Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart  Speaker for Streaming Music (Black)

Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker for Streaming Music (Black)
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Average customer review:
(4.5 stars, based on 2935 reviews)

Product Details

  • Sales Rank: #90 in Speakers
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Sonos
  • Model: PLAY1US1BLK
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.36" h x 4.69" w x 4.69" l, 4.08 pounds
  • Networking: Wireless


  • Mini but Mighty. Fits in any space, fills any room with surprisingly rich and powerful sound.
  • Play different songs in different rooms at the same time. Or, pump one song in perfect sync, throughout your home.
  • Set-up in less than 10 minutes using your home Wi-Fi. Easily expand your home audio system over time by adding wireless speakers to additional rooms whenever you're ready.
  • Wirelessly Stream all your favorite music services like Amazon Music Unlimited, Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify.
  • Perfect for home theater rears or a stereo pair. Wall mountable.

SONOS PLAY:1 Compact Smart Speaker for Streaming Music (Black)

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

43 of 46 people found the following review helpful.
5Perfect as a pair - a bit strange to have just one in retrospect
By T. Chak
Bought this to create a stereo pair. I've had a single Sonos speaker for a few years now - the sound quality is great and it really can fill the room by itself, but I moved it to my desk recently and it was weird just hearing sound from one side. I work from home a lot, so it was worth it for me to invest in a second speaker to create a stereo pair for my working area.

I really love the quality of the sound - crystal clear with and it separates L/R stereo sound perfectly. Bass is just right - deep sounding, but not muddled or overwhelming.

If you're not familiar with Sonos, there are some good and bad qualities - they stream music directly from your router through Pandora, Amazon music, Apple music, etc. You can also stream music from your phone or laptop/computer, but the latter is a bit clunky as it takes forever to index your music library and update it. (Why can't it just use your iTunes library???) The negative include not easily being able to use them with existing devices (e.g. as a speaker for your tv, stream whatever you want from your phone via bluetooth, etc.) without spending an extra $100-200 on other accessories. You pretty much can only control the music from your phone, laptop, or tablet because there are only play/pause and volume buttons on the speaker themselves. (Would have been nice to press play twice to skip forward and thrice to go backwards like on many earphones...)

ALTHOUGH! A new feature is coming in (early?) 2017 that might be a good remedy to that. Amazon's Alexa will soon be connected to Sonos speakers via an Amazon Echo, Echo dot, etc. or Fire TV. I have an Echo, so that will be great. Looking forward to the update!

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful.
3The Good 1. Sounds awesome
By ng-blur
The Good
1. Sounds awesome. It's impressive how much bass response and clarity they got out of a speaker this size.
2. Industrial design is great. It looks very nice sitting on a book shelf or table.
3. Equalizing software is nice. Helps get a good strong sound for the specific room.
4. Easy to set up.
5. SONOS app provides access to most major music services.

The Bad
1. This is not a streaming speaker solution. The only thing that can be played on it is what the SONOS app includes and what is on your phone (sometimes, sometimes I can't play anything on my phone). It can be converted to a streaming speaker for an extra $350 for the connect option.
2. The SONOS app (using iOS version) is not great. It's buggy and the user experience is what I would expect from a government app.
3. Does not work on wireless N or A/C. I had to downgrade my wifi network mode to mixed from N only. This, of course, has had a negative impact on all the rest of my devices. Now everything is slow until I upgrade my router to the NightHawk that can adequately handle multiple modes. I would say if you do not at least have a high-end dual-band router do not get this speaker.
4. Does not have any audio jacks that allows for line connectivity to an Airport, receiver or TV. Might be able to McGiver a solution with the ethernet jack that it has. I haven't tried that yet.

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
5Pretty Much Flawless
By TangoZulu
I have been delaying buying a total home music system for a long time, expecting them to evolve and improve, which has in fact been the case. Recently, I got tired of giving up my devices to play music, moving them from room to room and dock to dock. After careful research, I purchased the Sonos system with a bridge and several pairs of Play1 speakers. This was my first direct hands-on experience with any system of this kind.

I was pleasantly surprised to find the small speakers to be heavy, well made, attractive, and very effective for a reasonable-sized room. The installation was so simple, I found myself thinking, "There must be more to it than this...I must have missed something!" It is literally "plug and play," or more specifically, "plug and push the button and play." I was able to install apps on my iMac desktop, iPad and iPod Touch without any difficulty.

The system works exactly as described, with superb sound, impressive expandability and flexibility, and instant synchronization of the remote apps. If you have more than one controller app open, and you turn up the volume on one, the slider actually moves in the other apps. As a retired software engineer, I rate this as very classy work!

I always try to write balanced reviews, so I have been trying to think of some constructive criticism of this system or helpful suggestion for improvement, and I can't. It's about as perfect as I could imagine. The only downside is the cost, but I can't be too critical about that given the value received.

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