Sun. Dec 8th, 2019

Sonos took the mic out of its good speaker for the $179 Sonos One SL

Sonos has a brand new entry-level linked speaker that offers you all of its multi-room, high-quality sound – with out the onboard microphones and good assistants of the Sonos One. The microphone-free Sonos One SL retails for $179.99 ($20 lower than the present Sonos One) and comes with AirPlay 2, delivering good useful upgrades over the Play:1 it replaces.

Visually, you’d be hard-pressed to inform the Sonos One from the Sonos One SL, particularly at a distance. It has the very same dimensions, and the identical industrial design, that includes a matte black or white end and controls on the highest. These controls are the one place you’ll discover an apparent distinction, nonetheless – the Sonos One has an extra LED, microphone icon and capacitive contact floor above the playback controls for turning on and off the built-in good assistant and microphone. The Sonos One SL, missing a mic, has none of those.

Not like the Play:1, Sonos One SL can stereo pair with a Sonos One, which is a pleasant characteristic as a result of when utilizing two of those in tandem in a single room you really solely want one to have one with a mic to be used with Alexa or Google Assistant. Two Sonos One SL audio system may also pair with each other, in fact, and with mixed financial savings of $40 vs. the Sonos One, these are naturally nice candidates to be used with the Sonos Beam for a house theater encompass setup.

In fact, you too can nonetheless use the Sonos One SL together with a sensible assistant – identical to you possibly can with every other Sonos speaker, so you possibly can specify to play music to them by way of voice management utilizing every other Alexa or Google Assistant enabled gadget.

The $179 Sonos One SL is now the least costly providing in Sonos’ personal lineup – however the $149 Sonos x Ikea bookshelf speaker is the lowest-price Sonos-compatible providing general. They’re loads nearer than you would possibly assume by way of high quality and different components that might contribute to a shopping for determination, however the Sonos One in all probability has a slight edge in sound, the place the Ikea bookshelf speaker is a little more versatile by way of mounting and set up choices.

Sonos One SL is up for pre-order now, and will likely be delivery as of September 12.

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