Sonos has announced the Sonos One, a new smart speaker with Amazon Alexa built in. It combines Sonos’ premium sound quality and multi-room audio capabilities with Amazon’s voice assistant.
This new Sonos speaker is essentially the successor to their Play:1. The Sonos One should sound as good, if not better, then the Play:1, which most agree sounds better than the Amazon Echo. Far-field microphones allow it to hear hands-free voice commands and a light bar on top let you know it has heard you.
Sonos One supports all of the numerous music services that other Sonos speakers support, however, not all of them fully work through voice commands. Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeart Radio will support full voice control at launch and Spotify voice control is coming soon. Other services, like Apple Music, will work with basic voice commands, like pausing and skipping tracks, but can’t be started using your voice.
Sonos says they plan to add support for Google’s voice assistant to the Sonos One sometime next year. The speaker, of course, has WiFi, but also includes an Ethernet port. The Sonos One is available to pre-order today for $199 and will launch on October 24th.