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Sonos One (Gen 2): Sound Quality Plus Alexa

PC MAGAZINE EDITORS’ CHOICE

Sonos One (Gen 2)

$199.99

4/5

PROS Multi-room audio with flexible stereo and surround configurations. Powerful sound for its size. Works with Alexa voice control (with support for Google Assistant to come).

CONS Sound can distort at top volumes. No Bluetooth or wired audio connections.

Amazon’s Alexa was once available only on Echo devices, and Google Assistant was limited to certain Android phones, but the popular voice assistants are everywhere now. The Sonos One has Alexa built in and will also have Google Assistant in the future. This wireless smart speaker is effectively the same as the $149 Sonos Play:1 with the added benefit of a microphone array that lets you use Alexa just as though it were an Echo. Google Assistant was supposed to be added in 2018, but the update has been pushed back to sometime this year. Even with this delay, the speaker still sounds excellent and earns our Editors’

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