Sonos One speaker is a cleanly designed, feature-rich and great-sounding device that brings together the best of both ecosystems. You’ve got the ever-improving Alexa on the one hand, and on the other you’ve got Sonos with its own multi-room smarts. If you’re prepared to pay the price premium over Amazon’s or Google’s first-party speakers, the Sonos One is the best smart speaker bar none.
Full-bodied, rich sound
Combines best of Alexa and Sonos
Now able to support Google Assistant
AirPlay 2 support
Attractive price for a good quality smart speakers
Can’t have both systems (Alexa and Google) on at the same time
Although the Sonos One’s design is broadly based on the company’s existing Play:1 smart speaker, there have been a number of improvements made.
On the top you’ll find a touch-sensitive surface. Swiping right or left skips forward and backwards through your current playlist, while tapping in the center of the surface plays and pauses your music. Tapping the left and right halves of the panel raise and lower the volume. It might be a simple series of controls but you’ll spend most of your time controlling them via the app. The physical controls are nice when you want to quickly skip a track, but you’re unlikely to use them much, especially now that voice control is also an option.
Sonos One: Alexa and Google Assistant
Engineering both Alexa and Google Assistant onto one smart speaker was no mean feat. In fact, Sonos is the first to do it, but it raises some interesting questions over how dual-assistant functionality should work.
You can’t have Alexa and Google Assistant running at the same time. You have to choose, but you can move between them as you wish, and handily most of your personal settings will remain intact if you switch over and change your mind. Switching between the two is as simple as tapping a button in the Sonos app.
When the Sonos One arrived, Alexa’s functionality was fairly limited compared to what you’d get on an Echo speaker, something that’s improved over time.
Sonos brings the smart control of the Google Assistant to Sonos’ brilliant sound experience in 8 additional countries. As the first to bring multiple voice assistants to the same sound system, Sonos demonstrates the power of an open, multi-partner platform that prioritizes choice for customers.
Use voice with the Google Assistant built-in to Sonos Move, Sonos One or Sonos Beam, or with a connected Google Home product to easily start a song, queue a TV show, check the weather, and control the smart home.
The free software update is available today in Austria, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland with additional countries to follow on a rolling basis.
The Google Assistant on Sonos is also available in the United States, UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, France, The Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark.
Sonos partnered with Google to build this integration from the ground up, layering in the best of the Google Assistant into the Sonos ecosystem of products and partners.
They are the first company to have two voice assistants working concurrently on the same system, a major milestone for the industry. The Google Assistant is Sonos’ second built-in voice assistant.
Not just music and TV, Sonos will support the Google Assistant’s top first party actions and features, including Continued Conversation, Broadcast mode, and the ability to choose a different voice for the assistant. Bringing the richness of the Google ecosystem and integration within the smart home, the Google Assistant on Sonos also includes more than one million actions from partner products. Additional features and actions will be available through ongoing updates, bringing even more to the Google Assistant experience on Sonos.
At launch, customers will enjoy:
System control. Built from Sonos’ open platform of products and partners, start a song using AirPlay from Apple Music, ask the Google Assistant to go to the next track, and turn the volume down in the Sonos App. In addition, just one supported voice-enabled device allows for customers to request music or content to be played on other Sonos speakers in the system (Play:1, for example).
Music, news, and radio. Request and control with voice from a growing list of streaming services, including: Spotify, YouTube Music, Google Play Music, TIDAL, TuneIn and Deezer to start. Use voice to go to the next song, change the volume, or pause with all streaming services available on Sonos.
Easy control for TV with Sonos Beam. Turn on the TV with the Google Assistant using Beam’s HDMI ARC connection and CEC, switch from TV to music, and adjust the volume. Add a Chromecast Ultra to get additional features with voice for TV, including requesting specific shows or movies from streaming services.
Get answers, manage tasks and plans. Hear a daily brief, flight information or commute time, set alarms, timers, and pull up calendar appointments or get answers on weather, calculations, translations, sports, and more. This is all part of the Google ecosystem — ask Google Assistant for directions and have them sent directly to an Android phone.
Connect with Smart Home. Ask the Google Assistant on Sonos to adjust the temperature or turn on the light. At this time, there are more than 200 million devices in homes globally that work with the Google Assistant now on Sonos.
Setting up the Sonos One is also pretty easy.
The instruction guide book is easy to follow, you just need to download the Sonos app on your phone and then connect to setup from there. Sonos Trueplay is a software feature that allows anyone who owns a Sonos speaker to tune it specifically to the room it is in. In a similar way to how someone might tune a professional hi-fi system, Sonos Trueplay brings this technology in an easy to manage and understand format
Sonos One: Sound quality
It sounds truly fantastic. Clear at every frequency, wonderfully balanced. Punchy bass that doesn’t dominate and so, so loud. It’s an amazing speaker for something so small. Its design also enables it to deliver sound evenly across 360 degrees and it can truly fill a room. This is where Sonos still has the edge over Amazon and even Google. These smart home giants don’t have the audio pedigree that companies like Sonos and Bang and Olufsen do. The relics of audio are in a race to embrace AI faster than the AI companies can get better at sound.
We recommend the Sonos One for anyone looking for good quality speakers that support multi-platform.