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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sonus One Voice-Controlled Speaker Review

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Voice-controlled home assistants are probably going to be a hot Christmas gift this year. To add to the mix of standalone systems like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple AirPlay 2, Sonos has come out with a smart voice-controlled speaker with Alexa support built in, with support for the other voice assistants coming next year.

The typical voice assistant has a speaker for the speech of the assistant and also for playing music through it. It isn't necessarily a good speaker though. That's the product hole that the Sonos One hopes to fill. At just shy of $200, it had better do a good job at it.

Setup of the Sonus One is so simple just about everyone can do it, even the technophobe who wants no part of it. You know, like that older generation relative you thought would like the voice assistant but wants a "real" speaker that sounds excellent and not just any old speaker.
For starters, you download the Sonos Controller app from your favorite app store. This walks you through the steps necessary to configure the speaker. If you don't already have, you'll also need to download the Alexa controller app, too, and connect the two apps. About the scariest part here is the desire to connect the two apps. Be sure to answer yes.

After setting everything up, including the connected music service like Amazon Music, you can then control the service through the voice controls within the Alexa system. Music output then goes through the Sonos One speaker, sounded a whole bunch better than your typical voice controlled assistant. While full Spotify support won't be available until next year, you can still start the player within the Spotify app, then control it with Alexa voice commands like skip song if you run across one you don't particularly like. Basically you can play songs, check latest news and traffic, manage smart devices, and enjoy all those other helpful Amazon Alexa skills using a single Sonos speaker.

Sonos One connects with Amazon Alexa quickly and easily over Wi-Fi. Just set up the speaker, select the Sonos skill in the Amazon Alexa app, and you’re all set to play music, get news and answers, manage your smart devices, and enjoy everything else Alexa does using nothing but your Sonos One.
Audio quality of the Sonos One is superb, allowing you to listen to the heavy bass of such artists like Imagine Dragons or the most subtle sounds found in classical offerings.

Since Sonos and Amazon Alexa are continually updating with new features, services and skills, your music and voice options will both keep getting better over time. If you're looking for a voice assistant with better quality sound output, you won't be disappointed with the sound coming out of the Sonus One.

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