The all new sonos one
So smart speakers are a thing and it’s only just begun, there’s a whole new battle going on that you’re probably not even aware that you’re a part of the. Battle of the smart home assistance, what started as a cool feature on the phones is quickly becoming eco systems for the house and if you don’t want to get locked into any one ecosystem sonos might have a solution for you, starting with their play one speaker which has Alexa built in now but there’s promises for more functionality coming to include the Google assistant and even airplay.
Sonos one is the first smart speaker from the company that started multi-room audio. it’s a solo speaker so we expect it to sound great and work great with their easy-to-use eco system, it also supports alexa straight out of the box although we also expect it will support Google assistant so perhaps the first smart speaker that connects to multiple AI’s and sonos says that like all the products they make it’s easier to use than those other products.
So let’s check it out and see if it delivers on that promise.
Sonos One is one of our favourite multi room wireless speakers. On the Sonos one you have touch capacitive keys along with a microphone array on the top on the back there is no threaded insert on the Sonos one that means it’s not really going to be a speaker that you can mount very easily, the speaker is surrounded by a matte black grille also available in matte white for a plastic stripe down the back, you do have a little connector button and an Ethernet jack back there, in case you have to wire to your router, to set the system up you need the Sonos app and the Amazon Alexa app and if you haven’t already signed up for an Amazon account, you’ll want to get that done ahead of time, to set up the sonos speakers, open the Sonos app and it’s going to discover the speakers automatically and you’ll be off to the races, from there you can add music services like Amazon Prime music or Plex, soundcloud, Apple music or Spotify.
You can also enable the voice services which is going to have you sign in to your sonos account and then it’ll bounce you over to the Alexa app to set up the Sonos skill, by the way if you already own sonos speakers, you can control them with Alexa simply by enabling the skill and app and using an echo speaker or a fire TV device, if you’ve used Amazon’s digital assistant before then you already have a feel for what you can do with the speaker. You can also just tell it to play music. With the sonos system alexa’s abilities are expanded so that you can play music in all rooms of your house, different stations for different speakers however you want it. If you don’t want Alexa listening to you you can always mute her by pressing the microphone button.
What’s in the box ?
So everything that comes in the box is very simple and straightforward
- You’ve got a power cord
- You’ve got the speaker itself
- The Sonos setup information for the Sonos app
- The Sonos Guide which help you get started with connecting the speaker to your Alexa app
as far as sound quality goes the Sonos one sounds exactly like the Sonos play 1, it’s got a big clear sound, in fact you put two of these in a room and that’s really all you’re going to need. This speaker isn’t completely waterproof it is humidity resistant meaning that you can put it in the bathroom as long as you have a safe outlet to plug it into because yes you do have to plug this in. This is a Wi-Fi home speaker not a portable one it sticks to the minimal design that most Sonos products have so whether you keep this on your bookshelf kitchen counter or in the bathroom it blends in perfectly and doesn’t stand out, it’s there just to play music for you and it does it well but more on that later first let’s get into the most interesting part of the speaker which is the connection so first things firs, setup on this thing is both super easy and super convoluted it automatically found my Wi-Fi after I plugged it in.
So there you have it the Sonos one is a smart speaker that’s just gonna get smarter with time by adding in google assistant and who knows what other kind of digital assistants, it may add in the future which no other speaker does that right now and certainly no other speaker sounds as good as the Sonos one does right now plus it works with Sonos entire ecosystem so any other sonos speakers in your home are going to be controlled and play excellently with the new Sonos one speaker and for me that is a slam dunk.