora, Rdio) and super-reliable wireless streaming. Sound quality is good considering the size and gets even bett...
Cons: Unlike Bluetooth speakers, the Sonos system can't stream from every app on your phone or tablet -- so there's no support for iTunes Radio, for instance. The lack of a built-in battery limits room-to-room mobility.
Conclusion: The Play:1 is a great addition to the Sonos range, as it suddenly gives existing Sonos owners a lot more options. For people that want to get started with Sonos, this is a great entry-level device that doesn't cost an absolute fortune.