The Sonos PLAY:1 is the newest and smallest wireless speaker in the Sonos family.
For those that have not seen or heard Sonos before, it is a multi-room wireless speaker system. By placing a small device, known as a Bridge, on your home wifi router, any Sonos speaker in your home or office can tap into your digital music collection, music streaming services and favourite internet radio stations. It’s controlled using an app on your smartphone or a desktop program on your PC or Mac.
2. Great quality sound and a neat design.
3. It just works
More details: www.sonos.com.au
One: Singing in the rain.
The PLAY:1 has one seriously cool design feature; it’s humidity proof. Singing in the shower just got a whole lot better.
I might still be out of key, but Jamie Cullum’s got my back. Momentum, his latest album, has never sounded better, I mean worse… I don’t know! What I do know is that this is reason enough to drop what you’re doing and go buy the PLAY:1. I probably owe my neighbours an apology too.
Two: Great quality sound in a great package.
The PLAY:1 uses a 3.5 inch mid-woofer and tweeter to deliver a fantastic sound for such a small unit. You can turn the volume right up without getting any distortion. My recommendation is to use the in built equaliser to turn down the plentiful bass and let the rich mid-range shine.
For those audiophiles out there, two PLAY:1s can be paired together to give great stereo sound.
The industrial designers have done well; in my opinion this is the best looking Sonos product yet. The PLAY:1 comes in a neat (read: minimalist) and durable (more on this later) package. Available in black or white, this unit will look the part in any modern family home or office.
Three: It just works.
Like it’s bigger brothers, the PLAY:3 and PLAY:5, the PLAY:1 is easily operated by a smartphone app (iOS or Android) or desktop program (Windows or Mac). From here, you can play, and create playlists of, music stored on your computer, your smartphone or Network Attached Storage (a hard drive connected to your wifi router). You can easily search for a new internet radio station (TuneIn) or through the database of your favourite music streaming service (e.g. Spotify, MOG, JB HIFI NOW).
As Sonos supports a wide range of compressed and lossless file types you’ll have no problem using the same small file size (e.g. MP3) or high-fidelity (e.g. FLAC) recordings on your PLAY:1 and hifi stereo (Sonos Connect).
Sonos creates its own wireless network, which is dedicated to giving you drop-out free music in any room of your home or office. Each component, be it a Bridge or speaker, talks to the others, meaning that every component improves the coverage and quality of your network.
Price – All Sonos products are on the expensive side of things. Given that JB will sell you a set of Logitech speakers that will plug into your iPhone for $48.
The Sonos smartphone app is really good, without being great. Perhaps there is an update in the pipeline, but at the moment it is not quite as integrated as systems that use Apple’s AirPlay.