Let’s start with the price. A voice-controlled Sonos One (Gen 2) speaker can go for $200 while microphone-free models will run $180. So you’re basically getting the latter with the added bonus of a lamp. Plus no voice control means no one potentially listening in to any potentially embarrassing playlists. That’s a solid deal.
It took less than five minutes to set up and connect to my existing Sonos network. If this is your first Sonos product it will take longer, what with downloading apps and all the registering and what-not. Still, a fairly quick and painless out-of-the-box experience.
Streaming music from my Spotify app was simple enough, and the sound filled the room and the hallway as well. Same aural quality as the standard Sonos One speaker, too. Regardless of the genre of music, all the tunes sounded good. There are only three buttons on the speaker itself (volume up, volume down, and play/pause), but you can control all of that from whatever app you’re choosing to use.
Not to be forgotten in all of this is the lamp, which does an amazing job lighting up the room. The glass lampshade is thick enough to provide a warm glow that isn’t too bright but just right.