Onkyo has announced its receivers will soon be able to controlled directly via the Sonos app -- but only when connected to a Works with Sonos" certification.unit -- as part of the new "
Onkyo says select receivers from both Onkyo and Pioneer connected via Sonos' dongle will act as if they were one unit, following a firmware update on June 6. The specific models will be announced in the coming weeks.
The ability to control the Sonos directly removes the step of having to change the Onkyo receiver's input independently and also potentially.
With a $350 ticket price for the Connect, however, this option is still out of the reach of most people -- especially when a Chromecast Audio dongle with much of the same functionality costs only $35. While Sonos' Playbar and Playbase alleviate AV compatibility a little, the company sorely needs an inexpensive dongle if it's to compete with Google's Chromecast built-in system.
For much of Sonos' history its system has been a walled garden. But in recent years the company has loosened its grip -- for example, Sonos will soon enablesupport on the One, PlayBase and Play:5.
Meanwhile, Onkyo and Pioneer receivers from the past 18 months have offered the greatest support for third-party multiroom systems, with, and Flare Connect.