Sound off about the Sonos One

Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2018 - 06:11 PM |
Tagged: audio, sonos one

If you are shopping around for a smart speaker and do not find the options offered by Apple, Google or others compelling the Sonos One might appear on your radar.  The Inquirer has some good news for you, as they have just wrapped up a review of the speaker, at $250CDN/$200USD.  The speaker currently supports Alexa, with plans for Google Voice to be added in the near future which may be worth waiting for as The Inq found some issue with the integration of the Amazonian product.  As long as you are not trying to fill an larger than normal space with the speaker the audio quality is top notch, for a wireless speaker, and unobtrusive design ensures it will fit in with your decor.

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"The compact cylindrical Sonos One is hardly the most strikingly designed smart speaker around. Available in black or light grey, it has a very matter-of-fact utilitarian look that's nowhere near as eye-catching as Apple's HomePod or indeed the Google Home Max, which has yet to hit UK shores."

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Source: The Inquirer

April 10, 2018 | 05:35 AM - Posted by Cwop (not verified)

Are there any such wireless speakers for playing music that are privacy-conscious?

April 10, 2018 | 06:25 AM - Posted by RealExascale (not verified)

Its too bad we drifted away from 24bit 192kHz DVD-A and SACD at the end of the century and ended up with MP3 playing spying machines everywhere...

April 10, 2018 | 08:53 AM - Posted by SonicSooth (not verified)

Just curious, what does 24-bit and >44.1 kHz get you when most home audio systems top out at around 105 dB and the human ear has a ceiling of 20 Hz and +20 Khz?

April 10, 2018 | 10:21 AM - Posted by RealExascale (not verified)

Smoother, more analog like sound reproduction, finer detail. Thats kinda like asking "what does a 4k Rec.2020 OLED give you vs a WLED backlit 1080p sRGB monitor. Some might not notice the difference, but it is there.

April 10, 2018 | 07:32 PM - Posted by Sven (not verified)

Had a flat response with little balls on the low end. The AI is better than Apple’s but far behind Google. I took it back and will wait for the Max.

April 11, 2018 | 01:56 PM - Posted by Jose E Martinez (not verified)

I just sold my 1st Gen play 5. Im not crazy about their Apple-like ecosystem. I will say that its a good product for what it is and you wont be disappointed if you know what you're getting into. I just went with a Chromecast audio because it does everything I need and I had no intention of going all in on Sonos which it feels like you have to in order to take advantage of their product.

April 12, 2018 | 10:56 AM - Posted by ZaprodsThirdFamilyJewel (not verified)

I do not like smart speakers wired to the Internet, to many intrinsic security issues for some side channel nefariousness and those speaker cones usage reversed to become micro/pickup like and snoop that way.

Speaking of any widers cnnected to the grid and running into a compute side channel vulnerabilities get a load of this article from the Reg Rag(1).

This does not bode well with those crappy Microprocessors that are very loosely based on the Modified Harvard CPU Micro-Arch! What with those poorly designed processors' propensity to be hacked to some nefarious ends because of all that Specture/Meltdown and other undiscovered vulnerabilities and pawning vectors!

(1)

"Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables
Malware tickles unused cores to put signals in current"

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/12/malware_exfiltrates_data_over_p...

April 12, 2018 | 11:03 AM - Posted by ZaprodsThirdFamilyJewel (not verified)

Edit: widers cnnected
to: wires connected

Damn the moring Joe is more Spirits of the Ethanol kind than actual Joe!

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