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Sonos One with Amazon Alexa Smart Voice Speaker
Sonos One with Amazon Alexa from Best Buy
To me, listening to music can be a spiritual experience. There is something so relaxing about listening to some of my favorite songs. However, the speaker matters just as much as the sound and Sonos has come out with a new system that is frankly pretty exciting. The Sonos One combines the great sound that the company is known for with the power of the voice assistant. Powered (for the moment) by Amazon’s Alexa, the Sonos One is likely the best sounding all in one speaker/voice assistant currently on the market.
The form factor of the Sonos One is understated. Our unit, clad in black, would look good in just about any room. The device itself is a little bigger than both the Amazon Echo and the Google Home, but not by much. And unlike those units, the Sonos One doesn’t have multi-colored flashing lights adorning the surface. The only lighting on the device is found on the top, where you find backlit controls and a small light that activates to let you know it can hear you.
Sound quality is superb for such a small device. Music is both louder and better sounding on the Sonos One when compared to the current competition. And best of all, the Sonos One plays nice with just about every major music streaming service. From Amazon Music to Pandora, Google Play Music, the chances are your preferred streaming service works with the Sonos One.
Voice commands work as expected. I can ask Alexa to shut off lights via the Sonos One and it works. The integration of the Amazon’s Alexa is well done.
There are a few caveats however. For example, you cannot currently start playing music from Google Play with voice command. To listen to Google Play Music, you have to start the stream from your phone. Once you do that however, you can control things with your voice.
This may change in the future. Sonos has already announced that Google Assistant will arrive soon, meaning you will be able to choose which voice assistant you would like to use. So, if you have an Amazon Music account, you would use Alexa. But if you prefer Google Assistant and Google Music, you will be covered as well. This is a pretty big selling point to me…Sonos isn’t locking you into a specific providers ecosystem, and that is a win in my book.
Sonos One Features at a Glance
- Start and control your music with your voice. Amazon Alexa built right in.
- Play songs, check news and traffic, manage smart devices and enjoy all those other helpful Amazon Alexa skills using a single Sonos speaker.
- Combine voice with the Sonos app to manage all your music in one place: Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, internet radio and hundreds of other streaming services.
- Connect wirelessly with other Sonos Home Sound System speakers to play music in any or every room
- Enjoy surprisingly rich, room-filling sound from a smart speaker
- Seamless all-black or all-white color with smooth matte finish for an appearance that fits in any home
The convenient combination of your voice and the Sonos app allow you to manage everything you listen to in one place. You can start and control music using just your voice when you’re listening to Spotify*, Amazon Music (Prime or Unlimited), TuneIn radio, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. Or start songs on Apple Music, Deezer or any other streaming service with your app, then use voice requests to skip or replay tracks, pause the music, adjust the volume and more. 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.
What is your favorite feature?
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.