89
Global
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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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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Model

Key Specs

Type
Wireless speakers
Connections
3.5mm stereo, WiFi, Ethernet

General

Type
Wireless speakers

Speakers

Midrange drivers
1 (3.5 inches)
Tweeter
1

Connections

Connections
3.5mm stereo, WiFi, Ethernet

Controls

Controls
yes (Volume, Mute) (no)

Power

Has batteries
no
Power adapter
Internal

Other

Clock
no
Kickstand
no
Model
Blue Note Limited Edition

Key Specs

Type
Wireless speakers
Connections
3.5mm stereo, WiFi, Ethernet

General

Type
Wireless speakers

Speakers

Midrange drivers
1 (3.5 inches)
Tweeter
1

Connections

Connections
3.5mm stereo, WiFi, Ethernet

Controls

Controls
yes (Volume, Mute) (no)

Power

Has batteries
no
Power adapter
Internal

Other

Clock
no
Kickstand
no
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