Despite be in rather inexpensive by Sonos standards, the Play:1 feels every bit like the quality multi-room speaker that we have come to expect from the company. It is wireless, so you’ve got lots of independence concerning where you put it; older versions used Sonos’ proprietary wireless mesh network, however you can connect the SONO Play:1 to your Wi Fi without the demand for another Bridge merchandise to be plugged into the router.
However, if you desire to enlarge your system and ﬁ nd that some players are out of reach of your wireless network, then you definitely can just hook a Bridge into the system (or connect the Play:1 or other player via Ethernet) and your Sonos system will automatically change back to the conventional mesh network. In this manner every player acts as a repeater, providing you with considerably better coverage and reliability than you get with Wi Fi. Sonos has released the Increase, which is like a turbo-powered Bridge delivering, Sonos says, “business-level wireless capacities”.
Most dwellings will be fine with Wi-Fi or a Bridge, but for challenging surroundings, the Increase ensures that Sonos will work everywhere. The SONO Play:1 is first mono-only player, but sound quality is still top notch. Indoors, there is a tweeter and a brand new 3.5in mid-range driver (each has its own amp), which has more cone movement than a speaker that size generally does – meaning larger sound, more than enough to ﬁ ll a room. At precisely the same time, there is no perceptible distortions, merely thumping bass, a balanced mid range and a sharp, but not overly brilliant, high end. Listening to a assortment of rock, classical and rap, you can pick out the subtle details in each track. If you need stereo sound, you can couple two Play:1s, with one choosing the left channel and the other the right. The difference is both prompt and sensational; you get all the aforementioned sound quality, but with a suitable stereo effect.
Add in a Sonos SUB subwoofer and you get even better bass as well, a far cry from the more budget-friendly doctrine of the SONO Play:1. Another welcome improvement is the play/pause button,which replaces the mute behind on of older Sonos loudspeakers. This means that you could walk in the house, tap the button and within seconds have music or internet radio playing, without having to fumble about trying to ﬁ nd your smartphone. You may even do a double tap to bypass courses. By itself, the Play:1 manages to ﬁ ll a room, although we believe it is better suited to smaller rooms where it can be tucked out of the way. We believe the Libratone Zipp is the better player when only one is involved. Set two Play:1s in a stereo pair and it is a different story, with suitable stereo separation and brilliant sound. Given its flexibility and which you can add other parts to enhance its sound, the SONO Play:1 is a clear Best Buy victor, especially as you no longer need the Bridge.
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