Published: Thu, October 05, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Sonos One Is Smart Speaker to Rule Them All

Sonos One Is Smart Speaker to Rule Them All

Announced today at an event in NY, the all-new Sonos One features all the usual audio expertise we've come to expect from Sonos but it now includes the ability to understand voice commands which allows it to play music simply by speaking to it.

Includes a six-mic array and an adaptive noise suppression algorithm to focus on the right person and ensure the voice service understands everything clearly.

Sonos has previously announced plans for Alexa control and integration, but today the company has gone one better. Essentially, whoever purchases an Amazon Echo speaker will get one year worth Amazon Prime membership, Amazon Prime Music membership for free.

E-retail giant Amazon on Wednesday launched its voice-controlled Echo smart speakers in India, making the country the fourth market worldwide to get the devices. The Sonos One will launch globally on October 24th with a $199 price tag, and it can already be pre-ordered from the Sonos website.

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Designed from the ground up to deliver surprisingly rich sound from a speaker of its size.

The Sonos One smart speaker is also compatible with over 80 music services including Spotify, Apple music, Pandora, Google Play Music and Tidal. Controls such as pausing music, skipping a song or changing the volume will be available via voice control. An Alexa-enabled device like an Echo or Dot is required, as is the Sonos skill. This means owners of iPads and other Apple devices no longer have to use the Sonos App to play music. Sonos says that the speaker also have a voice capture technology that cancels out echo so that the microphones will still be able to hear voice commands while playing music. For example, if you have people in the house who use different digital assistants Sonos can bring up whichever is called upon, once they're all implemented simply setup the Assistant of your choice in the app and you'll be able to call it up.

Google Assistant compatibility will come in 2018, enabling access to the virtual assistant's own features and smart-home control.

India is the fourth market after the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany where Amazon has officially made Alexa and its smart speakers available, the company said.

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