Pros Great sound, easily fills small rooms, and plays all music well
Small, discrete footprint.
Cons Not portable, but not a big issue for me.
Summary As a bit of an audiophile I've got more speakers than I could ever listen to at once, and most of them take up quite a bit of space. Of course, I've always justified the real estate to my wife by demonstrating how great the sound is, because better sound requires bigger speakers, amplifiers, subwoofers, etc. right? We'll Sonos clearly disagrees, and had to go and ruin my carefully cultivated argument with the PLAY:1. This thing is every bit Hi-Fi to its core and delivers impressive, room-filling sound that will make you do a double-take when you see the size of the actual speaker.Edit:
Unboxing: This thing is wrapped like a present in a nice little bag and it is clear everything down to the packaging was designed and thought through. When pulling out the actual unit I found that it was quite heavy (about 4 lbs.) given its size. It has a substantial, polished fit and finish. This was my first Sonos product, so I had to get a Bridge for wireless use, which has equally impressive build quality. I plugged everything in and downloaded the Sonos app for my iPad. I ran into a bit of a snag when, after joining the PLAY:1 and the Bridge, the app said there was an update needed. I tried downloading an update a few times but the app kept crashing or I would get an error message saying the update failed. After doing a bit of troubleshooting I found out that I needed to have only the Bridge in the system to do the update, then had to add the PLAY:1. After trying all permutations it was clear that this was the only order that would work, but the instructions didn't say anything about this. Word to the wise: get your Bridge in order before you add other Sonos components. After getting everything set up with the Bridge, the rest was fast and super-simple. I added my Pandora, Amazon Cloud Player and indexed all of the music on my Time Capsule in about 2 minutes.
Sound Quality: As soon as I started playing music through this thing I was blown away. Rich, full sound across the entire range with great instrument separation. Kick drums sound like they're actually in the room with you, vocals are intimate and cymbals ring through with their own sense of space. No matter where you are in the room (or even the next room) the crisp, articulate highs seem to balance with the lows that carry surprisingly far. Definitely play with the EQ to tune the speaker to your room, and experiment with putting it on different surfaces. I found that hollow surfaces will make the bass bigger and a little boomy, and I preferred more solid/secure wooden surfaces, but YMMV.
Bottom Line: If you're space constrained and still want great sound this is THE speaker for you. It's portable so that anywhere there's a plug you can start rocking. My wife loves that it can be hidden away and still fill the house with great sound. Craigslist will likely be flooded with traditional Hi-Fi systems after people get their hands on these things.
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Updated on Dec 26, 2013
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Pros - Small size
- Cheapest Sonos option
Cons - Not really portable
- Not cheap
Summary The Play:1 is great for people who already have a Sonos system in their house but feel that the Play:3 is big and expensive as an entry lever speaker. The Play:3 is overkill for small rooms, but the Play:1 is perfect. I have written a small comparison in the following link:
<a href="http://www.squidoo.com/buy-sonos-play-1-or-play-3">Sonos Play:1 or Play:3?</a>
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