Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker for Streaming Music (Black)
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SONOS PLAY:1 Compact Smart Speaker for Streaming Music (Black)
- Amazon Sales Rank: #151 in Speakers
- Color: Black
- Brand: Sonos
- Model: PLAY1US1BLK
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 6.36" h x 4.69" w x 4.69" l, 4.08 pounds
- Networking: Wireless
- Mini but Mighty. Fits in any space, fills any room with surprisingly rich and powerful sound.
- Play different songs in different rooms at the same time. Or, pump one song in perfect sync, throughout your home.
- Set-up in five minutes using your home Wi-Fi. Easily expand your home audio system over time by adding wireless speakers to additional rooms whenever you're ready.
- Wirelessly Stream all your favorite music services like Prime Music Unlimited, Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify.
- Perfect for home theater rears or a stereo pair. Wall mountable.
Most helpful customer reviews
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful.
I really like it
I must've read about 250 reviews on the Sonos products to include the Play 1s and the Playbar/sub/5.1 system. I know all of the criticism about the lack of an HDMI input and the lack of DTS support and I absolutely agree with those criticisms. There isn't any reason not to support the best formats on the market. That being said, I bought the Sonos Playbar, Sub and two Play 1s after going through three Sony playbar/sub combos and the Yamaha 203. Understand, I downgraded from a 7.1 system anchored by an Onkyo AV receiver, two Bose floor speakers and a set of Energy 5s + subwoofer. I simply got sick of the wires and wanted a clean look and decided to go with a playbar. After trying the four other systems and not being really impressed with the sound of any of them, I decided to roll the dice on the Sonos with the desire being 1) good sound and 2) wireless as much as possible. I wasn't concerned in the least with all of the hoopla about connectivity with streaming services etc...
So, I install the system on a newer LED tv that has a 5.1 pass through on the optical port and bam! I fall in love with THE SOUND. I get it. I'm not trying to compete with an audiophilic, perfect system nor do I care about specs as much as I do about liking what I hear. And the bottom line is that I really like what I hear. I get the full 5.1 out of the system and the Play 1s sound fantastic as the rear pair of the surround sound set up. They really do sound good. The playbar is a great anchor for the TV when it comes to dialogue and as it acts as a front pair and center speaker for the whole system during movies and music. I apologize to all of the purists out there, but I love the Sonos system.
Setup is just too stinking easy. Wow.
And the streaming piece that meant nothing to me.........well, I played around with Spotify Premiere and what can I tell you? I can watch a boring football game while hoping for something spectacular to occur and instantly switch to listening to any of my 35 kabillion songs while keeping the game on. If something groovy happens on the tube, I just switch the sound back to the TV. There is zero lag between the TV and the system or between any of the separate speakers. outstanding synch. And with version 7.0 of the Sonos app I can stream from the Spotify app instead of having to use the Sonos app. Sweet.
Why only four stars then? As mentioned at the start of this diatribe, Sonos needs to get off their elitist butts and add HDMI connectivity and support for DTS. It is a tough decision to spring this kind of scratch for a system that could be phenomenal "if only....". After reading through countless forum threads about the issue, it almost seems as if the Sonos team takes a certain pride in telling their paying faithful to shut up and colors they decide are in our best interest. Not cool.
All in all it's hard to criticize the Sonos Play 1 as I have it set up in conjunction with the playbar and the sub. But it's expensive and technologically crippled for no apparent reason. I would recommend it if you can afford it, you aren't looking for audiophile ego strokes, you want to scrap the wires, and if you have a TV that passes the full 5.1 through the optical port.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Worth The Effort
This review is based on two sets of Play 1's; one purchased at Christmas last December, and the other recently purchased. The initial pair were purchased to provide casual listening in our living room without drilling holes in the floor and stringing speaker wire. The second pair were purchased to function as the primary system at a different location, with similar requirements. Unlike many reviews which specifically note that the reviewer is not an audiophile, I AM an audiophile (primary system includes an Audio Research SP14 preamp, Krell KSA 80 power amp, and Apogee Diva speakers). The primary attraction to the Play 1's aside from the WiFi aspect was the easy access to my entire digital music library, nearly 80GB and growing, controlled by my phone without having to run downstairs to my computer.
My experience with the first pair of Play 1's was bumpy at best, and the primary reason for a non-5-star review. I came close to returning them at one point. The problem was difficulty in getting the Sonos app on my PC to find the Play 1's and communicate consistently. This resulted in wildly inconsistent performance, with a few occasions of the system working fine for an hour or two, making me believe the problem was solved, and other times, nothing. Most frustrating. At least part, if not all of the problem stemmed from the presence of a second router in our home to provide adequate WiFi coverage throughout the house. One long support call to Sonos improved things, but did not solve the issue entirely, and they recommended a call to Netgear, the maker of the second router, to get it properly bridged. "This should be a 15 minute phone call," I was told. Famous last words, right up there with "Hey, watch this," and Here, hold my beer." Two and a half hours and $140 later (Thank You So Much, Netgear! Not!) things were briefly better, but it didn't last. Finally another extensive support call to Sonos seems to have solved the problem entirely, such that I can now confidently pull my phone out to control the Play 1's, knowing that I won't be spending the next half hour troubleshooting the speakers. Having achieved this audio-PC nirvana, I felt confident in buying the second pair for our cottage.
The second installation experience was the complete opposite of the first. It took about 15 minutes to get the two speakers installed and working. Every step in the process proceeded without a hiccup. And the on-screen prompts made it pretty painless. I did have to re-index my music library even though the computer I am using is the one I originally used with the pair at home. Not sure why, but it didn't take too long, and it is all good now. So I have two widely divergent experiences with installing a pair of Sonos Play 1's. I think the cautionary tale is to have ONE router, and one SSID, and things get pretty easy. If you have a second router, it needs to be properly bridged. The other thing to come out of this experience is the knowledge that Sonos tech support is very good. They speak English as their first language (unlike Netgear tech support), and are friendly and helpful. So kudos to Sonos for their support.
You were perhaps wondering when I would get to the SOUND of the Play 1's. Overall, they are excellent speakers, and represent an excellent value. They provide a large sound stage, and cover the full range with the exception of the lower bass. Given their diminutive size, they cannot reproduce convincing tight, deep bass notes, but they still do a reasonable job. Their mid-range presence is a little reticent, but I find this an appealing trait, given my taste in music, as the music emerges with a convincing degree of "air" or depth. They are certainly capable of nice detail, and crisp sound, while avoiding harshness and glare on the high end. While I wouldn't choose them as my primary speakers for a high end system, I wonder if I could find another system that would provide a similarly satisfying musical experience at this price point. Combine their favorable sound traits with small size (making room placement easy), and WiFi connection (avoiding the need for wires), and control of all your music with a smartphone, and it adds up to a compelling package. If you told me these were the speakers I had to live with for the rest of my life, I wouldn't be jumping off a bridge somewhere. But I am not giving up my Apogee Divas, either!
If I were to add anything to their capabilities, a simple AUX in jack would be nice for a phone or iPod, while adding little to their cost. Blu-tooth would be the other option, but might add more cost and complexity. I vote for the AUX in jack.
In sum, the Play 1's are a small, potent package that can deliver a very satisfying musical experience. Installation can be very straightforward, or not. If you have a more complex WiFi topology in your home, be prepared for some time on the phone with tech support, but they are very helpful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
I am addicted to Sonos
My empire grows... At this point I have (3) Play: 1's, (1) Play 3, and (1) Sonos Connect Amp w/ 2 outdoor Bose speakers on it. The interface, easy setup, adaptability, and awesome sound quality of the Sonos system is truly unparalleled. The only problem with Sonos is that it's not just an expensive, highly versatile, link-able Wi-Fi speaker-- it is a disease. After your first purchase of just one Sonos speaker, it won't be long before you find Sonos multiplying and planting itself in every room in your beloved home at the expense of your bank account. It is at this point Sonos evolves into 'O NO! SS--#%' how much did I spend on speakers?? Awesome system, but you've been warned.