Sonos Architectural by Sonance Premium Architectural Speakers Designed for use with Sonos Amp

February 5 2019, 14:00
When it comes to residential sound, one of the highlights at ISE 2019 is the launch of the new Sonos Architectural by Sonance lineup, the first architectural speakers designed for a specific amplifier. Sonos Amp will automatically recognize the architectural speakers and optimize its output. Taking things one step further, the In-Wall and In-Ceiling speakers will be the first third party speakers to be TruePlay compatible, making the fine tune adjustments required during custom installation more seamless than ever before.

The creation and engineering of speakers for a specific amplifier marks a first for architectural sound, demonstrating both brands’ dedication to “creating transformative sound experiences,” as they announce. Of course, a connection to Amp also means 100+ streaming services, seamless multi-room experience with other Sonos products, control via AirPlay 2, and regular software updates.

The all-new Sonos Architectural by Sonance is a collection of installed passive speakers for indoor and outdoor use, designed and optimized for the Sonos Amp in partnership with Sonance, one of the most recognized and highly awarded manufacturers in the architectural speaker and outdoor audio categories worldwide. With a shared commitment to superior sound and great design, Sonos and Sonance partnered with the objective of “producing speakers that disappear into any space while providing clear sound, even coverage, high-quality performance, and ease of use.” 

“Our goal was to create a solution optimized for installers, bringing the Sonos experience to architectural speakers for the first time,” says Sonos CEO Patrick Spence. “Sonance was the natural partner, sharing our passion for high quality, reliable solutions inside and outside the home.”

When paired with Sonos Amp, the In-Ceiling and In-Wall speakers’ unique hardware signature unlocks Trueplay which accounts for the size, construction, and furnishings of the room where the speakers are placed, and automatically adjusts the EQ for optimal sound. The Outdoor speaker is also the first Sonos speaker designed for outdoor use, featuring a weatherproof design and engineered to withstand a wide variety of environmental conditions.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Sonos to bring the first architectural speakers with TruePlay to market,” adds Sonance CEO Ari Supran. “Sonos represents the pinnacle in distributed audio user experiences and we are thrilled to help extend that experience to installations where hiding technology into architecture is desired.”

A connection to Amp also brings the benefits of the Sonos system to every Sonos Architectural by Sonance speaker, including an easy-to-use app that works with all the streaming services, AirPlay 2 control, regular software updates, and the ability to add additional Sonos speakers and components to expand any setup over time. Up to three pairs of Sonos Architectural by Sonance speakers can be powered by a single Sonos Amp. Also, all Sonos Architectural by Sonance speakers feature dynamic bass processing to enhance low frequencies. 

For now, the Sonos Architectural by Sonance speakers range includes In-Ceiling speakers ($599/pair) with round, or optional square, grilles which can be painted to match the ceiling; In-Wall speakers ($599/pair) designed for immersive sound and home theater, also featuring specially designed grilles which can be painted to match the wall; and Outdoor speakers ($799/pair) engineered to withstand humidity, water, salt spray, heat, UV rays, and freezing temperatures.

Sonos also announced that the all-new Amp, its powerful and versatile home amplifier, will be available for purchase in Australia, Canada and Mexico from February 5, for preorder in Europe from February 5, and shipping in Europe from February 12. Amp is currently available in the United States on and through installers, with the addition of retail availability beginning February 5.

First unveiled in August 2018, the $599 Amp is more than twice as powerful as its predecessor, supports Apple’s AirPlay 2 and more than 100 streaming services, and offers HDMI-ARC.

The Sonos In-Wall and In-Ceiling speakers are available for pre-order from February 5 on, with general availability from February 26; general availability for the Outdoor speakers following in April 2019. |
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