Updated 13 Apr 2016

Sonos

Play:1

Snapshot: The Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker has WiFi connectivity, but it doesn't have a built-in battery. How good is the sound?

Play:1
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$397

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Test results

Overall score
74
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Range
?/10

Good points

  • Good sound.
  • Excellent range.
  • OK to use.
  • Has WiFi connectivity.
  • Can be paired with a second speaker for stereo sound.
  • Is resistant to humidity, but isn’t waterproof.

But

  • No Bluetooth.
  • No built-in battery.
  • No speakerphone function.
  • No 3.5mm AUX input.

How we test

Overall score

  • Sound - 70%
  • Range - 15%
  • Ease of use - 15%

Sound is based on our panel of 3 music listening experts’ appraisal of different pieces of music (classical and rock/pop). The speaker is positioned about 2 metres away from the listeners, with the panel assessing overall sound quality.

Range is tested by placing each speaker in an identical position to assess the point at which the music signal is lost or the audio quality drops. Three measurements were taken: an unobstructed straight line test, an obstructed test through up to three solid doors, and a test through a brick wall. The distances measured are 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30m, and the farthest distance a speaker reaches is recorded.

Ease of use considers the clarity and accuracy of the manuals supplied and the ease of setting up the speaker, as well as connecting it to a device and sending music to the speaker.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$397

Specifications

Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
163 x 121 x 120
Weight (kg)
1.9
Bluetooth
×
WiFi
Yes, b/g
Power supply
Mains operated
Battery life claim (hours)
n/a

Features

Battery life indicator
n/a
Near Field Communication
×
3.5mm AUX port
×
Speaker phone
×
Headphone socket
×
USB can charge other devices
No
Stereo pairing
Yes
Carry bag/pouch
×
Carry handle/strap
×
Dust/water resistant
Humidity resistant

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