So the title says it all really. I've decided that I'd like to start my journey into having a wireless speaker setup around the house.
We are an Apple household, with iPhones, iPads and two Apple TV's (4th Gen and 4K) and use Apple Music as our streaming service. We also have Amazon Prime and have used an Echo Dot previously.
Our only speakers are the ones in our phones, a Samsung soundbar and
Now given that we are so Apple heavy, when looking at the various options and discussing it with the boss (AKA Wife), we came to the conclusion that the Sonos speakers seemed to be the most family friendly and unrestricted, as opposed to say getting a HomePod which is Apple only, that when we have people round they can download the Sonos app from their respective app store if need be and then load tunes up with minimal fuss.
But would the community here say it's worth jumping in now or waiting until the dust clears...?
I personally can't see any reason not to wait, but I've obviously got to do my due diligence before making the purchase and I've seen quite a lot of discussion over the past week since the Sonos One was announced that people aren't so happy about the speaker not being compatible with previous devices, the app changing radically, and Alexa not playing ball since everyone was able to enter the beta...
Are there any members of the community excited about the One being released?
I'd be delighted if I could get some input from you all.
Thanks, and look forward to being part of the community.
Best answer by jgatie
Since you are Apple users, you may want to wait until the Sonos One comes out. It is guaranteed to support Airplay 2 when sit comes next year. Also, word is the Playbase and Play:5 (2nd gen) have the required hardware for Airplay 2.
As to the discussions, there is a lot of misplaced furor. The Sonos One will be fully compatible with all other Sonos products. You just cannot bond it as a stereo pair or surrounds with anything but itself. This is exactly the same as the Play:1, Play:3, and Play:5, like only pairs/bonds with like. The furor arose from the fact the Sonos One looks similar to the Play:1 and has the same functional specs , i.e. a woofer and tweeter meant for mono sound (though 95% of the hardware is different between the two). So people expected the One to pair with their existing Play:1s, which is not the case. But you starting out won't have this problem, if you want stereo/surround pairs, just buy two of the same model.
The app is subjective and if history is any indication, the furor seen is more due to unfamiliarity and a muscle memory fondness for the former app than anything inherently wrong (But don't try to tell the detractors that ). Seeing as how you will have never experienced anything else, you really won't know the difference.
The Alexa skill is still in beta, so who knows what will come from that. Sonos/Amazon seem to be keen on development at a higher pace than Sonos is known for, so there is that benefit.
None of the above should deter you from buying Sonos. It truly is a marvel, and still continues to improve 10+ years after launch, while still supporting the 10 year old players it started with. Not many internet appliances can say that.