It's no secret Sonos is working on a smart speaker to rival products such as Amazon's Echo and Apple's HomePod. Last year, Sonos laid off a number of staff while simultaneously announcing a new shift in focus to help the company "remain innovative and successful". But jumping on the digital assistant bandwagon hasn't been easy, as the company's current integration with Amazon Alexa devices isn't exactly what you'd call straightforward.
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Sonos's latest speaker is built not to go around your TV, nor in front of it. It's built to go underneath, and to blend in with your existing furniture more than any Sonos speaker before it. It's only built for a certain kind of TV, but that doesn't mean you're not going to want to try it out anyway.
There was a brief period of time — think 2011 to 2015, where the pedestal-like soundbar was convenient for TV owners. TVs had gotten skinnier and sound had gotten crummier as a consequence. Functioning as both speaker and stand, the pedestal was an appealing soundbar-style ideal for TV owners who had no plans to mount a set on their wall, but didn't have space for a giant sound log resting precariously in front of their set. Sonos' new Playbase is one of the best pedestal-style sound bars you will be able to buy right now, but, uhh, it's also way late.
Sonos speakers already live all around your house — your living room, your bedroom, your bathroom. You might already have a Sonos speaker in the same room as your TV. You might already have a Playbar. If you don't, though, it might be because you don't have room underneath your TV — maybe it's not wall mounted, maybe it lives on a skinny entertainment unit. That's why Sonos has a new speaker for your TV, designed to live underneath it. It's called the Playbase.
Sonos is getting ready to expand its home theatre lineup, according to multiple leaks that surfaced in the past few days. Photos of a new Sonos product called the "PlayBase" speaker have been featured in a B&H Listing, several tweets and a FCC listing. Base speakers of this kind — which sit directly under a TV — have typically received poor reviews from audio fans, but Sonos' proprietary sound-tuning software could give this thing hope.
Do you know that one person in your life that carries around massive headphones wherever they go, that has all their music downloaded in lossless FLAC format, and that has a vinyl collection growing faster than the hole in the ozone layer? Here are 10 presents that you can buy for any discerning audiophile to make their Christmas a special one.
If you've got Sonos's excellent wireless speakers set up around your house, chances are you stream your music to them with your smartphone. Chances are, too, that music comes straight from the 'net — and probably from your Spotify subscription. If all these things are true, then Sonos' most recent update will make you happy: you can now throw music to your Sonos setup without leaving the Spotify app.
If you're listening to music from your phone while you're out in the car, or while you're commuting home on the train or bus, it makes sense that you should share it with everyone in your house once you get there. With that as our criteria, we've built a short list of five of our favourite Android apps that take streaming music, radio and audio out from your earphones and pipe it into the real world through your house's wireless speakers and your TV.
When you're buying your lunch today, you might want to take a moment and spend a little more. Gizmodo's Lunch Time Deals posts point out any particularly good bargains for Aussie bargain hunters around the 'net. This week, JB has an Instant Deal flat $50 off any Sonos standalone wireless speaker in stock.
We've spent hundreds of hours over several months using six multiroom wireless speaker systems in every possible room and even outside to find the best multiroom wireless speaker system. Though new competition is better than ever, Sonos is still the best for most people. If you want something cheaper, Google Chromecast Audio does a decent job, but you'll need to provide your own speakers.
Beta software lets you test out the newest features while app developers work out the final bugs in the software. Now, more app developers are offering beta programs than ever before. All you need to do is sign up to be part of the beta program. Plus, switching back to the stable version is usually easy. (Please note: beta programs can cause problems in your devices, so please proceed with caution). Here are 11 beta programs you can join today — and one you can't.
Two very different Sydney households have been part of a global experiment, coupled with a 41 question survey of 4,000 Australians — and 30,000 people worldwide — looking at how music in the home positively affects the way people spend time with each other. Sonos and Apple Music are behind the experiment, dubbed Music Makes it Home, which showed some interesting results.
Just as promised, Sonos has finally joined the list of apps that play nice with Apple Music — provided you're willing to risk the beta version, that is.
In two weeks, you'll be able to listen to Apple Music on Sonos's great wireless music system. Both companies have teamed up for a public beta starting December 15. The full rollout will happen in early 2016.
Your smartphone or tablet is a gateway to tens of millions of music tracks, of audio playlists and podcasts and internet radio stations. The only problem is that your smartphone's speaker is not great — and that's where wireless sound systems come into their own. And sure, you can hook up a Bluetooth speaker for a temporary high, but if you're listening at home then you can do a lot, lot better. Sonos's new Play:5 speaker is about the size of a regular bookshelf speaker — the kind that you'd have paired up next to your TV, for a small home theatre setup — but it packs so much more power.
We really, really like the Sonos Play:5 — it's incredibly easy to set up and use, and gives you smartphone- or tablet-friendly access to dozens of different streaming music and internet radio services. And now it's even better, optimised for stereo listening and with a wider soundrange, clearer treble and more powerful bass. And that's not the only announcement; Sonos has a new top-of-the-line wireless speaker to show off, but some fancy new software tricks that can make it sound even better.