Sonos expands iOS- and Mac-compatible streaming speaker options with $199 'Play:1'

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Sonos on Monday announced the Play:1, a new addition to its wireless audio gear selection to be marketed as an entry-level compact portable speaker.

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At $199, the Play:1 is positioned to take Sonos' established brand to the lower-end wireless speaker market, where it will face competition from Jawbone's JAMBOX and Beats' Pill.

Unlike its competitors, the Play:1 relies on Sonos' proprietary Wi-Fi based connectivity technology to play music from iOS devices. In addition, Sonos' standard means users can pair the device with other Sonos speakers they own.

The Play:1 has two speaker drivers, as well as a 3.5-inch extended-throw mid-woofer and an extended-throw tweeter. Its speakers are only front-firing, despite a wraparound grill design. The unit weighs in at about four pounds and stands roughly 6.5 inches tall.

Control of the speaker is accomplished through its physical buttons or through the Sonos Controller app, which is available for free in the App Store for iPhones, iPods, and iPads running iOS 4.0 or higher. The app is also available for both PC and Mac.

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Sonos' devices are compatible with a wide array of music offerings, including Mog, SiriusXM, and Pandora. They also support content from TuneIn Radio, Songza, Spotify, the BBC, Deezer, NPR, and iTunes. However, they do not yet support streaming from iTunes Radio, SoundCloud, or Google Music.

The Sonos Play:1 is available in black and white color options. The new wireless speaker sells for $199, and is available to ship with next-day delivery from Amazon. For a limited time, the Play:1 comes with a free Wireless Bridge from Sonos, which allows the speaker to connect to mobile devices and PCs.
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  • Reply 1 of 24
    richlrichl Posts: 2,213member
    Looking forward to test-driving one. We already have most of our rooms hooked up using ceiling speakers. This should be able to fill the gaps.
  • Reply 2 of 24
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,271member

    PSA:   

     

    The Beats Pill sounds like crap.   If you have a budget of $200 for a bluetooth speaker.   The choices are simple. 

     

    1. Jambox Mini 

    2. Bose Soundlink Mini

    3. Logitech UE Boom 

     

    Reviews of the Play 1 are damn good.   I'm torn.  Luckily I don't have to make a decision anytime soon.  

  • Reply 3 of 24
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,484member
    I wish Sonos products were compatible with iTunes Radio. It would be nice to have a fallback if Pandora tanks.
  • Reply 4 of 24
    aaarrrggghaaarrrgggh Posts: 1,580member
    Sonos is so much more than a bluetooth speaker. I've got a few Sonos units now, and this is a pretty cool option to expand the system. Might be just cheap enough to let one rot in the bathroom!

    My only complaint is that it doesn't have a speaker mount bolt like the Play3.
  • Reply 5 of 24
    herbapouherbapou Posts: 2,221member
    Apple will send the oct 22 ipad event invitations tomorow oct 15th around noon EDT
  • Reply 6 of 24

    I know I'm going to get a lot of grief for this, but....

     

    My listening habits have really changed...I listen to fast songs when I run and light, easy listening music when at home.

     

    At home, I just stream my photos from my iMac to my flat screen TV with the light music in the background. I know the TV speakers aren't great but for background music while I'm making dinner or my GF is talking at me, or when I have friends over it's more than adequate.

     

    I just don't like a lot of stereo speakers and wires and BT charging crap around my house.

     

    I know, no one would consider me an audiophile. I like to play and record my guitar and for that I use headphones. 

  • Reply 7 of 24
    Good grief! Sonos announces this product today and Amazon is already preloaded with 10+ 5-star reviews. I guess I shouldn't be surprised but still sad to see all this junk.
  • Reply 8 of 24

    I really don't understand why one would use Sonos' overpriced equipment instead of just hooking up an Airport Express to a decent sound system or powered speaker. I have three AEs around my pad, and it all works great, plus it sounds great too because I hook it up to decent sounding gear.

  • Reply 9 of 24
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,715member
    Good grief! Sonos announces this product today and Amazon is already preloaded with 10+ 5-star reviews. I guess I shouldn't be surprised but still sad to see all this junk.

    The Play:1 has been on sale in the US for almost a week even tho Sonos officially announced it just today. I think Target was one of the first sellers.
  • Reply 10 of 24
    aaarrrggghaaarrrgggh Posts: 1,580member
    ...I just don't like a lot of stereo speakers and wires and BT charging crap around my house.
    That is where Sonos actually really shines. You can scatter speakers throughout your home, keep the volume low, and have nice uniform background everywhere (or different music in each room if you want). You can hook it up to your TV, the mac, or any internet radio service, with the sound going everywhere. All without speaker wires... and all easily controlled from your iWhatever.

    Before we got Sonos, my wife always had the television on for some background noise. Now the only time the TV is used is on the weekends to watch a movie or something.

    It's really a great setup. It can get expensive; our condo has 4 speakers, but will need at least 4 more before all is said and done. The Play1 just reduced my cost by $500 or so though.

    [edit] Just realized what I assumed was a line-in port is really the threaded stud support, so it is easily compatible with mounts.
  • Reply 11 of 24
    aaarrrggghaaarrrgggh Posts: 1,580member
    tokyojimu wrote: »
    I really don't understand why one would use Sonos' overpriced equipment instead of just hooking up an Airport Express to a decent sound system or powered speaker.
    The value of the remote is the biggest thing in my book, but a like-for-like comparison would be to a 16-channel stereo system where any source can go to any speaker. Plus, you don't need a computer running to listen to the radio.
  • Reply 12 of 24
    Originally Posted by jd_in_sb View Post

    I wish Sonos products were compatible with iTunes Radio. It would be nice to have a fallback if Pandora tanks.

     

    Wait, isn’t iTunes-streamed-audio iTunes-streamed-audio? Meaning, isn’t everything pushed out to the local wireless network from iTunes treated identically (like, “AirPlay is AirPlay”, “MP4 is MP4”, etc.)? Shouldn’t you just be able to do that?

  • Reply 13 of 24
    But why no AirPlay compatibility? It seems to me that AirPlay is the simplest way to stream audio from any Apple device. I agree with tokyojimu, I prefer to use Airport Express units connected to a good set of speakers.
  • Reply 14 of 24
    Major problem, no airplay. I gave two 5s and am really wondering about moving to Cambridge audio.
  • Reply 15 of 24
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aaarrrgggh View Post





    That is where Sonos actually really shines. You can scatter speakers throughout your home, keep the volume low, and have nice uniform background everywhere (or different music in each room if you want). You can hook it up to your TV, the mac, or any internet radio service, with the sound going everywhere. All without speaker wires... and all easily controlled from your iWhatever.



    Before we got Sonos, my wife always had the television on for some background noise. Now the only time the TV is used is on the weekends to watch a movie or something.



    It's really a great setup. It can get expensive; our condo has 4 speakers, but will need at least 4 more before all is said and done. The Play1 just reduced my cost by $500 or so though.



    [edit] Just realized what I assumed was a line-in port is really the threaded stud support, so it is easily compatible with mounts.

    Good points...I must admit, I have been looking at something like this so I can run it from an iPad Mini or my iPhone! :) I would love to be listening to the White Album (full blast) while dusting and tidying. Thx! :)

  • Reply 16 of 24
    evilutionevilution Posts: 1,360member
    I got to the word "proprietary" and stopped reading.
    When there are already good ways to do it, why limit people by designing your own way?
    I'll stick with AirPlay devices.
  • Reply 17 of 24
    richlrichl Posts: 2,213member

    Add an Airport Express and Sonos is compatible with AirPlay.

     

    AirPlay is great but Sonos is better for multi-room audio. The Connect:AMP allows you to use it with any set of speakers.

  • Reply 18 of 24
    noivadnoivad Posts: 186member
    I have both BT and Airport setups, and a client has a Sonos System. If you haven%u2019t experienced one, then you might not get why people would spend so much money when Airport and AppleTV is great for the $99 price tag. First, the Sonos systems are great for multi-room listening. You can seamlessly stream to many more receivers than an Apple System can. I have personally tried to stream over the WLAN to 3 Airplay devices on 802.11n only to hear Airplay drop out of one device or another when network traffic spiked. So, you can forget about streaming movies one one end of the house while someone listens to Sonos on the other 2. Sonos avoids this with easy because they setup their own private network, while still connected to your main network. With Airport, you would have to switch over to another network or hope all your devices have two radios.

    I would get a Sonos system if I had a multi-room house with decent WiFi traffic, despite how much I love Airplay%u2019s capabilities. I think there is room for both systems on the shelves because one size does not fit all, when it comes to use cases in audio. Thanks. (of course they might be in trouble when Apple upgrades to 802.11ac Airport devices in a few weeks. ;)
  • Reply 19 of 24
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,438member
    Good grief! Sonos announces this product today and Amazon is already preloaded with 10+ 5-star reviews. I guess I shouldn't be surprised but still sad to see all this junk.

    Strange how I read these customer reviews as they're written by Sonos employees. Anyone 'feel' that as well?

    Some additional pics, that I didn't even see on their own website:

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    They use one heck of an oddball iPhone in their marketing pic:
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    Anyhoo, AirPlay isn't supported, only if you hook the speakers up to an AE, so iTunes Radio doesn't work because they don't support AirPlay:
    https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1241/kw/airplay/session/L3RpbWUvMTM4MTgyMDkxMy9zaWQvdzZoWkdRQ2w=

    And iTunes internet streams are not available on an iOS device, that's desktop-iTunes only.

    UDP is used for AirPlay, and supposedly open source. Yet they're encrypted with AES, but hacked, and used in "ShairPort emulates AirPort Express to receive AirPlay streams" (Ars)
  • Reply 20 of 24
    Personally the Pure Jongo's are a more compelling offering especially when paired for real stereo!
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