Sonos is bringing more firepower to its Beam soundbar with a second-gen model coming out next month. It'll feature beefier hardware, support for superior-quality standards, including Dolby Atmos, and streaming services. The bar will also come with a slightly higher price tag than its 3-year-old predecessor.
It's no secret that Sonos and Google aren't best friends right now. The companies are currently involved in severaldifferentlawsuits regarding intellectual property theft and copyright infringement, and it doesn't seem like the relationship will improve anytime soon. Sonos's Chief Legal Officer Eddie Lazarus delivered remarks to the Senate Judiciary antitrust committee yesterday, calling for action on a lack of interoperability procedures preventing them from using multiple voice assistants at once.
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Whether you're in a white boy summer or hot girl summer mindset, having a good quality Bluetooth speaker is a must. Sonos, as one of the biggest names in premium audio, has thrown its hat into the portable speaker ring with the Sonos Roam. This compact Bluetooth speaker brings all the great aspects of a Sonos audio system to a portable and fantastic-sounding form factor. It's close to being the ideal portable speaker, but a couple of shortcomings keep it from true greatness.
You may have heard that Sonos and Google are involved in a dispute over patent infringement in the US, with Sonos claiming that the search company used its power to steal intellectual property when they first partnered up. The legal debate isn't limited by borders, though. Sonos also brought Google to court in Germany, where it has managed to enforce a preliminary sales ban of a whole bunch of Google products using the Cast protocol.
Sonos has just revealed its latest speaker, a new portable, Bluetooth-connected model called the Sonos Roam. But, if its $169 price tag didn't make that clear, this is more than just your typical bargain-basement Bluetooth speaker. In addition to the usual battery-powered wireless music experience you'd expect for the category, Sonos promises exceptional audio quality, plenty of features, and integration with the rest of the Sonos ecosystem for those already deeply invested in it.
Sonos speakers are highly regarded, but they don't come cheap. The company's least expensive product is the One SL, a stripped-down model that takes the smart speaker functionality out of the One, and it's still $180. A new leak shows two firsts for Sonos: a speaker designed with throw-it-in-your-backpack portability in mind, and one that's a hair cheaper than anything else it offers.
People who own Sonos speakers aren't having the best time dealing with the death of Google Play Music. YouTube Music, the app meant to replace it, has yet to adopt the seemingly basic ability to cast audio from mobile devices to robust thousand-dollar soundbars, much less achieve the promise of complete feature parity. As with many conflicts, there's no good reason for this chasm to exist and everyone to blame. But who should fix it?
It's only Wednesday, but don't tell retailers that: Black Friday has been all month long this year. Sonos's deals are live today, and there are some pretty solid options. Across many retailers, many of the company's most popular premium speakers are $100 to $200 off today through November 30.
Sonos speakers are popular thanks to their reliability and high-quality audio. Sadly, they're also known for being expensive. Thankfully, the Sonos Move portable speaker, which comes with a bunch of features, is currently $100 off, selling for just $299, making it much more affordable than usual.