Small but powerful ! Sonos makes us a tantalizing promise arguing that “no other wireless speaker of its size delivers as deep and clear a sound ” that the Play: 1, which is announced formalized today. Nice promess. Now, they’d better make it true !
Sonos Play : 1 : small ?
Small but powerful , the Sonos Play:1 actually measures less than 12 cm wide and 16 cm high. It is really compact and I like its design which will fit perfectly with anybody’s home decoration.
Sonos Play: 1: powerful
To ensure that the Play:1 audio quality promises made ??to us by Sonos come true, the Play: 1 is equipped with:
- two Class D amplifiers;
- a small mid-woofer (3.5″diameter) in charge of midrange and bass reproduction ;
- a tweeter for high frequencies
You certainly know Sonos, which has become the specialist of hi-fi Mutiroom equipments, especially with an iPhone / iPad to control it. The Play:1 will join the Play:3 and Play:5, as well as the soundbar. With the Play:1, Sonos attacks nomad and compact speakers such as the Bose SoundLink II (I am currently working on the Soundlink II review), but in a different way because it is combining the Play:1 with the iPhone, the iPad, a music streaming service and above all other, with other Sonos Play speakers in your installation, that the Play:1 should appeal to audiophiles technogeeks.
You can use the Sonos Play: one in a home theater installation for example to recreate rear audio sources, to expand your multiroom system within the house, you also can combine two Play:1 to recreate a stereo atmosphere, or use independently the Play:1 on its own, with a wireless Sonos bridge though (which is currently offered as a gift when you order the Play:1). You’ll understand that you may not bring the Play: 1 for a picnic by the river : it is made to stay at home in a multiroom installation.
Minimalist user interface and control via iPhone
As always with Sonos, the user interface of the Play one is reduced to its simplest expression. It offers a Play button on the top, complemented by a volume lever. I must say that the speaker is not meant to be controlled via its own interface, but more likely with an iPhone or iPad using the Sonos Controller iOS app which also gives access to your entire music library, as well as to the main music streaming services such as Spotify or Deezer.
Sonos Play: 1: price and availability
The Play:1 is available now at a suggesed retail price of $199. As a promotion for the launch of this new wireless speaker, if you order a Play:1, Sonos offers a bridge as a gift.