SONOS Play One with Alexa 04th Oct


chfilm

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I'm wondering how to setup my home properly with speakers.
I have 3 rooms: Bedroom, Kitchen, Living Room. The Bedroom has a Sonos Play 1. The kitchen has a Sonos Play 5. The Living Room has a 3rd party surround system.

I'm waiting for the homepod, as I dont wanna use Alexa really, but just stay in the apple ecosystem, and have never tried alexa. I use Siri on my watch for shopping lists and currently to control homekit stuff like lights. I dont have an apple tv, so right now my plan was to put a homepod in the living room as a homekit hub for location services and stuff like automating the coffee machine in the morning etc.

Sonos is gonna update the Play 5 with Airplay 2, wich is nice, so it'll be possible to setup the homepod to recognize me coming home and turning on music in the living room and the kitchen (through the sonos airplay 2) automatically, wich is the biggest thing I'm missing right now.

But it would also be awesome to be able to control the entire home via voice from the bedroom.
Let's say I would get a Sonos ONE instead of my current play 1 for the bedroom, it would get airplay 2 probably, but no possibility to control siri.. argh!

Right now, as an intermediate solution because I'm not in the US and will probably have to wait for the homepod until sometimes next year, what can alexa do with the sonos? I was thinking of getting a cheap echo dot for my bedroom right now. But I guess it cant control homekit, but only the music on sonos, right?

Can it do geofencing to start my music when I get home at least?
 

AustinIllini

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I am patiently waiting for my Sonos to integrate with Alexa as well
Apparently it works now. You can set up a dot to run your Sonos system
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I'm wondering how to setup my home properly with speakers.
I have 3 rooms: Bedroom, Kitchen, Living Room. The Bedroom has a Sonos Play 1. The kitchen has a Sonos Play 5. The Living Room has a 3rd party surround system.

I'm waiting for the homepod, as I dont wanna use Alexa really, but just stay in the apple ecosystem, and have never tried alexa. I use Siri on my watch for shopping lists and currently to control homekit stuff like lights. I dont have an apple tv, so right now my plan was to put a homepod in the living room as a homekit hub for location services and stuff like automating the coffee machine in the morning etc.

Sonos is gonna update the Play 5 with Airplay 2, wich is nice, so it'll be possible to setup the homepod to recognize me coming home and turning on music in the living room and the kitchen (through the sonos airplay 2) automatically, wich is the biggest thing I'm missing right now.

But it would also be awesome to be able to control the entire home via voice from the bedroom.
Let's say I would get a Sonos ONE instead of my current play 1 for the bedroom, it would get airplay 2 probably, but no possibility to control siri.. argh!

Right now, as an intermediate solution because I'm not in the US and will probably have to wait for the homepod until sometimes next year, what can alexa do with the sonos? I was thinking of getting a cheap echo dot for my bedroom right now. But I guess it cant control homekit, but only the music on sonos, right?

Can it do geofencing to start my music when I get home at least?
Homepod is a bad purchase. It completely lacks support for anything but Apple Music.
 

chfilm

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Apparently it works now. You can set up a dot to run your Sonos system
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Homepod is a bad purchase. It completely lacks support for anything but Apple Music.
I dont want another music service than apple music though.
 

AustinIllini

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Oct 20, 2011
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I dont want another music service than apple music though.
Do you want multi-room functionality with the option of expanding rooms to surround?

There are just so many things HomePod can't do. At least when Google doesn't do something, it interfaces with something that will address the issue.
 

vipergts2207

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I'm wondering how to setup my home properly with speakers.
I have 3 rooms: Bedroom, Kitchen, Living Room. The Bedroom has a Sonos Play 1. The kitchen has a Sonos Play 5. The Living Room has a 3rd party surround system.

I'm waiting for the homepod, as I dont wanna use Alexa really, but just stay in the apple ecosystem, and have never tried alexa. I use Siri on my watch for shopping lists and currently to control homekit stuff like lights. I dont have an apple tv, so right now my plan was to put a homepod in the living room as a homekit hub for location services and stuff like automating the coffee machine in the morning etc.

Sonos is gonna update the Play 5 with Airplay 2, wich is nice, so it'll be possible to setup the homepod to recognize me coming home and turning on music in the living room and the kitchen (through the sonos airplay 2) automatically, wich is the biggest thing I'm missing right now.

But it would also be awesome to be able to control the entire home via voice from the bedroom.
Let's say I would get a Sonos ONE instead of my current play 1 for the bedroom, it would get airplay 2 probably, but no possibility to control siri.. argh!

Right now, as an intermediate solution because I'm not in the US and will probably have to wait for the homepod until sometimes next year, what can alexa do with the sonos? I was thinking of getting a cheap echo dot for my bedroom right now. But I guess it cant control homekit, but only the music on sonos, right?

Can it do geofencing to start my music when I get home at least?
Has it been confirmed that HomePod can even function as a HomeKit hub? If I were you, I'd get an ATV and use the AirPlay 2 functionality to stream to your surround sound speakers. They'll sound better than a HomePod anyway, assuming it's not a cheap HTiB or soundbar setup.
 

chfilm

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Has it been confirmed that HomePod can even function as a HomeKit hub? If I were you, I'd get an ATV and use the AirPlay 2 functionality to stream to your surround sound speakers. They'll sound better than a HomePod anyway, assuming it's not a cheap HTiB or soundbar setup.
I thought so? It has siri and it can control homekit devices and it's always at home. It has to be able to function as a hub just like the atv.

Hmm sure I could get an ATV and hook it up to the surround system in the living room. But I wont be able to talk to it just like I will be able to with the homepod. Sure I can use my watch.

But the ATV can give me geofenced music playback and with airplay even to the sonos speakers.

Right now I have an airport express hooked up to the Play 5 to use airplay, but I never end up using it across rooms, because it's not free of delay. It's so annoying :D
 

DarwinOSX

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Apparently it works now. You can set up a dot to run your Sonos system
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Homepod is a bad purchase. It completely lacks support for anything but Apple Music.
The Homepod supports Airplay which every streaming service works with.
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Homepod is TOAST with this Sonos One. Wow.

$150 less too.
I will admit that I thought I was getting two HomePods and I just got my two Sonos' Ones today. Not because of cost but flexibility. The Homepod will sound better but these are OK for bedroom speakers.
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Do you want multi-room functionality with the option of expanding rooms to surround?

There are just so many things HomePod can't do. At least when Google doesn't do something, it interfaces with something that will address the issue.
I would do multi-room and home theater with all Sonos but their home theater products pretty much suck, optical only and no support for modern formats. They got $400 from me for two Sonos Ones but thats it.
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I thought so? It has siri and it can control homekit devices and it's always at home. It has to be able to function as a hub just like the atv.

Hmm sure I could get an ATV and hook it up to the surround system in the living room. But I wont be able to talk to it just like I will be able to with the homepod. Sure I can use my watch.

But the ATV can give me geofenced music playback and with airplay even to the sonos speakers.

Right now I have an airport express hooked up to the Play 5 to use airplay, but I never end up using it across rooms, because it's not free of delay. It's so annoying :D
I found using RCA connection really lowers the sound quality from a Dot to my Vanatoo One speakers.
Until the Play 5 does voice connecting a dot to it wireless should sound better assuming wifi from a dot to a Play 5 is not compressed. I would have bought two play 5's instead of two Play ones if they did voice.