Sonos Play:1 appears on store shelves despite no official release

Sonos has a new product in town, which despite not having been formally announced has been spotted on store shelves in the U.S. The Sonos Play:1 appears to be a smaller, lower priced entry point into the Sonos ecosystem – which of course can hook in to your iPhone or iPad and your iTunes music library – according to this image obtained by The Verge.

The store in question is Target, and at $199.99 the Play:1 is the cheapest in the range. Details on it are virtually non-existent at this time, like whether it has a battery in the vein of a portable speaker, and what kind of output we're looking at. From what we can see, it looks as though the Play:1 could be a perfect add-on speaker to an existing Sonos set up. Until we get an official word from Sonos though, we'll have to hang tight.

Based on this glimpse, does the Play:1 look like something you'd add to your setup? Or perhaps the price point is enticing enough to make you finally take the plunge?

Source: The Verge

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Sonos Play:1 appears on store shelves despite no official release

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Richard, not sure what you mean by "portable" unless you mean "portable within your network." It hooks into iPhone/ipad by virtue of a controller app, but the actual business of the Sonos system is via your hard drive (computer or external) over your wireless network, correct? Unless it uses a different standard--like airplay or bluetooth? Or do I have that all wrong?

It took me a while to wrap my head around the system and how it works, and even at entry (until) level prices, it's an expensive endeavor. But if you can afford it, it's way worth it for the convenience and slickness of it. For audiophiles, probably not the purest thing, but for enthusiasts and convergence/convenience nerds it's great. And plenty loud. Don't really see an application for this little box.

"whether it has a battery in the vein of a portable speaker." In other words, not needing to be plugged in to a wall outlet. Would be great to have a small Sonos speaker you could take outside when you're having a BBQ and not having to run an extension cable :)