It’s the season of smart speakers, but the Sonos One has a strong pitch for being your voice-driven media player of choice. As we found in our full review, despite a few teething pains the Amazon Alexa-powered speaker adds an impressive new dimension to home audio playback. Read on for four things about the Sonos One that you really should know.
It looks like a PLAY:1, but it’s (almost) completely different
You’d be forgiven for asking why the Sonos One took so long to arrive. After all, side-by-side with the PLAY:1 – which was launched all the way back in 2013 – you could easily assume that the differences were minor. Turns out, that’s not the case.
Indeed, according to Sonos only two external parts are actually shared between the PLAY:1 and the Sonos One: the base plastic molding, and the rubber feet. Everything else is new. That includes the speaker grille, which now matches the body of the speaker rather than being a contrasting color, and the new control panel on the top which adopts the same touch-sensitive controls as the second-gen PLAY:5.
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