Introducing the New Sonos One



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I'm really excited for the Sonos One. I'm actually looking at purchasing instead of an Apple HomePod since I already have the play one. That being said, can I still control both speakers in the app and have the two speakers (the One and the play one) play the same music or different songs (they are in different rooms)? And then put the One in the room where I would use Alexa the most (bedroom most likely)? I accept the existing Play One couldn't share Alexa support but can I play and use the speakers for music networked together with App and wifi?
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On the website the new Sonos 1 is listed as suitable for use on an outdoor patio. Does this mean that we've finally got a outdoor rated weatherproof speaker?
It's humidity resistant, so it's ok as long as it has shade and doesn't get direct water on it. I wouldn't go so far as to say "outdoor rated weatherproof", just humidity resistant.
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On the website the new Sonos 1 is listed as suitable for use on an outdoor patio. Does this mean that we've finally got a outdoor rated weatherproof speaker?
I was wondering in terms of sound quality if there is much difference between the old and the new? l
The sound quality is at the same level.


Sigh.

The biggest issue I have with the 1 is the sound quality. Oh well.. Here's to hoping the 3 receives the same upgrade in sound quality as the 5.
I'm surprised to see that there doesn't appear to be a threaded mount on the rear of the speaker. This very much limits the options for stand mounts or wall mounts (under kitchen cabinet in my case). Will there be any mounts (wall, ceiling, or stand) available?
Simply put, there just wasn't room for the mounting socket. That said, we've worked with Sanus and they have a bracket for mounting purposes, available here


That's a bit disappointing. It really limits the mounting options available. No disrespect to Sonos, but the Sanus mount for the play one with the cable strapping is heinous. Hopefully some other third party companies come up with a better solution.
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I wanted to be excited about this but I'm not. Alexa isn't very good at speech recognition, not that Siri is much better, but Alexa is really limited in what it can do.

That's an unusual take. Alexa is regarded almost universally as being significantly better than Siri. Wired doesn't even think Siri is better on Apple devices:
https://www.wired.com/2017/03/siris-not-even-best-iphone-assistant-anymore/

Its not worth an upgrade so I'll leave it at that.

When you say "it" are you referring specifically to the Sonos One? The Sonos v8 is a free update, so there's not any investment there.

I'll reiterate a point I've made elsewhere. I strongly believe, as obviously Sonos management does, that attempting to compete directly against Amazon/Google/arguably-Apple is a fool's mission. The plan they've laid out is the best one I've seen from any vendor, and the only question is whether or not they can pull it off in a timely fashion.
Not in love with the monochromatic color schemes. Play:1 pair in white with metal looks awesome, wish this hadn't changed. Maybe when the Bluenote One comes out, I'll get lucky, lol. The Bluenote Play:1s sell for a small fortune on fleabay.
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Will pre-ordering be available on Amazon? I have gift card money I can use there...
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Still waiting for Airplay and Homekit support, but I'm sensing that Sonos doesn't want to go down that path and its time to start re-considering my wireless speaker choices. Time will tell.

Airplay 2 support was announced this morning... Coming 2018.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/4/16418944/sonos-airplay-2-support-apple-ios-siri-2018
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I'm surprised to see that there doesn't appear to be a threaded mount on the rear of the speaker. This very much limits the options for stand mounts or wall mounts (under kitchen cabinet in my case). Will there be any mounts (wall, ceiling, or stand) available?
Simply put, there just wasn't room for the mounting socket. That said, we've worked with Sanus and they have a bracket for mounting purposes, available here.Will the Play 5 have voice responsiveness in the future? I was planning on purchasing one in November but I'm wondering if I should hold off.

Will the Play 5 have voice responsiveness in the future? I was planning on purchasing one in November but I'm wondering if I should hold off.
The microphones that were in the PLAY:5 gen2 at launch aren't suitable for voice control. The Sonos One has full array of 6 microphones, versus the 2 in the PLAY:5 gen2. We don't have any specifics to share on any changes there, but we'll let everyone know if it does. Also, you can always use another device to control it with voice, like an Amazon Echo Dot, or even a Sonos One in a different room.

I wanted to be excited about this but I'm not. Alexa isn't very good at speech recognition, not that Siri is much better, but Alexa is really limited in what it can do. I certainly don't trust Amazon with my personal information.

Its not worth an upgrade so I'll leave it at that. Still waiting for Airplay and Homekit support, but I'm sensing that Sonos doesn't want to go down that path and its time to start re-considering my wireless speaker choices. Time will tell.

Alexa is just the start, we're also working with Google Assistant to bring them to Sonos One. Take a look here for some news on what's next, including Airplay 2 support.
I'm surprised to see that there doesn't appear to be a threaded mount on the rear of the speaker. This very much limits the options for stand mounts or wall mounts (under kitchen cabinet in my case). Will there be any mounts (wall, ceiling, or stand) available?
Will the Play 5 have voice responsiveness in the future? I was planning on purchasing one in November but I'm wondering if I should hold off.
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I wanted to be excited about this but I'm not. Alexa isn't very good at speech recognition, not that Siri is much better, but Alexa is really limited in what it can do. I certainly don't trust Amazon with my personal information.

Its not worth an upgrade so I'll leave it at that. Still waiting for Airplay and Homekit support, but I'm sensing that Sonos doesn't want to go down that path and its time to start re-considering my wireless speaker choices. Time will tell.
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There are some big reasons for this, it's not on the scale that the PLAY:5 gen1 vs gen2, but definitely some differences. Besides.... they'd look funny side by side :)

You're so mean to them. Why can't you love them the way they are?


Thanks for the response 😉.
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I was wondering in terms of sound quality if there is much difference between the old and the new? My play 1's literally arrived today so am considering sending them back if the sound quality is better. I am not too interested too much in the voice control
The sound quality is at the same level, so I wouldn't worry about swapping them out because of that. In the off chance that you're interested in voice one day, you may be interested in looking into it though. You can always turn off the microphones until then.
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Ryan are there technical differences that would drive that decision? It's surprising to me that it's not currently planned for.
There are some big reasons for this, it's not on the scale that the PLAY:5 gen1 vs gen2, but definitely some differences. Besides.... they'd look funny side by side 🙂
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Hi Ryan

I was wondering in terms of sound quality if there is much difference between the old and the new? My play 1's literally arrived today so am considering sending them back if the sound quality is better. I am not too interested too much in the voice control
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Ryan are there technical differences that would drive that decision? It's surprising to me that it's not currently planned for.
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would you be able to pair a One with a Play:1? I don't think I need to have all speakers to have the microphone, would be nice to mix it up.
Great question, Mugenabe. The Sonos One will only pair with another Sonos One, for the purposes of creating a stereo pair or a surround sound setup. You can use a Sonos One in a household with any and all Sonos players. The Sonos One can issue commands to them all, and control what's playing. But if you're looking to made a stereo pair or surround sound setup, you'll need two Sonos Ones.

I'll make sure to pass on to the team that you're interested in seeing this at some point in the future, but there aren't any plans to share at this time that this might happen.

Edited for clarity.
would you be able to pair a One with a Play:1? I don't think I need to have all speakers to have the microphone, would be nice to mix it up.