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Sonos One Gen 2 Review

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The Sonos One Gen 2 was hailed for its voice assistant support and ease of use. Experts liked its user-intuitive Sonos S2 app and also praised its sound quality. However, they lamented its lack of Bluetooth connectivity. They also complained that sound got distorted at high volume and felt this would not be great for movies or video watching.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

Announced in early 2019, the Sonos One Gen 2 is a high-end smart speaker that is available in either black or white and meant for indoor use. The wired speaker comes with voice assistant support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, making it one of the best speakers to opt for users who are keen on a smart home experience. Its voice assistant functionality depends on its WiFi connectivity, so users would have to connect their smartphones to a shared WiFi network for either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to work. The speaker can also be managed through the Sonos S2 app, which works on Android and iOS. The lack of Bluetooth connectivity on the Sonos One Gen 2 makes it miss out on our list of the highest-rated Bluetooth speakers, so buyers who would prefer a speaker with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity would be better off checking out the Sonos Move.

Consensus

our Verdict

Product testers lauded the Sonos One Gen 2 for its support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and its easy-to-use controls. Product testers from Rtings were pleased with how user-friendly its Sonos S2 app was, and during their tests, they were able to adjust the bass and treble of their music. The app also allows users to connect the speaker to other Sonos speakers. Testers from Sound Guys were impressed with how it handled voice commands and also commended its sound quality since the bass response produced did not overwhelm the vocals or instrumentals.

Testers were not impressed with the speaker’s lack of Bluetooth connectivity. If this is a priority for you, then a Bluetooth-enabled speaker like the Klipsch The Three II would be worth a look. We’ve delved into it in our Klipsch The Three II review.

Reason to Buy

  • Works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Short AirPlay latency
  • Intuitive companion app
  • Easy to use

Reason to Avoid

  • No speakerphone functionality
  • No Bluetooth connectivity
  • Sound distorts at high volume

Sonos One Gen 2 Specs

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Announced in early 2019, the Sonos One Gen 2 is a high-end smart speaker that is available in either black or white and meant for…

Announced in early 2019, the Sonos One Gen 2 is a high-end smart speaker that is available in either black or white and meant for indoor use. The wired speaker comes with voice assistant support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, making it one of the best speakers to opt for users who are keen on a smart home experience. Its voice assistant functionality depends on its WiFi connectivity, so users would have to connect their smartphones to a shared WiFi network for either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to work. The speaker can also be managed through the Sonos S2 app, which works on Android and iOS. The lack of Bluetooth connectivity on the Sonos One Gen 2 makes it miss out on our list of the highest-rated Bluetooth speakers, so buyers who would prefer a speaker with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity would be better off checking out the Sonos Move.

Buyers might have a hard time differentiating between the Sonos One Gen 2 and the Sonos One SL since they look quite similar. However, the…

Buyers might have a hard time differentiating between the Sonos One Gen 2 and the Sonos One SL since they look quite similar. However, the One Gen 2 has a microphone while the One SL does not, and the One Gen 2 has voice assistant support while the One SL does not. The One Gen 2 also has a lower AirPlay latency compared to the One SL. Check out our Sonos One SL review to see what else it has to offer.

The Sonos One Gen 2 is a wired speaker, while the Sonos Move is battery-powered. Still, the Sonos Move offers Bluetooth connectivity while the One…

The Sonos One Gen 2 is a wired speaker, while the Sonos Move is battery-powered. Still, the Sonos Move offers Bluetooth connectivity while the One Gen 2 does not, and it is also dust and waterproof while the Sonos One Gen 2 is not. Lastly, the Sonos Move supports multi-device connectivity, while the One Gen 2 does not. We’ve also covered the Sonos Move in our Sonos Move review.

The Sonos One Gen 2 is lighter than the Amazon Echo Studio, but the Echo Studio has support for both Bluetooth and speakerphone functionality that…

The Sonos One Gen 2 is lighter than the Amazon Echo Studio, but the Echo Studio has support for both Bluetooth and speakerphone functionality that the One Gen 2 does not. However, the Echo Studio is capable of a stereo output while the One Gen 2 is not.

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    62
    The Sonos One is alright for music. Like other premium speakers on the market, you… read more

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The second-generation Sonos One is a versatile wireless speaker with excellent sound quality, support for… read more

    By:

    Will Greenwald
  • Sound Guys
    55.87

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The Sonos One (Gen 2) is a smart speaker, and a pretty good one at… read more

    By:

    Sara Carbone
  • ZDNet
    44.32

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” read more

    By:

    Matthew Miller

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