The Sonos One gadget is a spectacular product that offers wonderful sound quality. The Sonos One has to be set up through the Sonos app. I also liked that if I used the Sonos app to play music, I could ask Alexa what was playing, and move forward and back through the tracks. This new product is more iterative than it is remarkable, but as demand for smart speakers picks up, Sonos really can't afford to be left behind. Then again, $699 is a lot of dough just to reinforce a $200 speaker.
You'll need new hardware to mount a Sonos One. The premise behind the Sonos One makes sense, but unfortunately in practice, the device doesn't quite live up to its potential. In my house, those speakers are Sonos speakers.
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Wireless speaker company Sonos recently debuted voice support in two forms: pairing its speakers with an Amazon Alexa-enabled device like an Echo or Dot, and with Sonos's first voice-enabled speaker, the Sonos One. For example, if you have forgotten to turn off the lights or close the door (and you have original home accessories for you), you can just control everything from the driver's seat. Just say, "Alexa, ask Garmin ..." for exclusive turn-by-turn navigation. The company says since multiroom audio has been its focus for 15 years, this experience will get even smarter over time. But I'm a Spotify fan, so for my actually listening session I switched to Spotify, sacrificing the fun voice control for the time being. At present, not all of Alexa's voice commands work with the Sonos One, such as asking Alexa for a flash briefing, but an update will address this soon. "Alexa, what song is playing in the kitchen?" can be the best kind of conversation starter. With the tiny device, Alexa responses and things like music and audiobooks, will stream right through the vehicle's stereo, as well as your Global Positioning System instructions. I've been telling Alexa to do things like "play Haim", or "lower the volume" and Alexa on the Sonos One has been very responsive, and in general a pleasure to use.
The Garmin Speak pretty much has everything users love about Amazon Alexa. I'd go with Sonos wherever music matters, adding Echo Dots for voice control of the larger, older speakers. If this device doesn't check your boxes, a few alternatives are on the way: There's Google's upcoming, $400 Home Max (which looks like the Play:5), and Apple's $350 HomePod, expected in December. But Alexa's integration into the best-sounding speaker yet still has some limitations. When you find yourself getting too frustrated, you can always pop open the Garmin Speak app to manually search and find the place you're looking for-but that requires you to pull over and stop if you're a law-abiding motorist.