If you’re searching for the iPhone of the smart speaker world, look no further than Sonos’ products. One of the leaders in home audio, Sonos has consistently become a top pick among younger and veteran audiophiles for its ability to stream quality sound throughout your home.
Along with sleek and elegant designs and excellent speakers that can produce top-notch sound, Sonos uses your Wi-Fi network to work in tandem with other Sonos speakers.
For example, you can play hard rock in one room while listening to classical music in the other. Or if you wish, you can sync them together and immerse yourself in great surround sound. The choices are endless, and they are only capped by the number of Sonos speakers you have.
Founded in 2002 in Santa Barbara, California, Sonos does offer plenty of wonderful options for both beginners and professionals. For about $150, you can land a place in Sonos’ ecosystem by purchasing the Play:1, a “mini” speaker that is designed for smaller spaces. At around $200, you can get a smart speaker that works seamlessly with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
From there, the prices do get a bit steeper, with several of the fine choices reaching the $700 mark. For many, these speakers are well worth the hefty price tags, as the Playbase and Playbar can give your living room that dynamic cinema experience. And the Sub can provide any smaller speaker with that extra thumping bass.
Sonos is also well-known for its ever-growing streaming library. The speakers can support Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, and nearly everything in between. Not only are you getting awesome speakers, but you’re also going to have unbridled access to the best music and content available.
Of course, these functions will all be driven by Sonos’ excellent and easy-to-use app. A major part of Sonos’ rapid rise in popularity has to do with the uncomplicated setup process. The app, available on both Android and iOS, will take your hand and gently walk you through the entire setup procedure. Really, about the only difficult thing you will have to do is to type in your Wi-Fi password and press a sync button.
After completing that simple process, you will get to enjoy smart speakers spread throughout your home -- all just waiting for your command. Yes, several of the speakers are a bit on the pricey side, but if you can find a way to budget for them, it will indeed be a beautiful and modern audio experience.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV.