(Pocket-lint) - Sonos is one of the best multi-room music systems around. It has some fantastic speakers in its portfolio, from the small but fabulous Sonos One with Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility to the Bluetooth-enabled Sonos Move.
All Sonos speakers deliver excellent sound quality, combined with a great design and build quality but you pay the big bucks for these attributes.
If you're currently in the market for a Sonos speaker, you're in the right place. Here's a breakdown of where to get the best deals.
Sonos One SL
The Sonos One SL offers support for Apple AirPlay 2, while also offering a streamlined design that's virtually identical to the smart Sonos One. Alexa and Google Assistant aren't built-in, but you can use a third-party Alexa or Google speaker to control the Sonos One SL via voice. There are two Class-D amplifiers, a tweeter and a mid-woofer on board, along with features like Trueplay tuning.
The Sonos One looks almost identical to the Sonos One SL, but it offers Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, allowing for voice control of the Sonos One, as well as other Sonos speakers, and all the features those assistants offer too. It has Trueplay tuning like the Sonos One SL, as well as capacitive controls and AirPlay 2 support like the One SL. Colour options are black and white and you can pair a Sonos One with another Sonos One or a Sonos One SL to act as surround speakers when coupled with a Sonos Beam, Sonos Playbar or Sonos Playbase.
The Sonos Move is both a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker, whilst also offering water resistance, an integrated handle on the rear and a great sound experience. It is the only Sonos speaker with Bluetooth capabilities, allowing you to take it with you wherever you fancy. When in Wi-Fi mode, the Sonos Move operates as a typical Sonos speaker, controlled through the Sonos app and it features built-in Alexa and Google Assistant too. It also has AirPlay 2 compatibility and automatic Trueplay tuning, optimising the sound output to the Move's surroundings without you having to lift a finger.
The Sonos Beam is a compact soundbar that is available in white and black colour options and offers Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. It connects to your TV through HDMI ARC, though there is an optical cable for older TVs, and when not delivering sound from your TV, it doubles up as a great speaker that works in the same way as other Sonos speakers. The Sonos Beam features five Class-D amplifiers, four full-range woofers, a tweeter and three passive radiators, along with Apple AirPlay 2 support and Trueplay tuning.
The Sonos Playbase is a soundbase rather than a soundbar, designed for TVs that aren't wall-mounted. Like the Sonos Beam and Sonos Playbar, the Sonos Playbase will either enhance your TV sound or act as a standalone Sonos speaker, offering all the features of a Sonos speaker, including compatibility with over 80 music streaming services and app control. It is available in white and black colour options and it features ten Class-D amplifiers, six mid-range woofers, three tweeters and one woofer. It connects to your TV via optical.
The Sonos Amp is an amplifier - given away by its name. It will power traditional wired speakers, whether bookshelf, floor-standing, in-wall, in-ceiling or outdoor and integrate them into a Sonos system. There are also HDMI ARC and line-in ports, meaning you can connect TVs, turntables, CD changers and other audio components to it, enabling them to become part of a Sonos system too. The Sonos Amp offers twice the power of its predecessor - the Connect Amp - and it is capable of powering up to four speakers, offering 125-watts per channel.