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Sonos PLAY:1 2-Room Wireless Smart Speakers for Streaming Music - Starter Set Bundle (Black), Works with Alexa
- Low Return Rate: 33% fewer returns than similar products
- Highly Rated: More than 85% 4 star and 5 star reviews
- Popular Item: Popular with customers shopping for "sonos speakers"
|Price:||$298.00 & FREE Shipping|
- Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
- 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
Add Alexa for voice control
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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)|
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.
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(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.
Fortunately the issue typically only occurs once every several weeks. I tend to play my four speakers in one large group and for no apparent reason all of the speakers will stop playing (evening if connected directly with an Ethernet cable), upon further inspection I will find that all of the speakers have been removed from my app. I tried a number of ways to try and resolve this and Sonos support has been totally useless and actually are frustrating to deal with. I am not sure how knowledgeable most of the support staff are, but it's pretty apparent that they use some in-house script in their responses which in all of my experiences have been totally of no use. They will ask you to do things that make no sense like checking your wifi when you have the speakers hardwired directly with an Ethernet cable.
Anyway, back to my particular issue. The only way that I have found to resolve my issue to add at least one of the devices back. That will bring the speakers back, but still doesn't allow the playing of any music. The next thing I have to do is turn off the group and go to single speaker play. Once I have the single speaker playing I can then restart the group play function.
I have explained this to Sonos support more than once and they do nothing other than suggest some nonsense or close the ticket.
UPDATE 4/8/2018: I am very pleased that SONOS has finally updated their software to support Audible. I prefer listening to books and learning something new as I do other activities, rather than other background distractions. These speakers just keep getting better and better.
Now, if SONOS could just figure out how to address my speakers from losing wireless connectivity and disappearing from my SONOS menu. I still don't find the standard troubleshooting tools for fixing this issue useful at all and it's definitely not a router issue which is SONOS support scripted answer. I have many other IOT devices connected to my home network and none of them encounter this issue.
The only way that I have found to resolve this is to unplug the electrical cord from the devices and then re-attach it. Unplugging it the cord from the outlet has never worked for me, but unplugging the cord from the device has always corrected my connectivity issues oddly enough. I have raised this issue with SONOS support, but they've been unable to provide me with a plausible solution as of yet.
There are a lot of positives to say about these speakers, however they do have their limitations and I would not say that they are audiophile quality. That withstanding, these little speakers have excellent sound quality and are extremely attractive.
The sound is the best I have experienced so far when it comes to wireless speakers and many wired speakers. However, things are changing fast and there's new competition out there and more coming including Apple, Google, the new Echo plus and others. I don't know how those might compare. There's also the new SONOS ONE with an integrated Far-field voice and Alexa. But alas, still no analog or HDMI input interface to input sound from other sources.
A key reason I went with the Play:1 was the anticipated integration with Alexa which is finally here - YAY!. The initial functionality is a bit limited, but a really good start in my opinion. Trying to get Audible to play through the Sonos speakers is a real pain. I am waiting for Sonos to add Audible back into their supported services line-up. I haven't done a lot so far with the Sonos:PLAY 1/Alexa integration, but what I have used thus far is a great enhancement and serves many of my needs (with the exception of Audible integration). This assumes you're into Alexa integration with other devices or want Alexa to play music through your Sonos speakers. One thing I should mention even though this isn't a Sonos issue, but I have an Alexa Dot placed next to one of my Sonos Play:1 speakers and often when the Sonos is playing, the Dot doesn't respond. I have been able to correct this for the most part by moving the Dot about 8 to 12" from the speaker. This seems to address things fairly well, but not 100%.
If you are using a Google Home ecosystem, then sorry as they are still not compatible. I am not sure if Sonos has any plans for eventual compatibility with the Google ecosystem. I personally believe that such an integration would be a great enhancement a a great selling point for Sonos as you can do some things with Google that are not yet possible with Alexa (e.g., playing YouTube content).
It's easy to get started, you'll first need to add and enable the Sonos skill in the Alexa app and run dicovery. You may need to rename your speakers if you happen to have named them based on the room they are located in on a name that matches something already having that name in Alexa.
The Alexa voice services and skills that have been included so far seem to be limited to playing and pausing/stopping your speakers, adjusting the volume, asking Alexa what's playing and having Alexa play other music through your Sonos speakers and grouping the speakers into a group with themselves or other smart devices. My favorite so far, beyond the basics, is grouping multiple Sonos speakers together. This is a really nice touch. I personally love the speaker grouping function and use it all the time.
There are probably other functions, but these are the ones that I have used thus far and I am sure that Sonos will continue to add new capabilities. I hope that support for Google Home and Siri will be included in the future despite the fact that my heart currently belongs to Alexa.
Now if you don't have Sonos PLAY:1 speakers already, then I would suggest that you first evaluate the new SONOS ONE speakers that have Far-field voice integration. I am still disappointed that the new speakers didn't add an input interface (such as an analog input) for other devices. I am still puzzled why Sonos doesn't exploit the Ethernet input on the device for this. While maybe not ideal for many, it would have been an improvement. Something that I haven't tried yet since I don't have one, but may be possible is to stream an Amazon Fire device through the Sonos speakers. If anyone figure this out, please let me know.
My issues have been minor for the most part. The most annoying problem that I have had is loss of wireless connectivity. I have never found the standard troubleshooting tools for fixing this issue very useful. The way that I have found to resolve this is to unplug the electrical cord from the devices and then re-attach it. Unplugging it the cord from the outlet has never worked for me, but unplugging the cord from the device has always corrected my connectivity issues oddly enough. I have raised this issue with Sonos support, but they've been unable to provide me with a plausible solution as of yet.
I would like to mention my experience with the seller I used despite the fact that I shouldn't do this in a review (sorry...), World Wide Stereo. I did have an initial issue with my order. However, World Wide Stereo reached out immediately and was more than generous in rectifying the situation. They exemplified themselves in their commitment to customer service and satisfaction in my situation, Given the service I received, I recommend them and would not hesitate ordering from them again.
I compared the Bose Soundtouch 300 and Sonos. Sonos had more clarity for me. Bose is still a great sound just thought the Sonos had a little more clarity and the bass was not as strong, which I prefer.