SONOS PLAY:1 WIRELESS SPEAKER $199 sonos.com
Many people nowadays have their music collection spread over several devices. Sonos has come up with the Play:1 speaker system, which acts as a central hub for it all. Controllable from an app (Android or iOS) or using the buttons on the unit itself, you can access more than 100,000 Internet radio stations as well as any music stored on your home network, such as your laptop’s iTunes library. The sound is incredibly rich for a relatively small device (4.7 in x 4.7 in x 6.3 in, weighing 4 lbs), its build quality is excellent and the app is well designed and intuitive. One thing you should bear in mind – if this is your only piece of Sonos gear, you will need to buy a Sonos Bridge ($49) to avoid having to wire the speaker directly into your home WiFi router.