Best Sonos Setup (2023): Which Speakers and Soundbars Should You Buy?

Right here at WIRED, we like Sonos audio system. We actually do. All through the previous decade, we’ve reviewed all the firm’s wirelessly connectable audio system, from its small shelf audio system to its TV soundbars, and we’ve beneficial each one in all them. However turning your house right into a Sonos-powered shrine to sound isn’t low cost. Like Apple merchandise, Sonos audio system promote at a premium, beginning at $120 for a primary mannequin. However which of them must you purchase? Learn on for our suggestions.

Up to date April 2023: We have added our impressions of the Sonos Period 100 and Sonos Period 300 and up to date pricing and retailers.

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Finest General Sonos Speaker

The Sonos Period 100 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) replaces the Sonos One (Gen 2) as our favourite Sonos speaker, significantly for its improved sound and options. It’s the identical form and measurement because the Sonos One, and it has a equally smooth design, which suggests it simply blends into most areas. The speaker now comes outfitted with a quantity slider (a reportedly highly-requested function by many customers) and a play-pause button so that you don’t should take your telephone out everytime you wish to management it. It has a USB-C enter as effectively, together with a change on the again of the speaker to manually disable the built-in microphone for privateness.

The Period 100 has bigger woofers and angled tweeters that create actual stereo sound, together with a quicker processor that enables the speaker to obtain software program updates for longer. WIRED affiliate editor Parker Corridor says the speaker sounds noticeably higher than the 2 generations of Sonos One speaker that got here earlier than it. It packs a punchier, extra outlined bass, crisp definition, and room-filling sound. There’s additionally a room-tuning function that adjusts the audio based mostly on the place you place it (however this works higher on iOS gadgets). We’re additionally completely happy to see the addition of Bluetooth pairing, along with Wi-Fi, so you may stream audio and not using a Sonos account and in addition pair it with a Bluetooth turntable.

Sonos One SL

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When you’re searching for a inexpensive speaker that is additionally freed from microphones, the Sonos One SL is a strong different. You possibly can solely management it out of your telephone or the contact buttons on it (and you do not have to fret about somebody listening in to your home). The SL can also be a great way so as to add extra satellite tv for pc audio system to your house. 

Finest Audio system to Fill Out a Room

In 2022, Sonos reunited with Ikea to launch a second-generation model of its bookshelf speaker. At $130, it is a bit pricier than its $99 predecessor, nevertheless it does include a number of upgrades, together with a rise in reminiscence and a quicker processor. We’ve got but to check this mannequin, however we did just like the first-generation model. 

You possibly can mount it proper to your wall or stand it upright on a bookshelf or desk. And if you wish to community a number of audio system collectively for a bigger room, or linked rooms, that is the most affordable strategy to do it. It does not immediately take audio instructions, as a result of it has no mic, so you may want a Sonos One, Sonos Period 100, Google speaker, or Alexa speaker which you could yell at if you wish to management it along with your voice. Apart from that, it does all the things you’d need a Sonos to do.

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Sonos and Ikea additionally launched a brand new model of their distinctive desk lamp. There’s a white version, a black version, and a $240 version with a textile light shade. It affords enhanced sound and is extra customizable this time round, with swappable shades. The primary mannequin, which you’ll examine in our dual review, sounded nice. We’ve got excessive hopes for the brand new model. Lastly, if wall artwork is extra your type, Ikea affords the Symfonisk Picture Frame with a built-in Sonos Wi-Fi Speaker for $170. We’re presently testing the desk lamp and can replace this information with our ideas quickly.

Finest Massive Speaker 

The Sonos Period 300 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) has a reasonably awkward and startling look (we predict it seems to be like a robotic’s butt), however the sound high quality makes up for it. Underneath the hood are six speaker drivers, 4 tweeters, and a few mid/bass drivers—all of which ship detailed, huge, and assured sound. The standout function, nevertheless, is spatial audio. With sound that spreads in all instructions and for a considerable distance with out missing definition, we predict the Period 300 surpasses the Apple HomePod by a large margin when filling rooms. It is value noting that it helps Amazon and Apple’s spatial audio catalog, however not Tidal’s library of Dolby Atmos content material.

As with the Period 100, the Period 300 has bodily controls together with a quantity slider, play/pause, skip ahead/backward, and voice-assistant interplay (with a selection between Amazon Alexa and Sonos Voice Management). Within the again, you may discover a socket for energy, a change to mute the mics, a USB-C auxiliary enter, and a button for Bluetooth pairing (which suggests you do not have to make use of the Sonos app to manage it). When you go for the Sonos companion app, you may regulate EQ, tune the audio system to your setting by way of the TruePlay function, and pair different Sonos audio system collectively. 

Finest Moveable Speaker With Bluetooth

The Sonos Roam (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is the corporate’s smallest and most transportable speaker. With built-in Bluetooth connectivity (it is one in all our favorite Bluetooth speakers), you may simply throw it right into a tote bag and play music on the go. Utilizing the Sonos app, obtainable for Android and iPhone, you even have the flexibility to stream from main companies like Spotify, Apple Music (with assist for AirPlay 2), Tidal, and extra. And you may management the speaker by way of voice instructions utilizing Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

It could not supply audiophile-approved sound for its stature, nevertheless it’s nonetheless pretty spectacular. The twin-driver system, subwoofer, and tweeter work in tandem to offer a daring bass and clear highs—with zero distortion when the amount is cranked up. And with as much as 10 hours of listening, it will final you a full seaside day—after which some.

Sonos Transfer

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The Sonos Transfer is an even bigger transportable speaker with higher sound. It packs Bluetooth connectivity, 11 hours of battery life, and onboard microphones that adapt its sound to the setting, plus it is water resistant. Cannot determine between the Roam and Transfer? You possibly can purchase both of them for $548 at Sonos.

Finest Sonos Soundbar (for Most)

As with the unique Beam (8/10, WIRED Recommends), the second-generation Beam delivers spectacular sound and has a smooth design. By way of upgrades, it has a quicker processor, assist for Dolby Atmos (with suitable TVs and streaming apps) for enhanced sound, and an HDMI eARC port for higher-definition audio. You will additionally get hands-free Alexa and Google Assistant, and it really works with Airplay 2. You possibly can pair it with a Sonos Sub (an costly subwoofer) and two different Sonos audio system for {surround}.

Sonos tweaked the design too, including a polycarbonate grille to the entrance as an alternative of a material cowl as seen on the Gen 1 mannequin. That is speculated to make it simpler to mix in along with your inside decor. It is $50 greater than the earlier mannequin, which is not that way more costly than the already costly soundbar. For non-Sonos options, learn our Best Soundbars information.

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The usual Sonos Sub will value you $799 at Sonos or Target. It is excellent however costly. When you’re working with a smaller area, the more cost effective Sonos Sub Mini is $429 at Sonos (Target). Do not hassle shopping for {surround} audio system till you personal a Sub, although. It should make a profound distinction.

Finest Small Soundbar 

When you have an condo or a smaller room, or are simply getting began within the soundbar division, the Sonos Ray (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is a strong choice for you. The Ray is available in a compact body, however don’t let that idiot you. The soundbar produces clear, crisp sound that simply fills your area with zooms and booms, quiet conversations, and every other moments you wouldn’t wish to miss in your favourite films and exhibits. Plus, with adjustable settings within the Sonos app, you may configure your ideally suited listening expertise for each track in your favourite album.

This small soundbar simply suits on leisure facilities and dressers, or you may mount it in your wall to unencumber as a lot valuable area as attainable.

Wanna take it to the following stage? You possibly can pair the Ray with the Sonos Sub Mini to spherical out the sound in your room. The Sub Mini is wi-fi (apart from an influence wire), so it connects seamlessly to your present system by the Sonos app. This subwoofer is $429 at Sonos and Target.

Finest for Huge Dwelling Theaters

A soundbar could make all of the distinction in a house theater, and so they value quite a bit lower than a full surround-sound setup. And for those who’re searching for one which’s actually highly effective, the Sonos Arc (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is the way in which to go. It has full Dolby Atmos assist, and in lots of rooms, it might bounce pontificate your partitions and ceiling effectively sufficient that it seems like you could have a {surround} setup.

With three tweeters and eight mid-woofers, it delivers deep bass and has extra steadiness and depth than the Beam. It is also quite a bit longer, stretching 45 inches, or in regards to the width of a 55-inch TV. Its design is elegant and understated within the common Sonos means—you will not all the time discover the bar, however while you do, it isn’t an eyesore in any respect.

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