ChatGPT Recommends Matching Your Sonos Ace Headphones with Your Room’s Interior Design

ChatGPT outcomes on an iPhone.
ChatGPT somewhat believes the Sonos Ace headphones are speakers.

Let’s establish something: Teasing AI chatbots is effortless and inexpensive. However, it’s also somewhat enjoyable. And truth be told, I was slightly intrigued about which shade of Sonos Ace headphones ChatGPT might suggest.

So I inquired.

Specifically, I consulted ChatGPT 4o. This is the version “that offers GPT-4-level intelligence but is significantly quicker and enhances its capabilities in text, voice, and vision.” One model is generally as effective (or ineffective) as the next in my view. I wouldn’t take any of them as absolute truth. So, view this as more of an entertainment exercise than anything else.

The initial query I posed: “Which color Sonos Ace should I opt for?”

Before delving into the response, I must mention that I’d consider that to be a rather natural way to pose that question, correct? Presumably, ChatGPT would be able to discern that the Sonos Ace is a product (albeit a relatively recent one, which might pose an issue for the response) and that they are available in various colors. And it accomplished both of these tasks.

However, here lies the issue. Actually, two issues. Firstly, ChatGPT failed to grasp that the Sonos Ace are headphones. (Once again, they might be too recent.) Moreover, it invented a color that isn’t a valid option for the Sonos Ace.

Sonos Ace with one magnetic earcushion removed.
The Sonos Ace in “soft white.” Not entirely white, but not gray either.

This initial part led to a rather amusing response. “The choice of color for a Sonos Ace depends on your personal preference and the style of your space.” That space, of course, is my head. While I may entertain the notion that I might look better with one color of headphones over another, I would argue that the style of my space should not be a factor when it comes to headphones. They are meant to be worn, not displayed. Because they are headphones, not speakers.

And it becomes even more amusing. Here’s the response for Sonos Ace headphones in black: “Sleek and contemporary, black complements most interiors, particularly if you have other black or dark-colored electronics and furniture.” Undoubtedly, it does. Black goes well with everything. However, none of that really factors into my headphone selection process.

But what about white headphones? “Crisp and minimalist,” ChatGPT continued, “white is ideal for a brighter, airy appearance and pairs well with white or light-colored furniture and decor.” I had never considered that white headphones could give the room an airy feel. But alright, I’ll accept it.

Then ChatGPT proposed a third option. “Neutral and adaptable, gray can serve as a good compromise if you desire something not overly stark yet still stylish and contemporary.” It makes sense. However, there’s just one issue: Sonos doesn’t produce gray Ace headphones. They simply do not exist. Admittedly, the white version is actually “soft white” and appears more gray than not. Nevertheless, there are no purely gray Sonos Ace headphones.

Sonos Ace logo earcup close-up.
The Sonos Ace headphones in black.

We’re not finished yet. ChatGPT then pondered on “special editions or customized colors.” Fair enough. “Periodically, Sonos introduces special editions or customized colors. These can provide a unique touch to your setup if you seek something distinct.” That’s accurate. They can indeed add a unique touch to your setup, in the sense that my head is a setup. However, there lies the issue in that Sonos (at least to the best of my memory) doesn’t do that either. The Sonos Roam, new Roam 2, and the Pro-Ject turntables the company offers are the only products that deviate from the black and white options.

Once again, this was all driven by sheer curiosity. I’m not aiming to make ChatGPT feel inadequate or anything. However, the fact that it didn’t automatically recognize that the Sonos Ace are headphones gave the impression that it doesn’t truly understand what they are and was merely providing responses it believed would be somewhat relevant, which ultimately made them generally poor. Like a hastily written paper in sixth grade.

I repeated my query, as I enjoy subjecting myself to punishment. This time, I included an additional word for context: “Which color Sonos Ace headphones should I select?”

The responses were better in the sense that they didn’t assume the Sonos Ace refers to a speaker situated in a room. ChatGPT also presented its answers in pairs of advantages and disadvantages. For the black example:

  • Pros: Timeless, versatile, and less prone to displaying dirt or wear. Complements most outfits and styles.
  • Cons: Might feel too plain if you prefer a more vibrant appearance.

Once again, generic. Yet not incorrect. The response for the white Sonos Ace was essentially the same. However, it is more susceptible to displaying stains. So, try to keep your headphones stain-free.

However, it once again conjured up a gray version of the Sonos Ace, which simply doesn’t exist. The same goes for special edition or customized colors.

The essence of all this? I simply wanted to observe how a cutting-edge AI model would respond to a question I had already answered for myself.

Phil 1. ChatGPT 0.

Valentina Rogers

Valentina is a tech-savvy wordsmith, blending her expertise in digital trends with a talent for crafting compelling stories that resonate with readers of all backgrounds.

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