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Sonos Play One Black: Product Review

The Sonos One may not replace a proper audio speaker system setup, but what it has is better sound quality than most entry-level wireless have to offer. And that, we must say, is a pretty darn good reason to pick one up or upgrade from the Sonos Play One Black

And did we mention that you can hook up multiple Sonos One (Gen 2) speakers together and create a wireless surround system right in your living room? 

Here’s our review of the Sonos One (Gen 2). 

Sonos Gen 1 Vs. Sonos Gen 2: The Changes  

Before we dive down to our Sonos One (Gen 2) review, let’s do a quick rundown of what changed. There are only three critical differences between the two – increased memory, updated processor, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Everything else, such as the woofer, tweeter, remote controllability, AirPlay 2, and Alexa or Google Assistant compatibility, is the same. So, it’s safe that you won’t hear a night and day difference in terms of sound quality – even if you’re a hardcore audiophile.  

But why release the second generation of Sonos One if it’s almost identical to the first model, you ask? The answer is simple: it’s a part of Sonos’ initiative to future-proof their products. 

Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the Sonos One (Gen 2) now. 

The Sound Quality 

The Sonos One (Gen 2) is a compact wireless smart speaker. But you’ll be pleasantly surprised that you don’t have to give up audio quality to save some extra table space. 

As a matter of fact, its sound performance blows away the competition – Amazon Echo Studio who now? We’re not even kidding. It doesn’t have overbearing bass, ear-deafening sibilance to ruin your listening experience. 

What you get is a pleasurable balanced sound output that you could listen to for hours. But that doesn’t mean you’ll sacrifice detail and soundstage. Surprisingly enough, Sonos One (Gen 2) is precisely tuned to deliver a well-organised separation of each instrument yet has plenty of room to breathe. What it basically means is more immersive and engaging listening.

Seamless Control  

Just like other wireless speakers, Sonos One (Gen 2) offers wireless control. But rather than sticking to one, you have the option to use the Sonos app, Apple Airplay 2, and Spotify Connect. The Sonos Play One Black doesn’t have these features. 

If you have the Sonos One (Gen 2) near you (perhaps on your desk), you can use the capacitive touch controls on top of the speaker to skip, pause, and adjust the volumes. Of course, you can always ask Google Assistant or Alexa to do the control for you. 

Modern Design 

We can’t blame you if you’ve mistaken Gen 2 with Gen 1 or the Sonos Play One Black because the design of the Sonos One (Gen 2) is eerily similar. You’ll still get the coffee canister-like shape with a wrap-around grille and Ethernet port, and a power connector at the back. 

What makes the Sonos One (Gen 2) distinctively different from the Play One model is the flat top panel which now uses touch-sensitive controls rather than the clunky physical buttons. 

Conclusion 

Overall, Sonos One (Gen 2) offers the best value for money, significantly if you upgrade from the Sonos Play One Black. The faster quad-core processor, built-in assistant, capacitive touch control, and of course, the ability to connect and pair to other Sonos speakers are what makes the Sonos One (Gen 2) the best entry-level wireless smart speaker from Sonos.