Sonos x Hype Machine
I was lucky enough to have been invited down to the Sonos x Hype Machine launch party a couple of weeks ago and now that I’ve had a chance to play with the Play:1’s, it’s time I told you all about them.
The party was to celebrate the collaboration between Sonos and the Hype Machine as a new streaming service available directly through the Sonos app and thus through your Sonos speakers. Fried has been on Hype Machine for quite some time now so I was interested to see what it was all about.
For those of you who don’t know, the Play:1 is a compact Hi-Fi speaker that uses wireless technology to connect and play your music, around the home. Everything revolves around the Sonos app which acts as a controller for your tunes and the amount of services you can hook up is amazing.
I chose to set up my Soundcloud, local iTunes library, Spotify, an external HD of tunes (from the past) and various radio stations I listen to on Tunein Radio. Popping one speaker in my room and one in the lounge, I’m able to play the same thing in both rooms (at different volumes) or a different selection upstairs and downstairs.
The setup is incredibly compact, with a great-looking speaker and a Bridge system which plugs directly into your router. This means that there’s a separate network for Sonos and no drop out when streaming directly to the speakers.
As expected, the sound quality is fantastic with crisp mids and highs – you’re able to controller the bass and treble directly from the app for each speaker. It’s definitely got the seal of approval from me, and the app works on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, Mac and PC, so pretty much everyone is covered.
The cost of a Sonos Play:1 is £169 and this comes with a Bridge (free for now), so it may be out of some people’s price bracket, but it’s worth noting that these speakers will do your money justice.
I’d like to thank the guys from Sonos, The Hype Machine team (Dev!) for the hookup, speakers, food & drink and general all round excellent hospitality!