Sonos One Review: Is This the One Smart Speaker to Rule Them All?

MakeUseOf | 1/10/2018 | James Bruce
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Our verdict of the Sonos One:

Sonos and Alexa, in One device. Thanks to the superior sound quality, it's the best Echo device yet – and with Google Assistant support promised soon, it's the One speaker to rule them all.

Alexa - Sonos - Relationship - End - Differences

Alexa and Sonos have had a troubled relationship. Until the tail end of 2017, they weren’t talking to each other at all. Now they’ve not only buried their differences, but also created a love-child: the Sonos One. It’s a fantastic sounding speaker, as you’d expect from Sonos, with the Alexa voice assistant built in. Not only that, but Sonos has even negotiated an open relationship, and promised the addition of Google Assistant at some point this year.

Start and control your music with your voice. Amazon Alexa built right in.

Use - Case - Echo - Device - Music

I don’t think I’m wrong in saying the single biggest use case of an Echo device is to play music, yet the standard Echo hardware is less than stellar when it comes to audio quality. The Sonos One is twice the cost of a standard Echo, but sounds fantastic.

Let’s take a closer look – and at the end of this review, we’re giving a Sonos One away to one lucky reader! Keep reading to find out how to win.

Terms - Size - Weight - Quality - Play

In terms of size, weight, and audio quality, it’s essentially the same as the Play:1 model, which is still available to purchase for about $50 less. Apart from the microphone array, very little else has changed. The buttons are now capacitive rather than physical, and the main body consists of either fully black or fully white, not white with grey, or black with grey.

Sonos PLAY:1 Review and Giveaway

Device - Audio - Sources - Line-in

Most notably, you still can’t use the One device for external audio sources. If you want to use a line-in, you’ll need to purchase one of the bigger...
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