Play:1 http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/play1/all en-GB Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: Sonos Play:1 is our Music Gadget of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/music/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-8-best-music-gadgets-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wireless was the way to go in 2013, and the mighty mini Sonos Play:1 was the most talented streamer of all </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: Sonos Play:1 is the best music gadget of the year" alt="Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: Sonos Play:1 is the best music gadget of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Play1WhtAngleAwardLogo.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today&#39;s home and mobile music gadgets have had to change to reflect and fit in with our desire to access all of our music anytime, any place, anywhere.</p> <p>They&#39;ve had to learn to stream from numerous music sources in numerous formats, but one thing&#39;s stayed constant: great sound is still great sound. Out of all the fantastic audio products that emerged in 2013, one particularly dinky player from Sonos stood head and shoulders above the competition...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Sonos Play:1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;ve bought into the Sonos universe you&#39;ll be over the third moon of Saturn to hear of the &quot;1&quot;, the latest and dinkiest addition to the multi-room music system. One &quot;1&quot; is impressive, but when integrated into the bigger Sonos picture as part of a multiroom system or stereo pair, it&#39;s an absolute corker of speaker. It&#39;s capable of streaming from just about any music source, being controlled via Android or iOS and filling a room with real hi-fi sound, despite its meagre proportions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review">Read the review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos Play:1" alt="Sonos Play:1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sonos1.JPG?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: UE Boom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The UE Boom&#39;s beer can dimensions pack a rechargeable battery that can keep going for up to 16 hours, merrily parping out tunes from your phone over a wireless Bluetooth hook-up. It&#39;s splash proof and can be paired with a second Boom for increased sonic power, making it ideal for festivals and travelling party people.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ultimateears.com/en-gb/boom">Urban Ears UE Boom</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="UE Boom" alt="UE Boom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/UEBoom.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Libratone Zipp </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A rather more luxurious approach to portable music, the Zipp comes with a replaceable, unzippable fabric cover (Zipp, see?) and four hours of sumptuous off-grid sonics. You can feed it with a 3.5mm cable, via USB, AirPlay for Apple gear or with the help of the Libratone app for quality wireless transmissions from an Android phone or a computer without the need for a Wi-Fi network.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio/travelling-tunes-five-best-wireless-portable-speakers/feature">Read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Libratone Zipp" alt="Libratone Zipp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LibratoneZipp.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: B&amp;W Z2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Primarily designed for Apple users, the Z2 is little cracker, filling rooms with music streamed via AirPlay or from a physically docked Lightning generation iPhone or iPod Touch. Sound is surprisingly big from such a compact unit, with a quick, snappy response.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bw/bowers-wilkins-z2/review">Read the review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W Z2" alt="Bowers &amp; Wilkins Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BW-Z2.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Denon Ceol Piccolo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Denon&#39;s next-gen micro hi-fi discards the CD player and instead focusses on more forward-looking features, such as 24-bit streaming, a remote control app and AirPlay for wireless playback. Teamed up with decent speakers it makes a superb living room music system.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/denon/denon-ceol-piccolo/review">Read the review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Denon Ceol Piccolo" alt="Denon Ceol Piccolo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/denon-ceol-piccolo-review_0.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Sony SRS-BTM8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Incredible value at around &pound;60, Sony&#39;s portable speaker has the power and control to knock out tunes at a fair whack. While others at this price range struggle with anything even resembling bass, the Sony has all the frequencies covered, and its Bluetooth streaming is made even easier by its &quot;tap to pair&quot; NFC feature.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bluetooth-speaker-system/sony-srs-btm8/review">Read the review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony SRS-BTM8" alt="Sony SRS-BTM8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-SRS-BTM8-review.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As flexible as a worm at a yoga class, the Minx Air 200 is a home-based speaker that produces a big sound from wired or wireless sources, including internet radio. Stream to it from your phone, via Ethernet or hook it up to other hi-fi gear via the RCA connections. Oh, and it sounds really chunky too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio/cambridge-audio-minx-air-200/review">Read the review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200" alt="Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cambridge-audio-minx-air-200-review.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Crystal Audio BluDac </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&#39;s say you&#39;ve got a great hi-fi at home. You love it like an old dog, but like that old dog, it can&#39;t stream music over Bluetooth. Good news! All you need to do is plug the BluDac into the Aux input on your old hi-fi and as if by magic, it can now play music wirelessly from your phone or tablet. &pound;60 for a new lease of life? Yes please.</p> <p><a href="http://www.crystalaudiovideo.com/ProductDetails/Blu-DAC-UK.aspx">Find out more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Crystal BluDAC" alt="Crystal BluDAC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CrystalBluDac.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More 2013 Stuff Gadget Awards winners </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013" target="_top">Click here to view the rest of the winners</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/music/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-8-best-music-gadgets-year/feature#comments Gadget Awards 2013 Hi-Fi & Streaming Music Play:1 Sonos Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:03:07 +0000 Tony Horgan 1429241 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos Play:1 http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The cheapest ever Sonos player sounds so good it might just kill the rest of the range </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos Play:1 review" alt="Sonos Play:1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSC02090.JPG?1382003697" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We had a feeling there’d be a Play:1 one day. The position under the Play:5 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-multiroom-system/review" target="_blank">Play:3</a> had clearly been left open for a cheaper, smaller all-in-one unit, and that’s exactly what we now have in front of us.</p> <p>Except we thought the Play:1 would also be portable to allow for garden and bathroom listening, and it’s not. When we first laid eyes on it we also thought that two of them would make for a great desktop speaker setup, but there are no computer-friendly audio inputs to make that possible.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £170.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-review-url"> <div class="field-label">What Hi-Fi? review URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.whathifi.com/review/sonos-play1 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A new, low price for Sonos </div> <div class="field-item even"> Cracking sound </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Brilliant usability and endless content </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not portable </div> <div class="field-item even"> No inputs for other sources </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Attention to detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Play:1 is a really nicely built little unit. It’s far heavier than it looks, and compared to just about any other audio device costing under £200 is impeccably solid. Drop one on your foot and it’s undoubtedly the foot that would suffer the most damage. Available in black or white, each with a meticulously lasered silver grille, the Play:1 shares the Sonos family trait of blending into, rather than standing out in a room.</p> <p>The lack of audio inputs is a bit disappointing, but it does mean the Sonos connections are exceptionally simple – there’s a power connection in a recess on the bottom, and an ethernet socket and wall-mount hole on the back, and that’s your lot. On the top are a volume rocker and a Play/Pause button where exisiting Sonos-users would expect to find Mute – Sonos has decided this is a more useful button to have and every model is to be updated to match in the near future.</p> <p>This is also the first Sonos that’s been designed for use in humid conditions, so finally you can listen to Steamy Windows while enjoying a steamy shower. At least you can in the States and most of Europe, where laws about mains sockets in the bathroom are far more relaxed than they are here in Blighty. If only Sonos had included battery power.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Play:1 is available in black or white" alt="The Play:1 is available in black or white" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02073.JPG?1382003697" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="This is a heavy, solidly built bit of kit" alt="This is a heavy, solidly built bit of kit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02089.JPG?1382003697" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Settin’ up is easy to do </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you’re new to Sonos there are a couple of things you need to be aware of. The first is that one unit in every Sonos system has to have a wired connection to your router – if it’s not convenient for that to be the Play:1 itself you can <a href="http://www.sonos.com/shop/products/bridge" target="_blank">pick up a dedicated Sonos Bridge</a> for £39 (<a href="http://www.sonos.com/shop/products/play1-bridge" target="_blank">or get one bundled in for free if you buy your Play:1 before 1st January 2014</a>).</p> <p>The other thing you need to know is that there’s no dedicated Sonos remote, so you’ll need a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">smartphone</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">tablet</a> running Android or iOS, or a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">Windows or Apple computer</a> in order to setup and operate you new music system. The software’s free, and once downloaded it takes you through the setup process in about a minute. If you’re adding the Play:1 to an existing Sonos system it’s even simpler – press Add a Sonos Component in the app, press the Play/Pause and Volume Up buttons on the unit at the same time, and it’ll be discovered and playing music in seconds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Setting up the Play:1 is an absolute doddle" alt="Setting up the Play:1 is an absolute doddle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02063.JPG?1382003697" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More music than you could ever listen to </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of Sonos’ biggest strengths has always been the sheer quantity of music available on it. It’ll play all of your own music – in just about any format except for Studio Master hi-res – from a computer or NAS on your network, or you can send tracks directly from your phone or tablet. It also connects to a whole bunch of services, including Spotify, Last.fm, 7digital, Amazon Cloud Player, Aupeo, Deezer, Napster and Rdio.</p> <p>That’s a serious amount of music, and what’s so brilliant about Sonos is that you can pull tracks from multiple sources and services and add them to a single playlist or queue where they’ll all be treated equally – the lines between what you own and what’s being streamed from the cloud are so blurred that it really can feel as if you own all the music there is. Add more Sonos units and you can have different music in every room, or synchronise them all to extend a party throughout the entire house.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Awesome bang for your buck </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Play:1 sounds superb. In fact, we’d take it over the Play:3 even if they were the same price. Where the Play:3’s bass is either a smidge too subtle or too boomy depending on whether you switch on the Loudness feature, the Play:1 is perfectly balanced. It goes surprisingly deep for so small a unit, but those low notes pack plenty of punch and never drown out the mid-range. Instead, vocals and pianos are clear and well projected, and the treble is clean and controlled.</p> <p>Where the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jongo-s3/pure-jongo-s3-now-available-bringing-multiroom-music-masses/news" target="_blank">Pure Jongo S3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/libratone/libratone-zipp/review" target="_blank">Libratone Zipp</a> go for a multi-driver array to disperse sound around a room, Sonos has tuned its single mid/bass driver (which is partnered by a single tweeter) to extend further and spread sound wider. It works. The Play:1 sounds good at very wide angles – far more so than the Play:3.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos&#039; sibling rivalry" alt="Sonos&#039; sibling rivalry" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02083.JPG?1382003697" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Play:1 driver arrangement is simple but effective" alt="The Play:1 driver arrangement is simple but effective" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Play1_3Drender_black.jpg?1382003697" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two degrees of separation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with the Play:3 and Play:5 it’s possible to combine two Play:1s to create a stereo pair. If you’re in a position to buy multiple Sonos units we’d recommend putting one in each room to start with, but creating a stereo pair certainly has its benefits – as well as genuine hi-fi separation you get greater weight and dynamic heft by combining two players.</p> <p>If you want to take things even further you can add the £600 <a href="http://www.sonos.com/shop/products/sub" target="_blank">Sonos Sub</a>, but for us that’s a step too far, especially given the impressive bass balance you get from the Play:1 on its own.</p> <p>And if you’ve already got the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos-playbar/review" target="_blank">Playbar soundbar</a> there’s also the option to add two Play:1s to act as surround sound channels, turning it into a 5.0 (or 5.1 if you also add the Sub) system. You were already able to do that with the Play:3, but the smaller size and cost of the Play:1 makes it better suited, altjough we’d still opt for a dedicated home cinema system that you add Sonos to via the <a href="http://www.sonos.com/shop/products/connect" target="_blank">£259 Connect</a>.. The point is that the Play:1 is perhaps the most versatile Sonos yet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The wider Sonos range" alt="The wider Sonos range" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_3_5_PB_Hero_Transparent.jpg?1382003697" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So yes, we were a little disappointed to discover that the Play:1 isn’t the first portable Sonos player, and the lack of computer-friendly audio inputs seems another missed opportunity.</p> <p>But what Sonos has delivered is the most affordable way yet to start or expand a Sonos system, and it sounds so good we can’t help but wonder if it’s going to decimate sales of the Play:3 and Play:5. That’s not your problem, though – your problem is deciding what to listen to next and in which room of the house. Needless to say, the Play:1 further solidifies Sonos' spot at the top of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hi-fi-streaming/top-ten" target="_blank">list of the best hi-fi and streaming devices</a> in the world right now. And who knows? Maybe there is a portable version in the pipeline.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/108645194361577794712/posts" target="_blank">Tom Parsons</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos Play:1 verdict" alt="Sonos Play:1 verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02065.JPG?1382003697" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sonos was already awesome, and the Play:1 makes it way more affordable without sacrificing sound or design quality</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonos Play:1 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;Sounds so good it might just kill the rest of the range&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Play:1 Sonos Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:47:29 +0000 Tom Parsons 1427873 at http://www.stuff.tv