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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 Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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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.
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.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

80
KojakWeb
It is amazing, powerful, and flexible. But like all the other Sonos products,...read more
100
vanboxel
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
DToledo
As a bit of an audiophile I've got more speakers than I could ever listen to...read more
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80
KojakWeb
06.01.14
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).
 
100
vanboxel
01.01.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
DToledo
12.26.13
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.
 
90
justinmkemper
12.19.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
lasfusa10
11.11.13
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
micahbo
11.05.13
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!
 
90
kimmend
10.31.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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