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26-Sep-2017 22:32

Here, we're dealing with premium, Wi-Fi-connected speakers, from £200/0 to over £1,000/

Here, we're dealing with premium, Wi-Fi-connected speakers, from £200/$200 to over £1,000/$1,000. Obviously if you're a subscriber to Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music Unlimited or one of the myriad other subscription-based streaming services, you'll need compatibility with that – note that in many cases, these can be piggy-backed over Chromecast or Air Play.I've spent the last few years trialling all the big hitters in my gracious home, and happily, have not yet been killed by my neighbours. But wait, that's nearly a grand or '10,000 dimes', as you Americans put it. This is an outstanding speaker from the multi-room market leader. It's worth noting that until Air Play 2 arrives, Apple's system is only a multi-room one from your computer and not from your mobile (apart from on the Sonos Play 5, Urbanears Baggen and Marshall's range of speakers – a line in and clever tech means they can turn source into a multi-room one.The Sonos has a more 'accurate' and less aggressive sound than the HEOS 7, and looks way better, in my opinions, with a subtly curved, tactile white form that's far more interesting than it might appear at first glance.Although it is also rather hard to keep clean, I've found.Go multi-room with a few of them (or the smaller Mu-so Qb) and the cost mounts up pretty rapidly, but there's just not a better sounding or looking wireless speaker for (just) under a grand.It looks elegant yet industrial, and that's what its sonic performance is like.I think I narrowly prefer the more forward sound of the HEOS 7, but the Sonos speaker has so much to recommend it as a standalone or multi-room speaker – it fits seamlessly into Sonos' eco-system, and can be controlled via Alexa if you have a Sonos One or an Echo/Echo Dot with the Sonos skill.See the Sonos One review above for my thoughts on that.

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Here, we're dealing with premium, Wi-Fi-connected speakers, from £200/$200 to over £1,000/$1,000. Obviously if you're a subscriber to Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music Unlimited or one of the myriad other subscription-based streaming services, you'll need compatibility with that – note that in many cases, these can be piggy-backed over Chromecast or Air Play.

I've spent the last few years trialling all the big hitters in my gracious home, and happily, have not yet been killed by my neighbours. But wait, that's nearly a grand or '10,000 dimes', as you Americans put it. This is an outstanding speaker from the multi-room market leader. It's worth noting that until Air Play 2 arrives, Apple's system is only a multi-room one from your computer and not from your mobile (apart from on the Sonos Play 5, Urbanears Baggen and Marshall's range of speakers – a line in and clever tech means they can turn source into a multi-room one.

The Sonos has a more 'accurate' and less aggressive sound than the HEOS 7, and looks way better, in my opinions, with a subtly curved, tactile white form that's far more interesting than it might appear at first glance.

Although it is also rather hard to keep clean, I've found.

Go multi-room with a few of them (or the smaller Mu-so Qb) and the cost mounts up pretty rapidly, but there's just not a better sounding or looking wireless speaker for (just) under a grand.

,000. Obviously if you're a subscriber to Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music Unlimited or one of the myriad other subscription-based streaming services, you'll need compatibility with that – note that in many cases, these can be piggy-backed over Chromecast or Air Play.

I've spent the last few years trialling all the big hitters in my gracious home, and happily, have not yet been killed by my neighbours. But wait, that's nearly a grand or '10,000 dimes', as you Americans put it. This is an outstanding speaker from the multi-room market leader. It's worth noting that until Air Play 2 arrives, Apple's system is only a multi-room one from your computer and not from your mobile (apart from on the Sonos Play 5, Urbanears Baggen and Marshall's range of speakers – a line in and clever tech means they can turn source into a multi-room one.

The Sonos has a more 'accurate' and less aggressive sound than the HEOS 7, and looks way better, in my opinions, with a subtly curved, tactile white form that's far more interesting than it might appear at first glance.

Although it is also rather hard to keep clean, I've found.

Go multi-room with a few of them (or the smaller Mu-so Qb) and the cost mounts up pretty rapidly, but there's just not a better sounding or looking wireless speaker for (just) under a grand.

Again, I've noted what size of space I think each speaker is able to fill – small (offices, kitchens, bedrooms); medium (larger bedrooms, most front rooms) and large (more palatial or open-plan spaces, combined kitchen/lounge type spaces, Donald Trump's toilet and so forth).Sonos has long dominated the multi-room market and despite market-leading status immediately making certain critics and consumers hate them, their speakers have always been somewhere between good and excellent.