Sonos One and Alexa - doorstop review
I bought my Sonos One well before Christmas last year to replace a just purchased Sony running Google Assistant - I basically swapped it in store because my kids would put the volume up so loud I couldn't get the unit to volume down by voice.
On the Sonos I liked ecosystem and the sound quality, and the touch buttons for volume - though I did feel the product wording 'at that time' was misleading i.e. similar to 'a button to switch of the microphone ''light'''.
It was published that Google Assistant was coming to Sonos One, so I thought I'd ...buy the Sonos One and swap assistants later. My Sonos One got put back in it's box because I got tired of Alexa fails. I didn't need a doorstop, but I've got one in my Sonos One. This week I discovered that Google Assistant has been released for Sonos One - hold on don't get too excited. I got my cool looking doorstop out and thought, awesome, this could be a great speaker and assistant device; bring on the music! I looked up the instructions and went to swap the assistant to Google Assistant - it looked so easy.
Purchased in October 2018.
- Verified purchase
Sound is good, Alexa doesn't work properly
I am comparing this to the HomePod I already have....
The sound quality for a $300 speaker is quite good, not that different to the HomePod and $150 cheaper. Airplay 2 works well from my iPhone- exactly the same as my HomePod.
Alexa however is glitchy. 50% of the time I get a fail message saying "voice command not supported".. pause. then it works. Or dead silence when I ask it to do something it did just earlier.. It's a hot mess to work out too, though I tried everything I could look up to fix it.
So if you're buying this to use Alexa- my...advice is AVOID. This device does not work like a HomePod or an Echo- loads of things you'd get from an Echo aren't supported (in Australia or whatever). If you just want to steam music from a device, it's a good Airplay 2 speaker. I'd return this device but stupidly I bought it from JB Hifi and not Sonos direct where they would probably take it back.
Great paper weight
It has a great sound but that it where it ends, you can't use this speaker for anything other than Sonos approved music apps but for gaming, movies, YouTube and TV it is absolutely useless, do yourself a favour and go for another brand that isn't so restrictive.
Purchased in April 2019.
A nice upgrade from the Sonos Play:1
Those familiar with the Play: 1 will feel right at home with the Sonos One. If you''ve in anyway dived into the home automation space, and feel comfortable with Alexa, then I can highly recommend the One. When you take full advantage of voice controls, it just makes life so so much easier. Worth paying the extra, and also worth upgrading, we did!
A Great Little Smart Speaker
Firstly, the Sonos One sounds amazing! Huge bass from such a compact unit, very warm sound at all volume levels and no distortion when the volume is turned up. It works great for home automation too with Amazon Alexa. With voice commands, I can conveniently control my streaming music service (Tidal), and my smart lighting (Philips Hue) throughout my home, from almost any room. The microphone and voice recognition is pretty close to perfect. Couldn't live without it.
- Verified purchase
Sonos One released too early
I have just set up a new Sonos One speaker and found out it has limited useablity with voice control. It uses the Amazon Alexa system to operate. I can’t play music I have on my iPad using voice commands. I need to have a paid music streaming service to work with voice command. It’s not much better than the Sonos play one. It won’t work with all my other Sonos speakers. It’s half baked. I could have saved money and bought another play one. All the manual, iphone or iPad controlled speakers are great. Don’t waste your money until they developed it properly.
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