Our Sonos Play 1 speaker arrived! So, it's time to run through setup, and here I share with you the experience of doing this, and the process of getting it up and running. Also a few first thoughts on the unit are included.
The Sonos speaker at first glance, is a fairly understated unit. That's probably by design. Sonos have generally pitched themselves as being all about the music, so a speaker that screams it's presence in a room is not really what they're going for. Don't get me wrong, it looks nice, but it's all about the music.
The product itself is weighty, and feels well built. In a world where manufacturers will put metal rods into devices to make them seem more solid, I've become sceptical of using weight as a good measure of build quality, but short of dismantling the thing, I'm happy to take it on trust that Sonos aren't cheating.
The unit features little in the way of buttons or connectors. There are two small buttons on top, one 'Play/Pause' and a volume control. Of course, much of the time you'd be controlling your music through the app. Still, it's good to know you can quickly tap a button to adjust volume or stop playback if you need to.
On the rear of the unit, you find an Ethernet port, and a thread for mounting the speaker onto a stand. The Ethernet port is only used in cases where you can't, or don't want to hook up using wireless. That doesn't apply to us in this instance.
Setup is fairly straightforward. Simply download the Sonos app from the store. When running it, you're walked through the setup process. This first involves discovering the Sonos Speaker you have.
This is achieved by actually disconnecting from your normal wireless network, and linking to the speaker directly. This is a temporary step for setup only. Once done, you can provide the speaker with details of your wireless network, and go back to normal.
Setup proceeds through various onward steps like registration, and updates. Updates were pending for our speaker, so we let it download and apply this. As mentioned in previous articles, it's just a good idea to apply these updates. Not only are you making the device more reliable and adding features, you're -crucially- staying secure.
After setup of the speaker is complete, it's time to add your first music service. We picked Spotify, and found the setup process worked automatically, since we had the Spotify app installed. However, an additional optional step of registering for a Sonos account is then presented.
This step allows you to control the Sonos speaker from inside the Spotify app directly. In the past, if you wanted to play music to Sonos speakers, you were forced to use the Sonos app, and not the native app of your preferred music service.
Now, through registration- you can play music to Sonos direct from the native Spotify app. This isn't the case for other services, but I'm sure this will follow in time.
With setup complete we started playing some music and - I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with the sound quality (and volume) from such a small unit. We'd had a play around with some of Sonos other units (the Play 3 and Play 5) in the store, and found the quality even better. Like I said - it's all about the music!
We'll spend some more time using it before giving a deeper verdict, but for now, I'm impressed. Using the thing certainly seems to fall under the 'it just works' category, and the sound quality is excellent. I'm no audiophile, but it will likely keep me happy!
I'll come back with more thoughts after some time has passed, and of course we'd like to expand with perhaps a second speaker for elsewhere in the house, or to hook up (wirelessly of course) to the first one to form a stereo pair. In future, we'd also like to setup a home cinema setup with Sonos. That can wait until after we've got our next TV
So far, so good!