Undoubtedly you”re aware that all Sonos speaker models deliver amazingly dynamic sound; One is no exception.
Unlike most Sonos speakers, One is a smart speaker that integrates virtual assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. (Sonos Move and Play:5 also support virtual assistants.)
If you need greater bandwidth and use Apple”s AirPlay 2, choose Gen 2. Otherwise, Gen 1is fine. Regarding the speaker itself, both models have identical audio quality.
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Both Gen 1 and Gen 2 are the same speakers. The differences between the two?
The latter has greater memory and a faster processor. Also, Gen 2 comes with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to facilitate the initial setup of the speaker, allowing a quick and convenient (and temporary) interface between Gen 2 and the provisioning mobile device.
Sonos discontinued Gen 1 upon the release of Gen 2 in March 2019 but both models are supported.
If you need greater bandwidth and use Apple”s AirPlay 2, chooseGen 2. Otherwise,Gen 1 is fine. Regarding the speaker itself, both models have identical audio quality.
Sonos Oneis the company”s “entry-level” speaker. But unless you”re an audiophile, you”ll likely not discern any sonic differences betweenOneandSonos” premium models, likeFive.
One delivers rich, full bass from a dedicated mid-woofer with a clear definition from mid-range sounds. It also has a tweeter and six far-field mics, all powered by two Class-D amplifiers.
Assuming average wall insluation, sound proofing, room acoustics and either corner or wall placement for the speakers…
Here are their best uses:
In my opinion, Sonos One blends in well with most concepts.
Specifically, One pumps out 65 dB, which according to diysmarthings.com is the equivalent of 90 kW. For those unaware, 65 dB is the level of sound generated during a normal conversation or by laughter.
Oneconnects any 2.4 GHz WiFi network using an 802.11b/g router. Note that 5 GHz networks (802.11n/ac/ax) are incompatible with the speaker.One also comes with a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port.
All Sonos speakers are Apple-friendly, and One is no exception. While the Sonos controller app can be downloaded for Android, one needs iOS to take full advantage of all of One“s features.
For example, Sonos Trueplay—which fine-tunes the speaker”s sound to the unique acoustical environment of your listening area—can only be used with iOS 7 or later versions.
Sonos Onemeasures 6.4 in x 4.7 in x 4.7 in (16.15 cm x 12 cm x 12 cm) and is available in either white with a white matte grille or black with a black matte grille.
One measures 6.4 in x 4.7 in x 4.7 in (16.15 cm x 12 cm x 12 cm) and is available in either white with a white matte grille or black with a black matte grille. The speaker weighs 4 lbs (1.85 kg).
If you”re an iOS devotee, choose Gen 2. Android, PC and Mac users can suffice with Gen 1. If cost is an issue, you can save a few bucks by opting for Gen 1. Those who place a heavy load on One (using the virtual assistant, streaming music from multiple services, podcasts) may have peace of mind by going with Gen 2.