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  • MrFlay 25 Jul 2019 21:30:45 4,120 posts
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    I can get a new Sonos Play 5 for about £250. Is it worth it in a house with fairly small (normal) rooms?
  • TommyUnderwear 25 Jul 2019 21:33:43 233 posts
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    @MrFlay Iím using one and have it in the kitchen which is about the same as your average size room. On higher volumes it really does fill the room. For that price I think youíd be mad not to.
  • nickthegun 25 Jul 2019 22:29:36 78,566 posts
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    Since this thread had been bumped, the review embargo for the new IKEA speakers ended today

    https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/sonos-ikea-symfonisk-bookshelf-speaker
  • Fourwisemen 26 Jul 2019 11:57:47 821 posts
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    @nickthegun

    Very tempted to get a couple of the lamps to replace my 1s being used as rears in the living room. Great reviews so far as well.
  • Fourwisemen 26 Jul 2019 11:58:18 821 posts
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    https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/sonos-ikea-symfonisk-lamp-speaker
  • nickthegun 26 Jul 2019 12:54:57 78,566 posts
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    I was thinking of getting a couple of the bookshelf ones to replace the play ones im using as rears, too.

    It feels like having the play ones in there is slight overkill, and it looks like they would be spot on.
  • askew 26 Jul 2019 13:22:13 19,792 posts
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    They do look pretty neat.

    Noticed that the latest update has introduced Google Assistant to the newer version of the One. Had hoped it was going to trickle down to the Play 1Ö at least by software.
  • MrFlay 26 Jul 2019 13:47:58 4,120 posts
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    The Sonos Play 5 I was going to buy for a bargain turned out to be a Gen 1. It probably still works fine but the Gen 2 is 4 years old so it probably doesn't have many of the newer features.
  • nickthegun 26 Jul 2019 15:13:11 78,566 posts
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    Yeah, you can pick up a gen1 for less than 200 at CEX.
  • triarii 26 Jul 2019 17:41:45 400 posts
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    Anyone know the correct settings for a Beam and 2x Play:1s hooked up to an xbox? Connected the Beam directly to the Xbox via the HDMI/optical converter that comes with the Beam and have set the xbox outputs to "Stereo Uncompressed". All the other options seems to disable the Play:1s...
  • Fourwisemen 19 Aug 2019 18:15:41 821 posts
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    They finally did it..

    https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/8/18/20810817/sonos-move-bluetooth-speaker-leak
  • MrFlay 19 Aug 2019 18:23:13 4,120 posts
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    @Fourwisemen

    Disgusting sell-outs.
  • MrFlay 19 Aug 2019 21:13:00 4,120 posts
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    Sonos 3 £150 - yea or nay?

    A Sonos 5 might be overkill for my kitchen and 500 quid is a bit much at the moment.
  • Fourwisemen 19 Aug 2019 22:39:10 821 posts
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    @MrFlay

    Ha ha. Bluetooth....on a SONOS unit. Disgusting.

    I actually think this is a pretty neat solution for a portable SONOS speaker. Can deffo see me getting one to use in the garden, next summer obvs. We arenít getting a summer this year.
  • Fourwisemen 19 Aug 2019 22:42:15 821 posts
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    @MrFlay

    I think the 3s offer a really decent sound. A pal has one in his apartment living room, not a huge space and very adequate.

    My barber, for whatever hair I have left, uses one and gives out a nice sound in quite a large space.

    For £150, deffo.

    Iíve a new 5 in my Kitchen, reasonable sized space and itís great but entirely possible a 3 would do the job.
  • el-bandito 19 Aug 2019 23:26:40 505 posts
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    @triarii I'm guessing you got that sorted, but you need to set the Xbox to output "Bitstream" and set the bitstream output to Dolby Digital

    Edited by el-bandito at 23:27:06 19-08-2019
  • Tonka 20 Aug 2019 06:33:57 29,773 posts
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    A question from a Sonos noob

    I've been wanting some WiFi speakers that I can control via Google Assistant for a while now. The New IKEA Sonos speaker was cheap enough (and stylish enough) to make me want to buy it. (the bookshelf speaker, not that weird kokeshi lamp)

    But, looking through this thread it seems that Sonos and Google Assistant aren't really a thing. Is that so?

    Also, how is the Siri integration? Do I still need the Sonos app up my phone? I really don't want another app that everyone in the family needs to have on their phones or tablets or whatever. I just want to ask the google home mini to play some music and have it done.
  • Fourwisemen 20 Aug 2019 23:05:59 821 posts
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    @Tonka

    I think this is a pretty complex question right now and depends what equipment youíre using. Google assistant is available, but only natively to those SONOS units that feature a microphone..

    For instance the the Play1 has no mic, the SONOS 1 does have a mic and therefore can handle Google Assistant natively.

    In my setup, I have not mic enabled SONOS but do have a coupe of Echo Dots that can be used to control SONOS via Alexa.

    If you have Google Assistant devices on your network then I assume these will connect with your existing SONOS like Alexa does.

    PS Thoughts on the bookshelf speakers??

    Edited by Fourwisemen at 23:06:16 20-08-2019
  • Tonka 21 Aug 2019 07:58:35 29,773 posts
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    @Fourwisemen Thanks.

    I'm fine with not being able to control them natively (I'm assuming the IKEA speakers don't have microphones). I was under the impression that Google Assistant was only available for Sonos in some markets (and Sweden not being one of them). Haven't actually bought any yet since I don't want to spend money on them if I can't use them.

    But... I might use my company gadget fund to buy one, and if it works then I'll buy a second. Seems like I have a niche case where I'd like to buy a Sonos speaker but not use the Sonos app. Which I'm sure is a brilliant app if you're in to that sort of thing. I'm not.

    If I take the plunge I'll write about my experience. I'm not much of an audiophile though. Only thing I care about is there being no echo in podcasts.
  • Dougs 21 Aug 2019 08:01:58 90,275 posts
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    I don't know what the Google assistant is like, but getting any granular level of control on Alexa is tricky, if you use Spotify etc. It'll happily shuffle songs by an artist etc, but getting it to find a specific playlost or album is much harder, so the Sonos app still has a place imo.
  • millerlfc 21 Aug 2019 10:23:16 615 posts
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    Anyone with a Sonos Beam having problems with it 'forgetting' the WiFi every couple of months?

    Mine works fine for ages, then every so often is no longer connected to the WiFi and is completely unable to reconnect even when I start the setup from the very beginning. The only way to solve it is to temporarily wire it up to the router and start setup with a wired connection, and then once it's on the network via a wired connection I can remove the wire and it's happy to connect wirelessly again.
  • nickthegun 21 Aug 2019 10:30:21 78,566 posts
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    No, sounds like it's a bit fucked. A while ago mine dropped off the WiFi every so often (making the voice assistant revert to American, which is pretty funny) but a quick power cycle got it back on.

    A firmware update seems to have cured that, though and it hasn't done it for months.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 21 Aug 2019 10:48:33 16,819 posts
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    I had a Play 5 that did this. After endless calls with Sonos they finally conceded it was fucked and replaced it.
  • triarii 21 Aug 2019 17:16:29 400 posts
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    @el-bandito
    I did! Thanks for taking the time to reply though.
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