From the Sonos weblog:
There’s more great stuff to stream than ever and we want to make it dead simple to enjoy it all on Sonos. That’s why we’re excited to announce the latest addition to the Sonos platform: AirPlay 2.
With AirPlay 2, you can effortlessly stream just about any sound from your iPhone or iPad to one of our AirPlay-compatible speakers. (That’s Sonos One, Beam, Playbase, and the second generation Play:5, by the way.)
$199 for an AirPlay 2 compatible speaker — the Sonos One — sounds like such a great deal, but I just don’t like the idea of having an Alexa-powered device in my home. I don’t want to have that extra mental overhead of remembering which voice assistant I’m speaking to and I’m much more comfortable, from a privacy perspective, with Apple’s offerings.
Call me foolish or paranoid, but I think I’d rather save my money and buy a second HomePod when I can afford it.