Today's Dealmaster is accompanied by a nice little sale of new Sonos speakers and sound bars. The deals take away $ 50 of Sonos One, Sonos One SL, and Sonos Beam and lower the speakers to $ 149, $ 129, and $ 349, respectively. This is the lowest price we've seen for the One and One SL and marks the biggest discount we've seen for the Beam since the $ 319 price on Cyber Monday. (The beam dropped briefly to $ 299 the previous week on Black Friday.) Selling prices are available on the Sonos website and from online retailers such as Amazon.
Before we go any further, let's talk to the elephant in the room: Sonos was recently under fire because it was announced that the official software updates for a number of its older speakers had been discontinued. It was also annoying to force users to move these older devices if they wanted to switch to a newer speaker just to reverse the course last month.
It is worth noting that all devices that Sonos wants to launch "sunset" over a decade ago – and will continue to receive security patches after the end of the most important updates – while the speakers available on the market between 2017 and 2019 will be released on the Coming to the market and working with all compatible The revised software Sonos has introduced its range in recent years. However, this is a problem that software-dependent speakers face and classic "stupid" speakers do not. The official line from Sonos states that a speaker promises at least five years of software support after it has stopped selling this device directly. Therefore, One, One SL and Beam should have a long way to go for software updates. But like any other computer, they are durable.
That means the speakers themselves are good. The One remains a better sounding alternative to the Amazon Echo or Google Home because the support of Alexa or Google Assistant is integrated. The One SL offers clean audio quality and removes the microphones for those who don't want to talk to assistants. The Beam certainly works better with additional Sonos speakers that serve as subwoofers or satellites, but alone it still offers more volume and a wider sound stage than its compact size suggests, along with the same intelligent features as the One.
All three devices suffer from Sonos' usual shortcomings – lack of Bluetooth audio support and a fiddly software controller boss – but also work with Apple's AirPlay 2 protocol, which lets you transfer audio directly from an iOS device to them can. In any case, sales of Sonos devices are relatively rare. So if you have a new premium smart speaker in mind, you should take a look.
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Top 10 offers of the day
Enlarge /. The 2020 Retina MacBook Air.
Offers for laptops and desktop PCs
- Apple MacBook Air (early 2020) laptop – Intel Core i3-1000NG4, 13.3 inch 2560 x 1600, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Magic Keyboard for $ 949.99 at Amazon (usually $ 999).
- WD Easystore (12 TB) external desktop hard drive for $ 179.99 on Google Shopping and eBay (typically $ 279.99).
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Offers for video games
Enlarge /. PowerAs Nintendo Switch Joy-Con charging station.
Enlarge /. The Sonos Beam Smart Soundbar.
TV and home entertainment offers
- Sonos Beam Smart Soundbar for $ 349 at Amazon and Sonos (typically $ 399).
- Roku TV Wireless Speakers – only compatible with Roku TVs or Roku Smart Soundbar for $ 149.99 at Roku (usually $ 199.99).
- 55-inch Samsung RU8000 (2019 model) 4K LED TV for $ 539 at BuyDig (Discount seen at checkout – usually $ 700).
- 65-inch 4K HDR LED TV Sony X900F (2018 model) for $ 998 at Amazon and Walmart (typically $ 1,098).
- Certified overhaul: Sonos Playbar Wireless Soundbar for $ 499 on eBay (usually $ 699).
- Select Prime users: Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K HDR media streamer for $ 24.99 at Amazon (Discount seen at checkout – typically $ 49.99).
- Sonos One (2nd generation) Smart Speaker for $ 149 at Amazon and Sonos (typically $ 199).
- Sonos One SL home speaker for $ 129 at Amazon and Sonos (typically $ 179).
- Withings Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch for $ 126.74 on Amazon (usually $ 170).
- Certified overhaul: Bose QuietComfort 35 II Bluetooth noise canceling headphones for $ 199.95 Bose on eBay (typically $ 349).
- Certified overhaul: Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headphones for $ 279.95 Bose on eBay (typically $ 399).
- Eufy RoboVac 11S robot vacuum cleaner for $ 159.99 on Amazon (usually $ 219.99).
- Amazon Echo Show 8 (pack of 2) Smart Display for $ 199.99 at Amazon (add two to the cart and use the code: SHOW82PK – usually $ 230).
- Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless noise canceling headphones for $ 198 on Amazon (usually $ 228).
- OnePlus 7T (8 GB RAM, 128 GB) unlocked smartphone for $ 499 at OnePlus (typically $ 599).
Enlarge /. Sony's attempt to use real wireless headphones with good noise cancellation: the WF-1000XM3.