Sonos ONE vs. Sonos PLAY:1

Sonos One vs Sonos Play 1

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

The major differences are Sonos ONE compatibility with Apple Airplay 2 and its in-built Alexa.

Apart from that, both models are very similar in terms of audio capabilities and quality, as well as the features offered.


The Short Version

Sonos ONE = Mono output, stereo output only when paired w/ other speakers, 2 class-D digital amplifiers, 1 tweeter, 1 mid-woofer, adjustable bass & treble, no bass radiator, no audio line-in, comes w/ built-in Alexa, compatible w/ Trueplay, Apple Airplay 2, set up over WiFi, app control, humidity resistant, auto-switching 100-240 V power supply, 2.4 GHz WiFi support, one ethernet port, touch control, wall mount available.

Sonos PLAY:1 = Mono output, stereo output only when paired w/ other speakers, 2 class D digital amplifiers, 1 tweeter, 1 mid-woofer, adjustable bass & treble control, no bass radiator, no audio line-in, compatible w/ Alexa, comes w/ Trueplay, no Airplay 2, set-up over WiFi, 2.4 GHz WiFis support, one ethernet port, button control, wall mount available.

Which one are you getting?

Sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-In - White
Sonos Play: 1 - Compact Wireless Smart Speaker - Black (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Last update on 2020-05-31 at 14:54 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Sonos ONE vs. Sonos PLAY:1 — Easy Comparison Chart

Sonos ONE Sonos PLAY:1
Dimensions6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69 in.
6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69 in.
Weight4.08 lbs. (1.85 kg)4.08 lbs. (1.85 kg)
Product finishWhite w/ white matte grille; Black w/ black matte grilleWhite w/ light metallic grille; Black w/ graphite grille
Mono OutputYesYes
Stereo OutputOnly when paired with other speakersOnly when paired with other speakers
Class-D Digital Amplifiers22
Mid-Woofer11
Adjustable Bass & Treble ControlsYesYes
Tweeter11
Audio line-inNoNo
Amazon AlexaYesYes
Amazon Alexa Built-inYesNo
TrueplayYesYes
AirPlay 2 coming this yearYesNo
Set Up Over WiFiYesYes
Power supplyAuto-switching 100-240 VAuto-switching 100-240 V
WiFi802.11b/g, 2.4 GHz802.11b/g, 2.4 GHz
One App ControlYesYes
BluetoothNoNo
Ethernet PortOneOne
SizeSmallSmall
Button ControlNoYes
Touch ControlYesNo
Wall mountYesYes
Change orientationNoNo
Humidity ResistantYesYes

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

Sonos One

AirPlay 2 – For the iOS users, you’ll be glad to know that Sonos One is compatible with Apple Airplay 2, a feature that allows you to send any sound from your iPhone, iPad or Mac straight to the Sonos ONE smart speaker.

Unfortunately, Sonos Play 1 lacks this addition because it comes with less processing power than the more modern Sonos ONE.

Amazon Alexa Built-in – Additionally, Sonos One smart speaker also comes with an in-built Alexa, meaning that you can enjoy voice control over your device without needing an Alexa-enabled device such as the Echo.

While Play: 1 is compatible with Alexa’s voice commands, it doesn’t come built into the speaker.

On-Device Control – When it comes to on-device control, Sonos One smart speaker features touch buttons to control the device, while the Play: 1 model comes with physical buttons for on-device control.

Sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-In - White
Sonos Play: 1 - Compact Wireless Smart Speaker - Black (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Last update on 2020-05-31 at 14:54 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Leave a Comment