Echo Studio vs. Sonos One

Enjoy a cinematic experience with your smart speaker!

A smart speaker won’t only enhance your sound experience, but the two models we are going to talk about also integrate with a voice assistant allowing you to have full control over your smart home.

This allows you to enjoy the perks of voice calling, scheduling, and even to have a hands-free experience over your appliances! So you can operate your lights, thermostats and even order your food without having to lift a finger.

In this article, we’ll be talking about Echo Studio and Sonos One to see which Smart Speaker will fit in best with your home.

So whether you prefer the idea of using the Google Voice Assistant, or immersing yourself in 3D sound, both smart speakers have something unique to offer.

Feel free to skip ahead to any part you prefer using our navigation system below.

Introducing Echo Studio - High-fidelity smart speaker with 3D audio and Alexa
Sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-In - White

Echo Studio vs. Sonos One — Things in Common

  • Alexa – Both Echo Studio and Sonos One have in-built Alexa which allows you to take advantage of hands-free control over your devices, as well as enjoy many other Alexa skills.

    With Alexa voice commands, you have the ability to carry out countless actions, such as switching off and on your smart lights, viewing camera feeds and even ordering a pizza!

    Additionally, you can also check in on the weather, creating schedules and appointments, or even ask Alexa to tell you a joke or a fun fact.

  • Second Speaker – If you want to get the true stereo sound, you can also pair up a second smart speaker with your Echo Studio and Sonos One. For an immersive and cinematic experience when enjoying a movie night with your loved ones.


Echo Studio vs. Sonos One — Differences

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  • Difference #1: Audio – The main thing you’ll probably want to look at when purchasing a new smart speaker, is its audio quality.

    While both models produce a decent sound, Echo Studio does generate a deeper bass with its larger woofer, and it also has the cool ability to play 3D audio mixes and Dolby Atmos home cinema soundtracks when you sign up with Amazon Music HD.

    What’s more, you can also enjoy a full sound immersion with Echo Studio’s Sony 360 Reality Audio feature which makes you experience music on a whole new level, allowing you to turn your parties into a full-blown dance fest!

    While Sonos’ two digital amplifiers will produce a more focused and defined sound quality for true music lovers out there.

  • Difference #2: Music Streaming – You can enjoy streaming your favorite tunes from countless sources such as Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio and Apple Music to name a few.

    Yet, with Sonos One, you can experience even more music streaming capabilities as it supports up to 100 different sources, including Youtube and Apple Airplay 2, so you’ll never have trouble finding that obscure track from the 70s!

  • Difference #3: Network – Both Echo Studio and Sonos One run on a 2.4GHz WiFi network, however, Echo Studio is also compatible with a 5GHz connection too, for less interference and fewer interruptions.

    If you’re concerned about your network strength, you have the option of including the Sonos Boost which acts as a type of WiFi extender for your Sonos One.

    While for Echo Studio, you can take a look at the NetGear WiFi Extender for the same purpose.

  • Difference #4: Google Assistant – A big difference between the two models, is the fact that Sonos One is also compatible with Google Assistant for those of you who prefer using Google voice commands in your home.

    So essentially you can continue to carry out the same commands as with Alexa, and swap between the two if in the future you decide to upgrade your smart home!

  • Difference #5: ZigBee – Similarly to Echo Plus, Echo Studio also includes an in-built ZigBee radio so it can also act as a smart home hub too! Meaning that it’ll connect with up to 1,000s of smart home appliances right out of the box, with minimal fuss.

    Unfortunately, Sonos One has no such compatibility.

  • Difference #6: Alexa Announcements – With Echo Studio you can also enjoy the perks of creating and sending announcements to other Alexa devices, as well as take advantage of the messaging and calling feature too.

    So you and your loved ones can stay connected via your smart speakers and Alexa enabled devices.

  • Difference #7: Sound Profile – What’s more, both devices also come with a sound profiling technology, which allows them to adapt their sound profile to whichever room you’re in, providing you with a clearer and more enjoyable music experience no matter where you are.

    However, this feature comes automatically to Echo Studio as it uses its in-built microphones to measure the vibrations all throughout the room, while with Sonos One you’ll need to activate this feature manually.

    While it’s not a huge deal that it doesn’t come automatically to Sonos One, it does, however, take a little bit of time to set up, while with Echo Echo there’s no fiddling around required.

  • Difference #8: Audio Port – Additionally, Echo Studio also includes a 3.5mm mini optical line-in jack while Sonos One has none. This allows you to use the Echo as an audio output device for various devices such as Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV and Fire TV Cube so you can enjoy a dramatic movie night with your friends that will fill the room with high definition sound.

  • Difference #9: Size & Design – Echo Studio is also considerably larger in size and bulkier than Sonos one with its dimensions of 8.1” x 6.9”. It also comes in a dark grey color tone with an acoustic wrapping around its cylinder shape.

    However, Sonos is considerably smaller mearing at 6.36” x 4.69”, comes in black color with rounded edges, and a metal mesh wrapping around the middle.

    While Sonos One isn’t as attractive as Echo Studio, it’s small-scale dimensions might be better suited for those of you who prefer to keep in on top of a shelf or a smaller coffee table.

Introducing Echo Studio - High-fidelity smart speaker with 3D audio and Alexa
Sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-In - White

Echo Studio vs. Sonos One — Comparison Chart

Echo Studio Sonos One
Audio Three 2” (51mm)
midrange speakers,
one 1” (25mm) tweeter,
one 5.25” (133mm) woofer.
One tweeter and one woofer,
as well as two
digital amplifiers.
Supported Music Streaming Amazon Music,
Tidal, Apple Music,
Spotify, Deezer,
Pandora, SiriusXM,
TuneIn, and iHeartRadio
Up too 100,
including Youtube &
Apple Airplay
Compatible with a Second Speaker Yes Yes
Ability to Adapt their Sound Profile Automatic Manual
Network 2.4GHz / 5GHz WiFi 2.4 GHz WiFi
Audio Port 3.5mm Optical Line-jack N/A
Alexa  Yes Yes
Google Assistant Yes N/A
3D Audio Capabilities Yes N/A
Alexa Drop-in, Calling & Messaging Yes N/A
ZigBee Yes N/A
Size 8.1” x 6.9” x 6.9” 6.36” x 4.69” x 4.69”
Design Dark Grey with
Acoustic Wrapping
Black with
Rounded Edges

Echo Studio vs. Sonos One — Accessories

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Now that we have gone over the differences, let’s take a look at some of the accessories that both models offer.

The Amazon Smart Plug is a fantastic tool you use if you wish to make more of your ordinary devices into fully automated smart ones!

After which you can use your Echo Studio or Sonos One to operate via voice commands for a truly smart home experience.

If you’re worried that your home network connection is that great for your Sonos One, you have the option of purchasing the Sonos Boost. This handy gadget will extend the WiFi signal of your Sonos and because it works solely with the Sonos Kit, the chance of interference from other devices are very minimal.

And lastly, we have the Amp for Sonos One, which will allow you to provide an impressive 5W per channel at eight ohms of resistance, for a more intense sound experience ideal for studios and larger events.


Echo Studio vs. Sonos One — Our Thoughts

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There are quite a few ways in which both Echo Show and Sonos One are evenly matched. While we like the look of Echo Studio, as well as it’s 3D sound capabilities, Alexa announcements, ZigBee compatibility, and automatic sound profiling and the ability to connect it to a compatible Fire TV.

However, Sonos One allows you to take advantage of far more music streaming services and is compatible with both Google Assistant as well as Alexa.

And, while Echo Studio does come with some very impressive sound capabilities, you won’t be disappointed with crisp audio quality from the Sonos One, even without all the bells and whistles of Echo Studio.

So when it comes between the two models, we feel that Sonos One is better suited for those of you who prefer using Google Assistant, and like the idea of many music streaming options, while Echo Studio is great for those of you who are looking for a 3D sound experience and already own a Fire TV.

Last update on 2020-01-21 at 16:09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


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