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Sonos One Review

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Quick verdict: Sonos' experience in delivering solid audio makes the Sonos One a great home audio streaming speaker. Adding smart assistants puts it in the top tier of smart assistant speakers.

  • Superb audio quality.
  • Alexa and Google Assistant integration for smart home control.
  • Sonos app works well across streaming services.
  • No Alexa calling.
  • Bulky design.
  • No Bluetooth compatibility.

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Sonos has been a significant player in the multi-room hi-fi streaming space for years now. The Sonos One isn't a brand-spanking new speaker in the Australian market.

Sonos' recent move to enable the Alexa Skill for Sonos in Australia means that it joins the growing list of smart speakers that don't just stream music, but can also control your smart home gadgets, check your bank balance and set timers, to name just a few functions.

The question then becomes how well it stacks up against the competition, given that Sonos has approached the smart speaker market from the position of offering a solid sound first, with assistant capabilities as a secondary feature.


Design

Design

  • Simple touch controls
  • Black and white versions available
  • Visually similar to the Sonos Play:1 speaker
Sonos ONE

Performance

Performance

  • Exceptional audio quality
  • User-friendly app
  • Compatible with most music streaming services
Sonos ONE

Digital Assistant performance

Digital Assistant performance

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Assistants are not baked in
  • Fiddly implementation
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Verdict

Verdict

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Assistants are not baked in
  • Implementation is fiddly
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Should you buy it?

The Sonos One concentrates on music first, and that's no shock. Music has been integral to Sonos' DNA from day one. Adding smart features to what was already a great speaker makes for a great product. The promise that it will also integrate Google Assistant means that it's also a very flexible speaker.

You can get cheaper smart speakers, but for the asking price, the Sonos One is hard to beat.

Alternatives

If you're keen on Sonos for its music quality, it's just part of the Sonos ecosystem, which includes standalone speakers, soundbars and amp connection products.

In the smart speaker space, Apple's HomePod is the most obvious competitor. It's a fine choice if you're heavily in the Apple ecosystem, but a limited one if you're not.

The Panasonic SC-GA10 offers good quality audio, albeit at a slightly higher price than that of the Sonos One. You could also consider Sony's LF-S50G, or LG's upcoming WK7 speaker.

What the other reviewers say

SiteCommentScore
TechRadar"Sonos' debut Alexa speaker is a cleanly designed, feature-rich and great-sounding device that brings together the best of both ecosystems."4.5/5
The Guardian"The company's first foray into smart tech adds Amazon's Alexa to a great wireless speaker to create a formidable combo."5/5
Engadget"If you want clearer music than you can get from an Echo or Google Home, look no further."5/5
What Hi-Fi"Essentially, the One is a Play:1 with Alexa built in, and that's a fine combination in our book."5/5
Trusted Reviews"If audio quality is important to you, and you like the hands-free assistance of the Amazon Echo, this is a match made in silicon heaven."4.5/5
CNET"Alexa gets the sound quality she deserves."4.5/5

Pricing and availability

Price

RRP $299

Where to buy


Specifications

Sonos ONE

General

Camera
No
Voice Assistant
Google Assistant
Alexa

Connectivity

Bluetooth Support
No
Wireless Network Support
802.11b/g (2.4 GHz)

Audio

Speaker Information
1 mid-woofer + tweeter
Streaming Support
Spotify (free)
Spotify (Premium)
TuneIn
iHeartRadio
Google Play Music
Amazon Music
Audible
Apple Music
Tidal
SoundCloud
Deezer
Audio Out
Yes
Microphone Array
6

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