Introducing the New Sonos One


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Available on October 24th, Sonos One is the smart speaker for music lovers. It’s everything you expect from a Sonos speaker, and now with built-in Alexa and microphones, you can control your entire Sonos system with your voice.




With seamless control, you can start music with your voice, add songs to your playlist from the Sonos app, and even start playing music from the Spotify app in a different room. Amazon Alexa comes built into the Sonos One, and we’re working hard to include more voice assistants in the future. First up will be Google Assistant.

Sonos One delivers rich, room-filling sound in a compact size. Two Sonos One players can be stereo paired, or become rear surround speakers in a 5.1 set-up. They’ll also be able to control the music on PLAYBASE or PLAYBAR while being set up as surrounds in the home cinema.

Some more details on Sonos One:
  • We use echo cancellation technology, created by the same engineering team that worked on Trueplay, which allows the speaker to still hear you over the music – even if it’s cranked up to 11.
  • The volume will intelligently lower, or “duck” when you speak to it so you don’t feel like you have to shout over the music.
  • The speaker includes a six-mic array that forms a beam and focuses on the person speaking to help make sure Alexa understands everything clearly.
  • Since this is a Sonos speaker, you can use TruePlay on an iOS device to easily tune Sonos One to sound great no matter where you place it in your home.
  • Capacitive touch controls on top, like Play:5 gen2 and the PLAYBASE, that you can tap and swipe. There's also a Mic button that can be tapped, to easily enable and disable the microphones.
  • Features a Join button and an Ethernet port on the back of the player.

Security and Microphones
Your security and data are very important to us, as we said in our blog here. With Sonos One we are keeping to that.

Sonos One is designed with extra security: An illuminated LED indicator light ensures you always know when your speaker’s microphones are active, or turned off. You can tap on the microphone symbol to enable or disable the microphones, the light is always tied to the microphone’s status. For security and privacy reasons, it’s impossible to disable the LED when the microphones are turned on.


Pre-order today on Sonos.com in stunning all black or all white for $199 US (€229 EUR, $299 AUD, $269 CAD, ¥1,680 RMB, 1,699 DKK, 1,999 NOK, 1,999 SEK, $4,999 MEX), available worldwide starting October 24.

Sonos One is voice-ready in the US, UK, and Germany. It’s everything you’d expect from a Sonos speaker to start with, and future-ready for when Sonos and a voice service launch together in your region if you’re located somewhere else.

While you wait, check out our community thread here to get yourself ready for the new Sonos One. Already have Alexa devices in your home? Check out our thread here.

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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.
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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.
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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?
You're messing with my head... it's PLAY:1 or Sonos One 🙂... Long day :)

Anyway... The Sonos One will function just like every single Sonos player right out of the box. On top of that, it also has the ability for the voice stuff. You can group it with the PLAY:1, play the same music, adjust the volumes, separate the groups, all that good stuff. And you can use the microphones with the Sonos One to change what's playing, and start music on either or both speakers. (You can't make groups with voice, but if a group exists it'll play to it).
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I have a Play:One and don't want to (and definitely won't) pay AU$299 for a Sonos One just to add voice control (which anyhow is currently inactive in Australia) BUT I would pay $299 for a Sonos One if I could create a stereo pair with my Play:One. Stereo plus voice control is definitely worth $299 - but voice control by itself isn't. I bought my Play:One to listen to music and have no trouble controlling it from my iPhone or from the top buttons. If I buy a Sonos One, my Play:One (which I bought new last year) won't be used anymore since I have no need for 2 mono wi-fi speakers, even if they can play the same mono music simultaneously (which I assume is possible). If stereo pairing isn't possible, please allow us to trade-in our redundant Play:One's which were bought with the understanding that they would continue to get "better over time".
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Until Sonos corrects the song limit (roughly 65,000) I will no longer be purchasing any more Sonos products. They need to accommodate the many people with larger song libraries. I have been using Plex, but it is not the optimal solution.

I'd be interested to know if there really are many people with libraries exceeding 65,000 tracks. I suspect it's a tiny minority of their user base.

That doesn't mean that Sonos shouldn't work to remove the limitation, however. There are ways of doing so, all of which present complications -- one of which involves breaking compatibility with older (more memory starved) Sonos devices. But, for the first time, Sonos is starting to do this, because Airplay 2 endpoint functionality is likely only to be available on certain (to be determined) newer devices, although the audio will still be distributable to all devices. They could play the same kind of game for larger libraries, with suitable software architecture changes.
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Hi Joe, glad you're liking it.

1. Definitely an idea on the list, but not something we have a timeline or specific plans for right now. We'll let everyone know if or when there's more on this one.
2. It's coming soon, our current plan is by Christmas.
3. Absolutely, 100%, not planned. This is a privacy and security feature and there is no plan, and I can't imagine there ever being one, to turn it off. The LED is soldered to the microphone in such a way that if the microphone has power, the LED is on. It's not possible to turn the light off as long as the microphone has power. We did this so you know when you microphone is on and when it isn't.
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There's a good list of what can and can't be done with the Alexa on Sonos One here.

@Chickentender, voice training is only available on specific Echo devices right now. You can find the list of those devices here. It's not on the Sonos One right now.
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What do you mean by "change the different speaker groups"? Sorry, I'm new to the Sonos world


If you have multiple sonos speakers in different rooms, you can group them together in any combination so that they play the same music. It's always been possible to have different sonos speaker (or groups of speakers) playing different music simultaneously. This is all still possible within the Sonos app of course, but for instance I cannot say "Alexa, play rock music on Kitchen and Bedroom". You must pick a single room as far as my understanding/experience is thus far. I also cannot say "Alexa, remove Bedroom from current group" etc. or something like that.

Again - this all possible within the app still.
usI bought two Sonos Ones as bedroom speakers. I had been ing the Vanatoo Transparent one speakers with Isoacustics stands, an Apple TV attached by optical, and Echo dot, and all the associated power and others cables. I replaced all of this with two Sonos One's.
I use Roon, Tidal, Apple Music, and Pandora. I'm looking forward to Airplay 2 support more than anything.
I wasn't that thrilled with the sound at first but got it to an acceptable level with Trueplay and the EQ settings. Attached is a picture of all that I replaced.
"Sonos One is voice-ready in the US, UK, and Germany. It’s everything you’d expect from a Sonos speaker to start with, and future-ready for when Sonos and a voice service launch together in your region if you’re located somewhere else."

When Amazon has already launched Alexa in India, then why is your voice-ready not supporting it??? I bought 2 of them and now its just a speaker without the Alexa feature as your app says doesn't allow to add any !!!! :@:@
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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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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 😉.
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?
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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?
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.
Does the Sonos One have the same sonic qualities and performance as the play:1?
Definitely not pleased that the One cannot be paired with a play:1. I have paired speakers in most rooms in my house (play:1 or play:3) and would like to have a One but seems like Sonos is introducing a new constellation of speakers that won't be compatible with the 9 Sonos speakers I already own!
When will voice service be available in Canada??? Had 8 in the pre-order cart for xmas presents until I saw not available in Canada yet.You will have to ask Amazon that. I own sonos products not amazon products so I think Sonos should have the answer:?
jennygrossner, it will group and play well with all of your existing speakers. It will not stereo pair with any of them, however.
I have existing 1, 3, and 5 already in home. Will this new One work with them?

Yes, as will any Alexa enabled device. You could use the cheap little Dot to control them now. You just can't stereo pair the One with anything but another One.
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I have existing 1, 3, and 5 already in home. Will this new One work with them?
You'll be able to use the Sonos One to use Alexa and control what's playing in those rooms. You can also group it just like you can with any of the others.
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Why don't you activate and use the microphone in wi-fi connected phones (or tablets) for voice control of the Sonos system? Why are the microphones built into the speakers? My iPhone's microphone is used for Trueplay to calibrate (tune) my Play:One so surely it could also be used for voice control. Since our phones are always with us and can be spoken into directly, there should be no need for a "6 far-field microphone array with advanced beamforming". Keep it simple!
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So what does this mean for interaction with an existing Echo or Echo Dot. I recently purchased a PLAY:1 and was informed by Best Buy it had a 3.5 jack, it doesn't. But the sound quality was amazing and everything Sonos was saying was integration was coming, so I kept it. Does the Sonos One kill integration with existing echo devices?
You found your way to the wrong annoucement 🙂 Check out this one. You can use that Dot to control what's playing on your PLAY:1 today.

Does the sonos one suppprt all the alexa skills or is it just for music.
It'll support most Alexa skills, but the emphasis is music.
Does the sonos one support ESP ie if I have a mix of echo and sonos alexa devices will the nearest device always respond regardless of whether it’s echo or sonos, or can it only tell which is the nearest sonos device?

The speaker includes a six-mic array that forms a beam and focuses on the person speaking to help make sure Alexa understands everything clearly.
Yes.

Can I use the intercom/dropin capability of alexa devices on the sonos one, how will I know if there is a message?[/quote]
I don't believe this will be enabled to begin with, it might show up later.
Psyberian,

Sounds like you got hit by the "we'll tell you anything to get the sale" guy at Best Buy. It's happened enough to me that I now don't pay any attention to what they say, and do all my research before going there (and looking for an open box!).

But all your existing equipment will work, either with the purchase of a Sonos One, or the purchase of any of the multitude of Amazon Echo devices. There is no killing of any integration whatsoever.