Soundstage S1 Wireless Speakerby Monster

  • Soundstage S1 Wireless Speaker
  • Soundstage S1 Wireless Speaker
  • Soundstage S1 Wireless Speaker
  • Soundstage S1 Wireless Speaker
  • Soundstage S1 Wireless Speaker
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
80%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Soundstage S1 speaker provides plenty of bass and treble for its size.
  • The speaker connects with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and optical digital, and displays good compatibility with Spotify, Internet radio, and many digital file formats.
  • Onboard controls let you control the audio from the speaker without having to open your app.

CONS

  • The intense bass and treble make it difficult to listen long term, and the midrange is understated.
  • High-resolution files are subject to dropouts or pauses.
  • The setup and use of wireless and the Android/iOS app can be quirky.
The Monster SoundStage S1 wireless speaker is the baby bear of the three Monster SoundStage speakers. This water-resistant speaker supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, optical, and aux connectivity. An outgoing USB port lets you charge your device while listening. Top-mounted touch buttons provide control for the speaker when your phone is out of reach. The S1 has front-facing mid and treble drivers, rear-facing bass drivers, and proprietary algorithms. Qualcomm’s AllPlay smart-audio platform controls sync, achieving latency-free sound delivery with multiroom Wi-Fi configurations. The Monster mobile app is available for Android and iOS, and while the S1 directly supports Spotify and Rhapsody, it streams music from almost any service or local file.
NameSoundstage S1 Wireless SpeakerPLAY:1PLAY:3W7Raumfeld One S
ManufacturerMonsterSonosSonosDefinitive TechnologyRaumfeld
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90%

Monster is a company that touts their quality and they were determined to have the speakers provide clarity, greater dynamics, higher defini…

Monster is a company that touts their quality and they were determined to have the speakers provide clarity, greater dynamics, higher definition, and more punch from all your streaming music. These Wi-Fi / Bluetooth speakers sound as if you had a top of the line custom-built system running through your house.

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80%

The Soundstage app still has some work to do, at least on my Nexus 5, though sound is what will ultimately determine whether or not a speake…

The Soundstage app still has some work to do, at least on my Nexus 5, though sound is what will ultimately determine whether or not a speaker is worth buying. In that regard, the Soundstage S1 is a quality speaker, with sound that really fills a room. While not perfect by any means, the Soundstage S1 has enough going for it that I would recommend checking it out if you’re looking for a multi-room audio system.

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70%

If you like like bass and crisp percussion without any of those pesky midrange distractions -- voices, acoustic instruments -- the S1 will s…

If you like like bass and crisp percussion without any of those pesky midrange distractions -- voices, acoustic instruments -- the S1 will satisfy your sonic desires.

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You'll also find the power output – but there's no sign of a built-in battery, so I'm afraid these speakers will have to stay plugged in.

You'll also find the power output – but there's no sign of a built-in battery, so I'm afraid these speakers will have to stay plugged in.

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There's a SoundStage app for controlling playlists, playback, volume and more, with the speakers themselves also having controls to allow yo…

There's a SoundStage app for controlling playlists, playback, volume and more, with the speakers themselves also having controls to allow you to stop and start without reaching for your phone.

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I liked the tonal balance of the S1 myself, but tastes vary and they all sounded good.

I liked the tonal balance of the S1 myself, but tastes vary and they all sounded good.

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Playback from local and streaming sources alike is handled by the SoundStage app, which lets you stream music to one, some, or all speakers.

Playback from local and streaming sources alike is handled by the SoundStage app, which lets you stream music to one, some, or all speakers.

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The speakers will be a welcome addition to other objects in the room. Even with its modern super thin advanced design, SoundStage propagates…

The speakers will be a welcome addition to other objects in the room. Even with its modern super thin advanced design, SoundStage propagates incredible sounds.

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Monster’s speakers will work through both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which will allow for use of other streaming services that aren’t yet compatib…

Monster’s speakers will work through both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which will allow for use of other streaming services that aren’t yet compatible with Monster’s app.

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The first words that came to my mind were impressive, impressive, impressive! It was Monster sound. If you are familiar with Monster's pro…

The first words that came to my mind were impressive, impressive, impressive! It was Monster sound. If you are familiar with Monster's products, you know what I mean.

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