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SONOS PLAY:1 Compact Smart Speaker for Streaming Music (Black)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
I really like it
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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
Pretty good for the price, but weak bass and treble
Pros: Great sound in a small form factor, attractive design, compatible with other smart devices
Cons: Mediocre app, weak low and high frequencies
The PLAY:1 is a nice addition to any living room or bedroom and is a great way to start or add to any existing Sonos network. Because Sonos makes it easy to sync all speakers, once you have an existing speaker, it just makes sense to get additional ones for the rest of the house. There aren't really any real competitors anyway since Sonos has the market cornered.
The speaker itself is very attractive and should fit most rooms. It's understated and should complement other smart devices like the Echo and Google Home. It's actually pretty heavy for its size, which is a good thing; there's a lot of hardware packed into a small package. I do like that you have the option of connecting it via wired or wifi, but mostly people will probably opt for the wireless option. Setup was a breeze; I just plugged it in, downloaded the app, and I was up and running in a few minutes. The app integrates with all popular music services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, Google Play, etc. The app isn't the most intuitive and can be a little quirky sometimes, but it gets the job done. I much prefer being able to use the native app and just have the option to output to Sonos. The Spotify app lets you do that, but I'm not sure about the other services.
The one thing I noticed is that the speakers don't produce a good low frequency, which is pretty common for speakers of similar size; it just doesn't have the hardware to do so. It also doesn't hit the highs very well either, which was surprising to me. You can adjust the treble and bass in the app to find the right balance, but out of the box, the frequencies don't sound very good. I'm sure the PLAY:3 or PLAY:5 sound better. Regardless, it's still a very capable speaker with a ton of capabilities. I'll probably get another one soon to have a stereo setup.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
It's ok, but research other options before investing to make sure it's right for you.
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.
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
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.