At CEDIA 2018, Sonos made a push for the custom install market. They announced the re-designed Sonos AMP. as well as a partnership with Sonance to deliver in-wall speakers building.
This week we are seeing the fruit of the Sonos / Sonance partnership as they announce the availability of the Sonos Architectural speakers. Not surprisingly, these new speakers have been optimized for the Sonos AMP.
The Sonos Architectural by Sonance speaker lineup will be made up of the following models:
- Sonos In-Wall by Sonance ($599/pair USD)
- Sonos In-Ceiling by Sonance ($599/pair USD)
- Sonos Outdoor by Sonance ($799/pair USD)
The Sonos In-Wall and In-Ceiling speakers are available for pre-order starting now on Sonos.com.
Full Sonos Press Release
Santa Barbara, Calif. – February 5, 2019 – Today, Sonos (Nasdaq: SONO) announced the all-new Sonos Architectural by Sonance, a collection of installed passive speakers for indoor and outdoor use designed and optimized for Sonos Amp in partnership with Sonance. Sonos In-Wall by Sonance and Sonos In-Ceiling by Sonance are available for pre-order on sonos.com today, with general availability to begin on February 26; general availability for Sonos Outdoor by Sonance will follow in April.
With a shared commitment to superior sound and great design, Sonos and Sonance partnered with the objective of producing speakers that disappear into any space while providing clear sound, even coverage, high-quality performance, and ease of use. The creation and engineering of speakers for a specific amplifier marks a first for architectural sound, demonstrating both brands’ dedication to creating transformative sound experiences.
“Our goal was to create a solution optimized for installers, bringing the Sonos experience to architectural speakers for the first time,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence. “Sonance was the natural partner, sharing our passion for high quality, reliable sound solutions inside and outside the home.”
When paired with Sonos Amp, the In-Ceiling and In-Wall speakers’ unique hardware signature unlocks Trueplay™ which accounts for the size, construction, and furnishings of the room where the speakers are placed, and automatically adjusts the EQ for optimal sound.
The Outdoor speaker is the first Sonos speaker designed for outdoor use. Featuring a weatherproof design and engineered to withstand a wide variety of environmental conditions, you can now enjoy audio content year-round from anywhere in your home, whether inside or out.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Sonos to bring the first architectural speakers with TruePlay to market,” said Sonance CEO Ari Supran. “Sonos represents the pinnacle in distributed audio user experiences and we are thrilled to help extend that experience to installations where hiding technology into architecture is desired.”
A connection to Amp also brings the benefits of the Sonos system to every Sonos Architectural by Sonance speaker, including an easy-to-use app that works with all of your favorite streaming services, AirPlay 2 control, regular software updates, and the ability to add additional Sonos speakers and components to expand your setup over time.
Up to three pairs of Sonos Architectural by Sonance speakers can be powered by a single Sonos Amp. Also, all Sonos Architectural by Sonance speakers feature dynamic bass processing to enhance low frequencies for a richer listening experience.
Like all Sonos products, the Sonos Architectural by Sonance speakers have been thoughtfully designed to put sound experience first, regardless of where you’re listening:
- The $599/pair In-Ceiling speakers bring music into any room and are ideal for spacious, ambient listening. They also feature specially designed round, or optional square, grilles which can be painted to match the ceiling.
- The $599/pair In-Wall speakers bring targeted, immersive sound for home theater. Like the In-Ceiling speakers, these speakers feature specially designed grilles which can be painted to match the wall.
- The $799/pair Outdoor speakers withstand the elements to deliver rich sound outside the home. These outdoor speakers are engineered to withstand humidity, water, salt spray, heat, UV rays, and freezing temperatures.
Sonos also announced that the all-new Amp, its powerful and versatile home amplifier, will be available for purchase in Australia, Canada and Mexico on February 5, for preorder in Europe on February 5, and shipping in Europe from February 12. Amp is currently available in the United States on Sonos.com and through installers, with the addition of retail availability beginning February 5.
First unveiled in August 2018, the $599 Amp is more than twice as powerful as its predecessor, supports Apple’s AirPlay 2 and more than 100 streaming services, and offers HDMI-ARC to bring great sound to your TV.
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