In the WIRED offices, Sonos is quite popular. We’ve tried every single one of their speakers and we’ve recommended most of them. We love their clear, expansive sound projection, their sleek appearance and ease of use, and their creative design experiments.
Sonos speakers are still the standard for multiroom audio, and unlike many internet-enabled things, they’re designed to last for many years—possibly a decade or more—without losing connection. Sonos prides itself that some of its earliest mid-2000s speakers are still operating. The problem is, it’s not cheap to start building your own shrine to sound. Sonos usually cost speakers cost hundreds of dollars. During Cyber Monday (today!) they are at least a little bit cheaper.
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Many of Sonos’s speakers are on sale today. The best one for you will depend on what stage of Sonos immersion you’ve entered. The Sonos One is the smallest Sonos speaker, and probably the best “first Sonos” for a newbie. If you’re just starting your system, the Sonos One SL is also on sale today ($129, $50 off). It lacks the One’s microphone, but is equally compact and has the same rich sound and hands-free Alexa and Google Assistant integration.