Tag Archive: Sonos


Sonos CEO responds to backlash, will continue to update legacy products

Let’s try this again.

What you need to know Sonos recently announced that it would be ending support for some of its older speakers in May 2020. Following a lot of backlash, Sonos reassures that legacy speakers won’t be bricked in any way. It’s also working on a way to split your system between old and current devices.

Sonos found itself in the middle of the spotlight this week, and not for the right reasons. The company  [Read More…]

Ready to ditch Sonos? There are the best alternatives

Now more than ever before, speakers are more than just a singular tool for listening to your favorite music. Modern speakers often have built-in ways to play songs from your preferred streaming service, talk to digital assistants, and connect to other speakers in your home for multi-room audio. Sonos has become one of the most popular brands in the current speaker world, offering a multi-room system that’s proven to be among the best out there. However, if you’re  [Read More…]

This $65 Vizio speaker is a wallet-friendly Sonos alternative

As much as we like Google Home, Nest Home Mini, and smart displays with speakers, they don’t exactly pump out the jams. And while we can pair other Bluetooth speakers to them for casting music and other audio, there are better solutions.

The Vizio SP30-E0 SmartCast Crave Go is an example of a quality wireless speaker with Google Cast capabilities — that doesn’t cost all that much. Priced just $ 65 right now, it’s features a modern design and  [Read More…]

Which of these smart speakers is a better value: Sonos One or Amazon Echo?

The best speaker for me is the one that best balances three key factors: sound, smarts, and price.

Amazon Echo (3rd Gen)

Basic but good

$ 80 at Amazon

Pros Improved sound architecture Half the price of a Sonos One Five colors including Product Red and Twilight Blue Cons No built-in display Not a huge leap forward from past generations

Even though the Amazon Echo (3rd Gen) isn’t the most technologically-advanced gadget out there,  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen) vs. Sonos Play:1 — Which should you buy?

I listen to a lot of music — and control a lot of connected devices — so I know the ropes when it comes to smart speakers.

Amazon Echo Plus

Alexa’s got skills

$ 150 at Amazon

Pros Powered by Alexa Built-in smart home hub Multiroom audio with other Echo devices Cons Same sound architecture as cheaper, newer Echo Sound doesn’t match Sonos quality

The Echo Plus is a great sounding speaker at the center  [Read More…]

Sonos offers 30% off new speakers with its new Trade Up program

Must trade in an eligible Sonos speaker.

What you need to know Sonos has a new Trade Up program which will give you 30% off for trading in an old Sonos speaker. Eligible products for trade-in include the Connect, Connect:Amp, ZP80, ZP90, ZP100, ZP120, and the first generation Play:5. After trading in your old Sonos device, it will enter a recycling mode after 21 days — scrubbing your personal information and allowing you to safely send it  [Read More…]

The Sonos Flex subscription plan lets you rent speakers

Only available in the Netherlands for now.

What you need to know The Sonos Flex subscription plan allows you to rent some of the most popular Sonos speakers. As part of the subscription, the speakers will be replaced with the latest models. It’s currently only available in the Netherlands as a pilot program.

Do you love high-quality audio but often find the price puts it out of your reach? If so, then a new trial program Sonos  [Read More…]

What’s the best-sounding Alexa smart speaker? Echo Studio or Sonos One?

Amazon Echo Studio

Alexa goes Hi-Fi

$ 200 at Amazon

Pros Multi-directional, immersive sound Supports multi-room audio Can be paired with another Echo Studio or Fire TV Supports multiple music services and Apple Airplay 2 Physical microphone mute switch Cons First gen product Most expensive Echo device

After years of making decent sounding smart speakers, Amazon has finally heeded the call for a high-end, Hi-Fi home for Alexa. The Echo Studio features five speakers for  [Read More…]

The Sonos One is still the best Sonos speaker you can buy

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a resurgence in home speakers thanks to the rise of Alexa and Google Assistant. The idea of having a “smart speaker” is a lot more appealing to folks than a traditional, dumb speaker, and this has created for a significant shift in the home audio market. Sonos has been creating killer speakers since 2002, and lately, has been adapting to the changing industry. The company’s product line is now better than  [Read More…]

Sonos Move review: A real pick-me-up

Sonos finally made a battery-powered speaker, and it’s fantastic.

The Sonos Move was reportedly created because the company kept getting feedback from its most ardent supporters that they wanted two things: a battery-powered Sonos that could be transported and easily moved; and a speaker more powerful and bass-heavy than the Sonos One.

The Move is precisely those two things, a Play:3 replacement that sounds better than the Sonos One but also a portable Bluetooth speaker that can  [Read More…]