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Sonos Playbase Nears Release

Dave Zatz —  February 18, 2017

First spotted at the USPTO way back in 2014, several signs indicate the mysterious Sonos Playbase nears release. What appears to be a speaker array that one’s television sits upon, similar to the Bose Solo 15, the new Sonos product just popped up on retailer BH Photo’s site for pre-order. With a pencilled-in $699 price point, the Playbase comes in both white and black and is tentatively expected to ship in March. Beyond newly unearthed pics, adding fuel to the fire is a deleted Sonos forum post and an FCC listing referencing the incoming ZPS11/RM011/S11.

Of course, we expect the home theater-centric Playbase to provide similar functionality to its siblings… including the ability to pair with “traditional” Sonos speakers for rear channel audio and upcoming support for Alexa. Whether or not the Playbase incorporates native voice support, with far field microphones, or Alexa integration is handled via an Amazon Echo remains to be seen. Given the rumored pricing, equivalent to the Sonos Playbar and exceeding its Bose equivalents, I’d bet on integrated mics and touch controls, as seen with the recently refreshed Play:5 speaker.

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Amazon Music Prime Stations land on Sonos (in beta form)

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As we continue to examine the updated Sonos Android app that revealed the upcoming touch-sensitive, second generation Play:5 connected speaker, we’ve learned that Sonos looks to further improve audio quality by listening to room acoustics – as we often see with home theater receivers. This new feature, called Trueplay, uses the mic on your mobile device to analyze acoustic performance in a given space. Presumably units with more speakers can be fine tuned to overcome positioning obstacles while units with fewer speakers might elicit suggestions to move it to another location.

There are multiple references to using the internal Android’s microphone for walking and waving as the analysis is conducted. Further, within the Android app code, there’s even reference to using an iPad microphone, so iOS support is clearly on the docket. Given some of the wording, I also wonder if newer Sonos models like the ZPS6 could even include their own mics. And while self tuning is great, the potential for Echo-esque voice control is absolutely stellar. Make it so! Continue Reading…

As the story goes, I’ve been tracking at least one new incoming Sonos speaker — the S100 aka RM010. And after unpacking a publicly available Sonos beta APK for Android, I came across several interesting renders. They appear to show a sleeker Play:3 or Play:5 that does away with hardware buttons on top in favor of a touch sensitive surface and gesture control… including newly introduced transport controls. Around back, near the power cord, is what appears to be a relocated pairing button.

Like the existing Play:3, this “ZPS6” speaker can placed vertically or horizontally. Beyond the new hardware itself, Sonos is also poised to unveil speaker tuning technology based on evaluation of in-room acoustics via smartphone or iPad mic.As to driver count, acoustic quality, and price, we’ll have to wait and see.

UPDATE: I’ve learned that both Trueplay and the new speaker will be announced tonight. And, the speaker is indeed a Play:5 replacement — available later this fall for $500 in white or black. Beyond the modern new look featuring touch controls, we’ve also learned it’s been upgraded from five custom drivers to six for a wider, room-filling soundstage.

What’s the Sonos S100?

Dave Zatz —  September 11, 2015

Could use a little help here…

A few weeks back, the SONOS S100 passed thru the FCC. Sadly, there is very little useful information to anyone outside of engineering and compliance. I’ve wondered if it could be a Boost update to integrate Apple HomeKit and Siri voice control – wouldn’t that be nifty? (Especially since I unloaded the acoustically inferior Amazon Echo.) Some on the forums have suggested the Play:5 is being phased out and this could be its replacement. The Sonos lineup is also still in need of a battery-powered portable or nightstand speaker – perhaps this Nightingale? And we still don’t know what that Sonos Playbase is all about.

UPDATE: Found something…!

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If you’ve been looking to expand your Sonos speaker collection or are just getting ready to ease into the addiction of top flight, whole-home audio, Sonos has got a deal for you. The smallest of the Sonos speakers, the Play:1, normally runs $199 a pop. However, as part of a limited time offer, Sonos is offering a “2-Room Starter Set” of two black or two white Play:1 wireless speakers for $349, shipped free. The Play:1 may be the least powerful entry in the Sonos lineup, but it’s the most aesthetically pleasing and subtly fits into more locales – including “high humidity” environments, like your steamy bathroom. In fact, once I finish unloading my sonically-challenged Amazon Echo novelty speakers, I intend to add a few Play:1s for streaming more online music to more locations around the home.

Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  May 13, 2015

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Samsung answers the Apple Watch Digital Crown with a rotating, round bezel
By turning the bezel around the screen, you can scroll through lists, zoom in and out of photos, adjust the volume, select items arranged in a circle, input numbers, and so on.

Sonos Version 5.4 Now in Public Beta
Coming soon on Sonos – sound enhancements for the PLAY:1, simpler setup for home theater, and more (now in beta).

Woman files suit after getting fired for deleting app that tracked her location
Attorneys for Arias said her boss admitted her location would be monitored outside of business hours and bragged that he knew the speed she was driving at specific moments as a result of the app. Plaintiff expressed that she had no problem with the app’s GPS function during work hours, but she objected to the monitoring of her location during non-work hours.

CEO Tim Armstrong Says AOL Is Staying In The Content Business
Armstrong: TechCrunch is not getting sold off. There will be editorial independence. And from a distribution and resource standpoint, it’s probably the most exciting deal we could have done.

Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  May 8, 2015

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