Sonos reveals voice enabled smart speaker to support several digital assistants

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This function will come to Australian owners of the Sonos One when Amazon launch Alexa services here in Australia by means of a firmware update which will happen quietly in the background. Our office one has, for instance, been pumping out tunes of varying quality for years. Foremost of all improvements, the Sonos One comes with Amazon's Alexa built right in. Sonos One thus fits seamlessly into your home Sonos system and is created to unlock voice control for the entire Sonos home sound system. The product apparently has two D-Class digital amplifiers, one mid-woofer and one tweeter. Sonos said this will make the Sonos One the "first and only smart speaker to support multiple major voice services". It has a six-mic array and runs an adaptive noise suppression algorithm enabling to focus on spoken commands.

The Sonos One can be used as a standalone speaker, or wirelessly paired for stereo.

Users locked into the Apple ecosystem may not care about Alexa or Google Assistant support, but there were a couple Apple-related announcements made today.

Not helping Sonos was a move to sell direct with several installers who own retail shops choosing to recommend other systems over Sonos because of the direct sell move.

Also, current Sonos speaker owners will get Amazon Alexa through a software update, bringing support for this voice assistant to millions of existing owners across the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Germany.

Anything the Echo can do, Sonos One can do, including control your home automation products, play music from your favorite streaming service, order cat food, even play "Jeopardy".

"Today we present new beginning of how to experience Sonos in your home".

At launch, music fans in the US, UK, and Germany can ask Amazon Alexa to control Sonos One out of the box, with full voice support for Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and TuneIn.

The firm also announced this week that existing Songs speaker owners will also be receiving Amazon Alexa support. AirPlay 2 is coming to the Sonos platform, enabling you to play Netflix and YouTube audio to your Sonos speaker and control them via Siri.

Sonos' agnostic approach with web services doesn't stop at smart assistants.

The new Sonos One will be available from 24 October costing £199. And considering how great Sonos is with software updates, our hopes are high. This has always been a bit idiosyncratic (or "a dog's breakfast", if I'm being less diplomatic) but now promises to offer easier access to your music and less head-bangingly irritating control of multi-room.

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