The next Sonos flagship speaker will play sound in almost every direction

After focusing on mid-tier products like the Ray and launching its own voice service in 2022, Sonos is about to shift its focus to premium devices. In addition to the upcoming Delay Sub Mini, the company is also working on a new high-end speaker codenamed the Optimo 2.

edge Early, work-in-progress images of the Optimo 2 have been viewed, and it marks a significant evolution in design compared to Sonos’ existing offerings such as the Sonos One, Five, Arc, Beam, and Roam. Housed in a sleek dual-angle housing, the new device will be positioned as the best-sounding speaker Sonos has ever produced. It includes a driver library with several drivers that fire in different directions from under the enclosure between the front speaker grille and the back panel. The 3D game above is bronze, but the Optimo 2 will likely stick to Sonos’ traditional white and black choices. The front of the device is shown in our image, with the vertical rectangle representing the location of the Sonos logo.

Size-wise, it looks similar to the Sonos Five/Play:5. According to people familiar with the product, the Optimo 2 has twice the RAM and eight times the flash memory of any previous Sonos speaker. This is a clearly designed road to strong software support.

If current plans go according to plan, the Optimo 2 will be the Swiss Army Knife of Sonos speakers. It will support music playback over Wi-Fi like all of the company’s products, as well as Bluetooth audio. Until now, Bluetooth playback has been limited to portable hardware such as mobile and roaming. Interestingly, the company is also considering USB-C line-in playback for the device. That would make it the only other modern Sonos speaker besides the five to offer line-in capability. (The Sonos 5 has a more traditional 3.5mm aux input.) With the help of a built-in microphone, the Optimo 2 will feature automatic sound tuning to optimize its performance at various settings. These microphones will also support Sonos voice control. As always, some of these features may be obsolete and missing in the final shipped product.

With its array of drivers (including one that appears to fire upwards), the Optimo 2 will be a showcase for Dolby Atmos audio. But that’s only part of the puzzle. edge The Optimo 2 can be reported to be the lead among three in-production units, which will also include the Optimo 1 and Optimo 1 SL. “SL” means the latter does not include a built-in microphone. These three products are intertwined with an upcoming major update to the Sonos software platform that will unlock new features.

Aside from the microphones, specific differences between the three Optimo devices are unknown. In theory, the Optimo 2 could serve as a successor to the Sonos Five, which hasn’t had a meaningful redesign in years. This will allow the Optimo 1 and 1 SL to act as small smart speakers or satellite speakers in a Sonos surround sound system. Home theater has become an important part of the company’s business.

Earlier this month, Sonos reported tough third-quarter earnings, blaming rampant inflation and a rising dollar for the drop in revenue. The company also revealed that it has pushed back the planned launch of a new product, almost certainly the Sub Mini, to the first fiscal quarter of 2023, between October and December of this calendar year.

“Softer consumer demand in our product category has had a huge impact on Roam,” CEO Patrick Spence said on a quarterly investor call, noting that the $279.99 Sonos Ray soundbar was due to similarly weak demand.” well below our expectations for this year.”

But Spencer maintained an optimistic outlook. “We’re now focusing on the things we can control. We’re investing in a lot of new innovations and new products that we think will help us emerge from these macroeconomic headwinds and be in a better position.” Optimo 2, Optimo 1 and Optimo 1 SL will be at the heart of an innovative and stable product line.

In fiscal 2022, Sonos released the second-generation Beam, Roam SL (and a new Roam color), Sonos Ray, and Sonos Voice Control. It has also made acquisitions, including the acquisition of Mayht Holding BV, which Sonos says has “invented a new, revolutionary approach to audio sensors” making them smaller and lighter without compromising quality.

edge Sonos has been contacted for comment.

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