Sonos Play:1 Deals

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams

Reviewed:

oluv

October 14, 2013, 2:18 pm

how does it sound at low volumes? i tried the play:3 once and found that it only started to live above 1/3 of its volume scale. at lower volumes it sounded hardly better than my kitchen radio which made me send it back again, as i sometimes just want good quality background music without the need of drowning everything else.

Peter

October 14, 2013, 3:54 pm

I am in agreement with oluv.. most of the time all you want is to be able to fill a room with soft ambient music, but a lot of these portable speakers struggle to keep the sound rich and warm at these lower volumes. Are you able to provide some insight / recommendations?

Evan

October 14, 2013, 5:52 pm

Hi Peter, this isn't quite a portable speaker as it still needs mains power. It's a small wireless speaker meant for portability in the home. I'll ask Andrew about low level performance although if he hasn't mentioned it it probably means it's solid.

Jordan Whitworth

October 14, 2013, 7:13 pm

Hi Peter,

Sonos is a truly fantastic product in all of its forms, but if you want a genuinely portable speaker or set of speakers then you want to take a look at these two products from Ruark Audio - both of which are compatible with the battery pack they produce (additional cost of just under £50)

http://www.ruarkaudio.com/prod... - a single cabinet DAB radio with aux in priced from £159

http://www.ruarkaudio.com/prod... - a stereo pair with aptex bluetooth and aux in/sub out priced from £299

Sound quality is best in the MR1 - you honestly wouldn't believe you were streaming with bluetooth - and is just as good as Sonos but with the added convenience of being able to purchase a battery pack - just be aware that you pay the price of a Play:5 for the privilege!!

Hope that helps,

Tim Sutton

October 14, 2013, 9:03 pm

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sjmleicester

October 14, 2013, 11:15 pm

Agree Sonos is terrific kit and comes into in own if you've got the bulk of your music stored digitally and want to have multiroom music either playing the same tune, or different stuff in eachy room. Not cheap but the quality is built in and the software keeps getting better and better. The Ipad/ iphone interface is fantastic to use to.

Alex Walsh

October 15, 2013, 7:56 am

SONOS streamers tend to work better at volume (once you've turned the Loudness setting off at any rate). Looking for one of these for the bedroom though, ideal size since we can't really fit a PLAY:3 in there (or justify the cost).

Andrew_TR

October 15, 2013, 11:18 am

The Play:1 is pretty good in this respect, thanks the way its traditional drivers don't rely on the volume produced (the Play:3 uses a passive radiator, which doesn't work in quite the same way as a normal driver). I'll try and spend some more time with it and add to the review is this is a common concern, though.

oluv

October 15, 2013, 11:36 am

Sonos could just tweak their "loudness" algorithm which now is rather a kind of global bass boost instead of real volume dependent adjustment.
but so far my suggestions weren't really taken serious.

One could of course add the expensive Sub as the "easiest" solution, but 2 Play:1 and the sub will make you spend 1000 bucks :-(

oluv

October 15, 2013, 11:37 am

peter, have you tried the bose soundlink mini? it sounds really rich at low volumes. it struggles a bit with treble clearness, but overall i sometimes prefer it over my fullsized airplay system.

Prem Desai

October 16, 2013, 6:41 am

Nice one Sonos. I've pre-ordered a couple of these.

If you already have Sonos components, then this is a no-brainier. Perfect for smaller rooms / bedroom.

Sonos have had a winning formula for years. No other manufacturer comes close to their style, quality, ease of use and flexibility. I have wasted money on a few.

Now, if only they made the Play 1 with a clock / weather forecast display - perfect bedside clock for me.

skyline0511

October 16, 2013, 9:12 pm

Try the soundlink mini by Bose same price with room filling sound. The only drawback is on the treble side which is a bit lacking.

cleanupcars

October 17, 2013, 12:14 am

Would the Sonos Play1: work with a wifi network extender such as the Netgear WN3000RP-100UKS?
The router is too far away from the bedroom to give an adequate wifi signal, so all the bedroom wifi devices work off the Netgear extender for their internet access.
Not sure that once you pair the Sonos Bridge (in the living room connected to router) locallywith the Play 1: (using an ethernet cable), would the set up work if you then move the Play 1: speaker off to the Netgear derived wifi area in the bedroom?
Any Sonos experts out there have any experience with wifi network extenders?
Thanks

therealnews

October 17, 2013, 6:14 am

Is there a lag if you want to use it for audio while watching a movie off your laptop?

Edam

October 17, 2013, 1:22 pm

I would like to question a number of points in this article.
1. Only 1 Sonos component needs to be connected to the router, this does not need to be a bridge but is the cheapest.
2. The other Sonos components (I have both a 3 and 5) don't need to be connected via Ethernet to add them to the network if you have any other Sonos components (including a bridge).
To add a new component, you just select add component from the app and press a button/buttons on the new component.
Are you sure this is not the same for the Play:1.

Mikael

October 28, 2013, 6:54 pm

I have a Zeppelin Air that I'm thinking of selling because it has the old 30-pin connector, and because I find that AirPlay can be pretty unreliable. What kind of Sonos setup would match the sound quality I get from the Zeppelin?

Thanks!
Mikael

Mikael

October 28, 2013, 6:56 pm

And a follow-up question. As far as I can tell, the Play:1 is based on the 802.11n wireless standard. If the intention is to build an expandable set of Sonos speakers over time, am I better of waiting until Sonos begins releasing 802.11ac speakers?

Mikael

Max

November 7, 2013, 3:37 pm

It´s the same, I have a stereo pair of them and I added them to the system pressing two buttons.

Ron

November 10, 2013, 10:36 pm

I was actually thinking about buying a Play 1 for this purpose, using an iPhone for the alarm and Sonos's Tune In radio function for the radio. I'd be interested in anyone else's view of this.

thanks,

Ron

Jack Diamond

November 18, 2013, 4:04 pm

I have a similar issue in my house (converted barn - think long & skinny). My router is at one end with a play 5 plugged into it, halfway down the house in the hallway I have a wifi extender, and a pair of Play 1's with one of them plugged into the wifi extender itself. This acts as a good bridge to the speakers in the kitchen & dining room, and for the playbar & sub in the sitting room I've plugged them into a wall socket which uses the electricity cables to create a wired network with the Play 5 at the other end of the house. It's a bit convoluted but driven by necessity as the bandwidth in my part of the world is a bit prehistoric, and has resulted in a very stable network over quite a wide area.

mpurser

November 19, 2013, 8:24 am

Wireless is not relevant. Sonos devices use their own wireless mesh system, independent of your wifi network. That's why you need to plug the bridge or attach another Sonos device to your Ethernet network / router.

mpurser

November 19, 2013, 8:26 am

Can't use Sonos 1 for this. You need a Sonos device with a line in.

mpurser

November 19, 2013, 8:31 am

Once your brIdge is connected, all Sonos devices (unless plugged in to your Ethernet network which most of mine are) connect to eachother using Sonos' own wireless mesh system. The more devices, the stronger the mesh. There is, of course a limit to how far devices can be from each other, but usually not a problem for most houses. To get greater coverage in the garden, I have a spare bridge connected to my Ethernet network, just in side the door to the garden.
If you don't have an Ethernet networK and spacing is too far, just buy an powerline Ethernet extender and connect the bridge to your router that way.

mpurser

November 19, 2013, 8:39 am

I have about 10 Sonos devices in 2 houses - fantastic system and use it exactly as you suggested - alarm and sleep function work directly on Sonos, so your iphone doesn't need to be switched on. Other main use is seamless Spotify integration with all of our mobile devices (you can add tracks to Spotify playlists from within the Sonos controller) or direct streaming from our NAS. Ripped our large CD catalogue years ago and put them all in the loft! Like Apple products, Sonos is pure class and 'just works'. Adding a new device from the box takes all of 15 seconds to set up. Have Sonos Amp connected to speakers in kitchen ceiling, with spur via volume control in wall to outside speakers - great for parties. Just about to buy a Play 1 for en suite bathroom. You will not be disappointed!

mpurser

November 19, 2013, 8:42 am

You may be right, but it think this misses the point. Sonos don't make portable speakers, they make seamless integrated music systems. One device on its own might be hard to justify, but it is when you have several that you see the brilliance of the system. In places where you need true HiFi fidelity, just connect the Amp or Connect devices to your own high quality speakers or audio amp.

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