At Play Audio, it’s great to hear how our customers are getting on with their Sonos setup. We took the time to ask Emily Philips, a current student at the University of Birmingham, to share her experience with us. Here is how she got on with her first two weeks of Sonos:
As a student at the University of Birmingham, I've been desperate to get my hands on a great quality smart speaker. It needed to play music from mySoundcloud and Spotifyprofiles as well as finding a way to discover new radio stations as well as listen to my favourite station (Kiss FM!).I’d heard about Sonos from a friend of mine, and after researching their products, I decided to give it a go.Being on a student budget but wanting to access the world of Sonos I opted for the Sonos Play:1 (the “baby” of the Sonos family); here’s how I got on…
Setting up Sonos
First of all, getting underway with the Sonos app was extremely easy;even my mum, who is not tech-savvy in the slightesthas been spotted using it to play her favourite Take That tracks!
It take a matter of minutes to set up Sonos, with simple step-by-step instructions to guide you through. Once connected to your speaker you have a widevariety of platforms through which you can play a huge variety of music. I had immediate access to all my Spotify playlists and had my “Friyay” playlist blaring out of the speaker within five minutes of unpacking the box.
Another great feature is that your smartphone isn’t connected to the Sonos speaker via a wire or bluetooth, thus enabling you to take it with you anywhere in the house whilst still controlling the music. The wireless/wifi feature is something that initially had me confused and a little concerned, however Sonos DOES NOT slow down your wifi when in use. As a student I was somewhat sceptical about taking my speaker to uni as I was worried it would slow down our wifi and I would have to face the wrath of my housemates when their Netflix marathon was cut short! I’ve since been informed that Sonos speakers work exactly the same as playing music via apps such as Spotify and Apple Music from your phone/laptop.
A small feature that I really enjoy is the Alarm option. I’ll admit that I am not a morning person, but even I can’t resist getting up and having a boogie when my favourite playlist is my wakeup call every morning. Furthermore you can congifure the speaker to play the radio at a set time, meaning you never have to miss the Radio 1 chart show again. The Tune-in Radio available on the app is also worth mentioning as it enables you to listen to any station from anywhere around the world, whenever you want (I recently got back from Bali and BaliFM is the ultimate throwback to some hilarious taxi journeys!).
Reviewing the Sonos PLAY:1 Speaker
As I was new to Sonos and their speakers I started outwith the PLAY:1. This is the ‘smallest’ speaker of the family so I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and volume level it could reach. My PLAY:1 filled a medium sized room easily. I have had no problems with the volume level and it is a brilliant speaker for both background music when working and providing fantastic sound for parties. It is a neat speaker that comes in both black and white and fits nicely into any room. It is also worth noting that many people presume that because the speakers are “wireless” they do not need to be plugged in; thishowever is incorrect. Although they do not need to be connected to your devices via a wire, they do require an mains socket to obtain the necessary power to function.
I will admit that there is a certainaddictive nature that comes withowning a Sonos speaker. I’ve found myself encouraging friends and family to get one and am already looking to add to my Sonos collection. It is definitely something that can be built upon over time, starting with one or two speakers and gradually adding more until you have the ultimate set up in your house (or in my case, as much as a student loan will allow!).
Written by Emily Philips, student at the University of Birmingham