SONOS PLAY 1 Smart Speaker for Streaming Music

Brand: Sonos
Model: PLAY1US1BLK
EAN: 0737989665912
Category: #7215 in Accessory (MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories)
Price: $239.00  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69 inches
Shipping Wt: 4.08 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Fill Your Home With Music The PLAY:1 has two perfectly tuned Class D amplifiers, one 3.5" mid-woofer designed to faithfully reproduce mid-range frequencies and deliver deep bass, and one tweeter to create a crisp and accurate high-frequency response. No other wireless speaker this size delivers such rich, clear HiFi sound. DON'T JUST HEAR. LISTEN PLAY:1's custom-tuned drivers and software deliver rich, powerful sound, with crystal clear highs and deep, rolling lows for pitch-perfect HiFi music. PUT YOUR MUSIC IN ITS PLACE: ANYWHERE PLAY:1's sleek, versatile design easily fits anywhere your home needs music, for surprisingly big sound no matter how tight the spot. ALL YOUR MUSIC, ALL TOGETHER No matter how many places your music library lives or how many music services you use, the Sonos app lets you access all the music you love in one place. A HOME FULL OF MUSIC STARTS HERE PLAY:1 is a building block of the Sonos multi-room system, letting you start with one and easily expand to any room. Play the same song everywhere, or choose different tracks for different rooms. AMAZING ALONE, EVEN BETTER TOGETHER PLAY:1's standalone HiFi sound sets it apart. Pair two PLAY:1s together for immersive, true stereo sound. HiFi SOUND AND ROCK-SOLID WIRELESS Experience your favorite music from the only wireless music system that combines warm, full-bodied sound with a powerful wireless network 100 percent devoted to streaming HiFi sound. STREAM ALL THE MUSIC ON EARTH A single app lets you play your entire music library, stream all of your favorite music services and tune in to more than 100,000 Internet radio stations and podcasts. Play the same song in every room, in perfect sync-or play different music in every room-from any source.

Features

  • Small yet powerful speaker for streaming music and more. Get rich, room-filling sound with Play:1, and control it with the Sonos app.
  • The compact design fits just about any space. Put it on your kitchen countertop, or tuck it away on your office bookshelf.
  • Go from unboxing to listening in minutes with just 1 cord and step-by-step guidance in the Sonos app.
  • Pair 2 Play: 1's in the same room for stereo separation and more detailed sound.
  • Easily connect Sonos speakers in different rooms over Wi-Fi to create a home sound system that brings every room and everyone together.

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Top Reviews

Do. Your. Research.
by Levi (5 out of 5 stars)
May 12, 2018

I wanted to chime in here because I can see that this little speaker is getting an undue bad rep for basically being misunderstood... Here's the thing... If you are looking for a great Bluetooth speaker that sounds amazing and solves all of your tiny speaker needs all by itself, you are looking in the wrong place. Don't get me wrong, the play1 sounds pretty good and it is a well made, solid little speaker, but holistically speaking Sonos' thing is not to provide you with a little standalone bluetooth speaker. Sonos is meant to be a whole-home HIFI sound system. I would consider the play1 to be more of a component intended to work with a larger system. The play1 is not going to blow you away in a room all by itself, but if paired with another play1 and a Sonos sub and playbar for surround sound, it will sound amazing.

The Sonos software, the extra components (boost, connect amp...etc.) and the necessity to have a suuuuper strong wifi signal to use all of it are only going to be worth your time if you are taking advantage of a full system. Anyone who owns just one or two play1s and is frustrated with the app and all the software updates is absolutely right, its not worth it. When, however, you are using the app to group multiple rooms and taking advantage of updates that allow you to play different media in different rooms using Alexa (just examples) the updates suddenly become less burdensome.

I also touched on this a second ago, but it is important to understand that these are not intended to be Bluetooth speakers. You HAVE to use the Sonos app to play almost everything (Spotify Connect does let you play music from the Spotify app with a paid Spotify subscription - Some other services do this as well.) This, again, is because the intended use is to be able to connect multiple rooms in your home to the system and play music throughout. It makes sense that Sonos would not be able to ensure that there would be no sync delays or lag between rooms/speakers unless the Sonos system is controlling all output. An added benefit to this is that you can compile Sonos playlists that pull songs from multiple sources - have an album saved on Spotify, but can only find that live version of your favorite song on Google play? You can build a Sonos playlist that combines it all into 1 killer tracklist.

Additionally, these are not computer speakers.
Lastly, It should be understood that within the past few years Sonos has added Alexa integration (as well as other virtual assistants) to their service. Yes, it is true that because of this update their privacy policy has changed. It amazes me to see so many reviews by people who are so worked up about "Sonos invading privacy." I mean if you have truly been living off the grid... like 0% technology in your life, then I could see how there would be some concerns that your new Hifi system is spying on you for the government. Most people, however, have a smartphone with them at all times that knows where they go, what they buy, whom they talk to and what kind of media they enjoy. These folks almost certainly had no problem agreeing to what is most likely the same type of privacy policy, just so that they can use those devices to ask siri, alexa or google assistant about the weather every day. I'm just saying, the only difference between Sonos and Apple or Google, is that Sonos makes sure that you know exactly what you are agreeing to by making it impossible to use their product without agreeing, instead of hiding the ugly parts of the policy in a 55 page update doc that they know no one is going to read. Just trying to keep things in perspective here... Anyway...

If you spent any time recently standing on a ladder running speaker wire across drop ceiling, or poking holes in walls or buying area rugs to hide your wired system's shame... or worse yet, just have bundles and strands of cords and wires all over your home, and you are finally ready to shell out for that HIFI system to end the misery and sound amazing, no-brainer... Sonos is the way to go.

If you are sitting at your computer fooling around online and your favorite song just doesn't sound quite as crisp as you would like it to, or if you have a $200 budget to fill 1 room in your house with sound, keep looking, your speaker is out there somewhere ;-)

I hope this helps, Cheers!
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Please fix your software!!!
by Steve (2 out of 5 stars)
February 24, 2018

I'm losing patience with Sonos. I've built out a pretty extensive system (eight play-1's, one play-5, one sound bar, one sub) and have historically been a huge advocate; however, the recent Sonos app update has been terrible. Now (since the update), I have to unplug my Sonos controller and wait awhile for a reboot. This has become so irritating that I'm beginning to regret my purchase of the inexplicably expensive Sonos components. Sonos has been (and should be) "plug and play", but it's definitely not. Moreover, the new app interface took a long time to get familiar with and I don't see that it's improved in any way (and it's very buggy). For someone who's been an early adopter and evangelist of Sonos, I need you guys to get your act together. My wife is so irritated with the Sonos network that she doesn't even use it anymore, she just plays music from a stand-alone Amazon Echo. Please fix your software!!!
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No longer the great option it used to be.
by J. T. (2 out of 5 stars)
October 21, 2017

The sound quality is great, but I can no longer recommend the system based on the software that is required to control the speakers. The latest versions of the software, which are updated whether you want them or not, are unattractive and buggy. Sonos' attempt to 'improve' the user experience has led to my speakers being linked to an account at sonos.com. No adding or changing the system without internet access to that account. I bought these so I could mostly play music on my computers and should not be forced to use sonos.com or new unnecessary updates all the time.

Their new user agreement also says they can track all my activity or if I don't accept the agreement, I don't have access to use my own speakers! I'm not sure they need that and frankly I am tired of companies saying they need to track my online activities. If there is a clear reason and they tell me before purchase, that is one thing. However, after the fact, don't change the agreement to force this kind of monitoring.

I started buying pieces of my Sonos system a while back, when there was not anything like Sonos on the market. Now I have options and will likely be buying and recommending other speakers in the future.
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and would like to get a full refund on these purchases now
by M. Masland (1 out of 5 stars)
July 9, 2018

I have owned 2 of these device for 3 years now. Today, when I tried to use my own devices, it told me I need to set up an account, presumably so that they would be able to monitor how I use my devices. I am sick and tired of these invasions of privacy, and would like to get a full refund on these purchases now, plus all other available remedies for consumers.
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It's ok, but research other options before investing to make sure it's right for you.
by Meccanica (3 out of 5 stars)
August 1, 2016

Reviews of the Sonos product can be a little misleading because of the fanboy's and haters. It's an expensive purchase for a small speaker, and people want to feel justified in their spending. I'll start this review with the positives.

Pro's:
1. The streaming is flawless
2. The mobile app is amazing, the ability to combine playlists across multiple services is something I really leverage
3. Setup could not be easier, it just works
4. Multiple rooms, stereo pairing, and flexibility are highlights
5. Integration with 3rd party automation apps/smartthings

Con's
1. It's expensive
2. Sound quality is o.k. I have tried corner loading it, using it in different spaces and overall I like the sound it produces, but it's not amazing. You can get better sound quality for $200 and many other companies are catching up to Sonos in terms of connectivity and mobile.
3. No 5Ghz for connectivity to my wireless setup. (Yes they may use 5Ghz for surround functionality, but I want it on my network as I have sooo many 2.4Ghz devices already.

So it's ok, I invested already, so I'll probably pickup a play 5 and check it out. Too many negatives on the playbar and sub until the next model comes out and addresses community concerns.
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Sonos, what have you done?
by ms_skye (1 out of 5 stars)
November 23, 2018

I have praised Sonos speakers to everyone since 2014 when I bought my first one. I even purchased two for my 83-year-old mom who does not own a smart phone. Ah, that is a problem now. No smart phone, no Sonos. They have rendered the Windows controller useless except for playing music and volume control. Everything else is done thru a phone app, which means you have to register and create an account and be tracked.

Sonos...67% of the U.S. population owns a smart phone, but we're not at 100% yet. Think of the people you've screwed by doing this.
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Doesn't function correctly wtth Alexa, sound is mediocre... when it works.
by B. Howe (1 out of 5 stars)
December 8, 2017

Average sound quality, Doesn't really fill up a living room with quality sound.

There are no audio inputs on this thing. It's wifi / ethernet or gtfo. Which might explain some of the poor sound quality mentioned above.

ALEXA, TURN THE MUSIC DOWN. Doesn't really work anymore. I've never yelled at Alexa so much. Her functionality with Sonos is miserable. You have to specify a room. After. Every. Command. We have an Echo Dot which used to have some amazing bookshelf speakers on it and that set up functioned virtually flawlessly. Now, I want to set a timer, but Alexa's voice doesn't happen over the Sonos, it happens over the little tiny 'speaker' in the dot. Needless to say, this is an absolutely unacceptable setup and I will need to find an alternative speaker that is actually a speaker.

The Sonos app; it's horrendous. If you're using your phone, you'll have Spotify trying to control the sound, the alexa app butting in and now you'll have the Sonos app trying to play too. Sometimes I'll manage to get Alexa to play something on Spotify and midway through a song, the garbage Sonos app will kick in and play something that I attempted to request days ago.

I really thought this thing would make our life a little bit easier and would help reclaim some space on our buffet, but it's just diminished the amount of music that we listen to and made using Alexa an absolute nightmare.
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I really like it
by Z (4 out of 5 stars)
December 16, 2016

I must've read about 250 reviews on the Sonos products to include the Play 1s and the Playbar/sub/5.1 system. I know all of the criticism about the lack of an HDMI input and the lack of DTS support and I absolutely agree with those criticisms. There isn't any reason not to support the best formats on the market. That being said, I bought the Sonos Playbar, Sub and two Play 1s after going through three Sony playbar/sub combos and the Yamaha 203. Understand, I downgraded from a 7.1 system anchored by an Onkyo AV receiver, two Bose floor speakers and a set of Energy 5s + subwoofer. I simply got sick of the wires and wanted a clean look and decided to go with a playbar. After trying the four other systems and not being really impressed with the sound of any of them, I decided to roll the dice on the Sonos with the desire being 1) good sound and 2) wireless as much as possible. I wasn't concerned in the least with all of the hoopla about connectivity with streaming services etc...

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.
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Psychotic?
by Sir Charles (1 out of 5 stars)
January 1, 2018

Decided to give Sonos a 2nd try after a bad experience in December. Alexa would not connect and playing music that was stored on the device was hit or miss. Spent over 3 hrs with Amazon Technical Assist where we completed all of the Troublshooting to no avail. When it plays it has a great sound, but not connecting with Alexa and not permitting me to decide what is to be played from my Music is too much to deal with. Amazon TA was fine, but not much they can do with a defective and very psychotic device.
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FULL OF BUGS, PRICE CANT BE JUSTIFIED, CONSTANTLY DROPS OFF OF NETWORK FOR EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME
by Illen (1 out of 5 stars)
July 13, 2018

I spent thousands on this rubbish, BIG mistake! The Play1 can take up to TEN attempts at connecting before they connect. The PlayBase wont connect to my router via cable, the Boost wont work at all with my router (THREE HOURS on the phone with support and they didnt figure this out, it took additional emails with another support person to figure out that there is A LIST OF ROUTERS THAT DONT WORK AT ALL WITH SONOS). For some reason when adding one device it split my home into TWO homes and I had to call support to fix that. An utter waste of time and money.

Update: Speakers frequently drop out, the Android app frequently restarts (says "Reconnecting to network') and loses the queue and current search, frequently stops responding, frequently takes several seconds after you select a song (wont respond or even let the queue scroll while it pauses infuriatingly). This is the worst music app I have had the misfortune of using. Not intuitive, full of bugs. Like the rest of Sono's overpriced rubbish.

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