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The Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot tend to yo-yo in price anyway, but you can now get £25 off if you have a Sonos speaker.

Along with directions, the Speak also performs other Alexa functions like changing your tunes or setting reminders with simple voice commands. Instead of telling Alexa to add something to your To-Do list, you'll need to say the name of your new custom list.

While you can pair two Sonos Ones together for multiroom audio, it's not yet possible to pair a One and a Play:1 together in stereo. Furthermore, in the near future, Apple will also launch their own HomePod and Sonos's popularity may decrease even more. The Sonos One will actually be the first third-party speaker to offer Alexa control for Spotify. And if I split all the rooms apart again, I can stream different music to each room. As a result, Alexa is super responsive, even while music is playing. This may be the worst thing about the Sonos One-only partially supporting two of the biggest streaming service on the planet, but whether this matters to you depends on how invested you are in any single service. "When you're done, go back to the Sonos app". Alexa can easily search music by artist, title, or genre.

Sonos wouldn't like it, but you could call its new smart speaker an "Echo".

The Sonos One represents the next step for Alexa and voice control. Do you like Alexa?

The ability to support multiple voice platforms revealed a key advantage that Sonos has in the Amazon Echo and Google Home era: as a company that is not tethered to an internally developed voice control platform, Sonos can stay ahead of the competition by making its competitors' platforms available to Sonos owners. Pressing and releasing the "on" button beckoned a chime and I selected the room in which my Sonos One was to live (at least for now), the kitchen.

This product costs $200, being the double the cost of the new Echo speaker.

Right now voice control for choosing your music on Sonos One is limited to those services which are supported by Alexa, but all the rest of the controls, including asking Alexa which song is playing, work for anything playing on your Sonos. Sonos tells me this enabled them "to maximize the components in the speaker, and also made room for our partners to innovate on great ways to mount the" speaker. After tuning the speakers, the bass was much more pronounced, and the vocals weren't as bright, but warmer in tone. Whether I was listening to a soft- spoken radio host or a power ballad from a Broadway soundtrack, the sound was clear and rich.

From ABBA to Frank Zappa, anything I threw at the Sonos speakers came through spectacularly, given their size.

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