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Apparently, the streaming wars have nothing on the speaker wars. Sonos is suing Google for proprietary technology, claiming Google stole its tech to build its own speakers. Aside from the legal mess, fans of Sonos say the speakers are smooth and powerful, really making you feel like you are in the room with an artist. But fans of Google speakers argue having the Google assistant built-in is a huge plus. Which speaker is better?

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Sonos' big differentiator is its wireless system. When the company first came on the scene in 2005, it was the first to offer wireless sound in multiple rooms simultaneously. To this day, Sonos' offers a multitude of speaker sets, which can be set up throughout a home, indoors, outdoors, in the shower—anywhere. Whether its a home theater or an outdoor barbecue, Sonos is the only way to carry the smooth vibes throughout your home.

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But why not go with one of the original smart speakers? The Google Home suite is there to make your life easier. There's no need to choose a Google assistant-enabled device when you could just go straight to the source. Wired ranks the Google Nest Mini as the best Google-enabled device on the market: 

The Nest Mini (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is the successor to the original Google Home Mini, though you'll be hard pressed to find any visual changes. You do get improved audio quality, specifically stronger bass; better voice recognition; and the device is wall-mountable so you can save some space on the credenza.
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If infighting between companies matters to you, it's important to know the allegations on the table. Sonos claims that both Google and Amazon used patented technology to create their own line of smart speakers. The New York Times' Jack Nicas and Daisuke Wakabayashi build context around the case: 

The evolving relationship between Sonos and the tech giants reflects an increasingly common complaint in the corporate world: As the biggest tech companies have become essential to reach customers and build businesses, they have exploited that leverage over smaller companies to steal their ideas and their customers.

Although Google denies Sonos' claims, it's important to note that Sonos prioritizes sound quality over anything else, while Google's main goal with its speakers is to improve its assistant. If having Google nearby at all times is important, Sonos speakers still allow both Google and Amazon assistant capabilities. Sonos is the best of both worlds. 

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But perhaps neither sound quality nor smart assistants reign supreme; for some, price is the priority. In this race, Google wins. Per the New York Times, the Sonos One speaker is around $200, while customers can get a Google speaker for about $50. If you want a smart speaker at a reasonable price, Google is the way to go. 

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