When I reviewed the $US2,000 ($2,819) Devialet Phantom speaker two years ago, it blew my mind. The company just came out with a shrunken-down version for about half the price called the Phantom Reactor. It is also quite impressive, mainly because it’s so little and so loud. That doesn’t mean the Phantom Reactor the best-sounding wireless speaker money can buy, though. I don’t even think it’s my favourite.
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Sonos has been the leader in delivering great audio around the home for some time. And there probably aren't that many homes without at least some IKEA furniture. Now, the two market leaders are joining forces to bring the Symfonisk smart speaker range to us. The Symfonisk line of smart speakers will be fully compatible with Sonos’ existing products and Ikea’s Home Smart line of of power outlets, lights, and window shades.
A new filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revealed some details about a new Sonos product. The redacted documents show that a new model number S18 smart speaker will work as satellites for the company’s soundbars to create a surround sound system and will also include built-in microphones for far-field voice control. If what the FCC filing suggests is true, this could be an interesting move for Sonos. And honestly, it’s probably true.
Bad news for Sonos fans. That Google Assistant feature the company promised would be ready in 2018, well, Sonos is gonna have to break that promise. Google Assistant will not be available on the popular wireless speakers this year. Sonos users will have to wait until an undetermined date in 2019.
After its somewhat premature announcement of Airplay 2 support, Sonos is finally updating a few of its speakers to actually support Airplay 2. That means your iOS device can now bring the music management and multi-room audio feature to a few more of its smart speakers, including its newest Beam soundbar. With Airplay 2 on Sonos speakers, now you can tell Siri to turn the volume down instead of doing it with those clumsy fingers of yours.
People who own Sonos speakers love their Sonos speakers. I'm one of them. In the three to four years that I've been living in the Sonos ecosystem, however, one big complaint was that I couldn't use Sonos for my TV unless I barfed up $1000 for the Sonos Playbase or Playbar. Now, with the $600 Sonos Beam, I can run a 5.1 surround sound system in my living room, and holy crap I love it.
Giving your television an audio overhaul — while bringing Alexa, Google Assistant and AirPlay 2 into your lounge room — the new Sonos Beam soundbar crams a lot into a small package.
Sonos is primarily known as the gold standard in wireless multiroom audio, letting you listen to your favourite tunes in sync around your home. It's a great way to unleash your music library or streaming service, but in recent years Sonos has staked a claim in the lounge room with soundbars designed to compensate for the underwhelming speakers built into some super-thin televisions.
When it comes to smart speakers, the Sonos Beam is about as versatile as you can get. Of course, there is Sonos sound - but you've also got support for over 80 music services, Amazon Alexa - at launch - and even more assistants planned in the future.
Here's when and where you can get your hands on one - and how much it will set you back.
Our smart speakers continue to get smarter over time, and one of the features recently added to the kit made by Amazon and Google is support for multi-room audio -- in other words, the option to play the same tunes in multiple rooms at once. Here's how to set it up with a group of Amazon Echos, Google Homes, or Sonos smart speakers.
It seems like every new wireless speaker on the market comes with a voice assistant now. Since 2014, when Amazon announced the Echo, the idea of a smart speaker has taken the gadget world by storm. Apple has finally thrown its hat into the ring with the release of the HomePod, leaving us to wonder which smart speaker is the best smart speaker. So we tested them to find out.
This review is about the Sonos Play:5 but it's a little more than that. I've had various bits of Sonos kit running in my home for several years so it's also about the user experience that comes from being a long-term user of Sonos' kit. While Sonos gear is priced at the premium end of the market, the quality it delivers in terms of sound quality and usability means any new entrants (this means you Apple with your HomePod) needs to be very good.
Sonos has been making smart home multi-room speakers for a long time -- I first listened to a ZonePlayer S5 a full eight years ago. But it's 2017, and smart speakers can't just be controlled from an app on a phone any more. They need to listen to your voice, and that's exactly what the new Sonos One does, as well as controlling your life -- both through Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant.
At long last, Sonos is ready for small talk. The wireless speaker company -- whose gloss has dulled as Amazon, Google and soon Apple have released increasingly decent "smart" speakers over the last couple of years -- is finally releasing a speaker with built-in voice commands. It's called the Sonos One and it comes with Amazon's Alexa assistant built in. In 2018, Sonos says it will support Google's Assistant, too.
It's no secret Sonos is working on a smart speaker to rival products such as Amazon's Echo and Apple's HomePod. Last year, Sonos laid off a number of staff while simultaneously announcing a new shift in focus to help the company "remain innovative and successful". But jumping on the digital assistant bandwagon hasn't been easy, as the company's current integration with Amazon Alexa devices isn't exactly what you'd call straightforward.
Sonos's latest speaker is built not to go around your TV, nor in front of it. It's built to go underneath, and to blend in with your existing furniture more than any Sonos speaker before it. It's only built for a certain kind of TV, but that doesn't mean you're not going to want to try it out anyway.
There was a brief period of time -- think 2011 to 2015, where the pedestal-like soundbar was convenient for TV owners. TVs had gotten skinnier and sound had gotten crummier as a consequence. Functioning as both speaker and stand, the pedestal was an appealing soundbar-style ideal for TV owners who had no plans to mount a set on their wall, but didn't have space for a giant sound log resting precariously in front of their set. Sonos' new Playbase is one of the best pedestal-style sound bars you will be able to buy right now, but, uhh, it's also way late.