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Apple HomePod vs. Sonos One: speakers smart for your music and more

The speakers smart, have passed from darkness to the almost ubiquity in a few years. If you have not yet taken the step or are you thinking about an update, we have a collection of the best speaker smart available in the market. But then we will review in depth how to compare Apple HomePod vs. Sonos One, two very different products, but they offer an excellent sound quality. What do you think could occupy a central space in your home?

Price

If your budget is limited, but you want to have a excellent sound quality and the comfort of a voice assistant, the choice is easy. Sonos One costs $199, while Apple’s HomePod costs $299 dollars. Although we will see later what are the characteristics that explain this difference of price of one hundred dollars (and if you are worth it), there is no denying that Sonos One is the least expensive option.

Winner: Sonos One

Voice assistant

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We reviewed the attendees of voice available in the Apple HomePod vs. Sonos One.

Depending on the technology you prefer, it is also a simple choice. Sonos One has had the support of Alexa from the beginning, but by the beginning of 2019 , he fulfilled his promise to also add the Google Assistant. This means that you can choose the one that you prefer. You can’t use them simultaneously, but with the mobile app Sonos you can quickly change your assistant preferred. HomePod, in contrast, supports only the assistant Siri from Apple. And while we’re sure that there is a lot of material to discuss what is the best wizard, is not the topic that we will address today. As always, two options will be better than one, this point is what will give Sonos One.

Winner: Sonos One

Music

Apple HomePod vs. Sonos One ofrecen distintas alternativas de servicios de música.
Apple HomePod vs. Sonos One offering different alternative of music services.

Probably listening to music is the main activity that you will make with your horn smart. Fill a room with your favorite songs with just pronouncing some words is a fascinating experience. However, the capacity of your speaker smart to satisfy those tastes will be marked by the music that can be accessed.

As a wireless music system, the music sources from Sonos are virtually unlimited. Through your app, you can add accounts for a range of services: Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, YouTube Music, Pandora, Deezer, SiriusXM… and more. In addition, you can access your personal collection on your computer or a hard disk connected to the computer or to the network. You can also use your library of iTunes (soon Apple Music), as well as the songs that you have on your cell phone. You can even channel music from a record player, if you buy an amplifier, Sonos or Sonos Connect.

It’s like the nirvana of the music, and it is, but things change a bit once you start to use a voice assistant to try to access this incredible variety of music. If you set up a Sonos One with Alexa, you can access:

  • Amazon Music
  • Spotify
  • TuneIn Radio
  • Deezer
  • Audible
  • Pandora
  • iHeartRadio
  • SiriusXM
  • Apple Music

You can also add Tidal to through a role of Alexa, but it has a functionality very limited.

If you set it with the Google Assistant, you will get access to:

  • Google Play Music
  • Spotify
  • Youtube Music
  • Pandora
  • Deezer
  • Tidal
  • TuneIn
  • iHeartRadio

Clearly, the voice assistant that you choose will affect the music that you can listen to. Spotify users don’t even notice, but if you are a user of Google, YouTube or Apple Music, the issue is different.

The HomePod Apple, on the other hand, simplifies things: you can access the Apple Music and your library of songs, and that is all. If you don’t want to subscribe to Apple’s Music, you can still access your music files.

Given that with Alexa on the Sonos One, you can access Apple Music, plus many other options, Sonos One again prevail.

Winner: Sonos One

Sound quality

HomePod

What good is having access to a large amount of music if your speaker smart does not offer a full and rich sound? Not much, frankly. The good news is that both Sonos One as Apple HomePod are really great. Offer the response that you would expect from companies known for building speakers, with clarity and detail, and excellent low. However, with its design of 360 degrees, drivers are slightly more powerful and automatic calibration, HomePod does a better job at creating a surround sound. If you wanted to know why HomePod cost $100 dollars more, this is the reason. While a single unit of HomePod does a better job than a single speaker Sonos One, not tried it on the stereo configuration (where you need two units). Because Sonos One has a sound more directional HomePod, the purists may prefer this type of performance. But when you use it as a horn, smart, solo, HomePod is imposed.

Winner: Apple HomePod

Ease of use

A horn smart it should be easy to use. But there are two types of usability to consider: via voice commands, and when you inevitably need a mobile app or other software. The approach of each company is very different.

The Sonos One is essentially the successful speaker Play:1 of the company, but with the microphones, microchips and software that are required to be a horn smart. As such, you can control your Sonos One with the mobile app, Sonos, one of the best that we’ve used: it has universal search, and allows you to a simple and easy control of multiple speakers.

Because Sonos One is dependent on third parties for their “intelligence”, will be at the mercy of these companies. Alexa and the Google Assistant have their strong points. The Google Assistant is notable for providing answers to general inquiries and is good at following conversations. The strengths of Alexa reside primarily in control devices, especially if you have a line of tvs, Fire TV , or transmitters multimedia Amazon. But none is developed to provide any special skill to Sonos One.

Apple HomePod is from his genesis one loudspeaker smart technology Siri is deeply integrated in the ecosystem in general from Apple. As is always the case with Apple, this translates into good and bad results. On the one hand, Apple has total control over the development of HomePod: owns the hardware, the wizard of voice, and the only service of streaming music with the that it currently supports. This means that HomePod, in theory, should provide an excellent user experience of voice assistant. For the most part, it does: you can use HomePod as a speaker for your iPhone, make Siri respond to questions, and their integration with HomeKit Apple makes controlling smart devices is very easy. On the other hand, all of their interactions with HomePod is mainly based on voice commands, to the point that certain activities, such as to make the music sound in another room, can not be achieved any other way.

We like to see that Sonos is not only a good speaker controlled by voice, but also for providing an application fantastic if you want to do things the old way. Have more than one option, again, is the key here.

Winner: Sonos

Intelligent Control of home

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Beyond the music, the speakers smart are a gateway to a universe of home devices that can manage voice, from refrigerators to light bulbs, and thermostats. But as is often the case, what you can control will be very much determined by the support. As we have mentioned, the Sonos One can be set with the Alexa, or the Google Assistant. For now, there are more devices compatible with Alexa, although that could change in the future.

In the meantime, HomePod Apple works only with products compatible with Apple’s HomeKit. This is not a decisive factor, since there are more and more entering the market. However, hardly you will find a product that is only compatible with HomeKit, while it is more common to find products that only work with Alexa and the Google Assistant. HomeKit is a platform very well-designed, but once again, Apple has created for it only works from iOS devices or Mac. Because Siri will not work on Android, this could create friction if your home is not 100% Apple.

Sonos One it gives you more options on the home devices and smart how to control them, so we give him the victory again. But back to us, because this is a category in which Apple is making great strides.

Winner: Sonos One

Conclusion Apple HomePod vs. Sonos One

At this point, the result should be clear: your best bet is Sonos One. It is less expensive than Apple’s HomePod, is integrated without difficulty to a wireless audio system and is compatible with virtually all music services. The best thing is that you can choose the voice assistant of your choice. HomePod will cost more dollars, offers a sound more full and rich thanks to its design of 360 degrees, but it requires total loyalty to the ecosystem of Apple products and services to make the most of it. It is the best device Siri in the market, but if you’re not impressed by his abilities as a voice assistant compared to Alexa or the Google Assistant, it is unlikely that you will attract HomePod.

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