Sonos Play 1 – Review of a Compact Wireless Home Smart Speaker for Streaming Music

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  • Small yet powerful speaker for streaming music and more. Get rich, room-filling sound with Play:1, and control it with the Sonos app.
  • The compact design fits just about any space. Put it on your kitchen countertop or tuck it away on your office bookshelf.
  • Go from unboxing to listening in minutes with just one cord and step-by-step guidance in the Sonos app.
  • Pair two Play:1s in the same room for stereo separation and more detailed sound.
  • Easily connect Sonos speakers in different rooms over WiFi to create a home sound system that brings every room and everyone together.
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Sonos Play: 1, The small yet powerful speaker for streaming music and more

Sonos Play 1 is the most affordable speaker in the Sonos lineup for full house music systems. It is so powerful that it can instantly fill up a room with music and has a quite good amount of bass. What makes it different from other speakers in the market? Well, let’s find out.

Sonos Play:1 – Design

The Sonos Play One has a rather simple design as compared to other speakers in the market but it is really robust and well built. With a metal grill going around its body and hard plastic shell on the top and the bottom making it fairly durable. It’s very keen looking and rather draws attention.

It is not like the other speakers in the market because it would not stream music connected via Bluetooth or a 3.5 mm jack! That’s right! It doesn’t have an audio jack or Bluetooth support. How does it work then? Well, it’s almost alarming hardware-wise because it just has a power button and a volume rocker on the top apart from the power jack and the wall mounting socket.

Sonos runs completely on the basis of an application that you can download on your ios/android devices as well as your pc and connect it via the Ethernet port. It has its own wifi based software system to stream music and supports a variety of streaming services including Spotify and Amazon music.

Sonos Play: 1 Setup

On first when you fire up the app using your device, it should recognize the speaker almost immediately. You then simply select your home Wi-Fi network and enter your password. That’s it. You’re done!

If the app struggles to find your Play:1, you just need to plug it into your router using an Ethernet cable. There’s a cable included in the box. Either way, setup takes just a minute or two. It is quite heavy, due to which you cannot take advantage of Sonos Play 1 wall mount. But due to its key designing, it can fit onto any sort of stand. Sonos Play 1 stand gives it complete finish.

Sonos Play:1 – Interface and Application

Until 2016, all music selection for your Play:1 had to be done through the Sonos app which was quite frustrating.

It is an attractive and well-made app, but you may find too much restriction in the app which can be a mood off. It also has worse music discovery and searching than a normal streaming app.  Spotify users can now stream directly from the Spotify app which is great.

This makes Sonos feel more natural, just as if you would use Spotify on your phone.

Not a Spotify user? Not a problem, try something else! The Sonos application supports a variety of music streaming applications now, this includes most streamer favorites including Google Play Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music and old favorites like Deezer.

Podcast fans may find their app of choice isn’t supported. Sonos’s solution is TuneIn Radio, the most popular internet radio app and also a good way to listen to podcasts. It comes ‘preinstalled’ in the Sonos app.

You can also set alarms using the app, although as there’s no snooze function so you’d better be good at getting out of bed LOL. If you want to create a more surround sound experience you can buy the entire Sonos setup including sidebars and subwoofer which would cost around $1800.

One feature missing from the speaker is a full array microphone. We are starting to see most speakers integrating with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free experience however this is not possible with Sonos. It is mostly manual in operation.

Sonos Play:1 – Sound Quality

Sonos Play is an excellent small speaker, offering class-leading sound quality for a wireless speaker of this price and size.

Each Sonos Play:1 has two drivers, a mid-range/bass driver and a smaller tweeter. However, its main driver uses stronger-than-average magnets to allow the speaker cone to move back and forward further than normally any traditional speaker would allow.

It helps give the Sonos Play one excellent, rich and bashful sound for its size. Voicing is fairly neutral, but the depth and scale of the bass the speaker is able to produce are very impressive.

Treble is a little soft, without the piercing clarity you often get with a dedicated tweeter. But that is what you’ll have to compromise in a small speaker to get the volume required. When Sonos sub and Sonos Playbar are played in combination with Sonos Play, the pairing does not blow up the room but it enhances the surround sound.

Sonos Play 1 Review

I would easily suggest Sonos Play 1 for an affordable speaker that can provide you with world class sound. For those who say that Sonos is just for the rich, Sonos Play: 1 is the answer. Just like its brothers, it delivers what the company stands for, premium quality listening experience!

Check out the Sonos Playbar review 2019 if you are looking to buy the combination!

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