At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, there were countless devices of all shapes and sizes packing speaker drivers, microphones, and digital assistants capable of answering your queries and helping you control your smart home products.
Also, there have been rumblings about Samsung developing a smart speaker equipped with Bixby, its proprietary A.I., so stay tuned.
As with all Sonos speakers, the One is extremely simple to set up and use, its far-field voice recognition is supremely reliable, and it sounds sublime.
The One connects via Wi-Fi and eschews Bluetooth, which might irk some, but it’s supremely easy to setup and connects seamlessly with other Sonos speakers for struggle-free multiroom playback.
Typically, the Echo series — comprising the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show (not to mention auxiliary items like the Echo Buttons and Echo Connect) — prioritizes smart control over audio quality, but the Dot’s got a unique solution for that concession.
At just $50, the Echo Dot offers all the Alexa-based powers you’d get from the full-size version, and adds an awesome touch — an auxiliary output port, which allows you to route playback through a bigger (and presumably better-sounding) speaker, as long as that speaker has an aux-in jack.