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conclusion:We like it

89

The Play:1 may be smaller, cheaper, and more 'bookshelf-friendly' than other Sonos speakers, but it still manages to deliver exceptional sound in a stylish package. Like its larger sibling the Play:3, the Play:1 has a look and feel that critics found pleasing, with Gizmodo calling it "handsome" and CNET says it's a "stylish and exceptionally well-made wireless speaker." While it may not be portable like the Jawbone JAMBOX, the Play:1 has a much smaller footprint than other Sonos speakers, and TechHive says it's "ideal for bedrooms or kitchens." Usually a smaller speaker means a drop in sound quality but don't worry, What Hi-Fi says the Play:1 delivers "impressive performance," and Pocket-Lint thinks the "bass levels are rich and the speaker copes well with trebles." At just $199, the Play:1 is the cheapest way to jump into the Sonos wireless music system, or just a good addition to your existing collection of Sonos speakers.

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9.0
CNET Oct 14, 2013

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.

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9.0
Gizmodo Oct 14, 2013

I think the system really isn't totally complete on its own in a living room without a stereo pair, which brings up the regular price of a new system to $450, which is quite pricey.

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 23, 2013

The Sonos Play:1 is the most affordable, functional wireless multi-room speaker we've seen yet, and Sonos' legacy makes it a breeze to set up.

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8.0
TechCrunch Oct 24, 2013

Whether you need a small speaker for the kitchen or want to add a polyphonic spree to your living room, I see no reason why the average home user wouldn’t want to use Sonos over similarly priced – and less fully-featured – speaker systems. Sonos, to borrow a timeworn cliche, just works.

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10
Pocket-Lint Oct 14, 2013

The Play:1 is a great little speaker than has so much potential beyond the speaker itself that we can't recommend it enough as a starting place to embrace the Sonos system ... This is about getting the most out of your digital streaming music service without spending a fortune in doing so.

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10
The Guardian Oct 14, 2013

The Play:1's combination of great sound, streaming connectivity and comparatively low price makes me think it will be a hit.

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9.0
SlashGear Oct 14, 2013

The combination of super-straightforward setup and great audio quality continues to single Sonos out, as does the range of integration with both local and streaming audio sources.

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9.0
TechHive Oct 14, 2013

The Play:1 is affordable, compact, sounds good, and includes all the capabilities and streaming options available with the other speakers. In short, it's a gateway drug to the Sonos ecosystem.

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10
What Hi-Fi Oct 14, 2013

The Play:1 has won us over in the exactly the same way the Play:3 and Play:5 did. It’s ease of use is a huge draw, but this is backed up by a fantastic sound quality and an affordable price.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Oct 14, 2013

The Sonos Play:1 is probably the most impressive speaker we’ve seen from Sonos. It offers all the convenience of its streaming brothers in a smaller, cheaper form. Don’t expect it to power a party single-handed, but this speaker is simply brilliant.

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9.0
TechRadar Oct 14, 2013

Sonos has delivered again with the Play:1. We're hugely impressed with what it offers for its size, but perhaps more importantly, we're impressed with what it offers for the price.

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8.0
T3 Oct 14, 2013

It looks good, sounds good and will doubtlessly impress anyone that hasn't experienced the power of the Sonos/Spotify tie up. But to really take advantage of what Sonos is capable of, you'll still need to invest in a multi-room setup, which also remains multi-quid.

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9.0
9to5Mac Nov 2, 2013

I found that the the Sonos Play:1 speakers provided great audio quality, and would sincerely recommend them to anyone looking for a new audio system, especially as a gift for the holidays.

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8.0
The Next Web Oct 21, 2013

If you’ve been waiting to buy a Sonos because it was either too pricey or too overpowered for your apartment, now’s the time to buy, especially while the Play:1 comes bundled with the wireless bridge.

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8.0
Business Insider Oct 20, 2013

The Sonos Play:1 sounds remarkably better than the Jambox, and makes it dead-simple to create the ultimate party playlist from multiple music sources.

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8.0
Gadget Review Oct 16, 2013

Despite the Play:1′s small size it’s a big hit in my book. By no accounts would I call the Play:1 inexpensive. But what one should focus on is value, and Sonos delivers that in spades by comparison to any other wireless speaker system.

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10
Stuff Oct 14, 2013

What Sonos has delivered is the most affordable way yet to start or expand a Sonos system, and it sounds so good we can’t help but wonder if it’s going to decimate sales of the Play:3 and Play:5.

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First Looks

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Engadget Oct 14, 2013

In short, the Play:1's a very good solo speaker small enough to fit in almost any room, and its beautifully crafted construction seamlessly fits in most any decor. However, pairing the Play:1 with another is how it reaches its full sonic potential.

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TechCrunch Oct 14, 2013

For fans who already have a couple of Sonos speakers, the Play:1 will allow them to complement their existing setups. For instance, you could combine two Play:1 units with a Playbar and Sonos Sub, using them as rear speakers in that setup.

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Ubergizmo Oct 14, 2013

The Sonos Play:1 impressed us as it is probably the best compact wireless speaker system that we have heard to date.

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TechRadar Oct 14, 2013

Sonos has cooked up a superb quality speaker at a more affordable entry point, meaning it's no longer just one for the upper earners – let's hope we see more of this attitude.

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BGR Oct 14, 2013

Quickly on the software side, Sonos is introducing a feature I’m sure a lot of people will appreciate and that’s the ability to link more than one Sonos system to your controller, letting you use bounce around without having to reset it each and every time.

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Gadget Review Oct 14, 2013

Sound quality wise the Play:1 is impressive. At low volumes, and with the Loudness setting turned on, bass is rich and audio is all together balanced. Crank it up a bit louder and you start to lose the low end, though that’s likely intentional such that distortion is reduced.

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8.0
KojakWeb KojakWeb

It is amazing, powerful, and flexible. But like all the other Sonos products, it has some limitations which might limit it's appeal: Sonos supports most codecs/bitrates, including lossless, but only if it's 16-bit. 24-bit not supported at the moment. If you have a large music collection, the...

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9.0
micahbo micahbo

While the Sonos Play 1 is a bit expensive, it is money well spent. I debated for a while prior to making the purchase but I have had no regrets. I have had the unit for just over a week and could not be happier. The unit is very sturdy and has great audio quality. Set up was a breeze! Once you...

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9.0
DToledo DToledo

As a bit of an audiophile I've got more speakers than I could ever listen to at once, and most of them take up quite a bit of space. Of course, I've always justified the real estate to my wife by demonstrating how great the sound is, because better sound requires bigger speakers, amplifiers,...

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