Hi, my name is Lorenzo and I am addicted to music. The majority of my day consists of listening to music: I plug in the AUX-cord when I get into the car, put my phone on blast when I take a shower and put in my earphones when I go to sleep. There’s rarely a moment of silence in my days.
As someone who listens to music that intensively, I can really appreciate good sound quality. Most people are more than happy with the sound their phones and what not’s produce, but I rarely am. I love my iPhone, but the speakers just don’t cut it. Same thing with the earphones. Although my Beats headphones are great, I just don’t like this thing squishing my ears to my head.
So a few months ago I got a Sonos PLAY:1 speaker and let me tell you: it blew me away. As with all small speakers I have tested out before, I lowered my expectations when getting this one. Guess what? Sonos proved me SO wrong. Their mini speaker definitely doesn’t sound like one.
One of the most important things to me is bass. Don’t even try to sell me a speaker that doesn’t make the building shake, because that’s exactly what the PLAY:1 did. Just a few days into getting this speaker, my neighbors shoved a little note under my door and I quote: “Our apartment is literally vibrating when you play music”. I didn’t make a really good impression in my first weeks living there, did I? Luckily you can tweak the settings if the speaker is too powerful for your surroundings. But again, this proves just how amazing this thing is (it wasn’t even on half of the volume).
The PLAY:1 actually did let me down in one area: playing music. So let me explain. A lot of speakers play music over a Bluetooth connection, but Sonos uses Wi-Fi. That’s actually a good thing because it has a lot of advantages, but it caused me some problems.
This gets a bit technical but: my apartment has two Wi-Fi networks, which are on a 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz frequency. The standard is 2.4 GHz, but with hundreds of networks in the city, they can obstruct each other and slow down. So I use the other frequency, but the speaker only connects to 2.4 GHz networks. That made it difficult for me to play music from the Sonos app. The solution was to plug an ethernet cable into the speaker. Not my favorite solution, but it works.
Apart from that, I would love to be able to just play music from the Apple Music app. Unfortunately that’s not possible and you need to install the separate Sonos app. It works great and connected with my Apple Music library in a flash, but I’m just not a fan of having to switch between interfaces.
So in conclusion, what do I think? The Sonos PLAY:1 speaker is just magic for people who love music. It’s easy, small and not to forget: it has a gorgeous minimalistic design. I played around with it by placing it in different places and rooms throughout the apartment and it literally always blends in and looks so nice. It has many more features and that probably makes it even more great, but with just the quality of sound this thing produces for a retail price of € 179, I am convinced.
Of course I also compiled a little playlist of recent songs that you should hear ánd sound even better on the Sonos PLAY:1. Make sure to take a listen!