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Sonos One smart speaker offers Alexa voice control onboardThe Sonos One is a $199 smart speaker with onboard microphones which will support a number of different voice assistants.
Sonos has announced its smart speaker, the Sonos One. A $199 device designed to work with multiple voice assistants using its on board microphones. The One will ship in late October, 2017 with Amazon Alexis support on board. And with Google Assistant due in 2018. Users can say, Alexa play song name and choose from Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, or Spotify as the default. From the outside the device looks identical to the PLAY:1, which will remain on sale, but Sonos says the speaker has been redesigned internally. Only the base and the power cable are the same. The top of the unit houses the microphones as well as a touch sensitive control panel. For controlling volume and playback. The mics use echo cancellation technologies to enable your voice to be heard even when the music's blaring. The speaker is available in a choice of white or black and like the original speaker, it can be used in stereo, either as a pair of front speakers or as surrounds with a play by or play base. Here at CNET, we believe the original play one is still the best budget wifi speaker. And if Sonas has done everything right the one could be ready to take over that title. [BLANK_AUDIO]