Sonos One (Gen 1) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in (Black)
This product has Amazon Alexa functionality built in, providing a voice forward experience that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read news, and more.
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Do I also need to buy a Dot/Echo Product to control Sonos One?
No, Sonos One has Amazon Alexa built-in. You do not need another Alexa device in order to control music and begin using Alexa.
Do all Alexa commands work through Sonos One?
Most Alexa commands and skills are supported.
Can I use voice to control Spotify?
Enjoy voice control for Spotify. Ask Alexa to play your favorite playlist, album or song from Spotify then pause, resume, skip or change the volume. Use your voice to send your favorite Spotify playlist and songs to any Sonos speaker in your home.
How do I setup Sonos One and Alexa?
You will need to download both the Sonos and Amazon Alexa apps on your phone. The Sonos app will guide you through the rest. For more information, please visit the official Sonos website.
Can I create a stereo pair between Sonos One and Play:1?
Sonos One will only pair with another Sonos One. You cannot pair a Sonos One with a Play:1 for stereo sound or as rear surrounds in a home theater configuration.
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Our basic music needs were being met by a 10 year old Sony "shelf system"; a radio tuned only to the local classical music station with a CD player that no longer worked. We have access to Amazon music and recently bought a little Bluetooth speaker that worked very nicely. The downside here is that my wife has no notion of how to use the app to make Amazon music work. We have Sirius XM in the car, love the variety and often wished we could get that at home.
Based on the specs and reviews it looked like Sonos One had the potential to be our new best music friend.
Out of the box the set up was VERY easy. I dread the day when I buy a new piece of tech and have no clue how to make it work. That was not a problem for this guy. Download the app and follow the simple steps. The only exception here is in a tuning process that involves waving your iPhone while you walk around the room. It kept failing, telling me I was making too much noise. My wife actually has this same complaint and, as with my marriage the app eventually suggested we just move on.
The Sonos app connected seamlessly with Amazon Music. We had discovered that Sirius XM now offered an app based streaming version of their service which also connected easily with a little switching back and forth between the apps. And the biggest bonus, our local classical music station is among the many radio stations that can be added.
The sound is spectacular. Keep that perspective thing in mind. We are obviously not audiophiles but to our aging ears the Sonos is a huge upgrade over what we had and fills our room with deep, rich sound.
The Alexa thing was our biggest surprise as both wife and I were skeptical and had put Alexa in the broad category of "things we will never have."
Alexa's default play for us will be something from Amazon Music. The more specific your request the better. There's a bit of learning curve in finding what gets Alexa's motor running. For example, after a number of fails we looked at the app and noticed that our local classical music station was titled Classical Public Radio. That worked and now my wife can get her old friend playing at 6am without using any apps. In the interest of fairness I must say that Alexa does not seem to recognize Sirius XM and even told me it was not installed. Of course all of the music can be accessed without problem on the app.
I have asked Alexa the time; asked her to set an alarm and to tell me a joke. I even told her I loved her. "That's sweet" was her response. I've read here that the Alexa function is not great on the Sonos, but again that depends on your needs and perspective.
The Sonos One with Alexa gets the Double Senior Discount Seal of Approval from this household.
Sometimes, speakers disappear from my account completely and I have to individually re-add them.
These are common, known issues on which Sonos’ will blame your router—either being too outdated or too new.
You plug the Sonos One into the wall and use the Sonos app to find and set it up. That part is easy. The voice control part is where it gets annoying. You'll have to do four things if you've never used Alexa before (like myself). It's all fairly straightforward, but you'll have to keep hopping back and forth between the Sonos app and whatever they tell you to do. First, Sonos will have you log into Amazon and allow Alexa access. Then they have you download the Alexa app (note: Log into the app with your Amazon account after installation. I didn't and the third step in Sonos will fail because it can't redirect you properly. Maybe it should really say "Install Alexa and login"). After that they have you Enable Sonos in Alexa. Finally you verify that Alexa is working.
- Using Alexa -
So now the Sonos One and Alexa is working. I can ask it questions and add stuff to my shopping list. Yay. The range at which Alexa can hear you clearly is something like 15-20 ft around a corner and 25-30 ft if you're unobstructed. Any more than that and you'll run into issues.
I have a pair of Play:1's in the kitchen as well as in the bedroom. The Sonos One is on a separate location in I've labeled "Nook". The intention was to have it play music from Spotify. You say "Alexa, play Foo Fighters radio from Spotify in the Kitchen" and Alexa will confirm what you want to do, but it only works sometimes. Other commands like "Alexa, pause the music in the kitchen" would also fail.
- What's going on? -
I believe it's related to a long-standing issue between Spotify and Sonos. If the Sonos app is in control, and you try to wrest control with the Spotify app (or vice-versa), it won't always work. They've gotten integration down pretty well now, but every now and then I'll run into a hiccup. With the Sonos One, you've now added Alexa into the mix, which complicates things. If you don't specify "from Spotify" in your voice request, Alexa will default to playing from Amazon Music. I believe the different music services have a little trouble taking control from each other, so it's not necessarily Alexa's fault.
- Impressions -
In the first hour of testing the system out, it seemed to fair poorly, and only worked 10-20% of the time. Alexa commands like "tell me a joke" would always work, but getting anything to play on my speakers via voice commands would fail. Within the Alexa app, you can see a list all your requests. I let Alexa know which ones were failing.
I gave it a rest and came back to it after all Sonos speakers had been quiet for awhile (maybe an hour or two). Alexa started working 90% of the time. My wild theory is I kept throwing requests at it over and over and some process was junking up the queue and needed to time out.
After the rest, the only failures were attributed to Alexa not understanding my playlist titles. Either the Sonos One or Alexa has difficulty understanding non-alphabetical queries. My recommendation is to say just a part of the playlist it can understand. For example, if you have a playlist in Spotify titled "10/10 headphone testing Mk II", don't bother saying the numbers, abbreviations, or special characters. Just say something like "Alexa, play headphone testing playlist from Spotify".
- Sound -
As far as I can tell, the Sonos One is most likely Play:1 hardware with voice controls added in. It's a good speaker. The chief complaint I hear is that you can't pair a Sonos One with a Play:1, so keep that in mind when considering your setup. A pair of Sonos One's will likely outperform a Play:5 in my opinion.
- Verdict -
I'd say it was a bit frustrating up front and I started this review with only one star, but things have gotten gradually better. With Spotify supported now, and (mostly) working I'm pretty happy. There are still some bugs in there, but they'll get hashed out over time.
Sonos Version 8.2.1
Pair of Play:1's in Bedroom
Pair of Play:1's in Kitchen
Sonos One speaker in Nook
Top international reviews
1. Completely Best Smart Whole Home Speaker we've ever tested!
2. Sound quality & superior base! Completely beats the competition on a price per quality increase; plus more features as well
3. Built in Amazon Alexa for controlling next songs, smart home, weather, skills and more. Included with this unit is the support of Alexa ESP which in a home with more than one echo only the closed one to you will respond.
4. Has touch sensitive buttons on top for play/pause, volume up and volume down which are a joy to press from a UX perspective
5. Has a remarkably superior microphone which picks up your voice just as good as the offical amazon echo devices. Compared to other 3rd party alexa devices this is the best microphone in a 3rd party alexa device. You never know how much you need this until you have a device that has a poor Mic!
6. Sleak, beautiful & stylish from head to toe; packaging, main unit & also accessories.
7. Whole home streaming audio experience (chain multiple sonos together to play same or different songs in different rooms/floors)
8. Added Support of your favourite platforms like amazon music, Spotify, Pandora, iheartradio, DLNA UPNP local home Media servers (all your computers mp3's/wav/aac/etc), flac lossless audio.
9. As of July 15th 2018 they just added Apple ios Airplay 2 functionality support with even more features announced on the way
10. Has both wifi and Ethernet connections and 1st & 3rd party mounting accessory compatibility
1. When music is playing loud, the microphone to use alexa has a hard time hearing you. While this is an issue it may be very tough to solve this.
2. No support for typical copper wire (red/black) to hook up to your reciever for home theatre support. You have to buy their additional add on unit which still won't let you completely doing things like 5.2, 7.2, 9.2, 11.2, 13.2, atmos or dts:X audio receiver configurations. This main draw back is what would take this review from 5/5 to 6/5.
The Bottom Line
If you love music now you will even more. This is the only smart speaker you'll ever need to enjoy the most incredible beautiful musical experiences. There is nothing better, nore will there be from a competitive company for an extremely long time. This is a fantastic device, you're buy top quality. Your ears, friends and family with enjoy this for the indefinite future to come! YES PLEASE!!!!!
La App de Sonos funciona muy bien, y de algún modo te permite tener en un solo lugar tus listas, álbumes, estaciones, etc. que requieras reproducir (Plex, TuneIn, Apple Music, Spotify, etc).
La calidad de sonido es muy buena, se disfruta en bajo o alto volumen, y la puedes mejorar integrando más bocinas de la línea para crear un Sistema completo o micro sistemas.
Con la llegada de Alexa a la Sonos One, finalmente tengo bajo el control de mi voz todos mis dispositivos inteligentes compatibles con Alexa (luces, cámaras, sensores, etc.).
Está bocina tiene unos excelentes micrófonos, la tengo en la Planta baja, y sin gritar me escucha claramente desde la Planta alta; increíble.
La integración con una segunda bocina (crear par estéreo), además de resultar muy sencillo, resulta en una sustancial mejora en el sonido. Muy recomendable para quienes quieren un buen Sistema de sonido, pero cuyo presupuesto es bajo, ya que de este modo la inversión la puedes hacer a largo plazo comprando una bocina a la vez, y como las actualizaciones de software de Sonos son frecuentes y universales, tus bocinas se mantienen actualizadas.
Después de probar varias configuraciones, la que decidí dejar fue: dos sonos one en estéreo + sonos sub. Agregué el boost para no lidiar con el wifi casero, no tengo corte alguno en el audio.
La app sonos es también muy superior a soundouch Bose.
La integración con Alexa en MEXICO es extraordinaria.
Si querer descubrí que la calidad de audio de que entrega Spotify compite uno a uno con Tidal.
GRAN PRODUCTO DE SONOS!!!!
Alexa will not respond to requests to play songs.
I feel this is false advertising and both Amazon and Sonos has not done a thing to update their support for India in over an year. So don't buy this device if you intend to play Amazon or Google Music on it.
However, the speaker sound clarity is awesome.
Aquí otros Pros más:
* sonido potente y de alta fidelidad
* conexión wifi, no importa cuánto te alejes, mientras estés con wifi sigue la música
* No se interrumpe la música si entra una llamada al celular
* tiene Alexa! (Más abajo doy más detalle)
* Estéticamente con gran diseño, muy discreto
* puedes conectar varias bocinas y tocar la misma canción en varias habitaciones o hacerlo hasta independiente
* todavía no descubro todas las bondades
Pero no todo puede ser perfecto, tiene unos ligeros contras pero que tampoco son graves, los enlistaré:
- únicamente funciona con wifi, o sea que no se puede utilizar en exteriores o zonas sin conexión, si falla el wifi olvídate de escuchar música
- Sufre constantes desconexiones por lo mismo, falla la calidad de la señal wifi
- Ojo! Si en algún momento tu celular o dispositivo no encuentra la bocina, desconecta de la Luz y después de 30 segundos vuelve a conectar la bocina, espera 2 minutos a que se conecte a la red y listo (un reboot), ya que me pasó y así volvió a funcionar
Los contras sólo tienen que ver con la señal wifi.
Otra maravilla y que ya está disponible en México es que es compatible y funciona con Alexa, lo acabo de instalar y funciona perfecto! No requieres tener el Echo Dot, con la bocina basta (solo descargar la app en un cel o tablet), configurar y a tener una smarthouse!
Estoy más que satisfecho con esta bocina, como comenté, tuve otras dos bocinas antes y ninguna satisfizo mis necesidades, dejaban una leve inconformidad.
Con la Sonos, estoy 100% satisfecho y si tengo otra es para complementar más habitaciones.
**El sonido se distorisona cuando usas el máximo volumen. Honestamente esperaba más.
I do like the sound but its not significantly better than then the Echo Plus (2nd gen) at half the price the Echo Plus is a much better value.
Secondly the fact that you cant group the Sonos speaker with any other Echo speaker (in the Alexa app) is a serious compatibility flaw. I really cant imagine this was simply something that was overlooked and if it was then how hard can it be to fix this ? My guess is not very. So I suspect this is incompatibility is intentional.
Another reason to not go with Sonos if you have an Echo setup. I suppose you could go Sonos only but when you consider the expense and really not significantly better sound then why would you ?
- "Alexa, turn on the lights". Sorry, not possible with this. You can't associate this speaker with a room and have it control those lights. You have to ask it to turn on the 'kitchen' lights instead of 'the' lights.
- No multi room audio setup option like the Echo devices.
- I ran my Echo Plus and Sonos One beside each other and toggled music between the two. There was VERY minor difference, but not enough to justify the price.
- Makes and awful acknowledgement sound when you say Alexa.
- When music is playing, can't hear you say Alexa very well. Echo Plus has better microphones
- This has a wider footprint than an Echo Plus, so you'll need more counter space.
I didn't really see any advantage to this speaker. You're paying $250 to lose important Alexa features, and see no real improvement in sound.