Sonos has come a long way since we reviewed one of its early systems a couple of years ago. If you’ve not heard of the company, you really should have. Essentially, it’s a wireless speaker system all controlled through a “Bridge” which connects to your home Wi-Fi network and is managed through an app. Once the bridge and app are all hooked up, you buy speakers to suit you and place them in any room you want music. Using the app, you can have either the same music playing through all the speakers or have different playlists in different rooms. It’s one of the most convenient and easy-to-use music systems available. But it’s always had one big issue: Price.
Thankfully, that’s changed from today. Sonos has just released the Play:1. It’s a small-ish speaker featuring a custom-designed mid-woofer and tweeter to give a very rich sound. At least, that’s what Sonos says. Design is fantastic, and almost looks like something Apple would design. Shape-wise, it’s like a bigger version of the Apple Extreme Base Station, but with machined aluminum covering every side.
It’s also, perhaps, one of the most versatile of Sonos’ offerings so far. If – for instance – you have the Sonos Playbar sat underneath your TV, you can hook up two of the Play:1 speakers and use them in conjunction with the Playbar to create 5.1 home theater surround sound. Or, if you want stereo, you can buy two Play:1 units and pair them up. It also, surprisingly, has been built to be resistant to humidity. So you can play it in your bathroom when you’re showering or in the kitchen when cooking.
The Play:1 costs $199 in the US or £169 in the UK and for a limited time between now and Christmas, any orders come with a free Bridge (normally worth $49/£39). Having Sonos speakers and Bridge at this price makes it much easier than it has been in the past to enter the Sonos ecosystem.
To find out more or to order one, head on over to the product page on the Sonos website.