As part of its Labor Day Sale, Sonos is offering discounts on their factory refurbished Sonos One and Sonos One SL bookshelf speakers. If you’re looking for an easy solution to add great sound to your home, then you’ve probably already heard of Sonos. Sonos speakers are very easy to set up, don’t take a large amount of space, and most importantly, offer distortion-free room-filling audio. Check out our picks for the best bookshelf speakers of 2023 (Sonos is our top choice for streaming).
Sonos One Wireless Smart Speaker (Refurb) for $134
Comes with full warranty
The Sonos One is a small standalone powered speaker that pumps out great sound for its small footprint. The best thing about the Sonos One is its multi-pairing capability. Pair it with another Sonos One or One Sl speaker for seamless stereo sound. Pair it with a soundbar and use them as rear wireless speakers for a 3-channel or 5-channel setup. Pair it with Sonos speakers in different rooms for multi-room capability. There are a lot of options here and you can continue to expand in the future without having to give up your setup.
The Sonos One has a built-in microphone so it can entirely replace your Amazon Echo or Google Home device as your primary voice assistant. The sound quality is infinitely better than most Echo options (the more expensive Studio being the exception). You are also not limited to using Amazon Music of Spotify. For example, the Sonos One works very well with Apple Music over Airplay.
Sonos One SL Wireless Speaker (Refurb) for $119
Comes with full warranty
The “SL” in the Sonos Arc SL means “silence”, and that’s because the only difference is the lack of a microphone. The SL removes the mic for people who are worried about Alexa or Google Assistant inadvertantly listening in on conversation. That means, however, the Sonos One SL itself cannot receive voice commands, however that is solvable by using another smart device that does. If you want a stereo setup, you could buy one Sonos One and one Sonos One SL. Having two voice activated speakers in the same room is unnecessary.
Why is Sonos so popular?
Sound quality vs size
Despite the fact that Sonos products are compact and don’t take up much space in your house, they offer surprisingly loud and distortion-free audio. They’re definitely pricier than budget options, but the sound quality is more akin to audio products that cost hundreds more or take up much more space.
Sonos devices are usually simple plug and play. All you have to do is plug in a power cable (if even that’s necessary) and one connection to your TV (if even that’s necessary), download the Sonos app, and you’re done. Generally a receiver isn’t required; the soundbars are designed to plug right into your TV and the speakers are designed to work wirelessly. For something like a 5.1ch home theater setup, you don’t have to deal with a mess of cables. Individual Sonos speakers can pair with your soundbar and be used as rear satellites, and the subwoofer is also wireless so it can be positioned virtually anywhere in your room.
Communication between devices
Practically all Sonos speakers can communicate with each other. That means you can pair different Sonos speakers in different rooms for multi-room capability. Or you can pair two speakers for stereo output. Or you can pair speakers to your soundbar to be used as a 5.1ch setup. It’s all seamlessly done through an app.