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Sonos wireless headphones detailed in patent

Sonos' high-end wireless speaker dominance could soon extend to the mobile market.

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Sonos headphones patent

An image of Sonos' headphones from a new patent.

Screenshot by Corinne Reichert/CNET

Sonos' long-rumored wireless headphones have just been awarded a new patent in the US. The headphones would use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, according to the Aug. 25 patent, spotted earlier Monday by Protocol. 

Sonos dominates the high-end wireless speaker market, but this could extend its influence to mobile use.

The headphones, according to patent, would include two speaker drivers in each side, a processor, microphone, voice assistant activator control, volume slider, play control slider and play-pause control. You'd be able to train your voice assistant and choose a wake word.

They'll also have phone call control and proximity sensors along the volume sliders and directional slider."

"As a company founded in innovation, we're always working on different ideas and innovations that can help the world listen better," a Sonos spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement. "We continue to make investments in our strong patent portfolio with dozens of new patents each year. We do not have additional information to share at this time regarding our future product roadmap."

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