Sonos One Review: Alexa Never Sounded Better

Thursday, 19 Oct, 2017

After showing his best qualities within Echo, Amazon's smart speaker, some manufacturers (such as Ford and BMW) integrated it into some auto models.

Support for Spotify is coming soon - likely before the holidays - but you can still play Spotify tunes and playlists on the One through the Spotify app. We've seen this implemented in a wide range of products including connected speakers, refrigerators, and more.

So Sonos is placing a bet today: that the reputation it's already built for making good speakers, and an open platform, will carry it into the future. Do you like Alexa?

In my house, we love listening to music while we cook dinner each night, and being able to casually tell the speakers to turn down or switch to the next song without having to free up our hands is blissful. Although they differ on some minor points here and there, the reaction to the Sonos One has been overwhelmingly positive.

Out of the box, the Sonos One is really just a Play:1.

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The offer is to celebrate Sonos adding Alexa support to its system, which enables owners of Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or other Alexa-enabled devices to play music on Sonos speakers using voice alone.

The included power cable plugs into your car's cigarette lighter, and includes an AUX jack so you can route audio from the Speak through your car's sound system if it doesn't have wireless capabilities. That means using it has the slightly clunky extra step of saying, "Alexa, ask Garmin to find me a dog groomer". The company says since multiroom audio has been its focus for 15 years, this experience will get even smarter over time. But for now, you have to start a Spotify song or playlist with your phone, and then control functions like volume with your voice. The assistant will prompt you to say a name for the list.

Connecting Alexa and the Sonos One was a bit more involved than I'd like.

The ethernet port is still there, but the threaded mount has disappeared. Mostly people who heavily rely on Amazon and Alexa for their everyday routines.

Garmin may be more known for its Global Positioning System trackers and fitness smartwatches but the brand also comes up with other devices like the VIRB 360 action cam and the Quatix 5 smartphone. There is also a mute "button" for the mic for when you want privacy. But Alexa's integration into the best-sounding speaker yet still has some limitations. But if you don't care too much about sound quality, you can take a look at the new budget options, like the (pretty cute) Home Mini and the updated Echo Dot. Inspired by the architecture and sound profile of the Play:1, the One is offered in black or white to blend into any room decor. Additionally, support for Apple's AirPlay 2 will be coming to all Sonos devices in 2018.