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Sonos One Smart Speaker with built-in Voice Control (2nd Gen)

While there are tons of smart speakers from different audio companies available on the market, some are just overwhelmingly better than others. Whether that includes battery life, built-in voice controls, or which and how many voice-control features each smart speaker offers, there are plenty of smart speakers to choose from. Nonetheless, some audio companies just nail it, and that’s exactly the case with the Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen).

While comparing every single smart speaker available would take us a ton of time, as said above, some audio companies just get their products done right, and those are the ones you should consider buying.

The Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) features built-in voice controls, offering you an easy way to control it with simple voice controls via the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Not only that but you can also control it via the Sonos App, Apple AirPlay 2, and more, all while this smart speaker fills your room with its rich and immersive sound.

Let’s take a look at Sonos’ recently released smart speaker and check everything it has to offer.

DESIGN & SPECS

The Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) measures 4.69 inches long by 4.69 inches wide by 6.36 inches tall (119.7 x 119.7 x 161.45 mm), weighing just 4.08 lbs. (1.85 kg).

Thanks to its compact design the speaker easily blends in with just about any space. This means that you can put it anywhere you want. You can choose to have it right at your kitchen countertop or tucked away on your office bookshelf.

This smart speaker features a high-quality finish, coming equipped with a durable matte grille. The Sonos One (2nd Gen) is built with durability in mind and is highly resistant to humidity, meaning you can have it powered up on your bathroom via its included power cord for a revitalizing morning shower while listening to your favorite tunes. That’s a great way to get ready to start your day, all in the best mood you could wish for.

Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) - Measurements & Design
Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) – Measurements & Design

This smart speaker offers a rich and immersive sound that will instantly fill your room with your favorite tunes, all reproduced in the highest sound quality you can imagine.

The speaker comes equipped with two Class-D Digital Amplifiers that are perfectly tuned to match its built-in drivers and acoustic architecture, and also features a built-in Far-Field Microphone Array that’s used for smart voice capture (its Voice Assistant Support) and noise cancellation.

Furthermore, the speaker also comes equipped with one tweeter that can easily create a crisp and clear high-frequency response and one Mid-Woofer that ensures you’ll always hear the faithful playback of mid-range vocal frequencies, which are always followed by a deep and rich bass.

Lastly, the speaker also comes with an integrated and super-responsive Audio Chime that allows you to know that your Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) has heard you when you’re looking to control it via its supported voice controls (via the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa).

CONNECTIVITY

The Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) is powered by its included power cord, which can be easily connected to its 50-60 Hz AC universal input (with Auto-switching 100-240 V).

This smart speaker doesn’t support Bluetooth, meaning it will only work with your home internet. You can either connect it directly to your router via its single 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port or you can have it connected to your home network via WiFi.

Wiring it directly to your router will allow the smart speaker to operate flawlessly, which is great for those unexpected times when your WiFi becomes unstable – which sadly, is something that sometimes still happens with most ISPs (Internet Service Providers), but most of the times is caused by bad (or simply awful) weather conditions.

When connected to your home WiFi network, this smart speaker supports the most common Wireless Standards (802.11b/g/), operating at a frequency band of 2.4 GHz for uninterrupted wireless streaming.

INTERFACE

The Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) features a Top-Panel Interface that offers its users Capacitive Touch Controls.

Top-Panel interface
Top-Panel interface

These allow users to easily control their volume up/down, choose between the previous/next track, play/pause, and easily mute their microphone with a quick-access Mic Mute Button for complete privacy.

Capacitive Touch Controls that allow users to easily control their media volume and soundtrack selection
Capacitive Touch Controls that allow users to easily control their media volume and soundtrack selection

Capacitive Touch Controls - Easily mute the Sonos One's microphone with a quick-access Mic Mute Button for complete privacy
Capacitive Touch Controls – Easily mute the Sonos One’s microphone with a quick-access Mic Mute Button for complete privacy

This smart speaker also comes equipped with a built-in illuminated LED Indicator Light that ensures you’re always aware of when the speaker’s microphone is active.

LED Status Indicator Light
LED Status Indicator Light

This LED Indicator Light indicates the speaker’s current status, as well as its Mic. Mute status and voice feedback.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Inside their package users will find: their Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen), one included power cord (to power up the device), an included Sonos One QuickStart Guide and some Legal/Warranty documents with warranty information.

FEATURES

Easy to Setup / Easy to Use

Setting up your Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) is quick and simple and should only take you a few minutes.

Furthermore, the speaker is extremely easy to control. Users can control it via its Top-Panel Interface, via the Sonos App (discussed at the end of the article), via Apple AirPlay 2 (on Apple devices running iOS 11.4 or higher), or via simple voice commands thanks to its featured built-in Voice Assistant Support for the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Supports Apple AirPlay 2 Controls
Supports Apple AirPlay 2 Controls

Dual Stereo Sound / Dual Speaker Connectivity

While this smart speaker is capable enough of filling an entire room with its rich and immersive sound on its own, users can easily pair two Sonos Ones together in the same room to have stereo separation and a much more detailed sound.

Dual Stereo Sound / Dual Speaker Connectivity
Dual Stereo Sound / Dual Speaker Connectivity

This means that you can use a pair of Sonos One Smart Speakers for the best Stereo Sound experience, allowing you to have a simple and easy to setup rear home cinema surround system with Playbar, Playbase, or Beam.

Dual Stereo Sound / Dual Speaker Connectivity
Dual Stereo Sound / Dual Speaker Connectivity

Voice Assistant Support

As stated before, the Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) can be controlled with your voice via simple voice commands that are supported by both the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Voice Control Built-In
Voice Control Built-In

This way you can easily play your favorite music, check the news, set alarms, get your questions answered, and more, all completely hands-free.

Voice Assistant Support for the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
Voice Assistant Support for the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

SONOS SMARTPHONE APP – Sonos Controller

The Sonos Smartphone App, which is simply called Sonos Controller, is available for free for both the iOS and Android.

With it, users can control all of their streaming services with a single App, as well as have a faster way to find what they want to play on their Sonos One.

Sonos Controller Smartphone App (1)
Sonos Controller Smartphone App (1)

Users can also set alarms, adjust settings and get useful tips and tricks, as well as manage their entire Sonos system (works best when having multiple Sonos Audio Devices) and easily set up and configure multiple Audio Group Rooms.

Sonos Controller Smartphone App (2)
Sonos Controller Smartphone App (2)

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) offers a rich and immersive sound and features an easy setup, a great Top-Panel interface with Capacitive Touch Controls, Dual Speaker Connectivity, and built-in voice controls via the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

This is without a doubt one of the best smart speakers currently available, as it is not only great when it comes to its features, but also extremely affordable when considering everything it has to offer.

Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) - White Color Model
Sonos One Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) – White Color Model

The Sonos One Smart Speaker is currently available in two (x2) different color modes: Full White (full white body with white matte grille) and Full Black (full black body with a black matte grille).

If you’re interested in getting it, each unit is currently available for $199 and comes with a 1-year warranty. You can order yours online, directly from Sonos’ official shopping page, which you can access via this link.

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