Sonos One deals often fly around come Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday but there's no need to wait, if you want to buy a multi-room Sonos setup, or a stereo pair, right now. Sonos.com will give you £50 off if you buy two Sonos Ones.
This matches one of the best pre-Christmas deals from last year, and is ideal for those wanting to 'go multi-room'. A pair of Sonos Ones can also serve as rear surround speakers in a 5.1 system, with a Sonos Beam, Playbase or Playbar home cinema speaker. It just so happens that you can get an official refurbished Playbar for £549 (£150 off) from Sonos at present.
2x Sonos One | £348 | Usually £398 | Save £50
The Alexa-equipped, entry level Sonos gets semi-regular discounts, but seldom better than this £50 price cut. As mentioned above, you can use a duo of Sonos Ones for multi-room music, or put them in the same room as a stereo pair, or for use as rear surround speakers in a home cinema setup. Sonos One is a great-sounding speaker that's won multiple awards including being declared T3's 2018 Gadget of the Year, no less. Alexa works extremely well on it, allowing voice control of Spotify and Amazon Music. Sonos' own app adds support for just about every streaming service ever invented.View Deal
Sonos for home cinema
As noted, Amazon has trimmed £150 off the cost of Sonos' home cinema big hitter, the Playbar. This doesn't have Alexa built in, although as with practically all Sonos speakers, if you buy any Echo device (the always-affordable Dot, or the currently heavily discounted Echo (2nd generation) for instance).
Sonos has delved heavily into the world of home cinema in recent years, and you can combine various of its speakers to make surround systems.
As well as the Playbar, Sonos makes the Playbase which, as you may have guessed, is a soundbase and the Sub, which is powerful subwoofer, for those who are totally addicted to bass (we mean the low notes, not the fish).
You can wirelessly combine a Playbase or Playbar with a pair of Sonos One, Play 1 or Play 5 speakers, with the additional speakers doing duty as rear surround speakers. Any of these combinations muster up a very convincing degree of bottom end but if you want real mega bass, the Sub can supply it.
Sonos only supports Dolby Digital 5.1 – not Atmos or DTS – but it does a very good job with compatible soundtracks. Dolby Digital is still the standard for most broadcast and streamed TV in the UK, although Atmos is creeping on to some platforms and DTS remains popular on Blu-rays.
If a different surround codec is used, or the broadcast is in stereo only, the Sonos system will attempt a simulated surround effect, but it definitely sounds best with Dolby Digital material. The other thing to note here is that if you use an external box to watch movies and shows, your TV will need to support Dolby Digital passthrough if you want to plug your Sonos in to your telly via optical digital or HDMI.
We can't give a comprehensive guide to which TVs do or do not support passthrough but on the whole, older TVs and cheaper TVs do not, while newer, more premium TVs do. Your TV's manual, or an online search, should provide the info you need.