The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Sonos Play: 1 Wireless Speaker

Jaycee De Guzman October 28, 2013 3
The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Sonos Play: 1 Wireless Speaker


It has been almost a decade since the first Sonos was released in stores and we can still remember the frenzy that it created for avid music fans and aficionados. Now, one of the latest and improved innovations of the company which is the Sonos Play: 1 has just recently been made available in stores. Priced at $199 at the official store of the company and on Amazon, the company made sure that everyone can own this premium wireless speaker at a very affordable price.

The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Sonos Play - 1 Wireless Speaker

Design And Physical Build

One of the obvious advantages of the Sonos Play: 1 is that it is manufactured with a very attractive design. It has the signature look which other members of its family like the Play: 3 as well as Play: 5 also have but with its own unique sizzle. Available in white and black colors, this wireless player can be put anywhere in your house without looking weird and foreign. You can even bring it in the bathroom because of its humidity-resistant durability. On the other hand, the material used in this wireless player is plastic. However, it does not look cheap at all. It is smooth, sleek and seamless. At the top are the volume and play/pause buttons while there is no in-built battery. There is only the power cord to provide electricity.


Best Features And Specs

The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Sonos Play - 1 Wireless SpeakerIn terms of the sound quality which is a very important element of the Sonos Play: 1, most reviews positively praised it for having composed audio output that does not make any distortions even when the volume is at the maximum. It is as friendly to the ear as you can imagine without the harshness that most cheap speakers have and it can also slap some rich and clear bass. For its size, it gives a reasonable experience that takes its tweeter and mid-woofers greatly to the next level. Listening to your favorite Led Zeppelin single will definitely become even better.

On the other hand, the Sonos Play: 1 can also be used to become left and right stereo speakers. Add another unit, sync them together and the sound that will come out will be even more attractive than it already is. Just download the Sonos Controller to your mobile devices and you are all set.

Some Hitches And Flaws

The Sonos Play: 1 is not perfect. According to consumer reviews, this wireless speaker should have incorporated an in-built battery so that it could be portable and easy to bring around different places. Also, there is no support for iTunes Radio, Google Music All Access and Xbox Music. As far as wireless goes, it can only stream Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Slacker, Rhapsody and some more.

Is the Sonos Play: 1 reasonably priced?

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  1. Andrew  October 28, 2013 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Very brief review. I don’t see the point of a battery – as the unit is designed to work within a household connected to the internet (either directly or via the bridge) – in other words its part of the Sonos ecosystem that uses the home network.
    I would have liked this to have a 3.5mm jack for connecting directly to a computer.

    • Jaycee De Guzman
      Jaycee De Guzman  October 29, 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Andrew, thank you for your feedback. This is a quick review of Sonos Play:1. I also heard a few people who wished that this gadget could have a 3.5mm jack to connect their PCs. I’d recommend you to bookmark I may post a comprehensive or a comparative review for Sonos Play:1.

    • KJ Kumar  June 8, 2014 at 5:56 am - Reply

      I fully support Mr. Guzman for his input and comments on SONOS Play 1, wireless speaker system.
      I too think that the speaker system should have had 3.5mm jack for audio input.
      An internal rechargeable battery is also highly required, because once the speaker is removed from power supply, then all the saved radios stations get deleted from iPad. This is my experience. I am pretty sure that the same will be the case with all SONOS wireless speaker users.
      Please note, that the above 2 jobs can be done at home, if the user is and experienced Electronics Engineer.
      If the silicon pad is removed from the under the box, you will get the screws to detach the cover.
      Then you may incorporate a 3.5 mm jack on the side wall and parallel the input of the amplifier.
      This is an easy part.
      Regarding the battery, you may incorporate a rechargeable Li-ion battery with necessary well designed charging circuit, taking care not to over charge the Li-ion battery. A pulse charging circuit may be used here. A 4000 mA Li-ion battery would be sufficient for 5~10 minutes.
      The battery is to ONLY to help keep the memory and not for playing audio. Remember, once you detach the mains wire from the speaker, all the saved programs on your device, will be lost. The battery is ONLY to help prevent this from happening.
      Mr. Guzman, please keep us informed of your research on SONOS Play 1.

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