Sonos One Review

The Sonos One is the first Sonos smart speaker, but not the first smart speaker as Google, Amazon, and Apple were already “one” step ahead of the action. Sonos One is a voice-controlled smart speaker for music lovers with Alexa and Google built-in and is only available from Sonos.

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The shape and size of the Sonos One are basically the same as the Play: 1, but the news one comes in a variety of colors to match your unique taste. Additionally, the top buttons on the Play: 1 were replaced with a touch-sensitive panel to control play/pause and white LEDs revealing whether the voice controls are turned on. Your privacy is dependent on tapping the microphone symbol to switch voice control off to where the indicator lights will be off. Just above the socket for the Ethernet is a dedicated pairing button so you don’t have to plug any of your Sonos units into a router, but using cables gives you the best stability and most reliable connection.

Considering the overall value in this Sonos One Review, it is more effective than its predecessor in blending in with its surroundings and the Google and Alexa assistant is more integrated than with rivals; therefore, while you can turn them off completely, it’s better to just have them in listening mode.

The Features of Alexa in Sonos One

The Alexa feature is very well implemented and allows you to talk to Sonos One just as you would communicate with Amazon’s Echo. So, all you have to say is “Alexa, play Marvin Gaye”, to listen to one of his classic hits rather than “Alexa, play Marvin Gaye on Sonos.” This may sound like a minor detail, but it really is a big difference in terms of interaction.

You can also use voice control to control the music in other rooms. For example, if you have the Sonos One kit set up in the lounge area, just say, “Alexa, play Marvin Gaye in the lounge” and the Sonos One will send the command to start playing the smooth sounds of Marvin Gaye in the lounge just as you requested. The command, “Alexa, play Marvin Gaye everywhere” will set off every synchronized speaker in the house. And you don’t have to worry about the sound being too loud so Alexa won’t hear you over it since a combination of “smart voice capture” has been integrated with noise canceling and a custom-designed array of six microphones to ensure your voice is carried over other sounds and your request fulfilled.

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Sonos One Supported Services and Features

When Sonos One first launched, it only supported Amazon music. Now there have been many more music services added to the mix, such as, TuneIn, Deezer, Spotify, and Audible voice control, which is nice to have such a wide selection.

The Sonos One didn’t leave out the basic features of Google Home or the Amazon Echo. You can use Google Assistant or Alexa the same way you always have. Besides playing great music throughout your home, you can also check the weather, set alarms, and timers, add items to lists, and more. After giving a command, to let you know it acknowledges, Alexa will let out a chime signaling you to continue on with your request. This is different than the Echo Dot as when you hail the Echo, it’s met with a visual validation. Moreover, With the exceptional microphone quality, the Sonos One is less likely to make a mistake when listening to your requests, but it is still not completely error-free as Alexa is always capable of mistakes.

It’s also worth mentioning in this Sonos One review that Sonos has one of the best apps in the business as it allows you to incorporate every streaming service together under one roof along with your own music as well. In addition, they added AirPlay2 so now those who use Apple devices are able to send audio from almost any app used.

Variations of Sonos One, Including Gen-1 and Gen-2 Versions

While there are both Gen-1 and Gen-2 versions available of Sonos One, the truth is they both perform and sound identical even though the Gen-2 model has more memory, an upgraded processor, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Soon the G-1 versions will be obsolete or sold at a much lower price than the Gen-2. There is also a Sonos One SL available on the market; however, this model doesn’t have the voice assistant capabilities or the built-in microphones.

Sound Quality

During the Sonos One Review, compared with the Sonos Play: 1, we noticed that they both sound the same in quality. This should come as no surprise since the Play: 1 was already a top wireless speaker within its price range. A good recommendation is tuning the Sonos One with an iPhone using TruePlay as it will improve the sound quality even more. It sounds even better with the loudness setting on, but you can experiment with the different features to find what you prefer.

The spacious soundstage is set with vocals that are impressively organized giving you plenty of breathing room and making the One more engaging. Not the kind of sound that you would expect from a speaker of this size, especially one that’s wireless, but it presents full-bodied traits that are most impressive.

The instruments couldn’t be more spontaneous as they spring out from all sides surrounding the listener for a rather sophisticated regard. Not to mention the crisp and clear treble and deep solid bass that emerges with every beat of the rhythm. Thus, it also presents enough tonal shading to deliver awesome sounding music to your ears.

For a room filled with creative, bright solid hi-fi stereo sounds, combine two Sonos Ones with or without a subwoofer, using one of them as a surround sound speaker for a PlayBase, Sonos Beam, or PlayBar-based system. You can also use the new Sonos Amp to create a 4.1 sound system using a phantom center channel from both Ones acting as surrounds and a pair of wired front speakers.

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Pros

  • Google and Alexa Assistant built-in
  • Modest and stylish
  • Refined, solid sound
  • Airplay 2
  • Now supports more streaming services than just Amazon Music

Cons

  • No hi-resolution audio
  • It sounds the same as its predecessor

Conclusion of This Sonos One Review

The Sonos One made its way up the ladder and is among the best smart wireless speakers on the market. It has all the features of others of its kind, is averagely priced, and comes highly recommended by fans that tout its remarkable sound qualities. Paired together with other Sonos Ones and you have a powerful system in one small device.

Recommendation: I would highly recommend purchasing the Sonos One. It sounds great, has a built-in voice assistant and can easily fill up a room with sound.

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