LOOKING for the best Sonos deals in January? Sonos speakers rarely drop in price, so you’ll need to act quickly whenever there is a price crash. Thankfully, we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the best prices and biggest discounts available on Sonos speakers, including the Sonos One, Sonos Beam 2 and Sonos Roam, in the UK during the January sales.
Looking for a good deal on a Sonos speaker? Here’s what you need to know (Image: SONOS )
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Sonos is one of the most popular smart audio brands on the market. Its clever speaker system lets you wirelessly beam lossless audio from the biggest streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music HD, TiDAL, YouTube Music and more, as well as radio stations, playlists curated by the experts at Sonos, vinyl, and music backed-up to a local hard-drive. You can add up to a maximum of 32 Sonos speakers around the house, playing different albums or sources in different rooms – or syncing playback throughout the house. You can adjust the volume on the speakers individually or all together… something that’s no longer possible on Google Home speakers, following a successful lawsuit brought by Sonos. You can also add a Sonos Beam 2 or Sonos Arc to transform some of the wireless speakers in your house into a surround sound system for movie nights.
Deals on Sonos speakers can be few and far between (this year, the company only slashed £20 from the Sonos Roam as its only Black Friday discount, for example) so you need to act fast whenever something becomes available. Fortunately, there is a clever way to secure discounted Sonos kit all year round – and that’s by visiting Sonos’ official refurbished store. These speakers have all been revived by the technicians at Sonos and arrive in the same packaging as brand-new speakers. According to Sonos, its certified refurbished products “are thoroughly tested to ensure standard Sonos quality”. They even ship with an identical one year warranty as the new models.
While refurbished products direct from Sonos will be serviced by the same engineers that work on the brand-new, boxed speakers, the same cannot be said of refurbished speakers bought from other third-party websites – so be careful out there. Refurbished Sonos speakers arrive in a box indistinguishable from the boxed new models, with everything individually wrapped inside and all of the same cables and documentation.
Since these speakers are refurbished, they’re not always in stock – so while it’s a good place to start your search, it shouldn’t be the only place that you look. Especially if you’re shopping with a tight deadline, like a birthday or Christmas breathing down your neck.
But the real difference between the refurbished speakers and the box-fresh options from Sonos …is the price. While a new Sonos One SL from Sonos will set you back £179, the same speaker can be bought as certified refurbished for just £129. That’s a £50 saving. Even during Black Friday sales in previous (more fruitful) years, Sonos only reduced the price of its Sonos One speakers down by £40. So you’re getting a better deal than its Black Friday discounts – and no worries about limited stock as everyone rushes to order on the same day.
You can add to your Sonos system over time, starting with one and building to a surround sound setup (Image: SONOS )
When bought refurbished from Sonos, the Sonos Move drops from £399 to £289 and the Sonos Beam (first generation) costs £289 compared to £449 for a brand-new, second-generation Sonos Beam soundbar. There’s also £100 off the price of the all-singing, all-dancing Sonos Arc too.
Of course, if you’re desperate for the best deals on new speakers, we’ll share any surprise price crunches below. Prices fluctuate all of the time, so please check back on a regular basis to find the latest discounts. With the Boxing Day sales now in full swing, there are a few more price drops on Sonos kit. However, the refurbished items remain far and away the best value way to get your hands on the latest Sonos hardware…
What Is Sonos?
Sonos was founded in the United States back in 2002 with a simple mission – to untether your audio from a single room and endless pesky cables. Long before the arrival of streaming services and technology like Apple AirPlay, Sonos required its own dedicated wireless network to link up to 32 speakers around your home.
That’s all changed, with the latest speakers connecting to your existing Wi-Fi system and allowing anyone connected to that network to queue up a song from their personal library, switch to a different radio station, adjust the volume, or add an extra room into the mix.
By relying on Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth, you don’t need to worry about the signal detonating as you walk into another room, or step outside into the garden. Streaming music over Wi-Fi is also lossless, so you’ll be able to beam CD-quality audio to every room in your house without a cable in sight. That’s something that’s just not possible with Bluetooth and other older wireless technologies.
A lot has changed since 2002 and Sonos isn’t the only company trying to revolutionise home audio. Some of the biggest technology companies, including Google and Amazon have added a number of the same features into their popular range of AI assistant-controlled smart speaker, Google Nest and Amazon Echo, respectively. Apple makes its AirPlay 2 standard available to a wide range of manufacturers, including Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Marshall, and Roku to name a few, which allows iPhone, iPad and Mac owners to send lossless audio with a few taps – no need to dig into the settings menu, no need to pair with a new device and exchange a four-digit code…
But while the competition is fierce, Sonos remains a hugely popular option thanks to its incredible ease-of-use, design and sound quality. Since it’s such a popular brand, there is a thriving ecosystem of third-party stands, accessories, wall-mounts and much more that you simply won’t find with other options.
If you want to take your music away from the home Wi-Fi network, Sonos sells Bluetooth versions too (Image: SONOS )
The breadth of the line-up from Sonos is also another advantage. As you can start with a single speaker – a Sonos One, for example – before deciding to upgrade the speaker system with your telly, or add a portable Sonos Roam ready for BBQs in the garden in the summer, the list goes on. And since Sonos doesn’t have a horse in the race, unlike Apple, Google and Amazon, it supports pretty much all streaming services and voice-activated AI assistants, including Alexa and Google Assistant.
That way, even if you switch from an iPhone to an Android phone, or from Apple Music to TiDAL, in the future – your home audio system will continue to work just as well as it always has. That’s certainly not the case for anyone who has deeply invested in HomePod and HomePod mini speakers at home.
Are Sonos Speakers Better Than Bose?
Well, that’s a matter of opinion. There’s no doubt that, when it comes to connected audio systems, Sonos has the jump on Bose. Sonos has worked hard to develop a wireless audio system since it was founded back in August 2002. In the last 20 years, it has pioneered a number of features that we now take for granted – such as the ability to adjust the volume of multiple speakers playing the same audio with a single volume slider. Following a successful lawsuit filed by Sonos, Google has been forced to remove similar functionality from its rival Google Home speakers – forcing users to adjust the volume of each speaker individually (or recall the name of each speaker to ask hands-free Google Assistant to do it for you).
Sonos supports a mind-boggling number of music, podcast and radio services. There are over 125 services available in the Sonos app, which is available on iPhone, iPad, Android and more. So whether you subscribe to Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, Deezer, or TiDAL, you’ll be able to listen across all of your Sonos speakers. If you decide to switch to a new streaming service, you can rest assured that you’ll be able to use your new subscription with Sonos products.
In comparison, Bose Music app only supports Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, and TuneIn. As such, there’s much less wiggle room if you want to switch to a different streaming service.
But while Sonos might have the advantage when it comes to clever software features and support a broad range of services …Bose, which was established in Massachusetts some 38 years before Sonos, has more experience when it comes to audio performance. Bose also includes Bluetooth support in many of its products as an option for those who want to play audio wirelessly, which is handy for those who don’t have an AirPlay-enabled device or don’t fancy downloading the dedicated Sonos app to play to its speakers.
Like Sonos, Bose offers a number of different options, including soundbars, surround sound systems, and portable speakers that can all be linked together for a seamless whole-home system. Better yet, if you own an Apple-branded device, including iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can use AirPlay 2 to play songs and podcasts across wireless speakers from different brands, including Bose and Sonos. So, if you already own a Bose-branded soundbar, you don’t need to worry about buying every other wireless speaker from the same brand. If there’s a good deal on a Sonos One, feel free to buy it.