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The Play:1’s low price and natural sound quality make starting or expanding a Sonos system easier than ever
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- 90AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE19 ReviewsSound and Vision100Sonos Play:1 Wireless Speaker SystemThe Play:1’s low price and natural sound quality make starting or expanding a Sonos system easier than ever.TechCrunch80Sonos Goes Mini With Play:1 Entry-Level Speaker LiWhether 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.PC Mag80Sonos Play:1The 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.Gizmodo90Sonos Play:1 Review: A Fun-Size Box of Wireless AuI 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.TechCrunch0Sonos Introduces The Play:1, A Little $199 SpeakerFor 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.Engadget0Sonos presents Play:1, a pint-sized wireless streaIn 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.CNET90Sonos Play:1 review: Gorgeous Sonos Play:1 hits thThe Sonos Play:1 finally brings the company's wireless audio magic to the masses, in a fantastically designed compact speaker that's just $199.SlashGear90Sonos PLAY:1 ReviewThe 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.TechHive90Sonos Play:1 review: A powerful gateway drug to thThe 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.The Guardian100Sonos Play:1 review - a little speaker with a bigThe Play:1's combination of great sound, streaming connectivity and comparatively low price makes me think it will be a hit.Pocket-Lint100Sonos Play:1 reviewThe 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.What Hi-Fi100Sonos Play:1The 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.T380Sonos Play:1 reviewIt 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.TechRadar0Hands on: Sonos Play:1 reviewSonos 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.Ubergizmo0Hands-On: Sonos Play:1 ReviewThe Sonos Play:1 impressed us as it is probably the best compact wireless speaker system that we have heard to date.TechRadar90Sonos Play:1 review Sonos goes for a fun-sized appSonos 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.9to5Mac90Review: Sonos Play:1 Wi-Fi system is a fantastic aI 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.The Next Web80Sonos Play:1 review: Rich sound at a humble priceIf 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.Business Insider80REVIEW: Wow, The Sonos Play: 1 Is An Amazingly BeaThe Sonos Play:1 sounds remarkably better than the Jambox, and makes it dead-simple to create the ultimate party playlist from multiple music sources.Gadget Review80Sonos Play:1 ReviewDespite 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.Gadget Review0Sonos Play:1 Hands On, Available Today for $200Sound 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.BGR0Sonos PLAY:1 becomes a less expensive Trojan HorseQuickly 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.TrustedReviews90Sonos Play:1 reviewThe 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.Expert Reviews100Sonos Play:1 reviewA great addition to the Sonos range, plus you can add to and improve on the sound over time.Stuff100Sonos Play:1 reviewWhat 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.
- 91AVERAGE USER SCORE7 ReviewsEngadget Reader80June 1, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 software will only see the first 65,000 tracks (use playlists instead to get significantly more as a workaround)No bluetooth, wifi, line-in or native airplay connectivity to other sources of music. There are workarounds, but it adds complexity and expense to an already pricey solution.The list of music services you can add is good, but it's missing one for YouTube (which I would like to stream music playlists from).Engadget Reader100January 1, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 26, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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, subwoofers, etc. right? We'll Sonos clearly disagrees, and had to go and ruin my carefully cultivated argument with the PLAY:1. This thing is every bit Hi-Fi to its core and delivers impressive, room-filling sound that will make you do a double-take when you see the size of the actual speaker.Unboxing: This thing is wrapped like a present in a nice little bag and it is clear everything down to the packaging was designed and thought through. When pulling out the actual unit I found that it was quite heavy (about 4 lbs.) given its size. It has a substantial, polished fit and finish. This was my first Sonos product, so I had to get a Bridge for wireless use, which has equally impressive build quality. I plugged everything in and downloaded the Sonos app for my iPad. I ran into a bit of a snag when, after joining the PLAY:1 and the Bridge, the app said there was an update needed. I tried downloading an update a few times but the app kept crashing or I would get an error message saying the update failed. After doing a bit of troubleshooting I found out that I needed to have only the Bridge in the system to do the update, then had to add the PLAY:1. After trying all permutations it was clear that this was the only order that would work, but the instructions didn't say anything about this. Word to the wise: get your Bridge in order before you add other Sonos components. After getting everything set up with the Bridge, the rest was fast and super-simple. I added my Pandora, Amazon Cloud Player and indexed all of the music on my Time Capsule in about 2 minutes.Sound Quality: As soon as I started playing music through this thing I was blown away. Rich, full sound across the entire range with great instrument separation. Kick drums sound like they're actually in the room with you, vocals are intimate and cymbals ring through with their own sense of space. No matter where you are in the room (or even the next room) the crisp, articulate highs seem to balance with the lows that carry surprisingly far. Definitely play with the EQ to tune the speaker to your room, and experiment with putting it on different surfaces. I found that hollow surfaces will make the bass bigger and a little boomy, and I preferred more solid/secure wooden surfaces, but YMMV.Bottom Line: If you're space constrained and still want great sound this is THE speaker for you. It's portable so that anywhere there's a plug you can start rocking. My wife loves that it can be hidden away and still fill the house with great sound. Craigslist will likely be flooded with traditional Hi-Fi systems after people get their hands on these things.Recommend to see best deal at: seebestdeals.com/speakers/sonos-play1.htmlHope its helps.Engadget Reader90December 19, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 11, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 5, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 link your services there is no need to enter any username or password. Overall, a great product from Sonos!Engadget Reader90November 1, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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