I’ve been waiting for this moment for awhile now. Back in August, we speculated that Sonos had a smart speaker in the making, but now it’s been confirmed. At last, the jewel of smart speakers has arrived. Sure, there’s a plethora of smart speakers trying to dominate the space, but will the sound quality of the Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomePod be able to compare to the updated Sonos One?
The Sonos One is a Play:1 speaker embedded with Alexa.
Everyone knows the Play:1 sounds infinitely better than the Echo and Home, so for audiophiles and music lovers, this feature gives the speakers an upper hand for those who have been in the market for a smart speaker. This is Sonos’ first speaker to embed voice control, and can work as a smart hub for your home. If you’re already familiar with the capabilities of the Echo, then rest assure that the Sonos One includes the same exact features. The best part is if you have other Sonos products in your home, you can use that to connect and control the other speakers as well. You’ll also have complete privacy where you can turn off your speakers microphone, just to make sure no one is listening. An issue that has yet to be solved with the other smart speaker brands.
There’s more to it than just being an Alexa-embedded speaker.
There’s six custom-designed microphones… so the Sonos Ono will definitely hear you when you yell, ‘Alexa, please play a better pre-game song’ when you have guests over in the room. The smart voice capture and noise cancellation will be able to detect your voice even when your friends are yelling at each other during a football game.
According to Giles Martin, Sonos Sound Experience Leader, he commented that “there are many speakers out there that you can control with your voice, but most of them are just devices that make sounds, not systems designed for delivering great sound easily in any room of your home,” said Giles Martin, Sound Experience Leader at Sonos. “We essentially blended three separate ecosystems with the ability to start the music playing with voice, add songs to your playlist from the Sonos app, and play music in a different room from your Spotify app – it’s so simple to use but took quite a bit of work to create.”
The Class-D amplifiers and custom-built drivers will let a heavy bass mix drum through the room without making it sound like it’s about to burst out of the speaker. The acoustic output apparently is the same as the Play 1 speaker, so soft sounds should be just as magical.
The speaker doesn’t limit you to just a handful of music streaming services.
Outside of writing about smart home devices, I thrive on curating playlists on all types of music services, particularly SoundCloud. It’s difficult nowadays to find a smart speaker, let alone a wireless speaker, that will connect to a multitude of streaming services, especially Soundcloud, without Bluetooth. Sonos does more than just your usual Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora or iHeartRadio. There’s about 49 music services available, ones that include Apple Music, SoundCloud, and Jay-Z’s Tidal.
My favorite feature, as simple as it is, is the fact that I now am able to ask Alexa to open my Soundcloud and play all my playlists in chronological order.
Amplify your sound beyond a singular speaker.
For the ultimate sound experience with the utmost convenience, you can connect multiple Sonos Ones together or other models together for a multichannel sound, perfect for any social gatherings or simply laying in bed and soaking in a new album. You can control this via Alexa or the app. Choose your preference.
You can purchase the Sonos One for pre-order here for $199. It’s free delivery, and will deliver by October 24.
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