On the surface, both the Bose SoundTouch 10 and the Sonos Play 1 speakers seem to be interchangeable.
They are both wireless speakers that play music and it can be easy to think that they both do the same thing.
It is important however, to do some further research.
Depending on the main use of the speaker, there is one that will be better for some, and one that won’t.
Choosing the right speaker for your needs will make or break your listening experience.
When you are looking to purchase a new speaker, it is important to pay close attention to how the music is played and what other features are included as part of the speaker.
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For Sonos Play 1 speakers, there needs to be a wifi connection between the speaker and the device in order for it to work.
For Bose SoundTouch 10, there can be wifi or the connection can be made via Bluetooth. If the wifi in your area is not always reliable, or you are looking for a faster, more efficient setup, the SoundTouch 10 is the better option.
The second key difference between these two speakers is their overall sound quality when used as an individual speaker. For those who are looking to build out a multi-room sound system, the Sonos Play 1 is the better option.
The setup of multiple speakers gives extra power and depth to the music. As a stand-alone speaker however, the music can sometimes fall just a bit flat.
Beyond these two key differences, there is a handful of other, not-so-striking similarities and differences between these two speakers.
- Size: The Bose SoundTouch 10 is nearly half of the weight of the Sonos Play 1
- Preset Channels: The Sonos Play 1 does not have the ability to store your favorite stations or playlists; the SoundTouch 10 can store up to 6
- Both speakers have a free app that allows you to control the sound, skip around to new playlists, and test/view the connectivity
- Both can be part of a multi spread of speakers which can sync your music throughout the house or play individually
- Both can be purchased in sets and the SoundTouch 10 also has a stereo setting for a surround-sound type experience
They are both quite similar in design and capability, but there is one that takes a bit of a lead when both are compared side by side across various categories.
Both speakers have the ability to connect to your phone through an app or via wifi. The apps for both speakers are free and allow you to play your preferred music from various streaming services, adjust volume, pause/play and skip.
The Bose SoundTouch 10 also has the additional feature of being able to stream music via Bluetooth.
It also comes with a remote that allows you to control your music without needing to touch a button on the physical speaker or use the app on your phone.
For those that are looking to use their phone (out of necessity or preference), the Sonos Play 1 app is more user-friendly than the SoundTouch 10. If you are only taking this into consideration, the Sonos Play 1 would be your better speaker.
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However, overall, with the additional Bluetooth connectivity feature as well as the inclusion of a remote to allow for multiple ways to control your music, the SoundTouch 10 does have more to offer when it comes to connectivity and is the better speaker in this respect.
However, they are both also designed to connect with other speakers in their respective brands to create a full-house listening experience. In addition, they can be set up to sync, but still play separately.
If you are looking to purchase either of these as a set or with multiple other speakers to set up in your house, then both are going to provide the same sound quality. They come with adjustable bass and both contain built-in subwoofers.
There is only one exception; when it comes to using these as speakers with surround sound, the SoundTouch 10 is the only one that offers that setting (only when speakers are paired together).
Used individually, the Sonos Play 1 struggles a bit to match the quality of the SoundTouch 10. Sonos Play 1 is truly designed to be used as part of the full-home set of speakers.
When used alone, the SoundTouch 10 out shines the Sonos Play 1 in sound quality just a little.
Size & Aesthetic
The Sonos Play 1 is tiny, weighing just under 5lbs. The SoundTouch 10 is even tinier, weighing in at under 3lbs. Both have an aesthetically pleasing exterior and come in both black and white.
Their sleek finishes allow them to be fully displayed in your home without looking out of place.
In this category, while larger than its counterpart, the Sonos Play 1 speaker has an advantage. It can placed on a shelf or mounted to the wall, unlike the SoundTouch 10 which lacks the wall-mounting feature.
In addition to this mounting ability, the Sonos Play 1 has the appearance of a sturdy speaker, fitting in nicely with certain home aesthetics and looking more like a set piece of furniture.
For those that are just looking for the smallest speaker possible though, the SoundTouch 10 is an excellent choice because it is truly the smaller one of the two.
Both speakers come with Alexa compatibility and other voice-controlled devices. In this respect, the SoundTouch 10 again takes a light advantage since it also has Bluetooth compatibility.
It can connect to the voice-prompted device without needing a cord, allowing for more variety in how these devices are set up. The Sonos Play 1 can also connect to the voice-controlled devices, but needs to be close enough to be connected via cable.
Although the performance of both of these speakers is the same when it comes to such devices, it is potentially an inconvenience to have to have both devices set up next to each other (in the case of Sonos Play 1) which makes the SoundTouch 10 a better option.
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In addition to the standard features that come with wireless speakers, there are other details that can put either speaker in a better position depending on your user preferences.
The SoundTouch 10 is not built to withstand higher levels of humidity, but it is designed to store up to 6 channels for your listening enjoyment. It also comes with a remote, allowing for an additional mode of control.
The Sonos Play 1 is a decent speaker with great sound and part of a well-rounded, full-home sound system. It takes the lead in how it can be displayed as well as the user-experience when it comes to the app.
The humidity resistant design and sleek aesthetics are just the bows on top of this reliable, quality speaker.
In the end, the Bose SoundTouch 10 comes out as the best speaker overall.
It has a wider variety of connectivity options, preset channels, and better sound quality when used alone; it also comes with an optional surround sound setting that is available when paired with another Bose speaker.
It is smaller and doesn’t need a cable to connect to hands’ free devices such as Alexa. While both are good speaker options, the SoundTouch 10 offers some finer features which makes it the better choice in the end.
In the hunt for an excellent wireless speaker? Here are some things to keep in mind and ask yourself before you make a purchase.
What is the difference between wifi and Bluetooth speakers?
The concept is the same for both Bluetooth and wifi connectivity – you can set up your device(s) to play music. Wifi tends to be stronger and more reliable than Bluetooth connectivity and allows multiple devices to be set up on the same wifi channel.
It is important to note that while Wifi is the more reliable option overall, when your wifi goes down, your speakers won’t work. Bluetooth works best with fewer connected speakers and can power the same device(s) but in an admittedly smaller range.
In the case of the Sonos Play 1 and the SoundTouch 10 there is no limit on the number of speakers that can be synced to each other so long as you are set up on the wifi.
However, you may need to check the bandwidth of your wifi if you are looking to add a lot of speakers; you may want to look at increasing your bandwidth or going for a faster wifi in order to have a good streaming experience.
What can I control with Alexa or another voice-activated device?
With a voice activated device you will be able to control the volume, sync or unsync speakers, play your music from your various streaming stations, and control what is played in what room (e.g. turn X on in the Kitchen).
You can also search for music and skip songs (as your music streaming service permits).