Pros
Small and convenient
Great sound quality for size
Good value
Key Specifications
Review Price: £169.99
1x mid-range driver
1x tweeter
Integrated Wi-Fi
Wall-mountable
What’s the Sonos Play:1?
The Sonos Play:1 may be the least expensive speaker in the Sonos multi-room line-up. It costs £189, and will probably be worth considering regardless if you will want single wireless speaker instead of a complete multi-room setup. It’s that good.

Alarmingly powerful and rich sound from a box that fits on a bedside table makes this among the strongest small speakers money can purchase.

While you’re here, browse the freshly announced Sonos Beam smart soundbar, which features Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri.

Related: Sonos One review

Sonos Play:1 – Design
The Sonos Play:1 isn’t like the majority of other small wireless speakers. It doesn’t use Bluetooth, isn’t lightweight and won’t even have a 3.5mm plug to simply accept a non-wireless source.

Like other Sonos units, you’d better prepare yourself to embrace wireless streaming before buying.

The Sonos Play:1 is easily the most accessible speaker Sonos has made, though. It’s the prettiest, the tiniest and the cheapest.

However, it really is as well-made as its bigger brothers. The sides of the Play:1 are included in a single-piece metal grille that curves smoothly around its edges. Its top and bottom are plastic, but nonetheless appear and feel great.

The Sonos Play:1 is 16cm tall, with a base that’s roughly a 12cm rounded-off square. Now you can buy a variety of means it, which put on a thread on the trunk, but I still find its simple physical convenience an integral draw. It fits onto a tiny table, a bookshelf or kitchen sideboard without taking on much room.

That is an almost alarmingly simple speaker, hardware-wise. It includes a volume rocker and play/pause button on its top, and an Ethernet socket on its back. That’s it, apart from the power jack and wall-mounting socket.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Sonos system, here’s how it operates: any music delivered to the Sonos Play:1 isn’t streamed using AirPlay or Bluetooth, but Sonos’s own Wi-Fi-based software system. You access this via an iOS/Android app, or on your pc.

The Sonos system incorporates plenty of streaming services including Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music.

Sonos Play:1 – Setup
In the first days of the Sonos system you’d to get a bridge to hook up your speakers to your house Wi-Fi. However now it’s much more just like a standard wireless speaker.

On first firing up the iphone app for iOS or Android, it will recognise the speaker almost immediately. Afterward you simply select your house Wi-Fi network and type-in your password. That’s it.

If your Sonos runs old firmware, or if the software struggles to find your Play:1, you merely have to plug it into your router using an Ethernet cable to begin with. There’s such a cable in the box. In any event, setup takes simply a minute or two.

Sonos Play:1 – Interface and App
Sonos can be less closed-off than it used to be. Until 2016, all music selection for your Play:1 needed to be done through the Sonos app.

That is an attractive and well-made app, but many find the restrictive Sonos approach annoying. In addition, it has worse music discovery compared to the average streaming app. Spotify users is now able to stream directly from the Spotify app, though, as you’ll with a Bluetooth speaker.

It creates using Sonos feel a lot more natural, especially if you, say, use Spotify on your own phone on the path to work.

Not really a Spotify user? You still need to utilize the Sonos app.

In the united kingdom where I’m using the Play:1 you can utilize 49 services through the app. This consists of most streamer favourites including Tidal, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music and old favourites like 7Digital, Napster and Deezer.

Podcast fans could find their application of preference isn’t supported. Sonos’s solution is TuneIn Radio, the most used internet radio application in addition to a good way to hear podcasts. It comes ‘preinstalled’ in the Sonos app.

Also you can set alarms using the app, although as there’s no snooze function you’d better be proficient at getting up.

The other key role of the Sonos Play:1 is really as surround speaker in a Sonos surround audio system. Two could be paired-up with a Sonos Playbar and, if you need the entire effect, a Sonos SUB. However, a complete 5.1 setup can cost you just under £1800.

One major missing feature in the Play:1, becoming more glaring by the month, is a full-array microphone. We’re beginning to see more of the in wireless speakers that may integrate with Amazon Alexa, permitting you to simply require specific tunes. There’s no word of such a voice-controlled Sonos speaker. And as there’s no mic on the Play:1, no hope of an update either.

Sonos Play:1 – Sound Quality
Alone the Sonos Play:1 is an outstanding small speaker, offering virtually class-leading sound quality for a radio speaker of the price and size.

Each Sonos Play:1 has two drivers, a mid-range/bass driver and a smaller tweeter. Traditional bookshelf speakers utilize the same arrangement. However, its main driver uses stronger-than-average magnets to permit the speaker cone to go back and forward beyond normal.

It helps supply the Sonos Play:1 excellent, rich and meaty sound because of its size. Voicing is rather neutral, however the depth and scale of the bass the speaker has the ability to produce is quite impressive.

I’ve used the Sonos Play:1 on / off since it launched years back. I’m impressed by the depth of the bass and its own capability to fill rooms easily each and every time I plug it back.

It’s an extremely enjoyable listen, with enough finesse, a rich enough tone and plenty of punch to cause you to your investment size of the speaker you’re hearing. This little guy sounds unusually in the home playing at high volumes, and I really believe many persons will be happy to utilize this as their main music source. It’s something to consider if the price tag on the wonderful Play:5 is off-putting.

Treble is just a little soft, without the piercing clarity you often get with a dedicated tweeter. However, I take this as an indicator Sonos did its best to use the compromises of a comparatively small speaker, to create it sound as big and satisfying as possible.

Others have a different approach. For instance, the Riva Arena sounds far more detailed and refined compared to the Sonos Play:1 at low volumes. It includes a more hifi-like timbre, and greater finesse.

However, as volume is increased the Sonos sound scales up far better. The Riva Arena starts to sound strained prior to the Play:1, and doesn’t have the same sense of scale. It can’t fill mid-size rooms anywhere near aswell.

Any speaker how big is the Play:1 must handle a compromise or two. But Sonos has nailed it here.

Should I choose the Sonos Play:1?
The Sonos Play:1 is a superb little speaker. We’ve no hesitation in recommending the Play:1 if you discover the Play:5 too pricey. It works exactly like any other Sonos Play-series speaker, and will be offering excellent sound for both size and price.

Those that say Sonos is merely for the rich can stop now.

However, if you’re likely to listen at low volumes you could also want to consider the more refined, slightly more flexible Riva Arena.

Verdict
The Sonos Play:1 may be the most accessible Sonos speaker. It provides all the {