SONOS PLAY:1 2-Room Streaming Music Starter Set Bundle (Black)
- Fill two separate rooms with different music, or link them together to hear the same song in both. Great surround speakers for your Sonos home theater, too.
- Versatile, compact fit. Place them wherever you want and enjoy rich, room-filling sound.
- Streams all your favorite music services like Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and more.
- Easy 10-minute wi-fi set up. No Bluetooth pairing problems or interruptions.
- Connects wirelessly to Sonos speakers in other rooms so you can expand your Home Sound System when you’re ready.
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From the manufacturer
Sonos is the wireless Home Sound System that fills your entire home with great-sounding music. Use one app to stream different music to Sonos speakers in different rooms. Or send one song all through the house.
Contents: PLAY:1, power cord, Ethernet cable, Quick Start Guide, and Legal/Warranty information.
Sonos PLAY:1. Mini speaker. Mighty sound.
The most compact Sonos speaker. A perfect fit for bookshelves, counters, and other snug places. PLAY:1 lets you enjoy great-sounding music wherever you want to listen.
Surprisingly Powerful: PLAY:1 sounds a lot bigger than it looks, thanks to two Class-D amplifiers and custom-built drivers, all meticulously tuned to the speaker’s unique acoustic architecture.
Trueplay Speaker Tuning: This exclusive Sonos feature fine-tunes your PLAY:1 to make sure you get the very best sound in any room, no matter where you place it.
Humidity Resistant: Enjoy your favorite songs in music-starved places like bathrooms and outdoor patios.
Stereo Pair With Another PLAY:1: Turn each speaker into separate left and right channels for wider, bigger and deeper stereo sound.
Home Theater Rears: Add a pair or PLAY:1 speakers to PLAYBAR and SUB for an epic surround sound experience.
Simple setup. Better over time.
Put your speaker wherever you want. Plug it in. Tap the free Sonos app – it connects to your home WiFi and you’re ready to rock.
Regular, ongoing software updates bring new features and services to your PLAY:1. So the longer you own it, the better it gets.
WiFi, not Bluetooth
With Sonos, the songs stream from your WiFi network (not your phone), so there's never any of the dropouts, delays or interruptions associated with Bluetooth.
One room of streaming music is great. But a house full is even better. Fill more rooms with music by simply adding more Sonos speakers. They all work together seamlessly so you can play different songs in different rooms or the same song everywhere.
Rekindle your love for music
Sonos makes it easy to bring music back into your life. Enjoy old favorites or discover something new. With Sonos, music wakes you in the morning, surrounds you all day, and fills every moment with the full body joy of listening out loud.
All the music on earth
Sonos plays everything - the most popular streaming services, on-demand Internet radio, your favorite podcasts and audiobooks, your go-to collection of downloads - whatever you love to listen to.
Access all the music on earth through the Sonos app, or control Sonos directly from the Spotify app.
One app. Complete music control.
Choose what to play, where to play it, and how loud. In one room or all over your home. Track down songs across all your music services with a single search. Create playlists in an instant. The Sonos app does it all.
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|Dimensions (HxWxD)||6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69 in||5.2 x 10.6 x 6.3 in||8.03 x 14.33 x 6.06 in|
|Weight||4.08 lbs (1.85 kg)||5.71 lbs (2.6 kg)||14 lbs (6.38 kg)|
- Brand Name: Sonos
- Model Number: BPLY1US1BLKHB
- Color: Black
- Speaker Type: Surround
- Speaker Connectivity: Wireless
The 2 Room Starter Set is the perfect way to start your Sonos system. Experience the magic of Sonos by filling two rooms of music with two PLAY:1s for $349. The 2 Room Starter Set includes 2 PLAY:1 speakers - a compact wireless speaker that delivers deep, crystal clear HiFi sound. Wirelessly stream your entire iTunes or Amazon Cloud Player library, favorite music services, and thousands of radio stations from around the world through the compact wireless speaker. The PLAY:1's sleek, versatile design easily fits anywhere your home needs music, for surprisingly big sound no matter how tight the spot. Place a PLAY:1 speaker in each room you want music, and enjoy rich listening right out of the box. Set it up simply, and expand until every room in your home is packed with music; play a different song in each room or the same song in perfect synchronization. And control it all from your Android device, iPhone or iPad using the free Sonos CONTROL app. The 2 Room Starter Set is an incredible value and only available for a limited time, so start your Sonos system today. There's never been a better time to fill your home with music.
Top Customer Reviews
(1) for this price point, they should also be Bluetooth capable because they do not play from the computer (i.e., no watching movies on the computer and playing through the speakers). This is a huge limitation and really it's quite surprising they don't just add his feature as it is inexpensive.
(2) limited grouping options. You can play all speakers or just some speakers, but there should be groups you can preset and choose for that event or space without having to add and subtract each time you listen. For example, there should be an option to create "upstairs" and "downstairs" or "party" and "TV only". You have to customize it each time. Lighting systems already do this and it's a simple fix but apparently customers have been complaining about this for two years and songs hasn't made a move to address this basic problem.
You need to use streaming services like Spotify or native songs on your device to make Sonos work. But you can't just use Spotify or Apple Music directly: you have to import your playlists or songs into a designated Sonos app that operates like an aggregator for all your streaming services. This app is confusing, difficult to use, and limiting. After two weeks of using the app I still can't figure out how to effectively use what Sonos calls the queue, which apparently is the main playlist. I have no idea where any of my music is or how to organize it after hours of trying. I simply want it to work, and it does not.
Also, I listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks but the Sonos app does a really bad job at managing these. There is no support for Audible, so any audiobooks through that service are useless. And you have to go through Stitcher to hear your podcasts, but the Sonos app only shows you the most recent podcast for any of your subscriptions. That is extremely limiting, as you want the ability to listen to any number of previously published podcasts. Finally, if you want to leave home but continue to listen to the podcast on your phone there is no way to seamlessly do this. You need to find that podcast on a separate app and scroll through until you find the place you left off.
In short, the speakers are well crafted and sound amazing. But the overall experience is not very good because of the serious limitations of the software and the confusing nature of the app's interaction design. I expect more for this kind of money.
Though these are the smallest of the Sonos line, I was surprised by their heft; they are quite solid, and not tiny by any means.
Setup was incredibly simple, probably the simplest wireless devices I've ever set up (with perhaps the Hue being on par). However, if you decide to move the speakers around, changing their location in the app is nearly impossible.
The sound quality requires a big caveat. It's phenomenal if you place them in a corner. However, any other placement won't result in nearly as good of sound. First I put the pair in my kitchen, in corners on the countertop and set up as a stereo pair. It filled my large kitchen surprisingly well. I could only turn the volume up to about 10% before my wife said that was loud enough (though she has somewhat sensitive hearing). I can't ever really imagine needing to turn these up more than maybe 50% absolute max, even if you're throwing a really loud, crowded party.
So next, I tried a single speaker in my office, which is probably the smallest room in my house at 12'x10'. Sitting it on my computer desk, the sound was... not nearly as impressive. Bass not nearly as rich, definitely sounded like it was coming from a single source and not as much of that room-filling largeness to it. The experience was so different I wondered if it was the lack of stereo, or the placement, so I put it in the corner to see how that affected it. It was a *huge* difference. The bass was again richer, and the sound once again filled the room.
Moral of the story: with the Play:1s, definitely place them in a corner. It makes much bigger of a difference than you'd think.
The main downside of this system, to me, is that Sonos doesn't support AirPlay. So if you are on iOS that could be annoying. However, it does support tons of music streaming services through its native app (all the majors like Pandora, Spotify, Google Music, and tons of smaller services too), so you can play just about anything you want. You can even queue up different songs from different services. And you can also control play/pause directly from a button on the speaker itself, even if your phone isn't around. I even tried turning off my phone, and it continued playing, so I'm assuming it connects directly to these services and doesn't actually use your phone as a go-between.
The Sonos app itself could be slightly more polished too. It was a little tricky even finding the shuffle option, plus the aforementioned issues moving around speakers, but it's pretty functional overall, and I imagine they will continue to improve it as time goes on.
Overall I give it an 8/10. One point off for lack of AirPlay, which may or may not matter to you, and one point off for the cost (these definitely aren't cheap). But between the sound quality, ease of setup, and wireless nature (which I guess also falls under "ease of setup"), I do highly recommend Sonos as a great whole-home audio solution for anyone who has it in their budget (and doesn't already have a whole-home audio setup), and who doesn't want to run a bunch of speaker wire. I also recommend to anyone looking to replace/upgrade their current system.
Assuming no deal breakers emerge, next I plan to get the bar, sub, and a pair of Play:3s as a 5.1 media center setup. I heard one of those (the 3) in an open-air market over Halloween weekend in New Orleans, and I was really impressed by how well it filled that space.
Usually when products are made wi-fi with iPhone or iPad interfaces, the user response is delayed, causing confusion. Sonos is a big company. They've spent money developing their stuff, from packaging, to the app, to the robustness of the wireless connection - nevermind sound quality. If you purchase the Play1, you will purchase more of them. Then you will want the Play3 and 5. You've been warned!