After looking at all the hype on the Sonos web site, I purchased a Sonos One from Amazon. I already have several Echo and Chromecast devices all over the house.
Very disappointing results.
After being irritatingly difficult to pair the One with the WIFI, I was shocked to find that Sonos and Echo devices can’t be mixed in the same multi-room music group. You can have Echo devices in a group or Sonos devices in a group, but NOT BOTH.
Sonos makes a splashy claim about compatibility with Alexa and specifically Alexa groups, but this is HIGHLY misleading. You can’t actually play to Sonos and Echo devices in the same group.
Obviously, the most common use case by far would be a mixture of both types of devices in the same multi-room music group, but this is not possible. No way to work around it using a Echo Input or Chromecast Audio either because there’s no AUX INPUT either. Truly stupid!
By the way, the One also doesn’t act as a normal Chromecast Audio / Google Home device either, so it ‘s useless in the Google ecosystem as well.
It’s such a shame, to come so close and then blow it by not finishing the product. After all these years, it’s hard to understand why it would take so long to add such basic functionality. Sonos, please hire some competent programmers!
I’m sending the One back and will have to go with the Echo Plus to get truly seamless multi-room music integration.
-- R Carlson MD