This was a long time coming. For a while there, Sonos was the dominating force in smart home speakers, but then devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home sprang up with their smart voice assistants. Well, we knew it was coming and now it’s here. The new Sonos One may not look very different from its predecessors, but now it’s got the power of Alexa.

Announced a little earlier today, the Sonos One does everything that you’ve come to expect from the Sonos PLAY:1. It’ll still tap into the same Sonos ecosystem for multi-room streaming. The top controls have been adapted, however, to accommodate the new voice controls and voice assistant functionality.

The Sonos One comes equipped with six internal microphones, designed to pick up your voice from clear across the screen as you ask your system (using only your voice) to play the new Taylor Swift single for the 16th time today. The multiple microphone configuration is similar to what you see in the Amazon Echo and Google Home, as well as the upcoming Apple HomePod. The speaker portion consists of two Class-D amplifiers, one tweeter and one mid-woofer.

For the time being, this new smart speaker will only work with Amazon Alexa. Some time in 2018, there are plans to roll out support for Google Assistant as well. You can also expect support for AirPlay 2 at some point. And if you’re wondering about privacy and all that, you can disable the voice functions via the settings.


Just like the PLAY:1, the Sonos One (that won’t be confusing at all; it’s like they borrowed some naming inspiration from Microsoft’s Xbox line) will come in your choice of black or white. Pre-orders are being taken now for $199 US and $249 Canadian. Look for “the smart speaker for music lovers” to ship on October 24.

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