As I mentioned in my last blog, I am always listening to music. I have a playlist for every task but, like most college students, I use my phone or computer to listen while I’m in my apartment. Technology has come a long way, but the speaker on my phone just doesn’t cut it for my jam-time.

There plenty of speakers marketed toward college students. For example, many of my friends have recently purchased the the Beats Pill. So far, I’ve been underwhelmed.

During my trip to Definitive, I was on a mission for affordable speakers that fit in my price range. I particularly enjoyed the SONOS Play:1 because of the deep, clear sound – pretty impressive for $199. Plus, I really like the ability to stream music from my phone.

Sonos Play:1 vs. Beats Pill

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Product SONOS Play:1 Beats Pill+
Rating 4.3 Stars (according to Cnet) 3.5 Stars (according to Cnet)
Stereo Speakers Yes No
Integrated Amp Yes No
Connectivity Wireless Bluetooth
Power Cable. Wireless charging is available from Sonos. USB connector. Battery charged.
Multi-Room Capability Yes No
Size 6.26 in x 4.69 in 4.9 in x 13.3 in
Weight 4.08 lbs 3.3 lbs
Price $199.00 $229.95

Decide you’d like to upgrade even more?

Definitive has an amazing speaker trade-up program. If you want to upgrade your speaker anytime in the first year, Definitive will give you a credit for the original purchase price to apply towards your new speakers.

Consider taking advantage of this program; as you grow, your speakers can grow with you.

In addition to the speaker upgrade program, shopping at Definitive has its advantages. They are local, just up the street from University of Washington, and in my experience, their employees were really friendly and willing to help me find speakers that fit my listening style and budget. Although online feels fast and easy, you really miss out on the individualized advice and you risk ordering something you don’t love. And, loving the music is what it’s really about, right?

Experience the Sound for Yourself

Everyone has a slightly different preference when it comes to sound – I liked the deep sound of the SONOS Play:1 better than the (more expensive) intense sound of the Play:3 – so my advice is to visit Definitive to experience a full range of speakers for yourself. Other entry-level possibilities include: SONY SRS-ZR5 for $199.99, SONOS Play:3 starting at $299, and Bowers&Wilkins T7 for $349.99.

Up next, I’m going to explore turntables, which you may have noticed, are coming back in style! Until then, stay tuned!

Allison Raymond

Allison is currently a junior at Syracuse University, studying advertising and psychology. Originally from Woodinville, Washington, Allison hopes to move back to Seattle after graduation. In her free time, Allison enjoys baking, hand lettering, singing, playing guitar, and listening to music.