Sonos could be ready to announce a new home-theater speaker with voice control next month.
In an invitation that went out to journalists Thursday morning, the audio company has scheduled an event for June 6 in San Francisco. The invite features a table-full of remotes with the tagline "You're better than this."
The image looks like a reference to the annoyance of using multiple remote controls. While the literal interpretation says Sonos is getting into the universal remote control business, that would be a big departure from the company's traditional wheelhouse: multiroom audio.
More likely, in my opinion, it's a reference to using. Sonos already has an Alexa-powered speaker, the excellent , and could be readying a new voice-controlled speaker.
A big piece of evidence: Sonos' HDMI input -- a first for the company -- and the model number S14. The filing also included a picture of the microphone array the company first used on the Sonos One.to the FCC, which mentioned a "home-theater speaker" with an
At the, the company said that voice control was one of the most important considerations for its products going forward.
What's my educated guess on the new product? The Playbar 2. The originalis one of the oldest devices in the Sonos lineup, having debuted in 2013, so it's overdue for a refresh. It was followed in 2017 by the excellent , but a traditional sound bar form factor is a better fit for today's televisions. Sonos is also likely to announce the date for when Google Assistant will become available on its "agnostic" smart speaker(s).
Sonos did not respond immediately to my request for comment.