Smart, voice-controlled speakers are finding their way into more and more homes. Google Home and Amazon Echo are helpful for providing answers to basic questions and integrating with the growing number of smart home products, including cameras, light bulbs, and thermostats.
And while these smart speakers are able to play music, it’s really been more of a secondary feature. However, that’s not the case in the Sonos One — the company’s first voice-enabled speaker. And while it will pair with Amazon Alexa as it becomes available later this month, it’s strength is sound quality and the integration it will offer with popular music streaming services.
Sonos sees voice as a way to cue up the music customers want in an easier way, giving audiophiles the ability to dig through content quickly to play what they want, when they want it. It will also play nice with other smart home products, such as playing a certain song when somebody rings the doorbell via SmartThings home automation. Additional integrations will continue, with Google Assistant and Apple Airplay 2 support already slated to arrive in 2018.
If you’ve been eyeing a Play:1 speaker, but like the convenience of voice-control, you’ll definitely want to check out the new Sonos One ($199) when it goes on sale on Oct. 24. You can pre-order the device on the Sonos website now.