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The Sonos One Gen 2 smart speaker delivers an incredible sound that exceeds Sonos Generation 1 version of the Sonos One on every level, which allows you to listen to music the way it should be heard, with great bass and clarity. The Sonos One G2 is backed by a pair of Class-D amplifiers with custom-built drivers which have been fine-tuned to deliver the highest quality room-filling sound. The LED indicator light is illuminated so that you'll always know when the microphone is on or off, giving you extra comfort. Along with the touch controls to allow you to quickly tap in order to raise/lower the volume, and even skip tracks. Sonos will connect to the most popular streaming services available, including Apple Music, Spotify, , YouTube Music, Deezer, and Tidal, but is not limited to these, in total the Sonos One can connect to 66 streaming services. Use Alexa to power your home via voice. From asking Alexa to turn it up and changing songs all the way to other tasks not related to music, like asking for timers and alarms to be set. Read our independent product review here.
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I have an old Play:1 and Play:5. They still work as well as the day they were bought. They don't have airplay 2 or Alexa/Google Assistant integration but I don't expect them to. They got room tuning when that was released and they can be paired in stereo with older devices but not new ones. I've just added a new Sonos One Gen2 and now I can group old and new devices and together then air play 2 to the new device and it plays to them all, as well as other airplay 2 devices like a Samsung TV and Denon receiver.

If anything I'm more impressed that Sonos finally allows multiroom with non Sonos devices via ap 2.

If you want to trade in for a 30% discount, great. If not, keep using the old ones like I am, or flog it on eBay and you're likely to get enough for it to equal or even exceed the 30% from the trade in.

Win win
Pretty sure already posted. Same price at Richer Sounds and with a 6yr warranty from them
Robert_Dearnley04/01/2020 16:58

Bought one 2 week ago , honestly they are absolutely rubbish . Stick with …Bought one 2 week ago , honestly they are absolutely rubbish . Stick with Bose


Nonsense lol
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Pretty sure already posted. Same price at Richer Sounds and with a 6yr warranty from them
same price in Richer Sounds

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and yes 6yr guarantee with VIP membership
Edited by: "kobrakaan" 3rd Jan
Driver.803/01/2020 19:09

I thought they're recycled at the owners request?


Yes, and only after they've traded it in - their 10 year old speaker for a 30% discount off a new one. Some people will moan about anything.
Stitch12303/01/2020 19:22

This is what people dont like …This is what people dont like https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/01/02/sonos_deliberately_bricking_older_devices/


I blame the buyers that can't commit. In all seriousness though they fetch good money second hand, surely you'd only trade it in if battered.
pipehippy03/01/2020 19:28

I blame the buyers that can't commit. In all seriousness though they fetch …I blame the buyers that can't commit. In all seriousness though they fetch good money second hand, surely you'd only trade it in if battered.



Yeah personally I'm not particularly concerned about any of this.
Rolefitleader03/01/2020 19:30

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They haven’t though. That’s not what they’re saying. They may in the future. But they may not.
Heat added. Excellent price.
I have an old Play:1 and Play:5. They still work as well as the day they were bought. They don't have airplay 2 or Alexa/Google Assistant integration but I don't expect them to. They got room tuning when that was released and they can be paired in stereo with older devices but not new ones. I've just added a new Sonos One Gen2 and now I can group old and new devices and together then air play 2 to the new device and it plays to them all, as well as other airplay 2 devices like a Samsung TV and Denon receiver.

If anything I'm more impressed that Sonos finally allows multiroom with non Sonos devices via ap 2.

If you want to trade in for a 30% discount, great. If not, keep using the old ones like I am, or flog it on eBay and you're likely to get enough for it to equal or even exceed the 30% from the trade in.

Win win
What would be the cheapest place to get the black gen 1. Have one already, would be good to keep them matching if you can get one super cheap.
great price but the sound just wasnt what id expect from them so sent them back, i heard a slight hiss and bass was not as deep for that price, having said that my Sister and son also bought them and they disagree with me.
Heat for price.
Bought one 2 week ago , honestly they are absolutely rubbish . Stick with Bose
evan.hood03/01/2020 18:59

Pretty sure already posted. Same price at Richer Sounds and with a 6yr …Pretty sure already posted. Same price at Richer Sounds and with a 6yr warranty from them


Yep.. same..

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Bought 2 of these to replace the play 1s I moved into the living room following the great Curry's sub deal. Loving the 5.1!
Robert_Dearnley04/01/2020 16:58

Bought one 2 week ago , honestly they are absolutely rubbish . Stick with …Bought one 2 week ago , honestly they are absolutely rubbish . Stick with Bose


Nonsense lol
Or just buy the SYMFONISK from IKEA. Same internals as the Sonos 1 but ~30% cheaper.
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aj_mckay04/01/2020 18:30

Or just buy the SYMFONISK from IKEA. Same internals as the Sonos 1 but …Or just buy the SYMFONISK from IKEA. Same internals as the Sonos 1 but ~30% cheaper. [Image]


It doesn't sound the same and it doesn't have alexa built in
Just taken mine back as the assistant side was shocking.
Robert_Dearnley04/01/2020 16:58

Bought one 2 week ago , honestly they are absolutely rubbish . Stick with …Bought one 2 week ago , honestly they are absolutely rubbish . Stick with Bose


They may be rubbish but Bose are def. rubbish, especially Sound Touch 20 III series.
AstalaVista04/01/2020 19:28

They may be rubbish but Bose are def. rubbish, especially Sound Touch 20 …They may be rubbish but Bose are def. rubbish, especially Sound Touch 20 III series.


Yeah for the price of a couple of these you could get some quality speakers.

Is it really 'smart' to sacrifice audio for the ability to talk to your speakers? Especially given that other devices in the chain are smart ie: phone, hub, screen etc and can be told what to put on through a decent hifi if talking to your system is your thing.

God knows why people are paying a premium to chat to their speakers these days

When all your system components can be talked to individually that surely creates smart 'redundancy'
evan.hood03/01/2020 23:16

I have an old Play:1 and Play:5. They still work as well as the day they …I have an old Play:1 and Play:5. They still work as well as the day they were bought. They don't have airplay 2 or Alexa/Google Assistant integration but I don't expect them to. They got room tuning when that was released and they can be paired in stereo with older devices but not new ones. I've just added a new Sonos One Gen2 and now I can group old and new devices and together then air play 2 to the new device and it plays to them all, as well as other airplay 2 devices like a Samsung TV and Denon receiver. If anything I'm more impressed that Sonos finally allows multiroom with non Sonos devices via ap 2. If you want to trade in for a 30% discount, great. If not, keep using the old ones like I am, or flog it on eBay and you're likely to get enough for it to equal or even exceed the 30% from the trade in.Win win


You may be aware already, but did you know that you can integrate any Sonos speaker with Alexa or Google Assistant using another device? I use Google Home Minis in my house and the Sonos integration for Google Assistant works great.

Regarding multiroom with non-Sonos devices, I was also surprised by that. As someone who has invested in Sonos speakers throughout the house, I want Sonos to keep making money so they can continue to support devices for a long time, which so far they do. I thought the best way for that would be for their system to remain closed off, but I just hope they know what they are doing!

It's the fact they support devices for so long that has made a bit of a problem for themselves and probably why they needed the recycle scheme.
muppetrider04/01/2020 19:59

Yeah for the price of a couple of these you could get some quality …Yeah for the price of a couple of these you could get some quality speakers. Is it really 'smart' to sacrifice audio for the ability to talk to your speakers? Especially given that other devices in the chain are smart ie: phone, hub, screen etc and can be told what to put on through a decent hifi if talking to your system is your thing. God knows why people are paying a premium to chat to their speakers these days When all your system components can be talked to individually that surely creates smart 'redundancy'


Why are you assuming people but them just for the voice assistant? I have loads of Play:1s in my house, which don't have voice assistants built in. Instead I use Google Home Minis for that.

But I've been very happy with them. What other device can I use that is very compact when mounted on my walls but still with decent sound, multiroom, and support for dozens of streaming services without a direct connection (i.e. no Bluetooth or receiver)? Plus good long term support and I can move them around the house and regroup them without any rewiring costs.
Out of curiosity ....can these be added to a current Sonos system ??
paulito04/01/2020 21:31

Out of curiosity ....can these be added to a current Sonos system ??


Sorry ....meant to quote the ikea/Sonos post
I’m running out of rooms to put these in!

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Baffles me , people buying 3-4 speakers and a sound bar . Just buy an amp some good speakers for same money and have 50 times better sound ? Confused
Robert_Dearnley05/01/2020 07:47

Baffles me , people buying 3-4 speakers and a sound bar . Just buy an amp …Baffles me , people buying 3-4 speakers and a sound bar . Just buy an amp some good speakers for same money and have 50 times better sound ? Confused


My recently purchased Sonos Beam soundbar knocks spots off any amplifier/speaker combo I could buy for £319. Were it not the month after Christmas, I’d be all over this deal to equip the rest of the house!
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great price but the sound just wasnt what id expect from them so sent them …great price but the sound just wasnt what id expect from them so sent them back, i heard a slight hiss and bass was not as deep for that price, having said that my Sister and son also bought them and they disagree with me.Heat for price.


Found bass is much better in stereo pair and dependant where placed
How does this compare to Devialet?
edanfalls04/01/2020 20:26

Why are you assuming people but them just for the voice assistant? I have …Why are you assuming people but them just for the voice assistant? I have loads of Play:1s in my house, which don't have voice assistants built in. Instead I use Google Home Minis for that.But I've been very happy with them. What other device can I use that is very compact when mounted on my walls but still with decent sound, multiroom, and support for dozens of streaming services without a direct connection (i.e. no Bluetooth or receiver)? Plus good long term support and I can move them around the house and regroup them without any rewiring costs.


I assume many people buy for the so called "smart" tech simply because they strongly market them as "smart" speakers and drilling in the message you can talk to them (which is the main drive of so called smart tech)

Without the "smart" gimmick a couple of these are actually worse sonically than a £300 pair of speakers so I can see why the marketing dept hammers the fact that you can talk to them.

Many people forget that they can talk to their phone, hub or TV and use a hi-fi for superior sound, instead of spending £300 / £750 for 2 / 5 of these.

Don't worry I wasn't saying you made a poor choice I just made a comment agreeing with another user adding detail to why people are happier with lower quality sound for the buck:. Because they buy into the marketed concept that every device has to be 'smart' before you can use voice operation. Many people can actually operate higher quality for the money non 'smart' speakers via smart tech that's already in most people's homes.

Ymmv obviously, I wasn't referring to everybody in the world, I was making a comment on marketing trends and the marketing driven 'smart' fad in general.

I personally agree with smart tech and centralised control but making every device smart often adds redundancy of technology and inefficiency of value / audio quality.

Naturally there will be valid use cases for any given technology, which is a given.
Robert_Dearnley05/01/2020 07:47

Baffles me , people buying 3-4 speakers and a sound bar . Just buy an amp …Baffles me , people buying 3-4 speakers and a sound bar . Just buy an amp some good speakers for same money and have 50 times better sound ? Confused


50 times better sound
muppetrider05/01/2020 11:02

I assume many people buy for the so called "smart" tech simply because …I assume many people buy for the so called "smart" tech simply because they strongly market them as "smart" speakers and drilling in the message you can talk to them (which is the main drive of so called smart tech)Without the "smart" gimmick a couple of these are actually worse sonically than a £300 pair of speakers so I can see why the marketing dept hammers the fact that you can talk to them.Many people forget that they can talk to their phone, hub or TV and use a hi-fi for superior sound, instead of spending £300 / £750 for 2 / 5 of these.Don't worry I wasn't saying you made a poor choice I just made a comment agreeing with another user adding detail to why people are happier with lower quality sound for the buck:. Because they buy into the marketed concept that every device has to be 'smart' before you can use voice operation. Many people can actually operate higher quality for the money non 'smart' speakers via smart tech that's already in most people's homes.Ymmv obviously, I wasn't referring to everybody in the world, I was making a comment on marketing trends and the marketing driven 'smart' fad in general. I personally agree with smart tech and centralised control but making every device smart often adds redundancy of technology and inefficiency of value / audio quality.Naturally there will be valid use cases for any given technology, which is a given.


Some of what you are saying I completely agree with. The marketing focus on "smart" devices is a bit over the top, but it's just that - marketing. It doesn't diminish the quality of the product.

Personally, I think it's much better to separate components out - that's why I prefer to use separate Google Mini speakers for the voice assistant. That way the microphone doesn't have to be in the same place as your speakers (often depending on room layout it's not ideal to be together), and you reduce your dependence. Sonos is quite good in that they support multiple voice assistants, but who knows, that could stop at some point. I can easily move over to Siri, Cortana if I want by changing my Minis.

So I think we agree there. And I also that most "smart" devices aren't really smart by definition. But we're in the first wave of these technologies. For me, a smart home will involve placing sensors all around your house, and a central component which connects them all together, and minimal setup which then uses AI & deep learning to "smartly" adapt to your lifestyle. At the moment, the best you can do is use something like SmartThings or Home Assistant to connect all your devices, but this involves setting up complicated rules based on your requirements, instead of learning from your behaviour. So it's not really "smart".

However, I do think you overstate the reasons for people buying these speakers, and understate their capabilities. Sonos were selling the Play:1 speaker for many years before releasing the One, and it was very popular, despite not having a voice assistant. Even ignoring the "smart" capabilities, I can't think of any other speaker that would work for my requirements - and I don't think I'm unusual in wanting compact, wall mountable, wireless speakers that I can pair together and sound decent. Can you think of something that would offer this? I wasn't trying to defend my purchase but genuinely interested, as I'm always trying to keep up with what is available.

And they do sound pretty decent in a pair. And yes, something basic like a Pioneer A10 amp and a pair of Dali Zensor 1s would sound better for about £300. But that is missing so much of the functionality that these offer. Even without the voice assistant builtin, you can link the Sonos service to many other services. It's pretty cool going into my living room, saying to my phone "Hey Google, start party mode", and the lights start flashing disco colours, the Sonos speakers play the most popular dance songs of the last week, and the TV goes onto a video playlist!
KCooperman05/01/2020 11:25

50 times better sound


These speakers are so well marketed , people buy them , like me without thinking . I’ve got a speaker I bought from b and m bargains for £7 , the Sonos is better than the £7 one but only just . IMO Sonos price should be 29.99
Mr.Punch05/01/2020 08:46

My recently purchased Sonos Beam soundbar knocks spots off any …My recently purchased Sonos Beam soundbar knocks spots off any amplifier/speaker combo I could buy for £319. Were it not the month after Christmas, I’d be all over this deal to equip the rest of the house!


Don’t think so mate , you obviously don’t know sound quality
Robert_Dearnley05/01/2020 14:46

Don’t think so mate , you obviously don’t know sound quality


Wow. I’ll trust my ears before your snark, kid.
Robert_Dearnley05/01/2020 14:19

These speakers are so well marketed , people buy them , like me without …These speakers are so well marketed , people buy them , like me without thinking . I’ve got a speaker I bought from b and m bargains for £7 , the Sonos is better than the £7 one but only just . IMO Sonos price should be 29.99


May I suggest a new set of cotton buds?
Robert_Dearnley05/01/2020 14:19

These speakers are so well marketed , people buy them , like me without …These speakers are so well marketed , people buy them , like me without thinking . I’ve got a speaker I bought from b and m bargains for £7 , the Sonos is better than the £7 one but only just . IMO Sonos price should be 29.99


Sure you did.
Mr.Punch05/01/2020 15:10

May I suggest a new set of cotton buds?


You can’t educate pork
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