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  • Writer's pictureAndre Amir

Sonos: The Must-Have Smart Speakers

I spent almost a month with Sonos speakers, and now I can't live without it!

Since I was a little boy, I have always been a sci-fi lover. Mind you that I am an 80's kids where Back To The Future and The Jetsons are the world I want to live in. So, yes, as a kid I would always imagine doing incredible things with just a push of a button or speaking it out - and what I need is done. And today, a smart home is no longer a dream. Sonos smart speakers are among those things I need to make my home smarter.

Having to use both Sonos One (Gen 2) and Sonos Beam for the past one month, I am very impressed. They are incredibly easy to set up, and even easier to control using the Sonos app, AirPlay2 or my voice. And I get to play brilliant sound with its Trueplay technology that can identify the room-size and adapting to the unique acoustic of the space.

Both speakers are my perfect companion. Every day I get to ask my speakers (with some workaround, I managed to make Google Assistant to work in Malaysia) to set up my alarm, wake me up with some music, ask for the time, play some games, turn up my TV and my lights, and even play sleep sound as I go to bed. So, what's not to love? Before we get into the details, check out this video:

Sonos One & One SL

Sonos One & One SL come in either Black or White

In a recent global survey conducted by Sonos[1], music has been found to significantly boost our productivity and lower stress levels. With a Sonos One speaker, I having to work from home have found it easier to access music while buckling down and staying productive.

The Sonos One is a voice-controlled smart speaker that works seamlessly with other Sonos speakers and is capable of supporting multiple voice services and playing music, podcasts, audiobooks, and other sonic content from over 100 streaming services. The compact design allows it to sit unobtrusively anywhere I placed it and with the help of the Sonos app, I can easily curate playlists and play music that will help me stay focused and inspire creativity.

Further reinforcing Sonos’ commitment to choice, Sonos One SL is without the built in microphone, but still a full member of the Sonos sound system and delivers a rich, room-filling sound similar to Sonos One. One SL features two Class-D amplifiers perfectly tuned as well as the original Sonos Trueplay tuning technology that optimises the sound for any room.

Sonos One and One SL are available in Malaysia through and partner retailers for RM 1,199 and RM 999 respectively.

[1] [2] Voice control is subjected to regional availability, and please note that it is currently unavailable in Malaysia. Unless you know the workaround like I did.

Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam also comes in both white or black

The Sonos Beam is the most versatile smart speaker for the living room - or in my case, my bedroom - delivering incredible and high definition sound for movies, TV shows, music and podcasts. Beam supports 100+ streaming services, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa[1] and Apple AirPlay 2.

Sonos Beam was tuned by a team of world-class acoustic engineers, resulting in a product that delivers an unparalleled listening experience. Beam produces a surprisingly wide soundstage for a speaker this compact, with four custom-built elliptical full-range woofers and three passive radiators delivering deep, warm bass and superior mid-range performance, while a single tweeter ensures crisp and clear dialogue.

What I love about Sonos Beam is that it is part of the Sonos home sound system whereby I can build my own 3.1 home theatre system by adding a Sonos Sub (subwoofer) for a realistic movie experience. Or in the future, upgrade to a 5.1 by adding another Sonos One or One SL at the rear ends for surround sound, creating an incredible home theatre. Users can also control their Beam the way they choose to listen seamlessly, be it with voice, the Sonos app, third-party apps like Spotify, Apple Music, my existing TV remotes, and smart home gadgets like Philips Hue lights.

Sonos Beam is available in Malaysia through and partner retailers for RM2,399.

[1] Voice control is subjected to regional availability, and please note that it is currently unavailable in Malaysia. Unless you know the workaround like I did.


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