It’s the season of good audio system, however the Sonos One has a robust pitch for being your voice-driven media participant of selection. As we present in our full evaluate, regardless of a couple of teething pains the Amazon Alexa-powered speaker provides a formidable new dimension to residence audio playback. Learn on for 4 issues concerning the Sonos One that you simply actually ought to know.
It seems like a PLAY:1, however it’s (nearly) fully completely different
You’d be forgiven for asking why the Sonos One took so lengthy to reach. In any case, side-by-side with the PLAY:1 – which was launched all the best way again in 2013 – you may simply assume that the variations have been minor. Seems, that’s not the case.
Certainly, in line with Sonos solely two exterior elements are literally shared between the PLAY:1 and the Sonos One: the bottom plastic molding, and the rubber toes. Every part else is new. That features the speaker grille, which now matches the physique of the speaker slightly than being a contrasting colour, and the brand new management panel on the highest which adopts the identical touch-sensitive controls because the second-gen PLAY:5.
Inside there’s much more newness. The amp is similar, however its energy provide has been redesigned in order to swimsuit the efficiency and energy of the brand new mannequin. Whereas the PLAY:1 put its WiFi elements on the prime, the Sonos One strikes them because the microphone array wants that spot. The brand new transducers are designed to deal with extra warmth from the beefier CPU.
It really works similar to an everyday Sonos speaker
Sonos may need embraced Alexa, however it hasn’t forgotten its roots. Whenever you set the Sonos One up – via the common Sonos app – it’ll present up as simply one other speaker in your room listing. You possibly can group it with present Sonos audio system you may need, management playback as regular, and usually deal with it as you’d a PLAY:1.
One distinction which may have an effect on some folks is the absence of a threaded mount on the again. Whereas the PLAY:1 provided that for these eager to wall-mount the linked speaker, the Sonos One replaces it with a networking pairing button. Sonos tells me there’ll be third-party mounting choices provided as a substitute.
For those who’re a Spotify consumer, persistence is required
As soon as upon a time, Sonos customers had big catalogs of locally-stored music. Now, streaming companies are the go-to choice. The Sonos One helps among the hottest, however there are some lingering omissions which are price taking into account, relying on who you pay your month-to-month music tithe to.
Out of the field, there’s full assist for Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and TuneIn. Which means you may ask for tracks or albums by identify, management playback, and extra. For those who’re reliant on one other service, although – notably Spotify – it’s not so easy.
Sonos One will nonetheless play them, you’ll simply have to start out playback from the Sonos app in your smartphone or pill. After that, you may management quantity, skip to the following monitor, play/pause, and ask what’s enjoying by voice. Sonos tells me Spotify might be “obtainable quickly” and that the Sonos One would be the first third-party speaker to have Alexa management for the streaming service.
Decide your assistant properly
Clearly, Sonos isn’t the primary to market with a sensible speaker. What’s extra uncommon is that it’s taking an assistant-agnostic strategy to it. Whereas it solely helps Alexa in the present day, come 2018 the plan is so as to add Google Assistant assist to the speaker. It’s not been defined how that coexistence might be managed, however it appears probably that the key phrase set off you employ – “Alexa…” or “Okay Google…” – will determine which assistant responds.
After all, whereas Sonos may be open to different assistant partnerships, there are some which could not need to play ball. For those who’re an Apple Music subscriber, it’s unclear whether or not you’ll ever be capable to management that by voice on the Sonos One, because it appears unlikely that Apple will permit the speaker agency to make use of Siri. If you’d like the identical assistant out of your iPhone in your linked speaker, you’re in all probability going to have to purchase a HomePod later within the 12 months.
What stands out to me concerning the Sonos One is how the corporate has gone from being the de-facto “costly” choice to truly trying surprisingly reasonably priced now. Sure, the Sonos One is costlier than the upcoming Echo Plus, which might be $149.99, however the imminent Google Residence Max is $399 and the HomePod gained’t be wanting that, at $349.
I’m but to audition all 4 in the identical place, and so I can’t say but which sounds the perfect. Nonetheless, contemplating the spectacular audio high quality the Sonos One is able to, if you happen to’ve been holding out for a sensible speaker with critical musical talents, this may be the one.