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That Australian article is rather odd. It seems to say the Sonos are suffering due to not having a HiRes audio option. Is that really a thing? HiRes is the 3D of the Audio world, lots o blurb but very little reason to use it and limited content.

My concern is that Sonos is gradually eroding its existing users. Removal of hardware controllers and de-scoping of desktop clients seems a big step backwards, and for very little apparent reason. I think we are all awaiting bad news on the CR200 next. The reliance on Mobiles, apple especially, is disconcerting. Yes i use Alexa, but it is by no means my primary device nor would Google be.

One of the USPs for Sonos is that you could use almost any device as a controller, and a dedicated controller was also an option. No longer the case sadly.
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https://blog.sonos.com/en/google-assistant-update/
Well, now, plainly, they false advertised their product at launch as they definitively said 2018. Can we get a partial refund for the lie ?


You could sell your speaker on ebay for a better deal than any partial refund you would get. I'm not really sure why you would want to get rid of your Sonos though, since it's a critical system in your home. And it's not really false advertising unless the business knew at the time of advertisement that they would not be able to provide the feature at the time promised. I think Sonos would be able to show they had every intention of meeting the date.

That Australian article is rather odd. It seems to say the Sonos are suffering due to not having a HiRes audio option. Is that really a thing? HiRes is the 3D of the Audio world, lots o blurb but very little reason to use it and limited content.


The HiRes option the author is referring to is audio quality beyond what the human ear can recognize, although some claim they can. Maybe more importantly, that particular author is practically the poster boy for fake news. In that I mean that he has a personal vendetta against Sonos and is more interested in damaging the brand than accurate informing his readers. So take what he says with a grain of salt.
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I was one of the 'waiters'. Between the mighty Google and Amazon, you chose Alexa Integration??? Seriously - what were you thinking ?

At the time the decision was made, Amazon had a huge advantage in market share. As it stands right now, I think it's about 75/25 in favor of Amazon, though Google sales have been doing better than Amazon. I can't say that it was a bad decision., even with hindsight being 20/20.


I looked at Onkyo G3 (Google Assistant) as sound quality is important but thought - no I'll wait for the Sonos Google integration... for a year... Guess what I just bought? Google Max. No doubt this will be a familiar story.


I don't think there is any arguement there. I have no doubt that Sonos understands that missing the Christmas shopping season will have a significant impact. No one is immune to that. I'm sure Apple still regrets having missed last year on the release of the Homepod.


Google just produced a speaker that gives the SONOS 5 a run for its money and believe me, I'm fussy on sound quality. Just buy the Google Max - you won't be disappointed, and it works with Google Assistant, like a charm!
I'd have gone down the SONOS route but I'm sick of waiting.


Sound quality is subjective. I haven't seen anything formally saying the Max is as good or better than the Play:5, but that really doesn't matter if the Max meets your needs. Perosonally I like Sonos as I prefer the wider range of speakers choices, the flexibility of using Amazon or Google (eventually), airplay, integration with home theatre, and the wide variety of music sources. But everyone has different priorities. Glad you found what works for you.
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Glad you found what works for you.
I though I would be waiting about six months, and now Sonos keeps saying later. They were not honest as I see it.
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[the undeniable truth is that they have either mislead, or promised functionality out of their capabilities to deliver in the time frame they themselves stated
I agree they should be more sorry than they seem about their obvious mistake. Or perhaps they really just wanted to mislead us, customers.
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https://blog.sonos.com/en/google-assistant-update/
Well, now, plainly, they false advertised their product at launch as they definitively said 2018. Can we get a partial refund for the lie ?

Well hear we go guys for anyone that anyone that hasn't seen it yet, the news we didnt want but were expecting!

https://blog.sonos.com/en/google-assistant-update/

How do I go about getting a refund Sonos?


Totally agree ?
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This I can kind of agree with. I wouldn't use that language, but when a company does not deliver a feature when they said they would, a customer can't assume they will deliver the next feature on time either. This is one of the reasons why Sonos rarely gives out release dates for features or products until most of the risk has bee eliminated.,,, much to the frustration of a lot of customers.

Personally, regardless of company track record, I wouldn't buy any product for the features it's going to have instead of the features it has now. Why not just wait until it is the product you want?


I think it comes down to how the advertising for the feature to come is done. In this case, I specifically remember Sonos advertising this Google assistant alongside Alexa feature as a big selling point, which would be coming in 2018 (which was close, at the end of 2017).
As for choosing, when I wanted to buy a speaker I had to choose between smart speakers ? I couldn't just wait without music till Sonos decided to give us GA !
I chose the Sonos One instead of other Alexa or Google assistant enabled devices because I wanted to be able to check out both, see which one is better and then use the best one. And if the best one would be to change with functionalities added later (like what Google is doing with it's assistant), to be able to change from time to time !
Also, I use Google play music for my family, which is great, but not on Alexa ?

So I just think because of the way they sold it to us, and the way they don't seem apologetic and don't even advertise it (GA coming soon) anymore like before, makes it like they sold us something that's not of importance to them. And therefore kinda ripped us off.
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That news is 14days old!!
Here's some of my better conspiracy theories:-
Maybe it is google dragging their feet, costing sonos sale over black Friday & xmas.
Maybe they didn't like the threat of a denon like court case and are playing a long game.
Maybe sonos made the wrong staff redundant and are short of good engineers.

Please add your own:-

Haha, I'm in favor of Google not really being into the "shared space with Alexa"
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Please add your own:-


Please don't! :8
You think it might get us blacklisted for the beta ? ??
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Where as this poster has "allegedly" done something with someone's sister.....;)
At least the tin hat stuff has died a death.
We need more humour in here 😳.........hopefully having a laugh wouldn't get you blacklisted....do you think a blacklist exists?..maybe I am on it as I keep applying, do every survey......... but nothing....
In case you did not see this yet: https://blog.sonos.com/en/google-assistant-update/ - they are getting ready 😉
Google integration should've been done.

Even WAPO gives it to Sonos on this point......

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/11/21/i-live-with-alexa-google-assistant-siri-heres-which-you-should-pick/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c8d5580d02ca
All of these comments aside, and the frustration of not having Google home integration available, you can't take away from the fact that the products are excellent, and the service and support of Sonos, the company, outstanding. Okay, everything isn't available... now. But it will be. I have had Sonos for close to 10 years and have it installed in three different locations. I'm not about to let a small setback like Google home integration diminish my enjoyment of excellent products. I'm just using Alexa for my two Sonos Ones until Google becomes available. And I wouldn't describe myself as patient!

Glad to hear your shares in Sonos are still providing great dividends! However for the average Joe Smoe like me who invested in a promise from Sonos that they have not produced, (and please no-one quote any end of 2018 at me, as it is an ongoing stalling tactic, that much now seems obvious and frankly I was hoping to buy more compatible Google devices in Black Friday sales to compliment my 4 Sonos One's.) it is nothing short of immoral and frankly approaching mis-selling and false advertising of the first degree. If a tech company sells tech on the basis of it having a specific feature, in a specific time frame and they don't produce the goods then frankly that is at the least a huge breach of trust. Analogies about Turkeys or speculation on what time of year they alluded or didn't allude to aside, the undeniable truth is that they have either mislead, or promised functionality out of their capabilities to deliver in the time frame they themselves stated, and in doing so have taken advantage of both loyal and new customers with unfulfilled promises, Sonos should be hanging their heads in shame!!!


No need for the cheap shot about shares in Sonos. I realise that you are frustrated. Best wishes, Gary
there is a workaround with Google home. Download the Yonomi app (also a home controller but it works with Sonos) and set up a routine (e.g. "play Sonos"). Add Yonomi as a device in the 'home control' . Ask Google Home to activate ("Yonomi routine name"). Bit of a faff but it works!
So after reading the blog post, it looks like google assistant in time the the holiday season has turned to early 2019...bah.
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WHERE IS THIS INTEGRATION?
Seriously your CEO hinted at it back in August! Where is it? I don't want to use Alexa. THE USP of Sonos is that it works with many platforms. I don't want to be tied in with Alexa, I want to be able to choose my virtual assistant.
Well I signed up for the beta...but well'll see if I get accept into it. To be honest, I have plenty of echo dots that work flawlessly with Sonos. They also have superior microphones and saying "Alexa" is much more natural to me than "hey Google." Still, I'd like my new Google Hub to work with Sonos since music and lighting control are the only things I use these assistants for.
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Have a look at this, google home working with sonos via IFTTT. Something to try for free:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20lFWrBi6Qc
I too find the time taken to get the integration with GA really annoying. As a short term work around I am using IFTTT to play a playlist, start, stop and control volume. I'd still like the ability for it to play in several rooms though.
I too find the time taken to get the integration with GA really annoying. As a short term work around I am using IFTTT to play a playlist, start, stop and control volume. I'd still like the ability for it to play in several rooms though.. Total agree! Where can we sign up for beta? I have 10 sonos speakers and love google assistant.
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Total agree! Where can we sign up for beta? I have 10 sonos speakers and love google assistant.

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4667021/Google-Assistant-Recruitment
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I've given in for now & swapped 2 of my Sonos 1s for these
https://www.hughes.co.uk/product/audio/hifi-and-speakers/multiroom-audio/onkyo/vcgx30w

They sound superb & seamless Google Assistant built in. Bargain at the moment


All they need is a better looking design. I do like the Airplay feature.
How did you find this? I don't recall seeing any marketing hype around this product at all.
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I've given in for now & swapped 2 of my Sonos 1s for these
https://www.hughes.co.uk/product/audio/hifi-and-speakers/multiroom-audio/onkyo/vcgx30w

They sound superb & seamless Google Assistant built in. Bargain at the moment


All they need is a better looking design. I do like the Airplay feature.
How did you find this? I don't recall seeing any marketing hype around this product at all.


Yea, those things are quite hideous indeed. I hate that silly bulge.

I'll keep waiting on Sonos. For now, I've got one of my more used Play 5's hooked to a few Harmony activities. From there I've set a Routine in Google Assistant to allow me a kick-off certain playlists/stations with a few common language phrases like "Hey Google, play some Jazz music" or "Hey Google, play No Shoes Radio"

Works well enough for now but the Sonos integration is where I'm hoping things really open up the possibilities for us all.
I too am waiting for Google integration and am disappointed that they aren't even giving a better target than "2019". How about let's narrow that down to a quarter (IE: Q1 2019).

Expectations are high as they should be. Sonos is not cheap. It sounds like they need a good project manager in house :D:D
I keep waiting for google integration as well and keep buying more Sonos speakers. Google integration was a big selling point to me at one time. I even purchased a Google home mini which is currently sitting in a drawer in my bedroom. At this point I don’t know if I care anymore.

Whoever is the cause for the delay is Amazon gain.

I now have Sonos speakers throughout my home and amazon dots in just about every room. All my TVs now have Fire sticks. Combine everything with Lutron switches and I’m happy. As a consumer I’m going to choice what works for me. Sonos was able to keep me as a customer because the product delivers from a music standpoint. Frankly I’m not terribly happy with the Alexa intergration which is why I have multiple dots and no Sonos Ones.

The dots are so cheap it was a no brained and it works wonderfully. Between Alexa and Wink I rarely touch a switch of any kind

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