Sonos today announced the upcoming launch of the Sonos PLAY:1, yet Sono's most compact and powerful wireless speaker, which allows - as all Sonos speakers - to stream all your favorite music to any room in the home, in high fidelity sound. The PLAY:1 is a smart speaker that features hardware and software designed by Sonos to ensure the best possible performance for the size. A custom-designed mid-woofer and tweeter deliver deep, rich and surprisingly big sound. With a powerful low-end and crisp mids and highs, new smart processing technology pushes Sonos' drivers further than ever before, minimizing distortion even at full volume. Plus, PLAY:1 projects a wide field of sound, delivering a great listening experience no matter where you are sitting in the room.
And since the Sonos wireless network is devoted to streaming music in HiFi sound, you'll enjoy smooth music wirelessly without dropouts anywhere in your home. The PLAY:1 is built to last with premium materials and rock-solid construction. A sealed architecture creates resistance to the most humid conditions in the home, even steam from a running shower.
The PLAY:1 lets you stream all the music on earth and access it all using a single, easy to use app. It plays millions of songs and playlists from the most popular music services like Pandora, Spotify, Hype Machine and Rdio; and allows to listen to the personal music library, whether it's stored on a computer, in the cloud, on the smartphone or on the tablet. Furthermore it allows to tune in to more than 100,000 free Internet radio stations, podcasts, and shows from around the world.
The PLAY:1 comes with all the unique benefits that can only be found in a Sonos Wireless HiFi System including Sonos PLAY:3, Sonos PLAY:5, Sonos PLAYBAR and more. It allows to control favorite music sources and listening experience with the free, intuitive Sonos Controller apps for iPad iPhone, Android, Mac and PC. It's possible to add even more than just one PLAY:1 or combining it with other Sonos wireless speakers or components around the home for the ultimate, multi-room HiFi system. By pairing two PLAY:1 units it provides an amazing stereo sound, or it's possible to use two PLAY:1s as rear speakers with PLAYBAR and a Sonos SUB to create 5.1 home theater sound for TV.
The minimalist design of PLAY:1 features a new button on top of the cabinet that allows to play and pause music with a single push of a button. It's also possible to press the same button twice to quickly skip to the next track, a feature that has been requested frequently from the Sonos community. And because all Sonos products are designed to get better over time, customers with existing Sonos players can take advantage of the new play/pause functionality with the latest software update, available today.
Nevertheless, the Sonos PLAY:1 isn't that wireless and portable as expected since it doesn't feature a battery. Therefore it's still linked to home entertainment.
Available today in the US and from end of October across Europe, the PLAY:1 retails for US$ 199 / 199 Euro and for a limited time this holiday season, purchases come with a free BRIDGE valued at US$ 49 / 49 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne