We don’t all have the same taste in music, but if there’s one thing we can agree on, it’s probably that we all love music. The best way to enjoy music is having a system that can easily access the tunes we like and can deliver them with good sound quality.
We recently had a chance to play with the Sonos Play:1 speakers. The Sonos Play:1 is a wireless speaker system that is simple in design, with almost an Apple look and feel about them, and can play music with hi fi quality. Picking it up, it feels heavy and solid which is a good sign of the sound quality that will come from it. The important thing to know is that despite the size, this is not a portable speaker. It needs to be plugged into a power supply and can’t run on batteries.
There’s a quick set up guide included in the box to get you started, although once you download the Sonos app, it also guides you through the same set up process. Setting it up was relatively simple although I had to go through the process twice to get it to work. The first time I set it up, I had to actually plug in a network cable for it to connect to my home network. Once set up on the network, it was able to communicate via wifi.
Sonos is a modular system, which is great for many reasons. The first one is affordability, you can start by buying one of the Play:1 and when you’re ready you can get another Play:1 to add to the network. The speakers can be used in different rooms of your home as standalone speakers or can also be synchronised to play the same music throughout the home. If you put both speakers in the same room, you can configure them to be left and right speakers – pretty versatile.
The speaker is made up of 1 tweeter, 1 mid-woofer and 2 digital amps… doesn’t really mean much to me but thought you’d like to know. The Sonos app lets you play music via most music streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora and internet radio.
So 3 reasons we think they are good:
Good sound quality from the Sonos Play:1 for an elegant looking speaker with such a small footprint.
It’s relatively cheap to set up a multi-room system.
There’s also an app for your PC or iMac to control the speakers.
And 3 things that could be better:
There’s no way to play music on the speakers using other apps, ie. it won’t be accessible via Airplay. All music has to go through the Sonos app.
The mobile app for iOS & Android currently feels a little clunky (a new software update should be available soon).
There’s no AUX input jack, so you can’t easily plug another device in quickly.
Overall, it’s definitely worth getting if you want a good speaker system that can grow with you. Sonos has other speakers to add on such as the Play:3 and Play:5 which are both bigger and more powerful than the Play:1. If you really like your bass then you can also add a Sonos Sub to your network for a bit of doof doof. The Play:1 retails at $329.