Report: Sonos will finally make a soundbar that’s almost affordable

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Enlarge / The second generation of the Sonos Beam, which was introduced last year. It’s slightly larger than its rumored cheaper cousin.

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Sonos smart speakers are known for their ease of use and audio quality, not their affordability. That’s especially true for Sonos’ home theater products like soundbars, which only appeal to the mid-range and high-end markets.

According to recent coverage by The Verge, that’s about to change. The site claims to have seen photos of a new soundbar, codenamed Sonos Fury, with model number S36, and gained access to information. The new soundbar will retail for $249, according to the report.

There are always cheaper competitors out there from other brands, of course, but this would be Sonos’ cheapest soundbar – the Beam is $449 and the Arc is $899.

The Fury (that might not be the final name) is reportedly due out on June 7th, and like many other Sonos products, it will be available in either black or white.

It will be smaller than the second-gen Sonos Beam at 550 × 69 × 100mm. (The Beam measures 651 × 68.6 × 100mm.) It lacks several features found in the Arc or Beam — most notably, it won’t support Dolby Atmos and it will only have an optical audio port instead of an eARC-enabled HDMI -Connection. It also lacks built-in microphones and voice assistant support.

On the other hand, it looks like Sonos wants the product to be more flexible than Beam or Arc in some ways. The Beam and Arc are only meant to be used as soundbars under a TV, and the Fury will work that way too, but The Verge claims the soundbar will also act as a rear speaker alongside the Arc. In that situation, the Fury would be oriented vertically and could offer more immersive surround sound than the Sonos One in that role.

Home theater seems to be a primary focus for Sonos, which has historically focused more on music playback than TV, movie, or video game audio. A few weeks ago, Sonos published several job postings that referenced plans to develop a “Home Theater OS” for future living room products.


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