Gone are the days when your music or hi-fi system was restricted to one room and tethered by cables. Want to listen to music anywhere in the house? A wireless Sonos system may be the answer.
Listening to your entire music collection anywhere in your home used to involve overcoming some major logistical issues. You'd either need to move your system from room to room, put up with wires and cables trailing under doors and rugs and up the stairs, or you could spend a fortune on a custom-install system.
The rise of digital and computer-based music, a multitude of music streaming services and broadband in nearly every home changed all that. The wireless revolution paved the way for a whole new realm of possibilities.
You can now stream your music from a range of devices - smartphone, laptop, NAS drive - to multiple speakers around the home using a wireless connection. There are plenty of manufacturers offering this multi-room experience, but US company Sonos continues to lead the way with its long-established and well-developed system.
Whether you want the cheapest Sonos speaker, the Sonos One, or a TV speaker, such as the Sonos Beam, Playbar or Playbase, there's a Sonos speaker for everyone and everywhere.
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Essentially, the One is a Play:1 (below) with Alexa voice control built-in, and that’s a fine combination in our book. Other voice assistants will be joining the party, too. Great sound and smart looks are the icing on this cake. This is the cheapest and arguably the best entry-point to all things Sonos.
This was the original small but beautifully formed Sonos speaker. Now usurped by the One (above), it remains an accomplished performer, certainly where sound is concerned, but doesn't offer the bells and whistles (mainly voice control) that you find on the Sonos One. Thanks to its relatively age, you can save a few quid.
Like the majority of Sonos's wireless speakers, the Play:3 is another cracking performer and is now available with a tidy saving. No touch sensitive controls or voice assistants, but all the control and streaming functionality of the Sonos family.
The biggest, boldest and most powerful speaker in the Sonos range. A highlight of the Play:5 is its ability to fill even the biggest room with a rich, powerful sound. Some new rivals have stolen some of the Play:5's thunder, especially if you want the last word in audio quality, but as an addition to a Sonos system, it's still great quality.
The Sonos Beam is a smaller, cheaper TV speaker, with a few crucial additions to its spec sheet, including an HDMI connection and a voice control assistant, initially Amazon Alexa, but also Google Assistant and Apple Siri. The most versatile Sonos speaker yet? Quite possibly. If you need to boost your TV's sound, this is a great way to start a multi-room Sonos system.
The original Sonos soundbar. If you want a soundbar, not a soundbase, and want something more substantial than the Beam, this is the way to go. It's not cheap but it does deliver a big room-filling sound, and there's the option to add extra speakers as rear channels to get even closer to the surround sound experience.
If you prefer a soundbase to a soundbar, then this is your only option where Sonos is concerned. Luckily, it's a pretty good option. There's an impressively big, wide soundstage, solid, natural bass and a stylish, solid build. The treble can be a bit edgy when it gets really loud but it's still a fine buy.
If you want to get serious about your Sonos home cinema set up, then why not add a subwoofer. There's only one in the Sonos range, inevitably called the Sonos Sub. It does what it says on the tin and is a nice, albeit expensive, addition to any Sonos system.
The Connect can turn any home hi-fi into a Sonos streaming system, simply connect one of these clever boxes to your amplifier and you're in business. It's a great way to bring Sonos smarts to a traditional music system - and upgrade your sound in the process.
Sonos Connect: Amp
Much like the Connect, the Connect: Amp is all about bringing Sonos to traditional two-channel systems. You've probably guessed the difference; this one has its own amplifier, so you can connect straight to a pair of speakers.