Smart speakers add more fun to life. With them, you can listen to any song you like or watch a movie to get the theatre like experience at home.Two of the best speakers that we have chosen to compare are Sonos PLAY1 and Bose SoundTouch 10. Both these speakers have their set of specialties and are famous for their specific features.
After testing both speakers for 10 days, we have come across some of the basic differences between them. Down below is a comparative analysis of both the speakers with its key points to make your shopping much easier.
Comparison Chart Sonos Play:1 Vs. Bose Sound Touch 10
|Specifications||Sonos Play 1||Bose Sound Touch 10|
|Stereo output||Yes, along with another PLAY:1||Yes, along with SoundTouch 10|
|Number of speakers||2||1|
|Warranty||1 year||1 year|
|Google Assistant||No||Yes, via in-line port|
|Connect to TV||No||Yes, via AUX|
|Extend to 5.1||Yes||No|
|Audio Speaker||PLAY:1||SOUNDTOUCH 10|
|One app control||Yes||Yes|
|On device control||Button||Button|
|Dimensions of the product||6.34” * 4.69” * 4.69”||8.34” * 5.56” * 3.43”|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Difference Between Sonos Play:1 Vs. Bose SoundTouch 10
1. Adjustable Base And Treble Controls
Base and Treble are two options that enhance the sound of the speakers to the next level. You can easily adjust these two options in Play: 1 but Bose speakers lack in this feature. That is why, Sonos Play: 1 gets an edge in this important feature.
2. Control Options
Both devices have different control options as well. They both offer on-device control through buttons. Bose also provides a remote to control the device from a distance.
You can also control both these devices through voice controllers like Amazon Echo or Amazon Dot as they are compatible with both. However, Bose also has support for Google Assistant which is not present in Play: 1.
So, we can see that in terms of control options, Bose seems to be a more flexible device with more control options than Play: 1.
The Sonos Play: 1 offers the Trueplay feature that adjusts two-way audio levels after determining the size and composition of your room. With the help of this feature, your speakers produce the best sound keeping in mind the infra of the room in which you are playing it. Unfortunately, Bose does not have this feature which keeps it below Play: 1.
Both smart speakers have different kinds of connectivity for their speakers. Sonos Play: 1 connects to your home Wi-Fi network and creates its own wireless network called SonosNet. This connection creates a clear network between your speakers and the Wi-Fi and helps to transmit and receive the data without any interruption. It also lets you connect more speakers to the system easily without any disturbance from other internet-connected devices.
Bose has a different connection system. It allows you to connect through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. While most of the data transmission is done through Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth is useful when you want to connect your speakers to your smartphone. Here, its access to Bluetooth connection proves to be useful.
5. Sound Quality
Sonos Play: 1 and Bose produce different sound qualities. Play: 1 has two speakers that are supported by Class D digital amplifiers that add quality to the sound that it produces. It also has a tweeter and woofer that further enhance the sound quality.
On the other hand, Bose SoundTouch 10 has a single speaker with no amplifiers, tweeters or woofers to make its sound quality better. This is a major drawback in Bose speakers that makes it inferior to Play: 1.
6. Home Theatre Sound System
Sonos Play: 1 also offers a great feature where you can extend your speakers to a 1.5 home theatre sound system. This system would expand your speakers to connect with identical speakers to form right and left stereo channels.
Unfortunately, Bose does not have this feature. You only have to stay with SoundTouch 10 speakers.
7. Audio Line-In
One feature where Bose SmartTouch 10 gets an edge over Play: 1 is the audio line-in feature. This feature enables your speakers to connect to the devices that are not a part of the wireless network. You can easily connect your T.V to the smart speakers and create a home theatre on your own. The Sonos Play: 1 does have this feature.
8. Humidity Resistant
Sonos Play: 1 speaker is humidity resistant whereas Bose speakers do not have this feature. You can easily place your Play: 1 speaker at humid areas as it can handle a bit of water but you will have to keep your Bose speakers in a cool and dry place and make sure that they are not exposed to humidity.
Similarities Between Sonos Play:1 Vs. Bose SoundTouch 10
1. Wi-Fi Control
Both smart speakers offer Wi-Fi control that helps it connect to the internet. Wi-Fi connection can also establish a stable connection between your speakers and your smartphone with which you can remotely control your smart speakers.
2. Voice Control
Both the speakers also have voice control feature. They both support Amazon Alexa which is why you if you have Amazon Dot or Echo, you can easily use it to control your smart speakers through voice commands. Bose SmartTouch 10 speakers also support Google Assistant that is a plus point.
3. Flexible Mount Options
There are several mount options like wall and stand mount. With these mounts, you can easily install any of these smart speakers by yourself at home. You do not need a professional to install your smart speakers, thanks to it flexible mounting options.
4. Button Control
You can control these smart speakers from their devices themselves. There are buttons on the model to change the settings of your smart speakers like adjust volume, play/pause, skip tracks, etc.
5. App Control
You can also control both of these smart speakers through their respective apps via your smartphone. Sonos Play: 1 has the Sonos app while Bose SoundTouch 10 has the Bose app. You can change the settings of your smart speakers, adjust their volume or play any music on your smart speakers with the help of their apps.
6. Mono/Stereo Result
Both Sonos Play: 1 and Bose speakers are mono speakers by default. But there is a solution to it if you pair two of the speakers together, they will produce a better sound.
Features And Technical Specifications Of Sonos Play: 1
- It works with Amazon Alexa
- It can create a home theatre speaker system
- Its weight is 8.16 pounds
- Product dimensions- 9.4″ * 4.7″ * 6.4″
- It offers a 1-year warranty
- It can connect via Ethernet to your regular home network
- You can easily stream your digital music library
- It steams 1000 Internet Radio Stations
- Wi-Fi standards are 802.11b/g
- Mount type is 1/4″ -20
- Suitable operating temperature is 32 degrees F to 113 degrees F
- Power consumption is 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Features And Technical Specifications Of Bose Sound Touch 10
- Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
- The smallest one piece wireless speaker from Bose features delivers room filling sound;Instant Listening
- Works with your Wi Fi and Bluetooth devices to play music services like Amazon Music, Spotify, Internet radio stations...
- Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
- Weight is 2.89 pounds.
- Product dimensions- 3.4″ * 5.6″ * 8.3″.
- It offers a one year warranty.
- It has 3.5 mm auxiliary analog input.
- It has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
- Wi-Fi capability of 802.11 b/g/n.
- Its box contains SoundTouch wireless music system, power cable, and remote control.
There are several accessories available for each of these smart speakers that would make them function better and make it more fun to use. Here are the accessories that you can buy along with both of these smart speakers-
SONOS Play: 1
You can get the wall and stand mount to install the speakers easily. It also has a Sonos Boost that can extend your Wi-Fi coverage which would reduce any kind of disturbance in the network.
Bose SoundTouch 10
There are a lot of accessories that would help in installing the Bose SoundTouch 10. It also has a wall and stands a mounting device that you can use to install your smart speakers quicker.
No, Bose smart speakers do not have a battery. They don’t run on batteries.
The SmartTouch app would easily connect with devices such as Windows 7, 8, 10; any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 8.2 or later, 64-bit Macs running OS * 10.8 and later; Android devices running Android 4.4 and later.
No, Sonos speakers do not provide a remote control device like Bose speakers. But there are several other ways through which you can remotely control Sonos such as app control and voice control.
After reading all the information above, you would have an idea of what would be the better product between them for your home. Check over the compatibility and connectivity options for a satisfying purchase. Both the products are good but Sonos Play 1 is a clear winner.