How does one improve perfect? Send it to polishing school, teach it to listen and make it smarter. We’re not talking about your six year old – although a similar approach could work there too – we’re talking the evolution of the Sonos PLAY:1 to the Sonos one.
The Sonos PLAY:1 is already a great product. An easy add on to your home entertainment system, it is a powerful speaker while being sleek and small. The Sonos one raises that already high bar with the ability to listen to your commands. The six far field microphone array allows you to change the music volume, switch tracks or albums by simply giving the one a holler. With 55 music services available, depending on the country you’re in, you have ample choice.
After a quick setup Amazon’s Alexa is available to help you sort through the endless music selection suddenly available at the touch of a, well, you really just need to ask. Setup is relatively easy, and after spending some time you have the versatility to initiate actions in different rooms. Simply name the speakers according to where they are and ask for a action, for example: “mute bedroom”. Although there are still some kinks and restrictions in the voice system, Sonos are actively solving them and updates are a regular occurrence.
With great power comes great responsibility but Sonos has that covered. You can easily switch off the microphone on the unit with a simple push of a button, and confirm whether the mic is turned of by looking at the one of two lights on the speaker (the other light indicates the connection status of the speaker). This ensures complete privacy but also ensures no accidental voice commands.
Two class D amplifiers powers a tweeter and a mid range woofer to produce top quality deep sounds that easily fills a room. The speaker is humidity resistant, enabling you to rock out in the kitchen or chill out in the bathtub with your favorite tunes and at the same small dimensions as the PLAY:1 (161x120x120mm) it fits seamlessly into any space. Add another Sonos one and sub to set up a surround sound system.
Sonos one retails at roughly the same price as most competitors but with the higher sound quality
and stable connection standard, it is definitely the better buy. Available from the Sonos website.