As voice assistants continue to penetrate the speaker market, it wasn’t a matter of if, but when Sonos would bring voice control to its products. Well, the company answered that question earlier this month when it announced the $199 Sonos One. And, in typical Sonos fashion, they found a way to completely one up the rest of the market, and quite possibly themselves. The Sonos One will ship with support for Amazon Alexa, but over the course of the next year, the company will add Google Home and Apple AirPlay functionality to the speaker.
So, basically, you’re getting an Echo, a Google Home speaker, and Apple’s HomePod all rolled up into one compact package that looks and sounds better than anything Amazon, Google, or Apple could hope to create.
As I went through the review with this speaker, I found myself having to look at it under three different lenses. The first being the performance of the speaker itself. Then there’s the Alexa angle. And lastly, the future potential of the speaker. So let’s run through each.