The Sonos Transfer is certainly one of our favourite outside audio system, however at a hefty 6.6 kilos, calling it transportable is a little bit of a stretch; “luggable” is extra prefer it. Now comes phrase that Sonos is teeing up a brand new system for subsequent month, and there are sturdy hints that it may very well be a smaller, extra movable Transfer.
Throughout Sonos’ earnings name on Wednesday, CEO Patrick Spence introduced that the corporate’s “latest product” would arrive in March, according to The Ambient.
Whereas Spence didn’t go into any additional element in regards to the upcoming system, a latest Sonos FCC submitting means that the product may very well be a brand new—and sure smaller—transportable Bluetooth/Wi-Fi speaker.
As The Verge notes, the FCC submitting describes a brand new speaker that helps each Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 5, together with a wi-fi charging dock. The submitting additionally says that the upcoming speaker consumes much less energy than the two-year-old Transfer, which suggests a smaller (and hopefully lighter) shell.
Regardless of the Transfer’s daunting measurement and heft—it’s fitted with a deal with, and feels as heavy as a bowling ball—we nonetheless lavished it with praise in our review, calling it a “outstanding” transportable speaker with “incredible” audio high quality, “superb” Wi-Fi vary and “lengthy” battery life. The Transfer is hard, too, with its IP56-certified shell designed to withstand mud and jets of water.
In fact, there’s one other chance for Sonos’ subsequent product, and it’s an attractive one: a pair of headphones.
Sonos followers have lengthy puzzled whether or not the corporate would unveil wi-fi headphones, and there’s proof that Sonos has not less than mulled the thought. Final summer season, Sonos was awarded a patent for a pair of over-ear headphones with noise cancellation, contact controls, a line-level enter, and a “potential” USB-C charging report, Protocol reports.
Attention-grabbing stuff, however how typically have we seen patents for merchandise that by no means come to fruition? An FCC submitting, however, factors to a tool that’s shut to completely baked, and that’s why our cash is on a smaller Transfer fairly than the headphones (for now, anyway). Keep tuned.