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Introducing the Sonos One, with Alexa Control

  Sonos ONE Voice Controlled Smart Speaker

Sonos ONEPlay and control your music hands-free. Just ask. Sonos One blends great sound with Amazon Alexa, the easy-to-use voice service, for hands-free control of your music and more.

Use your voice to control music playing while you cook. Or even request a lullaby when you’re tucking the kids in. Do everything that Alexa does; play songs, check news and traffic, manage smart devices and enjoy all those other helpful Amazon Alexa skills using a single Sonos speaker.

Multi-room listening

Sonos One wirelessly connects to Sonos speakers in additional rooms, allowing you to expand your home sound system when you’re ready.

Built on the mini-but-mighty blueprint of PLAY:1, Sonos One is backed by a pair of Class-D amplifiers and custom-built drivers, meticulously tuned to the speaker’s unique acoustic architecture.

Pair two Sonos Ones together in the same room for instant stereo sound. Add a SUB for deeper bass. Or pair with your TV’s PLAYBAR or PLAYBASE for epic home cinema surround sound.HOMECINEMA

Control Your Sonos

There are many ways to control your Sonos system. With your voice, play and control your music hands-free. Just ask.

With touch, tap to turn up the volume. Swipe to skip a track. Mute the microphone for privacy. Sonos One’s touch controls are always a tap away.

Your Sonos system can also be controlled via the Sonos app, the deepest level of Sonos control. Manage everything you listen to in one place.

Control your entire home through Sonos. Turn on lights, adjust the temperature, and more… with Sonos One you can control your smart home devices with your voice.

There’s no need to worry about privacy either. An illuminated LED indicator light makes sure you always know when your speaker’s microphone is active. Or turned off. Sonos One is designed with extra security: the hard-wired LED connection ensures no one is listening when you want privacy.MICPRIVACY

Better Over Time

As Sonos is continually updating with new features, services and skills, your music and voice-control options will both keep getting better over time.

Alexa Now Compatible with All Sonos Models, All You Need is an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot

Echo dotWith an Amazon Echo or Dot, you can use your voice to play and control songs, playlists, radio stations, podcasts and more. On any Sonos speaker in any room of your home.

Not got your phone to hand? No problem. You can even request a lullaby when you’re tucking the kids into bed.

Sonos uses Amazon Alexa to make your entire home listening experience less touchy. But a whole lot more feely.

Use the convenient combination of your voice and the Sonos app to manage all your music in one place. Both Sonos and Alexa keep adding new features, enhancing sound, services and skills to make sure both your music and voice control options just keep getting better. For free. For life.Since Alexa responds to any voice, anyone in your home can take control of the music. Teens can tell Alexa to skip tracks or lower the volume while they study. Friends can share their questionable taste in music with you, no app required. And you can pause it all with a simple command.

The Sonos One and the Sonos PLAY series of speakers are all available from Advanced MP3 Players now! Buy the Sonos One and receive 10% off any other Sonos speaker!

Dynamic and Balanced Armature Drivers

When purchasing earphones, a lot of factors come into play… do I need in-line controls? Do I want replaceable or balanced cables? What accessories come with them?

One line of questioning we hear a lot is often people wondering what are dynamic drivers, what are balanced armature drivers, and why do some earphones have both? This article should hopefully clear this up a bit, and hopefully make future purchases a little more informed.

Dynamic Drivers

Also known as moving coil drivers, dynamic drivers are like the drivers you’d find in a loudspeaker, such as your Hi-Fi or TV’s soundbar. These drivers use diaphragms, similar to the cones in a Hi-Fi speaker, with a voice coil attached directly to them, a charge is applied to the voice coil and the diaphragm moves, moving air and in turn, creating sound.

Dynamic driver schematic

Dynamic driver schematic

Advantages:

-        More natural sounding

-        More powerful bass response

-        More durable and cost effective

Balanced Armature Drivers

Often seen in hearing aids, the driver consists of a miniature arm (armature) inside a coil of wire surrounded by two magnets. The top and bottom magnets determine the movement of the armature. When current flows through the coil, it magnetizes the armature, causing it to pivot towards either magnet. This pivoting movement will move the diaphragm and produce sound as a result. This movement can occur thousands of times a second.

Balanced Armature Driver Schematic

Balanced Armature Driver Schematic

Advantages:

-        Drivers can be tuned to specific frequency ranges

-        Much smaller than dynamic drivers

-        Better treble performance

-        Faster response and a more detailed sound, though not as “powerful” as a dynamic driver

Looking at the above information, it is easy to see that there are good reasons to choose either, and often earphones combine both. Due to the expense involved in using balanced armature drivers, this is often seen in more luxury earphones rather than cheaper models. However, the additional investment to get yourself a pair of earphones that use a combination of both types of drivers (known as a hybrid model) means that you will get the best of both worlds, resulting in a warm, natural sound with good bass response and a great deal of detail in the high end of the frequency spectrum. Additionally, the small size and tunability of balanced armature drivers means that brands often put multiple drivers in one pair of earphones to enrich the listening experience even further.

Hopefully this information will help clear up some of the questions you may have when looking to invest in a new pair of IEMs. If you feel like you need more information, we at Advanced MP3 Players are only a message or phone call away!