Sonos One

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Sonos One
DeveloperSonos
ManufacturerSonos
TypeSmart speaker
Generation2
Release dateOctober 24, 2017 (2017-10-24)[1]
Introductory price$199 / £199 / €229
Sound2 Class-D amplifiers, mid-woofer and tweeter
Input
  • Sonos Controller
  • Voice
  • Volume and Play/Pause buttons
PlatformSonos Controller
Dimensions6.4 in × 4.7 in × 4.7 in (16 cm × 12 cm × 12 cm)
Mass4.08 lb (1,850 g)
PredecessorSonos Play:1
Websitesonos.com/en-us/shop/one

The Sonos One is a smart speaker developed by Sonos, announced on October 4, 2017 and released on October 24.[2] The speaker contains a six-microphone array, allowing use of the virtual assistant Amazon Alexa.[3] In 2018, the smart speaker added support for Apple's AirPlay 2.[4]

Originally slated for 2018, Google Assistant integration was released in May 2019.[5]

Design[edit]

Hardware[edit]

The Sonos One features two Class-D amplifiers, a subwoofer, a tweeter, and six far-field microphones.[6]
Running on a 64-bit motherboard, it is equipped with an AC and Ethernet port on the back of the speaker and is capable of 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connection.
When connected to the network using Ethernet, the speaker can also act as a Sonos BOOST.

Software[edit]

The Sonos Controller app mainly controls and sets up the speaker, but can also connect other music services like Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora Radio, and iHeart Radio through voice interaction.[7] As with its predecessor, the speaker can link with SonosNet, a mesh network to play media for one, some or all speakers regardless of location. The speaker communicates with the companion app and music streaming services through Wi-Fi.

Sonos One Gen 2[edit]

The second generation of the Sonos One increased the memory, added Bluetooth Low Energy and updated the processor. The three updates do not include any new features from the Gen 1s. Sonos states that the original Ones will continue to support all current features but the Gen 2 may allow them to add new experiences that the Gen 1 will not be able to support.[8] The Gen 1 and Gen 2 will work as a stereo pair and look and sound the same. The only visual difference is the branding on the bottom of the Gen 2.[9]

Sonos One SL[edit]

In addition to the Gen 2, Sonos released the One SL in September 2019. The SL version is the same as the Gen 2 without the microphones (so you cannot use Alexa or the Google Assistant). The SL is intended as the replacement for the Play:1 speakers and addresses the concerns that some users have with smart technology.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sonos unveils smart speaker with support for multiple voice services". Sonos Press Center. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  2. ^ Welch, Chris (5 October 2017). "The Sonos One is a safe first step towards the company's voice assistant future". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  3. ^ Fingas, Jon (4 October 2017). "Sonos One is the company's first speaker with built-in voice control". Engadget. Oath. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  4. ^ Hensel, Anna (4 October 2017). "Sonos One Alexa-driven speaker opens for preorders at $199, Google Assistant coming in 2018". VentureBeat. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  5. ^ Weiss, Sabrina (2019-05-14). "Google Assistant finally comes to Sonos speakers". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  6. ^ Willcox, James K. (4 October 2017). "The Sonos One: Sonos' First Smart Speaker Boasts Alexa". Consumer Reports. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  7. ^ Katzmaier, David; Pendlebury, Ty (4 October 2017). "Sonos One speaker blends Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri for $199". CNET. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  8. ^ J, John. "Sonos One Gen 1 vs Gen 2 - What Changed ?". AutomationWake. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  9. ^ Greenwald, By Will; June 4, 2019 9:32AM EST; June 4, 2019. "Sonos One (Gen 2)". PCMAG. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  10. ^ "The Sonos One SL is a microphone-free version of its most accessible speaker". Engadget. Retrieved 2019-09-12.