Sonos

  • The Sonos Playbar Brings Wireless Surround Sound Without The Fuss

    The Sonos Playbar Brings Wireless Surround Sound Without The Fuss

    Sonos is a wireless audio company that makes solid – albeit comparatively expensive – audio hardware. Setup is drop dead simple – to add a component you simply press one or two buttons on the new device and everything “just works” and the remote control UI, refined over most of the past decade, has a cult-like following. You can create different audio zones… Read More

  • Sonos Releases The Playbar, A Sound Bar With Built-In Streaming Magic

    Sonos Releases The Playbar, A Sound Bar With Built-In Streaming Magic

    The Playbar (or PLAYBAR, in Sonos’ inimitable all-caps style) is a nine-speaker soundbar that can be placed above or below your TV and connects to your in-home Sonos network as well as your television. The device connects to your TV or receiver via an optical cable and can also stream music through the standard Sonos system for playback of local music, Pandora, Rdio, and other music… Read More

  • Sonos Updates Controller App Can Now Stream Podcasts And Music From Your iOS Devices

    Sonos Updates Controller App Can Now Stream Podcasts And Music From Your iOS Devices

    If there’s been one feature missing on the Sonos whole-home music system: Airplay. There were workarounds and hacks, but nothing quite let you stream your iOS music to devices in the home. Now, praise be the Gods of CE, Sonos has added onboard music and podcast streaming to their controller app. Read More

  • Sonos Retina-ifys Their iPad App

    Sonos Retina-ifys Their iPad App

    One pet peeve I had with the Sonos system was the quality of the UI on high-res screens. While it is, after all, just a remote control, the app was Sonos’ outward-facing experience and needed to be flawless. Now it is. The company just updated its iPad app to support Retina screens (no similar update for Retina MacBooks, sadly) and you can also change the Sonos volume by clicking the… Read More

  • Hands On With The Sonos Sub

    Hands On With The Sonos Sub

    The Sonos Sub, not to be confused with the Five-Dollar Footlong, is a subwoofer that works wirelessly with the Sonos family of devices and adds considerable bass to any Sonos CONNECT:AMP, PLAY:5, or PLAY:3 device. It is a substantial device with two force-canceling speakers that outputs down to 25 Hz. At $699 this isn’t your run-of-the-mill audio purchase. However, the difference in… Read More

  • Sonos Lands $135M For Its Classy Wireless Home Audio Systems

    Sonos Lands $135M For Its Classy Wireless Home Audio Systems

    Sonos, the developers of a sexy, high-end wireless home audio system, has raised $135 million in funding led by private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Previous investors Redpoint Ventures and Elevation Partners also contributed to the round, bringing the company’s total funding to just under $200 million. As part of the round, KKR’s David Kerko, Elevation Managing Director… Read More

  • Sonos Launches The Sonos Sub (Woofer, Not Sandwich)

    Sonos Launches The Sonos Sub (Woofer, Not Sandwich)

    Sonos has just gotten really deep (get it?) with their new Sonos Sub, a wireless subwoofer that connects to any Sonos system and adds just a bit more oomph to the musical proceedings. The sub costs $699 and offers (according to the press release) “thick layers of bottomless sound that let you hear and feel the weight of every chord, kick, splash and roll.” Read More

  • Sonos Updates PC/Mac Controller Apps With Drag-And-Drop, One Touch Party Mode

    Sonos Updates PC/Mac Controller Apps With Drag-And-Drop, One Touch Party Mode

    Sonos has just announced an update to their Sonos Controller software, specifically for Mac and PC. The app, which runs on Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, and Android, now comes in 12 different languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Swedish. And that’s only the beginning. The Mac and PC… Read More

  • Sonos Urges Users To Install A Security Update To Protect Their Private Data

    Sonos Urges Users To Install A Security Update To Protect Their Private Data

    Sonos this morning sent out an email to users advising them to immediately update their wireless music system software with a security “enhancement” in order to plug a hole that “in rare cases” could have been exploited by malicious people to gain access to sensitive, personal customer data. In the message, which was also posted on its forum, Sonos says it is not aware… Read More

  • Sonos Update Adds Social, New Android Tablet Version

    Sonos Update Adds Social, New Android Tablet Version

    An update to the Sonos firmware and controller now allows Android users to manage their devices on a Honeycomb tablet in a native slate format, eschewing the original portrait-only Android phone app. The new version supports the Kindle Fire as well. Users can also now Tweet the titles of music they’re listening to right from the app. Read More

  • Xbox Head Robbie Bach Snapped Up By Sonos

    Xbox Head Robbie Bach Snapped Up By Sonos

    Robbie Bach, 22 year veteran of Microsoft and most recently the company’s Xbox division, has moved to Sonos. Sonos head John MacFarlane pulled Bach out of semi-retirement in order to help with their retail presence. Sonos makes audio sharing devices for the home, creating seamless soundscapes in multiple rooms using hardware that, for the most part, surpasses a standard set of… Read More