Sonos Rivals HomePod With New Assistant Speaker, Adding AirPlay 2 Support to Speakers Next Year

Sonos today introduced the Sonos One, an all-new smart speaker with six far-field microphones that allow it to work with digital assistants.

Sonos One can be controlled entirely with voice. At launch, it will support Amazon Alexa in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom, including full voice support for Prime Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and TuneIn. Alexa voice control for Spotify will be coming soon after launch.

Google Assistant support will be added in 2018, making the Sonos One the first smart speaker with support for multiple major assistants.

Sonos One can play music from more than 80 streaming services, including popular ones like Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Tidal, and Pandora. In addition, it supports other traditional Alexa capabilities related to the weather, timers, news and traffic reports, the latest sports scores, and more.

Sonos is releasing a free software update today that will enable many of its existing speakers to be controlled with Alexa as well. In the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Sonos owners can use any Alexa-enabled device like the Echo or Echo Dot to control the speaker with voice commands.

Sonos also announced that it will begin supporting Apple's AirPlay 2 in 2018, making it possible to play any sound from an iOS device on Sonos speakers. Apple users will also be able to control music on Sonos speakers with any Siri-enabled device, such as an iPhone, iPad, and the HomePod once it launches.

Sonos One comes in black or white, weighs four pounds, and has an illuminated LED indicator light to ensure you are always aware when the speaker's microphone is active. The speaker connects to a home's Wi-Fi network, and it also has one 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port for those who prefer a wired connection.

The speaker features premium audio quality, with two Class-D digital amplifiers tuned to match the speaker drivers and acoustic architecture, one tweeter, one mid-woofer, adjustable bass and treble controls, and a six far-field microphone array used for advanced beamforming and echo cancellation.

Sonos One will be available starting Tuesday, October 24 for $199 in the United States. Pre-orders start today.

Tags: AirPlay, Sonos

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30 months ago
Begun the speaker assistant war has...
Rating: 13 Votes
30 months ago
If Sonos is releasing a $199 speaker with voice assistant compatibility built in, you better believe Apple will be lowering the price of HomePod. There is no way Siri is worth a $150 price premium over a comparable Sonos product.
Rating: 11 Votes
30 months ago
Sonos just shatted on Apple. There speaker will support both rivals voice assistants and will be 130 bucks cheaper? If the Apple homepod doesn’t have significantly better sound quality It’s going to be a sad day. There is no way whatsoever Apple can support a claim their homepod is worth even 50 dollars more at this point. I understand they are selling it’s sound quality but let’s be real....the Siri function is what’s important in this smart speaker race. And we all know Siri is literal garbage compared to the likes of Google assistant and Alexa. To add to its lack of value, companies aren’t adopting Apple’s HomeKit at a rate that justifies buying the homepod over this new Sonos One. I was so exited about going broke (not really) by buying two homepods. But now I can save some money and buy two Sonos ones and actually get a superior product.
Rating: 9 Votes
30 months ago

The Sonis One is basically a Play 1 with extra mics. It’s not even in the same league as the HomePod, which is better than the Play 3 and closing in on the Play 5 for sound quality.

The premium you pay for a HomePod isn’t Siri. It’s for the real-time modeling/sound processing.

Have you heard the HomePod first hand? Curious if you are making assumptions on sound quality based on previews from the internet.
Rating: 8 Votes
30 months ago
I have an echo. We use it for comedy effect (I don’t know what else to use it for).
Rating: 7 Votes
30 months ago

Finally! Airplay! I hope the airplay update will be available for all existing sonos speakers. It's not much of an issue for me because I can play music from my library off the Sonos app on my phone, but when I want to play off my macbook, I have to airplay through an Apple TV.

The Sonos One sounds interesting to me in particular because I already have Sonos speakers in my house.

Why don't you use the for MacOS?
Rating: 7 Votes
30 months ago
SONOS and Alexa working fine.

• You need latest SONOS app update V8 available in app store

• update SONOS Speakers via app

• and you need your SONOS account email and password. If you've forgotten it like I had (old account) you can set a new one. This is done in iOS app More (three dots bottom right) > Setting > My SONOS Account

• Next, go to iOS Alexa app
Skills > type SONOS in search > enable > enter SONOS account details

• Then Smart Home > Devices > Discover

Working in UK, USA and Germany, more countries to follow.
Rating: 6 Votes
30 months ago

Begun the speaker assistant war has...

Actually, that "war" is already over. Amazon has won -- simply because they were the first to open their assistant technology for third party developers AND to allow Alexa to be installed on ANY device. Openness always wins. And the final killer argument, even if you don't care for the openness and software developers: An Echo Dot costs 50 bucks. It won't get much cheaper than that, everybody can afford to have Alexa in their homes. And unlike the competition, there's a huge amount of services behind Alexa, not just music. Amazon is handling this absolutely right.
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago

You mean my current Sonos speakers won’t work with AirPlay 2 and only for the new ones?!!!

Airplay 2 is software-based so current speakers should be able to receive the update as well next year.
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago

So is this better than HomePod, and cheaper? Would be curious to see which speaker sounds better for music.

My bet is on Sonos, although I'm sure the HomePod isn't bad.

I would trust the company that's been in wireless home audio, and only wireless home audio, for 15 years.
Rating: 4 Votes

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