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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