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Sonos One Gen 2 Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Review updated Jan 19, 2023 at 10:06 am
Latest change: Writing modified Apr 18, 2023 at 11:01 am
Sonos One Gen 2 Picture
6.6
Music
5.6
Videos/Movies
6.5
Podcasts
7.7
Voice Assistant
4.5
Outdoors

The Sonos One Gen 2 is the second generation of the Sonos One. It's a wired speaker with a sleek design that's easy to integrate into your existing home decor, and it's a great addition to your existing Sonos ecosystem. You can use it on its own or as a surround speaker with Sonos soundbars like the Sonos Arc. Built-in Alexa and Google Assistant support allow for hands-free control, too.

Our Verdict

6.6 Music

The Sonos One is alright for music. Like other premium speakers on the market, you can adjust its output based on your room's unique acoustics using its TruePlay room correction feature. It's only available on iOS devices, but Android users can still use the Sonos S2 app to adjust the speaker's bass and treble to get the best possible sound. Voices and lead instruments are clear and detailed in the mix, and as a result, this speaker's suitable for listening to many different music genres.

Pros
  • Bass and treble sliders via companion app.
  • Decent directivity.
Cons
  • Not loud enough for larger and more open spaces.
  • Downmixes stereo content into mono.
5.6 Videos/Movies

The Sonos One is compatible with many other Sonos devices, including some of their most popular soundbars. That said, on its own, it doesn't give the most cinematic experience, but this is typical for a small standalone speaker. Thanks to its low latency over Apple AirPlay, you don't notice any lip-synching issues with your favorite videos. Dialogue is clearly reproduced, too, and there's a touch of rumble in the bass for action-heavy scenes.

Pros
  • Bass and treble sliders via companion app.
  • Can be connected to Sonos soundbars as surround speakers.
Cons
  • Not loud enough for larger and more open spaces.
  • Downmixes stereo content into mono.
  • No audio streaming via Bluetooth.
6.5 Podcasts

The Sonos One is fair for podcasts. Dialogue is clear and detailed in the mix right from the jump, meaning you can follow along with your favorite shows with ease. The speaker gets loud enough to fill an average-sized living room with sound, and if you own other Sonos devices, you can connect them to this speaker to spread your show throughout different rooms of your home. However, given its wired design, you can't take the speaker with you around the house, which isn't the most convenient.

Pros
  • Decent directivity.
Cons
  • Not loud enough for larger and more open spaces.
7.7 Voice Assistant

The Sonos One has good voice assistant support. It has both Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, meaning you can activate them hands-free with only your voice. The speaker hears your commands clearly, even if you're far away, so you can easily add ingredients to your grocery list, check the weather, and perform other functions throughout the day. That said, it does have difficulty picking up your voice in noisier settings, like parties.

Pros
  • Supports Alexa and Google Assistant.
  • Decent directivity.
Cons
  • Not loud enough for larger and more open spaces.
4.5 Outdoors

The wired Sonos One isn't designed for outdoor use.

  • 6.6 Music
  • 5.6 Videos/Movies
  • 6.5 Podcasts
  • 7.7 Voice Assistant
  • 4.5 Outdoors
  1. Updated Apr 18, 2023: Added market comparison for the Sonos Era 300 in the Soundstage box.
  2. Updated Jan 19, 2023: Minor updates to the text for clarity and consistency. No changes in test results.
  3. Updated Oct 21, 2022: Added a comparison to the IKEA SYMFONISK Picture frame in the 'Style' box.
  4. Updated Jan 25, 2022: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  5. Updated May 28, 2021: Retested with current 13.1 firmware.
  6. Updated Feb 03, 2021: Review published.
  7. Updated Jan 29, 2021: Early access published.
  8. Updated Jan 18, 2021: Our testers have started testing this product.
  9. Updated Jan 13, 2021: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  10. Updated Oct 04, 2020: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The speaker comes in two color variants: 'Black' and 'White'. We tested the White variant, and you can see its label here. However, we expect the Black variant to perform similarly to our model. We also tested the second generation of this speaker. Sonos advertises that the difference between this generation and the previous one is that they've increased the memory, added Bluetooth Low Energy for first-time pairing with the speaker, and added a more powerful and updated processor. That said, no features have changed.

If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Sonos One Gen 2 is the second generation of the Sonos One. Unlike the Sonos Move or Sonos Five, you can add it to an existing Sonos soundbar setup if you want surround speakers, or you can use it on its own. While it has a boomy sound profile, you can adjust it using its companion app's bass and treble sliders. You can also only use this speaker wired, and while you can't stream audio to it using Bluetooth, it has an Ethernet port, meaning you can connect it to your home network.

Check out our recommendations for the best portable Bluetooth speakers, the best smart speakers, and the best Sonos speakers.

Sonos One SL

The Sonos One SL and the Sonos One Gen 2 are almost the same speaker. The primary difference is that the Sonos One SL lacks a microphone and doesn't support voice assistants. That said, both speakers have the same alright build quality, downmix stereo content into mono, and have disappointing dynamics performances. On the upside, they're both compatible with the Sonos S2 app, which offers bass and treble sliders.

Sonos Move

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the Sonos One Gen 2 overall. The Move is battery-powered and has a handle built into it making it more portable. It's rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, so you can take it outdoors without needing to worry about it getting a bit wet. It can produce a more extended low-bass than the One Gen 2 and can get louder. It's also Bluetooth-enabled and can be paired to up to two devices at once, which can come in handy if you need to quickly switch between audio sources.

Sonos Roam

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sonos One Gen 2 or the Sonos Roam. The One Gen 2 offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass with its Trueplay room correction feature enabled. However, the Roam is battery-powered making it significantly more portable. It's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It also offers slightly better voice assistant support, since it does a better job understanding your commands in noisier settings.

Google Nest Audio

While the Google Nest Audio and the Sonos One Gen 2 are similarly performing speakers in most regards, the Google speaker offers better voice assistant performance. The Google model only has built-in Google Assistant, but it has no problem understanding you, even in a noisy room. It also supports Bluetooth as well as Chromecast. However, the Sonos has both Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, but it can struggle to understand you in noisy environments. It also supports Apple AirPlay and has a better-balanced sound profile out of the box.

IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf

The Sonos One Gen 2 is a slightly better speaker than the IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf overall, though they are similar speakers. The Sonos offers very good voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. It also has a somewhat better-balanced sound profile than that of the IKEA. That said, the IKEA can get slightly louder with fewer compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio remains clean when listening at louder volumes.

Amazon Echo Studio

The Amazon Echo Studio is a better speaker for most uses than the Sonos One Gen 2. The Amazon can play stereo content, can get louder with fewer compression artifacts, and it supports Bluetooth. It also has a better voice assistant performance. However, the Sonos has better controls and can reproduce a bit more low-bass. It also supports Apple AirPlay.

Sonos Five

The Sonos Five is a better speaker than the Sonos One Gen 2. The Five offers a bright sound profile that can produce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass that's typically present in bass-heavy music like EDM. It can get louder, and you can place the speaker horizontally to listen to stereo content, and vertically for mono. However, the One Gen 2 offers great voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. It has less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. If you own a compatible Sonos soundbar, you can even add it to your setup as a surround speaker. 

Amazon Echo Gen 4

The Amazon Echo Gen 2 is a bit better than the Sonos One Gen 2. The Amazon is a Bluetooth speaker that can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, resulting in a more immersive soundstage. It also comes with Alexa built-in and does an excellent job of understanding your commands from far away and in noisier settings. That said, the Sonos comes with Alexa as well as Google Assistant, though it struggles to register your commands in noisier environments. While you can't use Bluetooth or Chromecast to stream your audio to the speaker, it supports Apple AirPlay.

Google Home Max

The Google Home Max is a better speaker than the Sonos One Gen 2. The Google has a slightly more extended low-bass and it can get louder with fewer compression artifacts. It also supports Bluetooth and its built-in voice assistant is better able to register your commands in noisy environments.

Bose SoundLink Revolve

The Bose SoundLink Revolve is a better speaker for most uses than the Sonos One Gen 2. The Bose is more portable and better-built. It also has a wider soundstage and supports Bluetooth. However, the Sonos is better-suited for voice assistants. It has Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and has a companion app with bass and treble sliders. It also supports Wi-Fi.

Apple HomePod mini

The Sonos One Gen 2 and the Apple HomePod mini are similar speakers. The Sonos can produce a more extended low-bass with its Trueplay room correction feature enabled. Its companion app also features bass and treble adjustments you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. However, the Apple has better directivity, resulting in a wider and more natural-sounding soundstage. While it doesn't get as loud as the Sonos, it has less compression present at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner at louder volumes.

Bose Home Speaker 500

The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a better speaker than the Sonos One Gen 2. The Bose has a better soundstage performance, and it gets louder with less compression at max volume. It also supports Bluetooth, and its voice assistant performs better in noisy environments. However, the Sonos comes with the Trueplay tuning feature, and it can also be paired with a Sonos soundbar.

Bose Home Speaker 300

The Bose Home Speaker 300 is a better home speaker than the Sonos One Gen 2. The Bose has a more spacious soundstage, supports Bluetooth, and has fewer compression artifacts at max volume. Its built-in voice assistant performance is better. However, the Sonos is better built and is slightly more neutral-sounding out-of-the-box.

Sonos Era 100

The Sonos Era 100 is better than the Sonos One Gen 2/One SL. While they're both premium speakers designed for home use, the Era 100 has better sound quality. The bass doesn't leak into the mids as much, resulting in a cleaner sound. Plus, it can playback stereo content without downmixing it into mono, unlike the One Gen 2. There are additional features on hand, too, including Bluetooth connectivity and a Quick Tuning feature for Android users.

Sonos Era 300

The Sonos Era 300 is better than the Sonos One Gen 2/One SL. The Era 300 is a newer release that offers more premium features, including Bluetooth connectivity and Dolby Atmos capabilities. It's especially handy for those who want to listen to compatible Dolby Atmos Music or even pair up the speaker with a compatible soundbar to watch Dolby Atmos content. It's a stereo speaker, unlike the One Gen 2, which downmixes stereo content into mono to play it. Plus, the Era 300 gets louder.

IKEA SYMFONISK Speaker lamp

The Sonos One Gen 2 and the IKEA SYMFONISK Speaker lamp are both Wi-Fi speakers designed for use at home. The One Gen 2 offers great voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. With its room correction feature enabled, it has a boomy sound profile. That said, the SYMFONISK is a collaboration between IKEA and Sonos. It has a dual function as a speaker and a lamp. With room correction enabled, it has a bright sound profile, though it can produce a more extended low-bass than the One Gen 2. It also has better directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage.

Denon Home 350

The Denon Home 350 is a better speaker than the Sonos One Gen 2 overall. The Denon offers outstanding support via Alexa. It has a better-balanced sound profile, has a more immersive soundstage, and can get louder with fewer compression artifacts. It also supports Bluetooth, although it has high latency on iOS and Android. That said, the Sonos comes with both Google Assistant and Alexa built-in, though it isn't as good as the Denon at registering your commands in noisier settings. It also has better directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage, though it has to downmix stereo content to mono in order to play it, which isn't as immersive.

Bose Portable Smart Speaker

The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is a better speaker than the Sonos One Gen 2. The Bose has better directivity, resulting in a more open soundstage. It's also suitable for outdoor use since it has a battery, while the Sonos needs to be plugged in to be used. Although both speakers have good voice assistant capabilities, the Sonos struggles to understand you in noisier environments.

IKEA SYMFONISK Picture frame

The Sonos One Gen 2 offers a wider and more open-sounding soundstage than the IKEA SYMFONISK Picture frame. It offers great voice assistant support with Google Assistant and Alexa built-in. It also has a boomier sound profile that's more suitable for fans of bass-heavy music. That said, the Picture frame gets a touch louder with significantly less compression present at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner when you max out the volume. Its sound profile is also sound brighter, so higher-pitched vocals and instruments have more sparkle to them. If you prefer having built-in voice assistants, go for the One Gen 2. However, if you prefer having a speaker with a more subtle design to blend in with your home decor, go for the Picture frame instead.

JBL Xtreme 3

The JBL Xtreme 3 and the Sonos One Gen 2 are speakers with different strengths, and depending on your preferences, you may prefer one over the other. The JBL is more suitable for outdoor use since it's battery-powered, supports Bluetooth, and has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be dust-proof and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It can also get louder and with fewer compression artifacts. However, the Sonos is better for voice assistants as it has Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. It also can be connected with Sonos soundbars as surround speakers.

Apple HomePod (1st generation)

The Apple HomePod (1st generation) is a better speaker than the Sonos One Gen 2. The Apple has a better-balanced sound profile and has fewer compression artifacts at max volume. Its built-in Siri voice assistant can better register your commands, even if you're speaking in a noisy environment. That said, it may be harder to find in new condition now that it's been discontinued.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The Sonos One is a smaller-sized speaker. It's meant to sit vertically on your table and comes in two different colors: 'Black' and 'White'. You can also pair this speaker with the Sonos Playbar, Sonos Playbase, or Sonos Beam if you're looking to upgrade your soundbar setup with surround speakers. If you're looking for a speaker built in collaboration with Sonos that can blend in better with most home decor, check out the IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf speaker, the IKEA SYMFONISK Speaker lamp, and the IKEA SYMFONISK Picture frame speakers.

5.3
Design
Portability
Volume
140 in³ (2,302 cm³)
Weight
4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)
Power Source
AC Only
One-Hand Carry
Yes

This speaker isn't very portable. You can hold it in one hand since it isn't very large or heavy. However, this Wi-Fi-enabled smart speaker is designed for use indoors. Due to its wired design, it needs to remain wired to an outlet for it to work, making it difficult to bring it outside with you.

6.7
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Great
Water Resistance
No
Dust Resistance
Unspecified
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
No

This speaker has an alright build quality. Its top and bottom side are made of plastic, while a metal grille covers most of the speaker's front-facing sides, which makes it feel sturdy. Like the Sonos Five, it's advertised to withstand high-humidity environments like a bathroom with a running shower. However, it doesn't have an IP rating for dust and water resistance, so it's best to avoid placing it near water sources, like near your kitchen sink or in your bathroom.

8.0
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Great
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Tactile)
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Tactile)
Track Next/Previous
Yes (Tactile)
Microphone On/Off
Yes (Tactile)
Additional Controls
Yes

The controls are on the top side of the speaker. You can swipe left or right to return to the previous song to skip to the next one. You can press and hold the play/pause button to add music that's playing in another room or to group speakers together. There's also a 'Join' button to reset the speaker or connect it to a Sonos system. You can turn the status light on the top on and off through the companion app.

Design
In The Box

  • Sonos One Gen 2 speaker
  • Power cable
  • User manual

Sound
7.2
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
-0.22
Std. Err.
2.96 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
52.6 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.1 kHz

Like other Sonos speakers on the market, this device has a built-in room correction tool that automatically optimizes its audio reproduction based on the unique acoustics of your living room. The room correction tool, which is called TruePlay, is only available on iOS devices. However, Android users can adjust the speaker's bass and treble to accommodate for their room's acoustics manually. With it on, the speaker's frequency response is quite similar to the original Sonos One. Voices and lead instruments are clear and detailed in the mix, making it suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. Plus, there's a little extra boom in the high-bass, which adds excitement to bass-centric genres like EDM and hip-hop.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
5.9
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
3.97 dB
Stereo
No (mono)

This speaker's soundstage performance is disappointing. While you can pair it to another compatible speaker to create a stereo pair, it downmixes stereo content to mono when using it on its own, which isn't as immersive. Its directivity is decent, meaning you can hear your audio clearly from most angles. If you're looking for a speaker with even better directivity, check out the JBL Pulse 4, or you can check out the Sonos Era 300, which is a stereo speaker.

5.3
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
86.5 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
4.89 dB

This speaker gets loud enough to fill an average-sized living room with sound. It struggles to fill larger and more open spaces, like basements. Also, at max volume, there are some pumping and compression artifacts present that affect the clarity of audio reproduction.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving
No
Charging Port
No Battery
Battery Powered
No
8.0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
Built-in (Wi-Fi Only)
Google Assistant
Built-in (Wi-Fi Only)
Speakerphone
No
Siri
No
Voice Assistant
Yes
Voice Activation
Yes
Microphone Mute
Yes
Far-Field Performance
Excellent
Ambient Noise Performance
Bad

This speaker has Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and can easily register your commands from far away, though it struggles to do so in noisier rooms. You can mute the speaker's mic when you no longer want your assistant listening to you, which is nice. If you're looking for an Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled speaker that has an easier time understanding your commands in noisier rooms, check out the Bose Portable Smart Speaker.

9.3
Active Features
App
App Name
Sonos S2
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
Bass/Treble
Stereo Pair Mode
Yes
Party Mode
Yes
Multi-Room
Yes

The Sonos S2 app is outstanding and is supported on iOS and Android. It offers bass and treble sliders but lacks a more comprehensive EQ. That said, the app allows you to connect it to another unit to create a stereo pair or link multiple speakers to cover a wider area together for a party. You can also connect multiple units in different rooms of your home, meaning you can play different audio content in different rooms of your home at the same time.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
No
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
Yes

This speaker has an Ethernet port to connect it to your home network. That said, there's no AUX port you can use to wire older devices to the speaker.

0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Bluetooth iOS Latency
N/A
Bluetooth Android Latency
N/A
Bluetooth Range
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
No

This speaker uses Bluetooth Low Energy so that you can temporarily communicate with your phone or other mobile devices to simplify the first-time setup process. However, you can't use this connection to stream audio.

7.5
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
Wi-Fi 3
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
2.4GHz
Wi-Fi
Yes
Apple AirPlay
Yes
AirPlay Latency
28 ms
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

This speaker is Wi-Fi compatible. It has very low latency via Apple AirPlay, meaning you can stream video without noticeable audio sync issues. Some apps compensate for latency differently, and your real-world experience may differ. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Chromecast.