While everything is getting smart, why not your speakers? There are a lot of options available in the market for smart speakers. Amazon Echo Plus are premium speakers that offer many smart features along with a built-in smart-home hub. Sonos One is wireless speakers with great audio quality.
However, you may find it confusing to choose the best option for you. In this article, we are going to help you by comparing two of the best smart speakers out there in the market. Keep reading to find out more.
While choosing a smart speaker, clearly great sound quality is a huge concern. Amazon Echo Plus is an update of echo generation one and have improved in terms of audio quality and design as compared to echo gen one.
Amazon Echo Plus has updated with a 2.5-inch woofer and 0.8-inch tweeter, and it also supports a 3.5mm audio-out socket.
However, it’s sound quality still can’t beat Sonos One. With a Class-D digital amplifier, custom-built driver, mid-woofer and tweeter, Sonos One still offer the rich and high-quality audio. Sonos offer amazing room-filling sound and deep and rich bass.
Echo Plus (2nd Gen) plays 360° audio with crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. Although, audio quality of Echo Plus has improved with this generation but it can’t compete with the depth and richness of Sonos One.
Sonos One support a range of online streaming music services, mobile apps and desktop platforms. Amazon Echo Plus supports Apple music services, Spotify, Amazon Music, Sirius XM, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and many more.
Both Echo Plus and Sonos One, have a very appealing design. Amazon Echo comes in a more stylish and compact design at 148 x 99 x 99 mm. Sonos One, on the other hand, is available at 161.45 mm x 119.7 mm and its weight is about 1.85kg.
Sonos One is available in only two colours, black and white. It has a matte, colour-matched grille, tapered bottom and offers a simplistic design that goes well with the exterior of the majority of the houses. It has controls on the top for volume control, play/pause control, and microphone on/off control. Sonos One doesn’t have an auxiliary port or Bluetooth facility.
Echo Plus offer more colour options including charcoal, heather grey and sandstone. It is a cylinder-shaped device and weighs 780g. It comes with a 7.5cm woofer and a 2cm tweeter. There are buttons for volume up and down, Mic off button and action button on the top. It is a bit smaller and significantly lighter as compared to Sonos One.
Smart platforms sport
Sonos One does not only offer great sound quality but now it can also take voice commands from Alexa. Now you don’t have to play songs manually through the app, Sonos One is capable to take command to play songs. Not just that, you can also control your smart home devices, check on the traffic, and manage your schedule.
However, some users have reported response time and accuracy issues when issuing commands. Some issues regarding Alexa and Sonos integration can also arise. Also, it does not all Alexa skills and you have to use two apps (Sonos and Alexa) for the configuration of one device.
Amazon Echo Plus has a built-in Zigbee smart home hub that can also control other smart devices such as door locks, in-wall switches, light bulbs, and plugs. It’s built-in smart home hub also eliminates the need for separate hubs in the home. Echo Plus provide smart home support and support a lot of apps. Echo Plus provide support for more smart home devices than any other smart speakers available in the market.
Through Echo Plus, you can also ask Alexa to read the news, check the weather forecast, set alarms, play music, and more. With Echo Plus, you can give a voice command to play music of your choice, listen to an audiobook on audible.
Sonos One provides multi-room function, which means you can speakers in a group and all the speakers will be playing from a single source. You can listen to your favourite tune while you move room to room.
Amazon Echo Plus also offers the facility of multi-room audio function.
Senon one is a modestly sized tabletop speaker with best sound quality and built-in voice control. It’s easy to set up and offer a 30-day no-questions-asked return period for its customers. For a more detailed voice and stereo separation, you can pair two Sonos Ones with one another in the same room.
Amazon Echo Plus works is a great smart speaker and can work as your personal assistant. it is designed to protect your privacy and has a microphone off button on the top. It also provides a smart-home hub, Bluetooth and wifi connectivity and has a temperature sensor.
You need to install free Amazon Echo app and then you can set up the app with your Amazon account. Then you can pair your Echo Plus smart speakers with other products for multi-room and stereo configurations.
Both devices have voice promotes; means you will receive sound notifications. For example, if the battery of the speaker is running low, you will receive a voice notification for device recharging.
Which one should you buy?
Amazon has provided some solid Improvements with Echo Plus. It has improved sound quality as compared to its predecessors, stylish and compact design and lower price.
If you want a smart speaker with a built-in smart-home hub, voice-controlled home-audio system, Alexa support, Friendly design, good sound quality for the price, Amazon Echo Plus is the best choice for you.
If you are looking for crisp and clear excellent sound quality with deep and rich bass, Alexa support, Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility and multi-room function, you can’t go wrong with Sonos One. However, you might face difficulties in its integration with other apps and it could be unresponsive to Alexa commands.