That’s a big deal. If you sell multiple speakers, you need to be able to do multi-room playback. Amazon’s nearest direct competitor in this sort of thing — that’d be Google and Google Home — has done this for some time now.
So, too, has Sonos. But this needs to be made abundantly clear:
For as good as the Amazon Echo and Echo Show are, they’re not Sonos. They’re not a Play:1, the least expensive of the Sonos stable at $199. And they’re definitely not of the quality of the Play:3 ($299) or Play:5 ($499).
If you’re comparing Amazon Echo’s multi-room audio to a @Sonos, you’ve obviously never used a Sonos.
— Phil Nickinson (@mdrndad) August 29, 2017
Start with the actual speaker hardware. The original Echo is decent, especially if you can get it at the current sub-$100 sale price. The Echo Show isn’t awful either when it comes to audio. It fills a need in the kitchen, where things tend to be a little noisy a lot of the time.
But neither the OG Echo nor the Echo Show — or Google Home, for that matter — can hold a candle to the stock audio quality of the Play:1. (Which I also keep in the kitchen because — well, it doesn’t matter why. It’s not normal to have this much stuff in one place, but that’s the hand I’ve been dealt.)
Three speakers, one obvious winner: Sonos.
And that’s before you get into the whole Sonos TruePlay thing, which individually tunes each speaker for improved sound in whatever room it’s…
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