But is it any good?
The deal appears created to fend off any traction that might be gained by Apple's much-anticipated HomePod speaker, which launched on Friday for the same $349 price tag. And to entice people to buy it, they're offering a discount for the Sonos One, as well as showing off all its features that you can't find yet in the HomePod, like linking two wireless speakers, multi-room listening, and of course, flexibility when it comes to virtual assistant technologies. Amazon's puck-shaped smart speaker that definitely de-emphasizes the second word of that description - tells me that anyone who's been won over by the category mostly just wants to get the power of voice command in more places.
Inside HomePod: tweeters, microphones and woofer (Photo: Apple)How does it look?
Similarly, it is suggested that the Apple Siri System is not quite as flexible as the other two devices.it is generally believed that Siri isn't quite as good at responding to enquiries as the other two systems, nor is it quite as able to manipulate smart home devices. When you activate Siri - either a long touch or a "Hey Siri" - a glowing, multicolored orb will appear, just like Siri on your iPhone. First up on our demo is Ariana Grande's Side to Side. There is a distinct lack of mid-range, leaving you feeling that something is missing in the mix. Finger snaps are crisp, the reverb precise and vocals are particularly clear and well reproduced. Oddly now its a little lacking in bass, but overall this is more like it.
Apple's HomePod enters smart speaker fray
In fact, when that happens, it might not make such a huge difference as to whether you pick up a HomePod today or a pair of Sonos One. Multiroom will also come in the same update when Airplay 2 is rolled out. "It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalog and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, handsome design that is so much fun to use", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. You can ask him or her the news, which in the United Kingdom will initially come from three sources: BBC, Sky News and LBC.
What's more likely is that Siri will get better over time. It has Apple Music on its platform, it has integrated Alexa, and you can control Sonos from inside the Spotify app. You'll be asked (among other things) whether you want the HomePod to take phone calls, access your messages and so on.
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