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The PLAY:1 is an excellent entry point into a larger Sonos system. For many, it is the foundational building block upon which they build their connected wireless home audio setup. The small and affordably priced speaker fits anywhere in your home, but is more than capable of filling a small- or medium-sized room with sound from two Class-D amplifiers and custom-built drivers. Trueplay tuning even helps the PLAY:1 optimize to its surroundings, leaving you with pure music bliss.
The PLAY:1 sets up in minutes; just connect to wireless and sync with your devices. It is small, has a charcoal gray grille and stylish black accents and supports all of the most popular music streaming services, all controlled from within the same app. Take it anywhere, even outside since it is humidity resistant.
Large spaces need large sound, and this speaker from Sonos features six amplifiers with six dedicated speaker drivers, more than enough to envelop an open floor-plan kitchen/living room with crystal clear stereophonic sound. Even at the loudest setting this wonderful speaker plays without any audible distortion, allowing it to compete with the din of a large party.
Sonos’s premium speaker can be placed vertically or on its side, and it will optimize to your surroundings. Control the music from the Universal App on your phone or through the convenient touch sensors on the unit. As with all Sonos products, you can set up in minutes by connecting it to the Wi-Fi.
Sonos speakers have good enough bass all on their own, but to truly experience music you will want to supplement your speakers with this subwoofer. This unit is easy to configure and works great with your existing Sonos speakers, complementing them with deep thunderous bass and allowing them to focus on perfect treble and mids. The bass comes from two force-canceling speaker drivers positioned face-to-face in an innovative slim black cabinet. The whole system can be set up with the push of a button and it can be placed anywhere, even behind the couch.
The latest soundbar from SONOS brings with it a ton of functionality, but most importantly, it capitalizes on some features that weren’t present in the previous Playbar. First, the new Beam offers Alexa compatibility right out of the box, making it easy to incorporate into your smart home setup. It also offers Airplay support if you have a more Apple-centric home. Finally, instead of optical sound inputs, SONOS has built-in HDMI ARC inputs, so it should be a little easier to set up in your system.
The more expensive PLAYBAR model has nine amplifiers, while the Beam only has five, so you’ll be sacrificing a bit of volume — but the price is about $300 cheaper, so it might be worth the tradeoff. That doesn’t mean you won’t get solid sound out of the Beam, though: there are four full-range woofers for deep bass and plenty of mid-range support, and the optimized tweeter takes care of clarity and upper frequencies. There are five far-field microphones which collect the imprint of your room to eliminate bad reverberations, and there are three passive radiators for extra bass response. It’s all powered by a set of Class-D amplifiers, and it has bright LEDs to further improve the look and to show you when Alexa is listening.
Building a completely wireless Sonos sound system from scratch is an ideal way to fill your whole house with music, without worrying about any wires or competing channels. But it is an expensive option and not entirely practical for people who already have invested in high quality audio gear. For them, Sonos CONNECT:AMP is a must-have. This built-in Class-D digital amplifier can control wired speakers anywhere in your home or outdoors in place of a traditional receiver. It even works with permanently installed patio speakers and record players, bringing up to 55W per channel. Once the speakers are connected with the amp, you can control music throughout the entire house from the Sonos app.
A soundbase is a flat box speaker that is designed to sit underneath a TV and provide the same enveloping experience as a soundbar, but in a more discrete platform. Sonos’s model eclipses their soundbar in bass and sound quality, but costs more and is not convenient for all setups.
First, we’ll start with the positives. This slender rectangular box packs a full-theater sound with a 10-speaker array that delivers enough bass, so you will not need to purchase a subwoofer. It also supports Dolby Digital for a true home-theater experience. The low-profile design is available in black or white and all but disappears under your TV. It has a simple two-chord setup and connects easily with other Sonos equipment over Wi-Fi. The bad is that the long slender design does not work with smaller splayed-leg TV sets, so the Playbar might be a better option depending on your TV.
The Sonos system runs on wireless, making it an extremely convenient option for most homes. But in larger dwelling spaces, indoor/outdoor setups or spaces with a lot of competing wireless devices, wireless routers can lag under the demand. That is where the Sonos Boost comes in. You can plug it into your Wi-Fi router to create a dedicated wireless network for your Sonos system, assuring the necessary broadband to support your audio equipment without sapping strength from other devices. The Boost packs power that is comparable to enterprise-grade Wi-Fi routers. No more annoying drops from iffy Wi-Fi, just impeccable audio throughout your entire home!
Vinyl is one thing that’s here to stay, and Sonos makes a solidly built chic vinyl record player with their Pro-Ject Essential III. The modernized and sleek vinyl record player doesn’t just play records but allows you to stream from it to any room in your house with lively and balanced delivery.
The Pro-Ject Essential III is built with an integrated DC-powered motor control that stabilizes motor vibration assuring speed stability and readability, so you can listen to your records as crisp and clear as possible. Its 8.6-inch aluminum tonearm is made with sapphire bearings that are operated through its diamond-cut aluminum drive pulley to pick up on every groove as thoroughly as possible. Its back features high-quality semi-balanced E phone interconnections with gold-plated RCA connectors for stable and clear connections. Comes in high-gloss color options of black, red and white.
When you need to get control of your Sonos devices, don’t rely on just any old remote control, the best one is the iPort xPRESS Audio Keypad. The remote is specifically made to handle all of your Sonos devices and can start them up with just a push of a button, making it so you’re not dependent on your smartphone.
The iPort xPress Audio Keypad wirelessly connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network in less than two minutes with its iPort Connect App available only on iOS devices. The remote can mount just about anywhere with its magnetic connections and lets you toggle and auto-play from your favorite Sonos devices with the use of its customizable star button feature. With normal use, you’ll only need to recharge the controller every six months due to its long-lasting battery life.