At $199, Sonos' slickly designed and nice-sounding Play:1 speaker makes it affordable to start a multiroom audio system (and expand on it without breaking the bank).
- Overall score: 8.8 (4.0 stars)
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Starting at: $199.00
The good: The Sonos Play:1 is a stylish and exceptionally well-made wireless speaker, especially for the price. It offers the full Sonos experience, with support for most key services (including Spotify, Pandora, Rdio) and super-reliable wireless streaming. Sound quality is good considering the size and gets even better when paired with a second Play:1 for true stereo playback. And Sonos Controller apps are available for Android, iOS, Mac, and PC.
The bad: Unlike Bluetooth speakers, the Sonos system can't stream from every app on your phone or tablet -- so there's no support for iTunes Radio, for instance. The lack of a built-in battery limits room-to-room mobility.
The bottom line: The Sonos Play:1 finally brings the company's wireless audio magic to the masses, in a fantastically designed compact speaker that's just $199.
October 31, 2013 2:38 PM PDT
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| Caption by: David Carnoy
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