Sonos Play: 1 Review

Rajat Hardy
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We had our experts take a look at the Sonos Play: 1 to provide you with the inside scoop on its qualities.

Let’s see why it’s such a popular product.

Our rating: 6 / 10

Cost: $$

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  • Easy to Set-Up
  • Great Sound
  • Storage and Integration
  • Your Music Goes with You


  • No Play: 3, 5, or Beam
  • You May Need Additional Sub

Sonos is one of the best known companies for wireless speakers. Its Play line of speakers includes the Play:1, Play:3, Play:5, and Play:5 Spotify Connect (not included in this review). The company also makes a special purpose speaker, the Sonos Livo, that not only includes a speaker, but also a small full-featured Wi-Fi video player.

The Play:1 is the company's newest small speaker. The speaker works with Sonos and already has over 20 million songs and provides high-fidelity streaming. It's a bit on the smaller side, measuring in at 5.6" by 5.6" by 3.5".

The Play:1 has an internal speaker but also has a connection for an external speaker using a 3.5mm connection. You can also use this connection to hook up a TV or other external video source via HDMI.

The Play:1 comes with a power supply and your choice of either a black or white speaker. The white one is a bit more eye-catchy and looks like it might be better suited for more traditional settings. Both colors feature the same logo and speaker grille.

The Play:1 has a built-in microphone and volume controls but no Bluetooth. For Bluetooth, Sonos recommends purchasing one of the other Play speakers or the Sonos Connect. Either way, Sonos speakers have a very good voice recognition system that lets you control volume, play/pause, skip songs and seek amongst other things.

The Play:1 runs off of high-quality audio codecs, supports up to 24-bit PCM and 192kHz. Sonos claims it produces up to 200 Watts of power output. The Play:1 supports Bluetooth, AirPlay, DLNA, and Spotify Connect.

This isn't my favorite speaker from Sonos, but it's a great one. It has a really nice, clean design and can be used in a single room or connected to other Sonos speakers to expand your coverage. It doesn't have Bluetooth though so it's not very convenient for Bluetooth playing.

The speaker lives up to the Sonos name. It's very easy to use, sounds great, and provides a high quality experience.

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