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Sonos reportedly plans to launch streaming box and higher-end soundbar

22 Nov 2023 | Rasmus Larsen |

Sonos has a lot planned for 2024 and beyond, including a foray into video with a streaming box, a new higher-end soundbar, new subwoofers, and more

Sonos CEO Patrick Spence recently said that 2024 "marks the beginning of a multiyear product cycle", and Bloomberg's sources have now shared more details on Sonos' plans.

In addition to venturing into the headphone market with a product codenamed "Duke", which is set to rival Apple's AirPods in 2024 and is expected to cost upwards of $400, Sonos might launch its first streaming box next year.

"By the end of next year or early 2025, Sonos plans to enter a second new category: TV set-top boxes and video. The company is working on a device — code-named “Pinewood” — that can stream video on TVs and serve as a central hub for a customer’s other Sonos devices. The product will operate similarly to existing set-top boxes, offering its own operating system — based on Android — and a user interface that can display different apps," reported Mark Gurman, Bloomberg.

Dolby Vision and Atmos

The report mentions that it will support Dolby Atmos audio and Dolby Vision HDR, as well as the ability to create immersive surround sound using Sonos home speakers. It is expected to cost $150-200 dollars. This isn't the first time we have heard about Sonos' ambitions for a TV device. In 2022, Protocol reported that Sonos is working on a 'Home Theater OS' project. Sonos is apparently also considering launching its own video streaming service.

A higher-end soundbar

Next year, Sony is reportedly planning to also launch a new soundbar codenamed "Lasso," which may or may not be a successor to the Arc soundbar. - "And a sound bar code-named “Lasso” is coming later in 2024, with better bass and improved audio quality over the existing Arc model. The company is planning to charge about $1,200 for it, up from the $900 price tag on the current high-end version. The sound bar’s new technology is based on Sonos’ 2022 acquisition of Mayht Holding BV, which developed advanced speaker components."

Sonos Arc

Sonos' current high-end soundbar, Arc

And much more

In addition, Sonos reportedly has plans for a "Lotus" subwoofer designed to syncronize with the TV device, a second-generation Roam speaker ("Sidecar"), a more expensive version of the Era 100 speaker with Ethernet, a high-end amplifier ("Premier"), new 8-inch in-ceiling speakers, an upgraded voice control system, an upgraded smartphone app, and possibly an even higher-end subwoofer later. Also read: Sonos wants to get rid of the HDMI cable to its soundbars Not all of these products are intended for release in 2024 or even 2025, but it sounds as if Sonos has a busy period ahead, making strides into multiple new markets. - Source: Bloomberg

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