Sonos One SL Review: Smart Speaker

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The Sonos One SL is the perfect speaker for stereo pairing and home cinema surrounds. The Sonos One SL offers rich, room-filling sound allowing you to listen to your music the way it should be heard. You are able to effortlessly control it with the Sonos app, Apple Airplay 2 or using the…

Last updated on 28th August 2021 8:06 pm


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Specification: Sonos One SL Review: Smart Speaker

Shape Rectangle
Manufacturer warranty (years) 2
Model Sonos One SL
Surround Sound (Channel) 2.0
Colour Black
Manufacturer Colour Black
Custom Bundle No
Configuration (System) 2.0
Audio Inputs Wi-Fi
Speaker Design 1-way
System Configuration (Channel) 2.0
RMS Power N/A
Smart Home Compatibility Alexa, Google Assistant
Connectivity Wi-fi
Type Bookshelf
EAN 8717755776624

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  1. RJS

    To look at, the Sonos One SL is identical to the Sonos One and Sonos One (Gen 2) in every way except that if you looking very closely, you can see that it doesn’t have the microphone arrary on top.  A direct replacement for the PLAY: 1, it has no built in Alexa or Google Assistant functionality.    If you have no need for Alexa or the Google Assistant, this is the entry level Sonos speaker to get.  I have three other Sonos One speakers and I never use voice commands – it’s much easier (and accurate!) to use the excellent Sonos app.It can be paired with a Sonos One or Sonos One (Gen 2) for stereo playback but NOT a Sonos PLAY:1.  I’m not exactly sure why Sonos have made the SL because you don’t have to activate Alexa or Google Assistant on either of the existing Ones for the speaker to work but I suppose it will be less expensive once the price settles.  If you intend to use the Sonos One SL in a stereo pair with a Sonos One, you do only need one speaker with a microphone if you want to use voice commands.The build is superb. All black it’s reassuringly heavy with ‘invisible’ control buttons on the top. I’ve been using Sonos speakers for three years and out of the box, it took less than 5 minutes to add it to my existing set up and pair it with a Sonos One (Gen 2) using the Sonos app. It really is straightforward even for a first time setup – just follow the app’s instruction.  Often imitated but never bettered, if you want quality sound, first class functionally & compatibility and a good looking speaker without a voice assistant, buy a Sonos One SL. I’ve added a photo of the One SL next to a One (Gen 2) to show just how identical they are.If you’re new to Sonos you might find the following of use:I definitely recommend buying two Sonos One speakers and pairing them together in stereo mode. Using one by itself is adequate but playback is in mono. Pairing two together gives you the sound quality equivalent to that of a good mid-range amplifier and speaker setup. Unlike Bluetooth, I’ve never experienced a single dropout with Sonos. Music is seamlessly streamed over my Wi-Fi and it sounds fabulously clear.In the Sonos app settings you can adjust the Bass, Treble and Balance and if you have Loudness toggled to ‘On’, it makes a very noticeable difference. If you have an Apple device or know someone who has one, a one time tuning using Trueplay (it’s only available in the iOS app) adds another uplift, albeit subtle.The Sonos app is easy and intuitive to use and when installed on a device it acts like a remote control. It allows you to add ‘Favourites’ (playlists, songs, radio stations, artists, etc.), control room settings if you have multiple Sonos speakers, adjust the EQ, add or remove services, set alarms and all sorts of other things that you can tailor to your exact personal preference. I can also control playback using my Windows 10 PC and you can move from phone, tablet or PC – they display the same information when the Sonos app is opened.The compatibility is astonishing – Amazon Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Tidal, TuneIn Radio, Audible, Bandcamp and loads of other services that I’ve never heard of. Some require you to have a paid subscription (i.e. Spotify Premium). You can also play music stored on a smartphone, tablet, PC or network-attached storage.I use Spotify, Bandcamp, Network-attached storage (with both MP3 and FLAC files), Google Play Music (I have a backup of my music on it), Amazon (where I have access to my Auto-rip music), SoundCloud, TuneIn, Mixcloud and music stored on my Phone. Basically, I’m spoilt for choice when it comes to accessing my music and finding it is a breeze with the Sonos app. If I search for an Artist, Album, Track, etc. it will show all matches from the services I’ve added and also the device I’m using.I don’t own any Apple devices but all Sonos Ones support Apple Airplay 2. Press the Airplay icon in any apps that support it and select the Sonos speaker(s) you want to cast the sound to. You can also setup Siri for voice commands.On my Android devices, in Google Play Music and Amazon Music, if I press on the Cast icon, I can choose which Sonos speaker(s) to cast to. I can also select which speaker(s) to play music on from within the Spotify app.Finallly, the Sonos One SL does NOT have a 3.5mm input and it does NOT support Bluetooth playback. You CANNOT use it directly with a TV either. For that you’ll need either a Sonos Beam, Playbase or Playbar and a couple of Sonos Ones can be set up as surrounds.

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  2. Tw1nmum

    Was a great system, good sound, easy to use. However, check the recent announcement that having obsolete (yet functional) components in your whole home system will mean that NONE will receive software upgrades. From now on investing in Sonos hardware looks to be a very risky proposition, buyer beware.

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