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By Simon Cohen November 21, 2023 11:25AM
Sonos will absolution its aboriginal wireless headphones in 2024, according to a address from Bloomberg that cites sources accustomed with the matter. The headphones are projected to amount amid $400 and $500, which would abode them in absolute antagonism with Apple’s AirPods Max and Sony’s WH-1000XM5, two of the arch noise-canceling headphones on the market. The address suggests the new wireless cans, code-named “Duke,” could appear as aboriginal as April, and will appear in Sonos’ two capital colors, atramentous and white.
Earlier in November, Sonos CEO, Patrick Spence told investors that in 2024, the aggregation will access into a “new multibillion-dollar chic in the additional bisected of the year that will accompaniment our accepted offering, contentment customers, and drive actual revenue.” Given the timing cited by Bloomberg, it seems acceptable Spence was referencing the as-yet unannounced Sonos headphones.
The headphones will be advised to assignment with the blow of the Sonos ecosystem and will accommodate articulation abutment through Sonos Voice Control, admitting there was no acknowledgment of whether the cans will use Wi-Fi, article that has been broadly speculated will be bare to accord a set of Sonos headphones abounding affinity with the Sonos software.
The address additionally says that Sonos is because afterward the headphones with a set of wireless earbuds. More surprising, however, is Bloomberg’s affirmation that the aggregation is additionally alive on a Roku-like streaming device for backward 2024 or aboriginal 2025. The device, reportedly code-named “Pinewood,” will be based on the Android operating arrangement and affection alive apps from Netflix and others. As with best flagship alive devices, it’s accepted to abutment both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, and presumably, 4K resolution, but the address did not specify its resolution capabilities.
Sonos is additionally because afterward in Apple’s and Roku’s footsteps by alms its own video alive account that would run on the Pinewood device. If it does, it wouldn’t be the aboriginal account of its affectionate for Sonos — the aggregation already maintains Sonos Radio and the subscription-based, ad-free adaptation Sonos Radio HD, both of which can alone be accessed from Sonos devices.
The address goes into alike added detail apropos Sonos’ approaching plans, adage that it’s activity to absolution a new soundbar code-named “Lasso” that will action bigger achievement than its absolute Sonos Arc (with a amount that may be appreciably college too) and be based on apostle technology developed by Dutch audio aggregation Mayht, which Sonos acquired in 2022. A new wireless sub advised accurately for Lasso and Pinewood is additionally planned, as is a adapt of the Sonos Roam, which would see Sonos’ aboriginal apostle get the aforementioned blow controls as the Move 2.
Also in the works: a new amplifier and architectural speakers aimed at the able installer bazaar and a adaptation of the Sonos Era 100 for businesses that will accept a complete Ethernet anchorage instead of acute that you use an add-on USB-C dongle. Sonos afresh appear its Sonos Pro service advised for businesses that appetite centralized ascendancy over their multi-location Sonos installations.
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