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: #76 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 less than 10 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 Amazon Music Unlimited, Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify.
- Perfect for home theater rears or a stereo pair. Wall mountable.
Most helpful customer reviews
54 of 59 people found the following review helpful.
Perfect as a pair - a bit strange to have just one in retrospect
By T. Chak
Bought this to create a stereo pair. I've had a single Sonos speaker for a few years now - the sound quality is great and it really can fill the room by itself, but I moved it to my desk recently and it was weird just hearing sound from one side. I work from home a lot, so it was worth it for me to invest in a second speaker to create a stereo pair for my working area.
I really love the quality of the sound - crystal clear with and it separates L/R stereo sound perfectly. Bass is just right - deep sounding, but not muddled or overwhelming.
If you're not familiar with Sonos, there are some good and bad qualities - they stream music directly from your router through Pandora, Amazon music, Apple music, etc. You can also stream music from your phone or laptop/computer, but the latter is a bit clunky as it takes forever to index your music library and update it. (Why can't it just use your iTunes library???) The negative include not easily being able to use them with existing devices (e.g. as a speaker for your tv, stream whatever you want from your phone via bluetooth, etc.) without spending an extra $100-200 on other accessories. You pretty much can only control the music from your phone, laptop, or tablet because there are only play/pause and volume buttons on the speaker themselves. (Would have been nice to press play twice to skip forward and thrice to go backwards like on many earphones...)
ALTHOUGH! A new feature is coming in (early?) 2017 that might be a good remedy to that. Amazon's Alexa will soon be connected to Sonos speakers via an Amazon Echo, Echo dot, etc. or Fire TV. I have an Echo, so that will be great. Looking forward to the update!
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
Pretty Much Flawless
I have been delaying buying a total home music system for a long time, expecting them to evolve and improve, which has in fact been the case. Recently, I got tired of giving up my devices to play music, moving them from room to room and dock to dock. After careful research, I purchased the Sonos system with a bridge and several pairs of Play1 speakers. This was my first direct hands-on experience with any system of this kind.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the small speakers to be heavy, well made, attractive, and very effective for a reasonable-sized room. The installation was so simple, I found myself thinking, "There must be more to it than this...I must have missed something!" It is literally "plug and play," or more specifically, "plug and push the button and play." I was able to install apps on my iMac desktop, iPad and iPod Touch without any difficulty.
The system works exactly as described, with superb sound, impressive expandability and flexibility, and instant synchronization of the remote apps. If you have more than one controller app open, and you turn up the volume on one, the slider actually moves in the other apps. As a retired software engineer, I rate this as very classy work!
I always try to write balanced reviews, so I have been trying to think of some constructive criticism of this system or helpful suggestion for improvement, and I can't. It's about as perfect as I could imagine. The only downside is the cost, but I can't be too critical about that given the value received.
7 of 7 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.