The Sonos One offers significantly better music quality than your average Bluetooth or smart speaker without breaking the bank and includes the full Alexa experience. That means it's the first Sonos you can control with your voice. It's also a great first step into a multi-speaker setup for your home. The voice controls may have a few bugs to work out, and Spotify isn't available with full voice control just yet, but the more services and features will be added over time -- there's no reason not to dive in now.
- Excellent audio quality for the price
- First Sonos to let you control your music with your voice
- Attractive, inconspicuous design
- Works with just about every music service you can use
- Alexa integrations works almost exactly the same here as on the Echo
- Connects to all other Sonos speakers for multi-room audio
- Will get Google Assistant and AirPlay 2 updates next year
- Voice commands only have full functionality with a few music services
- Spotify voice commands not available at launch (but coming later this year)
- Voice commands are sometimes a little buggy.
- Setup process is a bit complicated
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (1)
- 83AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsArs Technica80Sonos One review: A better sounding smart speakerEven if it has issues both new and familiar, the One’s central formula is just too hard for Sonos to mess up.Wired80REVIEW: SONOS ONEAn excellent-sounding Alexa speaker that's worth the $200, even if it has some growing up to do.Gizmodo70Sonos Finally Squished Alexa Into a Speaker, But MFor most people eager to try out a smart assistant and play music inside their homes, a Dot and a solid speaker (like the Play:1) is enough.CNET90https://www.cnet.com/products/sonos-one/review/The Alexa-powered Sonos One is the first smart speaker that actually sounds good with music -- and even more new features will be coming to it in the months ahead.The Verge80SONOS ONE REVIEW: ALEXA HAS NEVER SOUNDED BETTERFor now, and probably over the next few months, the Sonos One will remain a very nice Sonos product with Alexa built in. Once the Spotify thing gets sorted out, that still makes for a fantastic gadget.What Hi-Fi100Sonos One reviewEssentially, the One is a Play:1 with Alexa built in, and that’s a fine combination in our book.CNBC90The Sonos One is the best speaker that has AmazonIf you already have a Sonos Play:1, just pick up an Echo Dot. If you're new to the ecosystem, though, the Sonos One is a great speaker that I highly recommend -- just don't expect it to do every last thing an Amazon Echo can do.VentureBeat80Sonos One Review: Same sound, more ways to listenSonos has proven that it’s here to play in a smart speaker world.Stuff80Sonos One reviewIf you care about music ... then the Sonos One could well be teetering close to the top of your Christmas list right now. Trouble is, it’s not quite the finished article and that could still be the case by the time Santa comes to town.9to5Google80Review: Sonos One pairs hi-fi sound with Amazonâ€™Sonos One has the potential to be an excellent wireless smart speaker if you use the right services, but you may need to wait a bit before it works best with what you use.
- 80AVERAGE USER SCORE1 ReviewsRichard80January 1, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The natural comparison for the Sonos One is the Riva Concert, and while Concert has much to recommend it - full stereo, Bluetooth, analog and USB inputs, easier setup, it fails in the most basic comparison the Sonos One: It simply does not sound as good as the Sonos One. Credit the Sonos tuning software - 45 seconds of waving your phone or tablet around the room while the speaker 'bwoops' a pulse tone that the smarts in the One use to adjust the equalization for that room position. The improvement is not subtle, and not achievable even with a multiband equalizer. Full disclosure I bought the Riva to address the Amazon Echo's biggest deficiency - a muddy midrange that makes vocal intelligibility difficult. I was very disappointed that the Riva was not appreciably better, even though I moved it to several locations in the room. And yes, I am very familiar with room acoustics and speaker placement, having formal training in Architectural Acoustics and having worked as an acoustical consultant and systems designer. If the Riva had the Sonos One tuning ability, I have no doubt it could match or better the Sonos, but it doesn't, and so it fails by comparison. I returned the Riva and kept the Sonos.
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