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Discontinuing Play 1

  • 29 June 2020
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I understand Sonos is discontinuing the Play 1 model which is a real shame as it is a great little speaker and I never felt the need for the voice activated controls of the Sonos 1. I purchased a couple of Play 1s a couple of years ago with the intention of adding more as and when I could afford. Now I find it they are being discontinued and that even if I buy the Sonos 1, it won’t pair with the Play 1. Is this right and if so, what solution as I want multi room speaker play without having to start again from scratch?

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Best answer by jgatie 29 June 2020, 20:07

I understand Sonos is discontinuing the Play 1 model which is a real shame as it is a great little speaker and I never felt the need for the voice activated controls of the Sonos 1. I purchased a couple of Play 1s a couple of years ago with the intention of adding more as and when I could afford. Now I find it they are being discontinued and that even if I buy the Sonos 1, it won’t pair with the Play 1. Is this right and if so, what solution as I want multi room speaker play without having to start again from scratch?

 

Actually, the Play:1 was discontinued over 9 months ago.  And ‘pairing’ means a semi-permanent bond to make a stereo pair where each one plays a separate left/right channel.  It has never been possible to pair unlike models.  That is different from grouping, which is a temporary linking of 2 or more rooms to play in sync, and any Sonos can be grouped with any other.  

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I understand Sonos is discontinuing the Play 1 model which is a real shame as it is a great little speaker and I never felt the need for the voice activated controls of the Sonos 1. I purchased a couple of Play 1s a couple of years ago with the intention of adding more as and when I could afford. Now I find it they are being discontinued and that even if I buy the Sonos 1, it won’t pair with the Play 1. Is this right and if so, what solution as I want multi room speaker play without having to start again from scratch?

 

Actually, the Play:1 was discontinued over 9 months ago.  And ‘pairing’ means a semi-permanent bond to make a stereo pair where each one plays a separate left/right channel.  It has never been possible to pair unlike models.  That is different from grouping, which is a temporary linking of 2 or more rooms to play in sync, and any Sonos can be grouped with any other.  

The Play:1 cannot be stereo paired with a One, but can be grouped within a Sonos system. If you don't want voice control then the One SL  is a direct successor to the Play:1. 

I'm not really sure what you are worried about. 

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Although they won’t pair with Play:1s, the One SL is effectively their replacement - similar size and form factor, no voice services, and Airplay compatible.  Only major thing they’re missing is threaded jack for wall mounting, which some would want and some couldn’t care less about.

The Play:1 cannot be stereo paired with a One, but can be grouped within a Sonos system. If you don't want voice control then the One SL  is a direct successor to the Play:1. 

I'm not really sure what you are worried about. 

Thanks John, that’s useful, sorry to show my ignorance but what does ‘grouped within a Sonos system’ mean? Can I play them together?

Thanks John, that’s useful, sorry to show my ignorance but what does ‘grouped within a Sonos system’ mean? Can I play them together?

 

Grouping - Temporary linking of 2 or more rooms to play in sync.

Pairing - Semi-permanent linking of 2 like models to play as a single room in stereo. 

Bonding - Semi-permanent linking of a Sub to a stereo pair, or a Sub/surrounds to a soundbar/Amp to play as a single room.

Although they won’t pair with Play:1s, the One SL is effectively their replacement - similar size and form factor, no voice services, and Airplay compatible.  Only major thing they’re missing is threaded jack for wall mounting, which some would want and some couldn’t care less about.

Great, many thanks - no not planning on wall mounting!

I understand Sonos is discontinuing the Play 1 model which is a real shame as it is a great little speaker and I never felt the need for the voice activated controls of the Sonos 1. I purchased a couple of Play 1s a couple of years ago with the intention of adding more as and when I could afford. Now I find it they are being discontinued and that even if I buy the Sonos 1, it won’t pair with the Play 1. Is this right and if so, what solution as I want multi room speaker play without having to start again from scratch?

 

Actually, the Play:1 was discontinued over 9 months ago.  And ‘pairing’ means a semi-permanent bond to make a stereo pair where each one plays a separate left/right channel.  It has never been possible to pair unlike models.  That is different from grouping, which is a temporary linking of 2 or more rooms to play in sync, and any Sonos can be grouped with any other.  

Thanks for the clarification, looks like I’ve been worrying for nothing!

Thanks John, that’s useful, sorry to show my ignorance but what does ‘grouped within a Sonos system’ mean? Can I play them together?

 

Grouping - Temporary linking of 2 or more rooms to play in sync.

Pairing - Semi-permanent linking of 2 like models to play as a single room in stereo. 

Bonding - Semi-permanent linking of a Sub to a stereo pair, or a Sub/surrounds to a soundbar/Amp to play as a single room.

Many thanks, good to know! Yes, was wrongly using ‘Pairing’ but meaning ‘Grouping’.

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