I spent a few minutes with the speaker last week and while a full review is coming, here are some quick thoughts.
First off, the speaker’s housing is tight, very very tight. But that’s par for the course for Sonos, though the Play:1 feels more buttoned up than any of their other speakers, which suggests no space was wasted. Weight wise it’s solid. This can be attributed to its internals: two D class amps, a 3.5-inch mid and a single tweeter.
The Play:1 works in the exact same fashion as Sonos’s other speakers. Just plug in the included (for a limited time) Sonos Bridge into your home’s router, add the Play:1 (to a electric socket), and walla, you’re in business. Control comes by way of an Android or iOS device, and music service compatibility, along with a networked hard drive, is available from a wide swath of services including Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody and a boat load more.
Sound quality wise the Play:1 is impressive. At low volumes, and with the Loudness setting turned on, bass is rich and audio is all together balanced. Crank it up a bit louder and you start to lose the low end, though that’s likely intentional such that distortion is reduced. Pairing two of them together, a stereo pair as Sonos calls it, reveals a much wider sound field and improves the over quality a fair bit. As I said, I’ve not spent much time with the Play:1. I hope to have a full review in the coming days.
A few other things to note about the Play:1s. They’re $200 each. As mentioned this is $100 cheaper than the Play:3. So it stands to reason – and even Sonos will admit this – that they’re using this speaker as a sort of way of indoctrinating people. And rightfully so. Once I had two Play:3s I was hooked. Sonos tells me that the Play:1 is designed to be used in kitchens and bathrooms. One because of their smaller footprint. And two because the Play:1 has been specially sealed to work in high humidity scenarios.
So there it is. The Play:1. They’re shipping today in black or white.