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Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker for Streaming Music (Black)
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- 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.
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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)|
SONOS PLAY:1 Compact Smart Speaker for Streaming Music (Black)
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.