Denon Heos 1 vs. Sonos PLAY:1

Denon Heos 1 vs Sonos Play 1

Let’s get straight to the differences between the Denon Heos 1 vs. Sonos PLAY:1. 

The major differences between the two is that the Heos 1 model includes an audio line-in feature, a USB port, Bluetooth support and a silicone splash guard for outdoor use.

Whereas Sonos lacks all these functions but excels in network connectivity due to its dual-band support of 2.4 and 5GHz WiFi connectivity.

While in practice most people did prefer the sound quality of the Sonos PLAY:1, it’s undeniable that Denon Heos 1 offers more functionality and flexibility in terms of the features offered.


The Short Version

Denon Heos 1 = Mono output, stereo output only when paired with another speaker, 2 class-D digital amplifiers, 1 tweeter, 1 Mid-woofer, no audio line-in, no USB port, 1 ethernet port, no Bluetooth, supports a 2.4 GHz wireless network, vertical placement.

Sonos PLAY:1 = Mono output, stereo output only when paired with another speaker, 2 class-D digital amplifiers, 1 tweeter, 1 mid-woofer, comes w/ audio line-in, includes a single USB port, 1 ethernet port, compatible w/ Bluetooth, supports a 2.4GHz and 5Ghz network bands, vertical placement.

Which one are you getting?

Denon HEOS 1 HS2 New Hi-Res Audio, Compact, Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Amazing Sound (Updated Version), Black, works with Alexa, 5.08 x 7.44 x 5.04
Sonos Play:1 - Compact Wireless Smart Speaker - Black (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Last update on 2020-11-30 at 02:34 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Denon Heos 1 vs. Sonos PLAY:1 — Easy Comparison Chart

Sonos PLAY:1 Denon Heos 1
Wireless Network802.11b/g, 2.4 GHz802.11a/b/g/n networks on 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands
PlacementVerticalVertical
Stereo OutputOnly when paired with the same speakerOnly when paired with the same speaker
Mono OutputYesYes
Tweeter11
Audio Line-inNoYes
Class-D Digital Amplifiers22
BluetoothNoYes
Mid-Woofer11
USB PortNo1
Ethernet Port11

Denon Heos 1 vs. Sonos PLAY:1 — What’s Different?

Denon Heos 1

Design – In terms of size, both Sonos Play: 1 and Hoes 1 are quite large models, with the exception of Sonos being an indoor-only smart speaker, whereas Heos is more portable due to its Bluetooth support.

Additionally, Hoes sports a silicone splash guard, which would make it a good accompaniment to outdoor pool parties.

However, it’s important to note that this doesn’t make Hoes waterproof.

Audio line-in & USB Port – Additionally, Denon Heos 1 also includes an audio line-in which allows you to connect your smart speaker to various devices such as the TV or radio and it even includes a handy USB port, both of which Sonos lacks.

Wireless Network – And last but not least, Sonos Play: 1 offers more flexibility when it comes to network connections since it supports a dual-band network of 2.4 and 5GHz, while Hoes 1 is only compatible with a 2.4GHz network.

Denon HEOS 1 HS2 New Hi-Res Audio, Compact, Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Amazing Sound (Updated Version), Black, works with Alexa, 5.08 x 7.44 x 5.04
Sonos Play:1 - Compact Wireless Smart Speaker - Black (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Last update on 2020-11-30 at 02:34 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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