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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 9919 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use, small, great sound quality for size

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    Pablo
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    Let me start off by saying I have had my doubts about Sonos ever since they introduced their first network speaker. At the time, I thought that Bluetooth speakers would be the future as you could just take the speaker to any room you wanted. I didn't see the convenience in buying a speaker and having it sit there waiting for you to use it. But Sonos released speaker after speaker and update after update. Still, when the time came to buy a network speaker, I went with the Bose SoundTouch 10. It was the same price as the Play:1, sounds better, is about the same size, and Bose promised that they would add more music services (I use Google Music All Access and Apple Music) to their SoundTouch speakers. Fast forward a year later and Bose added Amazon music and Deezer while Sonos added more than a dozen music services and continues to add more. I sold my SoundTouch and invested in the Sonos Play:1, I definitely won't be going back to Bose. The Play:1 is extremely easy to setup, all I had to do was plug the speaker in, download the Sonos app, push two buttons at the same time on the speaker, and I was all set to go. I ended up plugging the speaker directly into one of my Wi-Fi stations. I have Google Wi-Fi and didn't want to slow the network down by having a 2.4GHz 802.11g device on it. I really wish Sonos would update their speakers to at least 2.4GHz 802.11n. It's ridiculous that a network device, in 2017, doesn't have 2.4GHz 802.11n let alone 802.11ac. But this can be overcome by plugging the speaker directly into your Wi-Fi router. It will then broadcast a Sonos Boost signal that all other Sonos speakers can connect to without slowing down your main Wi-Fi. The lack of more advanced Wi-Fi is one reason why I took one star off of my rating. The other is audio quality. Don't get me wrong, the audio quality for this is pretty good. It really is a small speaker and can really crank things out. It's a lot better than the built-in speakers with Google Home or Amazon Echo units. But, when compared to the SoundTouch 10, it lacks bass and the highs can be a bit harsh at times. But those are my only complaints. Sonos makes things dead simple with their app and there are tons of services they work with. I was able to add my Google Music and Apple Music accounts without issues. My wife was even able to add her Google Music and Apple Music accounts so that we can switch between the two from within the Sonos app. It's a great feature and means that you aren't tied to one account per service (especially since my wife and I listen to different music). The Sonos Play:1 is a great introduction to network speakers. It's dead simple to setup, offers good (but not great) room filling sound quality for its size, and odds are high it will work with your music service. I recommend either plugging at least one of these into your Wi-Fi router (especially if you have Google Wi-Fi as there are known issues when having Sonos speakers wirelessly connect to Google's mesh network) or buying a Sonos Boost accessory. Doing so will give you a large Sonos network all throughout your house allowing you to connect multiple speakers. I currently have three Play:1 speakers and a Playbase all connected together. I can play the same thing (even TV audio) across all of them or play different content on each one. Sonos did a great job making diminutive hardware that blends in (unless you get the white speaker). This is an easy recommendation for anyone who either wants to expand their Sonos network but doesn't need a larger speaker or they want to buy their first network speaker. Just be warned: these are addictive. It's easy to buy one after the other filling your whole house with audio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Speaker!

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    RazorR
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    I bought the Play 5 as my first Sonos purchase, and absolutely loved it. Days later I found myself in the store purchasing two of these (Play 1 speakers) to add to my set. Within a week I ended up purchasing 2 of the Play 3 speakers as well as another Play 1, totaling my count to 6 speakers, (one Play 5, two Play 3s, and three Play 1 speakers!) At the start, I had 0 intention of buying so many speakers, especially because they seem pricey, however they are really priced well considering their features. The fact that they connect so easily to my home network, and the software is really easy to use, and I had no static or any issues with the wifi (they are crystal clear even at the loudest settings, and they stream instantly as if they are wired). Additionally, I was originally looking at Bose, but doing a side-by-side comparison in the store, I chose to invest in Sonos because I really didn't hear a difference, plus Sonos was less expensive, and the salesperson told me that the software interface is more user-friendly, which is great because I'm fairly tech-savvy but even the non-tech people in my family have been able to use this system with ease. At first, I thought it would be a set-back that you cannot stream via iTunes, or computer sounds, per say - you MUST use Sonos's app/program, therefore only songs loaded into Sonos's library can be played (as well as the multitude of free, actually extremely useful, streaming radio stations.) However, the program (for pc) and app operate very similarly to iTunes, so it's really intuitive to use. All I had to do is direct Sonos to my iTunes folder (or any other folder where your music is saved) and it saves it to it's library - it won't literally copy the files, so you don't need to worry about it taking up any extra space, it just looks in that directory. I have several wifi devices as well as computers and I can control all of the speakers from any of the devices (even multiple devices simultaneously) without any delay. I have a speaker in my basement, and the moment I click Play while being upstairs (2 stories up, but on the same network) it starts playing instantly, as if it were wired. Lastly, I added on a Seagate Central (NAS) hard drive to my network recently, and decided to move my music library to that wireless hard drive. I redirected Sonos to the folder on there and it works just as well as if it were on my computer - there's no difference...the actual benefit to this is that I don't need to leave a computer on to play from the Sonos. So now my set up can be easily controlled from a tablet, my phone, iPad, iPod touch...pretty much any device with Windows/Android/iOS without the need of accessing my PC. I have about 50 gbs of music and when adding to the Sonos app, it took about 5-10 minutes for it to load - but this is just an initial load to allow Sonos to read all of the album art, and build an index. From there everything else is instant. I tested it out by first only adding a few gigabytes and it took about 30 seconds to a minute to build the index - again this is only for the initial setup of the music directory. All in all I am thrilled with the entire Sonos speaker set, and definitely plan to add more in the near future because I have them all spread out throughout my house so that in times of a party, etc there is continuous flow of music and they are well hidden - at a mere fraction of the cost of what a piped-music system would cost! A final note I forgot to mention above is that all of the speakers can be controlled simultaneously as a group (where you can have them all set to the same volume, or even adjust each volume to different levels) or individually, simultaneously - meaning that from the app, I can play a different song on each speaker simultaneously - there's no sort of "log in" per speaker, each can be controlled on the fly. I definitely recommend any of the Sonos Play Speakers to everyone!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Hands-down best sound, limited flexibility

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    chad2408m
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    This was my first dabbling in wireless speakers - I wanted something that sounded good at low volume (because I'm living in an apartment), didn't create a rats-nest of wires, and could be expanded into a more full set of speakers once I move out into a house. Note: I bought one speaker, liked it, then bought a second a day later to try it in stereo pair. You should definitely plan on buying two at some point, if not right away, because having two makes a huge difference in sound quality. I know that's obvious, but I think it's important to stress due to the price tag - these speakers only really shine once they are in a pair (and that's a $400 investment). First let me say, these speakers sound amazing. Crystal clear sound (bass too!), even at very low volume. They can get extremely loud as well, I've never turned them up past half-way because at that point the room is filled and my neighbors are probably putting in earplugs. After comparing these to other wifi speakers, I'm entirely convinced that they are the best sounding. They're also criminally easy to setup, and the packaging is great. Now as to why this is 4 and not 5 stars. The Sonos app (iOS) is actually really neat and connects to Pandora, TuneIn, Spotify and my music on device, which is great. It also has a queue feature which lets other people on my wifi to queue up songs to play next, which has been fun during parties. But not having native Bluetooth/AirPlay support has been more disappointing than I original thought it'd be. So many times I'll be watching a video on YouTube and think "Man, I'd love to hear this through my Sonos speakers right now". The bass is so clear and powerful that I'm also constantly wishing I could hook these up to my Desktop via a line-in to play FPS games too, which sadly I cannot. I've gotten over it now, but there was a lull a couple weeks after I got them where I really wanted to use them for everything, but couldn't. These speakers are meant for listening to music at the home, and they do that job great. You'll love the sound and the features the app brings to parties, but trust me when I say they'll leave you wanting more flexibility as well. Now, one thing worth mentioning is that I was torn between these speakers and the Bose SoundTouch 10 (or whatever the comparable model is). These speakers sounded and looked way better, but the SoundTouch had Airplay, Bluetooth and I think line-in. What pushed me to get these is that I also plan to get a new soundbar for my living room to replace the garbage one I'm using now, and I wanted to use the speakers I purchased as satellite speakers for surround. The Bose SoundTouch 10s don't connect to their sound bar product, but the Play:1s do connect to the PlayBar/PlayBase. I plan on purchasing the SoundBase at the end of the year and hooking that up into my living room at some point. Then I'll have an optical-in and can start using it with my desktop/TV for gaming and YouTube. Oh how that'll be nice :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Wireless Speaker for Home

    Posted
    Justin
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    Great sounding speaker for the size. Gets pretty loud and fills up a small to medium size room well. I have five Play1s in my house and 1 Play5. I was going back and forth between wireless speakers and bluetooth speakers for my new home. I liked the cordless freedom of bluetooth speakers but didn't want to have to turn on/off the speakers every time I started and stopped listening to music. I was also tempted by the flexibility of bluetooth speakers, being able to move them and take them anywhere if I wanted. However, at the end of day, I was buying the speakers for home use and my main goals were music playback throughout the house, sound quality, convenience, and stability. That's where the Sonos Ecosystem shines. You can easily group and ungroup your Sonos speakers to play the same music throughout the house or separate music from each speaker (I primarily use Spotify Premium to stream music), the speakers sound great for the size (I recommend two Play1s in a Stereo Pair if possible, but they sound very good by themselves as well), I don't have to fiddle with power switches every time I want to listen to music (majority of the time), and I haven't had any issues with music dropping or trouble streaming (in comparison, bluetooth range is very limiting and connection would go in and out often when moving throughout the house). The Sonos iOS app works pretty well, but I do have some annoyances. For example, I often switch rooms and want to move the music I'm listening to into the current room while stopping it in the other room; you have to open up the app, select the room dropdown, hit Group, choose the new room, then hit Done. While this can be done pretty easily, it becomes a bit cumbersome when you switch rooms frequently. Spotify Connect through the Spotify app has/had a great functionality where I could just hit the play/pause button on a speaker and it would switch the music over to that speaker/room. This worked great as I could just hit the button when I walked into a room. Unfortunately since then, I've had issues with the Spotify app and it constantly switches speakers and restarts songs. Hopefully they fix this soon with an app update. Until then, I've gone back to using the Sonos App, but like I mentioned, it's a bit cumbersome with how I like to manage music playback. Amazon Echo support is supposed to be coming out this year which could make things a lot easier if you have bought into the smart home route. Cons: -Need Wifi network - having a bluetooth option like the Bose Soundtouch would be nice -Portability not the best - somewhat heavy, has to be plugged in and needs wifi -Hardware buttons on speaker are very limited in functionality - imo they can incorporate more functionality with a future software update -Price - quite a bit more expensive than some bluetooth options, what you are really paying for is the Sonos Ecosystem and experience Overall I'm very satisfied with the Play1 speaker. I have one in my Master bedroom, one in my kitchen, one in my bathroom, two in a stereo pair in my office, and one Play5 in my family room. The Play5 hands down sounds much better (richer/fuller). However, for the price and size the Play1s are great for most applications and smaller/mid-sized rooms.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and great utility.

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    Rhostam
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    I bought this unit as demo. I wanted to check out the sound. Why do such a thing for such an expensive device? Well, I also have bought into Samsung's SmartThings Home Automation/ Smart Home platform. I needed a compatible speaker so that I could do announcements for event based triggers. Seems expensive just for that purpose, but I figured this "demo" plus use in my home automation would be a good way to decide whether or not I want to continue to spend on this platform. I want to ultimately replace my tired small Sound Bar now that I've bought my first home and don't have to worry about apartment neighbors. I'd like something movable and flexible. This product seems to fit that bill nicely. PROS: - Great Sound. - Easy to setup provided you have supported devices to do it. - Works great with SmartThings (provided SmartThings itself is working LOL) - There is a good API. Since they won't be supporting Universal Windows Platform (a major CON), at least I can use TheHomeRemote to design a custom app to control my device (and potential expanded system). I will still likely need to keep a lousy Android phone around to do other admin stuff, however. I knew full well what to expect when I bought this unit. There are many limitations, but I wanted to see if I could live with them. Here are my perceived cons: CONS: - While WIFI mesh communication between units is great idea, I think I'd prefer still the option to stream to the "system" via Bluetooth. It's convenient, doesn't require a controller app, etc. I get it's not the same and certainly not what they intend, but it's how I feel. I don't want to ask friends and guests to install the controller app whenever they want to play some music, for ex. If not Bluetooth, then at least Line-In on all of their models to accommodate for this. - Controller app is required for basically everything. - Controller app(s) are rather cluttered and I don't believe is as smooth to navigate as it should be. - Controller app for Windows 10 (desktop/ mobile) is not in the works and is not being considered at-all at this time. This means if you're a Microsoft person, you better settle for Win32 or own an iPhone/Android device to do stuff. This is based on an official reply to community requests on forums 4/15/2016 see (https://en.community.sonos.com/controllers-software-228995/windows-10-controller-6730901/index9.html#post16005816) - With their somewhat recent reduction in workforce and refusal to support new and emerging OS (Windows 10, notably), I'm concerned that their refocused effort to compete with Amazon Echo (i.e. voice control) and the like, will mean a much quicker end to support for existing products. These are pretty expensive speakers to be worrying about support any time soon. I remember when I bought my first JamBox before they became big... not long after they became popular and decided to build bigger units, they just dropped support for updating my model (which was one of the selling points behind the unit for me in addition to super portable audio). I didn't cry too much, I got it a super promotional price at AT&T when they debuted. Final word: I'll be researching competing solutions before considering any additional buys into this platform. If you're an Apple/ Android user, however, this system does pump out some great sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WIFI AUDIO/NOT BLUEPOOP

    Posted
    masterfacialblaster
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    For those of you that are technically challenged this is WIFI AUDIO!, not bluetooth! Bluetooth sounds like caka! You don't carry these around. They stay in the room they are meant to, plugged into power...They sound 1000% better than bluetooth.If you wan't bad sound and speakers to carry around go buy a redbox...still sounds bad, but better than the pill or the other garbage products out there... But the real reason to buy Sonos is to build an audio network. I have a 5 and 2 ones...I plan on getting another 5 and maybe some 3s, but the 1s are almost as good at the 3s for much less so probably not. You can take a 5 and play it horizontal for stereo or vertical with another 5 for stereo pair, but for now I have a 5 with two ones on top of the 5 and facing outward in my studio....THESE BLOW AWAY THE OLD NS-10s and BLOW AWAY GENELECS for the price for a home studio, No point in spending more....You can play something different on each one or pair 2 or pair 3 or how ever many you want....You can have a basic eq, and separate volumes for all... SOUND IS AMAZING!!! BUT IF YOU CAN AFFORD TO GET ONE OR TWO FOR EACH ROOM AND PAIR ALL YOU HAVE FULL HOME WIFI AUDIO!!!!! FRICKIN AMAZING!!!! I am unsure about the 3s....and the woofer is too expensive and is open and loose, ok for home theater but I got my Sonos system for music...same wit the bar, probably for home theater....I would get 5's and 1's and put them in as many rooms as possible and you will have one of the best sounding systems out there, maybe Macintosh will sound better, but has no networking features and Bose, and any bluetooth falls short on quality!!!! The are hard, not cloth and easy to clean check ou my setup. Its really meant to be spread out in different rooms, but man this stuff sounds good!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound. Great utility.

    Posted
    Rhostam
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    I bought this unit as demo. I wanted to check out the sound. Why do such a thing for such an expensive device? Well, I also have bought into Samsung's SmartThings Home Automation/ Smart Home platform. I needed a compatible speaker so that I could do announcements for event based triggers. Seems expensive just for that purpose, but I figured this "demo" plus use in my home automation would be a good way to decide whether or not I want to continue to spend on this platform. I want to ultimately replace my tired small Sound Bar now that I've bought my first home and don't have to worry about apartment neighbors. I'd like something movable and flexible. This product seems to fit that bill nicely. PROS: - Great Sound. - Easy to setup provided you have supported devices to do it. - Works great with SmartThings (provided SmartThings itself is working LOL) - There is a good API. Since they won't be supporting Universal Windows Platform (a major CON), at least I can use TheHomeRemote to design a custom app to control my device (and potential expanded system). I will still likely need to keep a lousy Android phone around to do other admin stuff, however. I knew full well what to expect when I bought this unit. There are many limitations, but I wanted to see if I could live with them. Here are my perceived cons: CONS: - While WIFI mesh communication between units is great idea, I think I'd prefer still the option to stream to the "system" via Bluetooth. It's convenient, doesn't require a controller app, etc. I get it's not the same and certainly not what they intend, but it's how I feel. I don't want to ask friends and guests to install the controller app whenever they want to play some music, for ex. If not Bluetooth, then at least Line-In on all of their models to accommodate for this. - Controller app is required for basically everything. - Controller app(s) are rather cluttered and I don't believe is as smooth to navigate as it should be. - Controller app for Windows 10 (desktop/ mobile) is not in the works and is not being considered at-all at this time. This means if you're a Microsoft person, you better settle for Win32 or own an iPhone/Android device to do stuff. This is based on an official reply to community requests on forums 4/15/2016 see (https://en.community.sonos.com/controllers-software-228995/windows-10-controller-6730901/index9.html#post16005816) - With their somewhat recent reduction in workforce and refusal to support new and emerging OS (Windows 10, notably), I'm concerned that their refocused effort to compete with Amazon Echo (i.e. voice control) and the like, will mean a much quicker end to support for existing products. These are pretty expensive speakers to be worrying about support any time soon. I remember when I bought my first JamBox before they became big... not long after they became popular and decided to build bigger units, they just dropped support for updating my model (which was one of the selling points behind the unit for me in addition to super portable audio). I didn't cry too much, I got it a super promotional price at AT&T when they debuted. Final word: I'll be researching competing solutions before considering further buy into this platform. If you're an Apple/ Android user, however, this system does pump out some great sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't even set up Play1, extremely buggy!

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    skifool
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    I'm a fairly technical person. I've been in systems/networking for 15+ years. The initial QuickStart setup failed so I called SONOS customer support. It took ~45 minutes to get a support technician on the phone. He was good and a decent fellow, but the remediation protocol consisted of factory reset, power cycle, un-plug, replug ethernet, uninstall, re-install application on the phone, etc. Several iterations of each. This feels like not even a "beta" product, but more of an "alpha" product. FYI, the QuickStart setup instructions are a simple 1-pager, with no further details. That leads one to believe that either a) this is a dead-simple and flawless product to set up or b) they are being eco friendly and provide the actual instructions online. I found theory A to be absolutely false. They may have good instructions online, but I didn't easily find them by searching Sonos' support site. I let the support guy off the phone once I seemingly was able to connect to the Play:1 speaker, and I thought i was in the clear. But then, it prompted me to update the firmware (a 30+ minute process, which ultimately failed). Mind you, I have this speaker hard-wired (cat 5e ethernet cable that came with the speaker) into my router, so we can't blame 804.11/WIFI protocols for the update or setup failure (note, some WIFI is not supported, e.g. 5 Ghz bands). Here's the rest of the message that I emailed to SONOS support (which I NEVER received a reply from): setup did not complete successfully. Once I was able to connect to the Play:1, and label it as "living room", the controller application prompted me that the firmware on the Play:1 needed to be updated before first use. I went through the wizard to update the firmware on the Play:1, and it downloaded and started to update the firmware. After several minutes, it gave me a message "update failed" (or similar). I was not able to connect to the speaker again after multiple attempts. It is still ethernet-wired into my router at this point. I also re-enabled the legacy 2.4 wifi on my FIOS router and connected my iPHONE to that network, which the Play:1 is also hard-wired ethernet to that router. I went through the factory-reset and tried to connect and setup the Play:1 as a new device to no avail. Multiple resets later, I can't connect to the speaker at all. I'm really disappointed. Sonos had come highly recommended to me, but this device I got is a buggy piece of excrement. I'm not going to bother trying to configure the second Play:1 I bought, I'm just going to return them both to Best Buy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple setup, great quality, amazing sound!

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    DDaren
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    I purchased 2 of these speakers to start off with. Let's just say that I'm so happy with SONOS and their speakers than I now have 4 Play1 speakers, a soundbar, and a subwoofer... and I am planning on purchasing more!!! It is EXTREMELY easy to setup. Just plug into power, install controller app on phone/computer, and connect. To add more speakers, you plulg in the power, go into the app and hit "Add a speaker" and it'll do everything! The quality of the sound is amazing for a tiny speaker. What surprised me the most is the quality of the bass. It has fairly good bass for the cheapest speaker in the lineup. Range all depends on your wifi setup. I have a very strong router with amazing range, so it reaches throughout my entire house, even across the street. Overall, I'm more than happy. Several drawbacks: - Cost. at $200 a speaker, they add up real quick - No bluetooth connectivity. I wish I could just connect with my phone or other bluetooth device and play the audio through that. For example, my Bose sound system had bluetooth connectivity, and I could connect my phone with it and play games with the sound system playing the audio. SONOS system is limited to playing audio from within the app (such as pandora, music files, etc) - Power outlet required. This speaker is wireless, except for needing a power outlet. I wish it came with the option to put in some batteries. I want to put some of these speakers outside in my backyard during parties, but there's no outlets nearby.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Software

    Posted
    JoPA
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    I strayed away from Sonos, I though I would try an older Sound brand like Polk. I was wrong. I was just given SOnos Play 1 (2 Pack)!!!!First, I'll say alot of tech hardware lately may be good, but the software you use to control it it ends up being...average at best. The software for the Play, IS PERFECT. I mean REALLY REALLY GOOD and solid, there are so many things you are able to do because of this software. Listen to any music from share drives like WD Mycloud or Synology, find any radio station in the country. On top of that, organize it in a logical, user friendly way. Play one song or station in one room, while playing another in the other room, play the same music on both speakers. AND because the Windows App, and phone App connect, whatever you do on one, updates the other automatically. Extreme Kudos to their software developers. Usually gadget software is the weak link, definitely the strength here, and better and beyond any other maker. If you are willing to take the time to set it up right, it can be really amazing. The sound speaks for itself, crystal clear, as everyone raves. You're not going to find better. After YEARS of trying to find the right software to listen to EVERYTHING I want ...easily, its just so refreshing to know I have more than just a great gadget here. The ONLY Con (minor) - As a wireless speaker, it would really be nice for these to run on some sort of battery, especially as an option; then you could really pick it up and place where you want.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sound!

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    Clshipp91
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    I first heard of Sonos back in January and thought the idea of wirelessly connected speakers was a great idea. At first I thought that for the price I could just get a Bose Bluetooth speaker for the same price and Bose sound better right? Wrong, This thing sounds great and it's loud! The Play 1 has one tweeter and one mid range woofer that pack a punch. The speaker connects to devices through your WiFi network NOT Bluetooth. What this means is that you have to have a home network to use it and Sonos pulls music directly from the cloud not your phone. Your phone is just used as a fancy remote control (except when you play music stored on your phone or computer). So if you get a call or your phone dies, your music keeps playing, pretty cool right! Set up easy a breeze. Connect the bridge to your router, plug in the play 1, download the Sonos Controller App and a few button presses later your listening to crystal clear music. The Controller app contains quite a lot of different services for listening to music including a default radio application (TuneIn Radio). The Play 1 quickly became my go to device for listening to Google Play Music and the radio. Google Play Music is extremely simple to use with Sonos, just use the cast icon just as if you were casting to a Chromecast. The only few drawbacks to the Play 1 is the lack of a line-in jack to connect to a computer or other device to use a service that isn't supported by Sonos, i.e. YouTube, Netflix, etc. This brings be to the next limitation. The Play 1 cannot be used to play audio from YouTube or any other video service. To do that you need a Play 5(and use Line-in), Connect (also using line-in). I hope that this feature is made available in some way in the future. Overall this does exactly what I bought it for, Play music wirelessly. I definitely plan to purchase more over time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing speaker! - but you should know...

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    JoshmoJoe
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    I want to start by saying that having only purchased a single Play:1 so far, it is unlike any speaker i’ve Owned previously, in quality and usability. It’s Bose level or better in my opinion because it orientates with your room, giving the best acoustics for the spot. The twist with the Sonos system though, is it’s all streamed directly to the speaker, meaning you don’t have anything other than an AC and Ethernet input. I was not fully aware of what this truly means. This means that yes, when you use them, you’ll need to use your phone or device of choice with the Sonos app. They WILL NOT PLAY anything OUTSIDE of the app. Every user will feel differently about this, it has its general restrictions due to certain aspects (ie using a browser - no current option within Sonos App to stream via URL webpage). It takes getting used to I’d say, but for the sheer quality of sound this beautiful little cube creates it’s absolutely worth it. It makes you appreciate the level that Sonos has taken audio to as they cut out the dependency on so many variables (connectivity between device and speaker, latency, control distance (if you are on your WiFi, you’re connected to the speaker... take that Bluetooth!). I feel that only time and further development on their app will only unlock more user interface and ability. My next step is to add a Beam and another Play:1 to give me 5:0 surround sound. Once you have at least this basic set, you can do tv home theater connectivity. Thank you Sonos!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Skeptical but now a believer

    Posted
    Vedder

    First of all, I research any and everything to death. I want to make sure I get a deal and that I'm buying a quality item. I went to best buy and listened to these as well as the competitors and was not blown away by anything. However it is important to note that speakers sound different to different people and auditioning speakers is essential in buying speakers. Knowing the great reviews and best buys return policy I decided to buy them and try them out in my household. I bought two play ones so I could play them as a pair; left and right channel. Needless to say I'm very happy with the sound, ease of use, set up and look. I'll be keeping these for sure. I also like that I can expand on this system over the years. Very easy to stream music from my iMac and iPhone to these as well as use my iPad/iPhone to control them remotely. If your on the fence with these, I suggest you try them out in your house and see what it does for you. Again, I wasn't blown away with the sound in the store, they sounded ok. But best buy is huge with lots of noises and customers/distractions. Hope this helps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent speaker with a few shortcomings

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    bradshaw6702
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    The Play one is a very good but pricy speaker. It is the smallest offered from Sonos but puts out very solid sound, though a little heavy on the bass (this can be adjusted in the Sonos app equalizer). All sonos speakers are wifi streaming only speakers (2.4GHz only too - no 5GHz). You download the Sonos app and control the speaker through that. You can add all of the popular streaming apps such as Spotify, Pandora, Amazon music, etc. Recently, Sonos has been working with these companies and now you can control Spotify and Pandora straight through those apps without having to open the Sonos app. This feature should be added to more apps in the future. Coming from bluetooth speakers to a strictly wifi streaming speaker took me some time to get used to. There's no auxiliary port, no bluetooth, nothing on the back of the speaker except an ethernet port and a mounting screw hole. After using this for over a month I can highly recommend the play one. It puts out great sound in a compact package. I can only imagine how the larger Play 3 and Play 5 sound. I've got two play ones and the Sonos Playbar. You can create a stereo pair with two identical speakers (play 1, play 1 or play 3, play 3 etc). This plays in separate left and right channels. You can place multiple sonos speakers throughout your house and play the same music through all of them or separate songs on each. I've got the two play ones connected to my playbar as surround sound speakers for my television. It sounds great and I'm very happy with it. You can also hook up an amazon echo device for voice commands if you already have one of those. I highly recommend the Play one and I'll probably add more over time throughout my house as they go on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't be fooled

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    SoundJunkE

    Speakers were not crisp, clear, and have very limited sound range. I wanted to like them but at the end of the day the Bose sound touch 10 for the same price has way better sound. I first saw these speakers in the parade of homes. I thought they were so cool. I than kept seeing commercials for them and after they went on sale I finally decided to get a pair. I set these speakers up, one on the first floor, and the second in the downstairs and both on their own echo dot so that I could wirelessly control them from either room. I really liked that feature. It made them at first seem really cool. That is until I started actually listening to the sound quality. I was really disappointed. Espesically after reading about the "great" sound quality others spoke about. Not true though. They must have never invested in nice speakers because these Sonos sounded terrible. More like low quality desktop computer speakers. My headphones, computer speakers, and car speakers are way better than these. Even my tv puts out a better full range sound. I returned the Sonos and exchanged them for the Bose Sound Touch 10 to try and see if they were any better. Now I am very happy with my decision. The Bose proved a richer fully range sound with crisp high range, super clear mid range, and even enough base to confuse you on were it's coming from. The Sonos doesn't come close. I would not recommend wasting your money on the Sonos and instead get some other speakers you really like. After all you are buying them to listen to right. They better provide a great sound than.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Beware - not as easy to setup as claimed

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    BBCustomer
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    The Best Buy in-store sales person did an excellent job demonstrating the Sonos WiFi speaker options available although he did not offer to demo the Bose units on the display shelf right next to the Sonos offerings. I ended up purchasing a pair of the Sonos Play 1 units. These speakers have very good full range sound and impressive output for such a small form factor. You really don't need the separate sub unit if, like me, you don't care for very low bass frequencies. This Sonos product has however proven to be very difficult to set-up with my WiFi network. It constantly drops the WiFi connection, stops playing at random and skips tracks when it resumes playing. An online search reveals this to be a very common Sonos problem. For me this situation occurs most frequently when playing tracks from a network attached storage device - the Sonos recommended way to access and stream your music library. It also pauses for no reason while streaming online services such as Amazon and Pandora. I have tried multiple WiFi setup variations including specifying channels and turning off the 5GHz band on my dual band wireless router. No combination of router settings has solved the problem to this point. I am an engineer and consider myself generally a technically competent person. Thus far Sonos technical support has been unreachable by phone and their wait times are extraordinarily long. I am going to give them one more try to fix the issue then I am returning these not inexpensive speakers back to the store. I will update this review if a solution is found. Fortunately I have a somewhat less flexible alternative - my home came pre-wired for speakers which I never installed but I will now seriously consider going this route in lieu of dealing with this, so far poorly supported, fickle technology.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound quality, horrible UI

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    Crasher
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    The sonos is a good affordable home wirless audio system. It offers superb sound quality at a decent price. Where it lacks is in its user interface(UI). First lets talk about the nice features. The sound quality isn't just good but its impressive. The sound quality sounded as good as some of the really high end speakers and the range is really good. You can unplug the speaker and move it to any room without having to resync everytime. The sound reverberated so good off the walls that it actually sounded like i had more speakers then one. And for some reason if the one speaker isnt enough for you the sonos one allows you to link up multiple sonos speakers including a bass for those hard hitting songs. Now heres what kills it for me. First off the sonos does not hook up to Bluetooth in the normal way, in fact it doesnt hook up at all. It requires you to link your sonos and smartphone or other such device to link up through a common wifi. This means your sonos needs a wifi device with good range. If your wifi is up stairs and the sonos is in the basement you better hope you have a strong signal or you'll get drops. Second you have to use there app and software to play your music. There app is ok but glitches out alot or at least it did for me. I have to use sonos program to access my music and couldnt use my own mp3 program. Some songs would play while others wouldnt. When i first bought the sonos one the sonos app was having problems and was down for a day and since you have to use the sonos app to play music i could not use my newly purchased sonos until the next day. If i could do it over even though the sound quality is good, i would purchase a more expensive speaker that hooks up directly through bluetooth and not have to rely on a seperate program to run the system

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sonos makes it really easy

    Posted
    Pineboy
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    I have several Airplay compatible speakers but ended up trying Sonos because I was having trouble finding more Airplay speakers. My wife and I bought two Sonos speakers to check out their system and liked them so much we bought two more as well as one of their Connect units to add my conventional stereo to the system. I'm thinking a couple more purchases may be in my future. One factor that played into trying their products is that they no longer require a separate network to operate. Sonos had marketed this as an advantage in that you would not burden your primary network with the task of streaming music but since I have gone to great pains to put together a good network that includes the main house and my barn/workshop/mancave I was happy to use my primary network instead of buying more hardware to set up another network. The software is what really defines "easy" with this system. There is a seemingly infinite number of source choices that are available; Pandora, iHeart, TuneIn, Apple Music, radioPup, Spotify, music on your computer, music on your phone. You name it, they appear to support it, unlike the limited options Apple AirPlay offer. Want one source for the family room and one source for the kitchen? No problem! It's incredibly easy. It's also incredibly easy to fill the entire house with the same music source. I cannot stress enough how easy the system is to use. I have to admit, we have only purchased the Play 1 (the smallest) units thus far. I would love to purchase the sound bar and the wireless subwoofer but doubt I will ever want to sink that much money into my system. Just being honest here but I suspect anyone who decides to go that route will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice speakers but limited in some ways - read on!

    Posted
    kenf
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    First let me say that I'm happy now with my choice to buy these speakers. I was setting up my new house with new electronics and wanted to go wireless. I bought the Total Tech package and had the in-home review. The tach's recommended the Sonos equipment and I'm happy with the equipment but it was not able to be set up as the tech's told me. I wanted to use one Play One, one Play1 and one Play5 (as the sub) with the sound bar and was told I could set it up that way. The iPhone app. will not allow you to use a Play5 as a sub and your rear speakers MUST be a match set. As in a Play1 and a Play One are not the same and the app will not allow you to set the system up using one of each as your rear speakers. I had purchased one Play One to use the Alexa features and one Play1 to be used as the other rear speaker of a surround system. I ended up buying another Play1 and I'll just use the Play One with Alexa as a counter top, stand alone device. I would not have purchased the Play One if I had known this limitation. And I'll use the Play5 as an outdoor speaker for entertaining on the patio. A bit disappointed in the misinformation I received but I really do like the system now that it's up and running. Check the big box stores for packages deals on these speakers before you buy (Costco).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Compact size, easy setup, big sound

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    nebo
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    I've had high quality stereo equipment dating back to my college days in the 1970s. So when listening to various systems, I'm often not particularly impressed. But when we moved into our new house this year, it became clear that transitioning to a wireless environment was inevitable. I was hesitant to start with Sonos players, mainly because I wasn't sure how the sound quality would be (kind of pricey too). But we decided to go with a sound bar with a sub for the TV in the family room, and two Play 3s for the bedrooms. I liked the way we'd set it up, but what about the living room? It's a fairly large space with 12 foot ceilings. Was I going to have to spring for the Play 5s? After doing a lot of research, it seemed like pairing two Play 1s might be the way to go, and I am very happy with the decision. Surprisingly clear and balanced sound for such small speakers, and they are aesthetically excellent as well. They have plenty of power as far as I'm concerned, and unless you really need or want to blast a ton of sound in your listening area, these are more than good. The bass is clearly present without being overwhelming. This setup does not rattle anything, particularly my nerves. I'm not going to add a sub because I think these speakers produce a very good overall reproduction of what most artists intended for us to hear. We got them in white and paired them with the Sanus WSS2 stands (highly recommended). They look as impressive as they sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend