TRUEPLAY for Playbar

TRUEPLAY for Playbar

In the pursuit of the best possible listening experience, designing great equipment is only half the battle. Sound is beautifully imperfect. It changes constantly from song to song and room to room, which means that even the most precisely-tuned speaker will sound different in certain environments. The solution? Embrace the change. If no speaker fits every context why not use software to give every speaker the ability to create true sound in any context? That was the conviction that drove us to create Trueplay, a unique tuning technology that anyone can use to quickly and simply fine-tune your Sonos speaker to produce spot-on playback in any room.Trueplay instantly makes the Sonos system...

Play Music from Spotify Straight to Sonos with Spotify Connect

We’ve teamed up with Spotify to make it easier than ever to keep the music going strong. Now Spotify Premium users can control their Sonos straight from the Spotify app using Spotify Connect. Use all the features you love on Spotify: the curation, discovery, and sharing, and hear it all throughout your home in crystal clear sound. You can also access the multi-room power of the Sonos home sound system directly in the Spotify app. We’ve brought out the best of both worlds to give you the smartest and most seamless home sound system yet. Bring the music home. Hate missing the end of a track because you arrived back home before it finished? Spotify now lets you control your sound system...

The New All White SONOS Sub

The New Sonos Sub: A Vision In White

Soul-shaking sound. Heart-pounding design. One-button setup. Just a few of the qualities that made the Sonos SUB such a welcome addition to the homes of music and home cinema lovers the world over. As the new all-white version becomes available, we caught up with the folks behind the bass to find out what made the original SUB so special and what the refresh means for home design today: “Once we decided that we were going to make a SUB, we were trying to tackle two problems,” explains Mieko Kusano, Senior Director of Product Management. “One – typical subs are just pretty ugly! Two – most are basically designed as large cubes making them very inflexible to place. We wanted...

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Listening Out Loud Just Got Easier With Your Sonos App

“You gotta listen to this one song. It’ll change your life, I swear.” When Natalie Portman’s manic pixie dreamgirl archetype dropped a knowledge bomb on a young Zach Braff in the form of The Shins, the moment represented way more than just an indie meet cute. In retrospect, it was a major sign of things to come: personalized song recommendations were gearing up to enter the mainstream. Half a year later, Braff’s Grammy-winning, platinum-selling compilation soundtrack for Garden State firmly established that a handpicked list of songs could be a legitimate musical form in its own right. And the modern playlist was born. All of which sounds a little bizarre to our ears today. Was...

You're Better Than This

You’re Better Than This

Because we’re surrounded by music out loud all day at Sonos, it’s easy to forget that some people have given up on that experience, or maybe never even had it. When you spend so much time engineering great sound, it can be a real bummer to realize that many who do listen out loud, have traded quality for convenience. . . and never looked back. We’ve compressed rich music into tiny files…and sacrificed the sound. We’ve shoved those tiny files through earbuds…and sacrificed the joy of listening together. We’ve played music through disposable Bluetooth speakers…and sacrificed fidelity.Then, sadly, in the very quest for quality, some of us traded listening out loud at all. ...

Sounds

Sleep Tight with Sonos

Replace the morning beep with a fresh tune. What's your perfect wake-up album? #ListenMore A photo posted by @sonos on Jan 9, 2016 at 8:54am PSTDim the lights low. Draw the blinds. Turn on the slow jams. Let’s talk about the bedroom. Hey, not like that! We’re talking about your other favorite bedroom activity: sleep. We all know the importance of a good night sleep. But you work, you commute, you cook, you play, you Netflix, you work more in between … getting eight hours of solid sleep isn’t as easy as it used to be. But with more sleep research and Arianna Huffington’s new book, The Sleep Revolution, bringing much-overdue attention to how (and how often) we catch our...

It's Prime Time in the UK and Germany

It’s Prime Time in the UK and Germany

Amazon Prime has a lot more perks than just getting your packages in two days. Their Prime Music service has been available to Sonos customers in the United States, and now, as of today it’s available within the Sonos app in the UK and Germany as well. If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, good news: You already have access to the million-plus songs, curated playlists and stations that Prime Music has to offer. Feeling equal parts happy and emo? Dark Pop will scratch that itch. Tossing and turning in bed stands no chance against Nature Sounds for Sleep.  Or if you’re planning a summer trip, their In Flight playlist series will give you hours of your favorite genre for any car,...

Eric

How to Build the Perfect Playlist

A lot of people can claim that music runs their lives. It’s an easy and universal thing to love -- and it’s why Sonos makes speakers in the first place. My life really revolves around music, and it has for quite some time. Testing out the piano at our Abbey Road Studios (Photo: Niels Van De Walle, Senior Director , EMEA Marketing) I started playing the piano at the age of four, and my whole life has been about music. I enrolled in a music college at 10 years old, became a session pianist later on, and eventually got my MBA. Making a living as a musician is tough -- hence the MBA -- and after working at record labels for a while, my music-meets-career quest continues here at Sonos, where...

Inside Innovation Hack Week

Inside Innovation Hack Week

It started back in March 2012: Two small groups of Sonos engineers gathered in Santa Barbara, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts, each armed with a couple six packs of beer, some snacks, a healthy mix of Sonos products, and their laptops. The goal? To explore the future of Sonos. The result? Innovation Hack Week was born. Part of my job as Innovation Manager is to work with people to stimulate creative thinking and help drive new ideas to impact the business – and these ideas can be related to products, processes, or best practices. Whether that’s hosting a brainstorm session with a cross-functional group, or connecting one-on-one over an afternoon coffee or Happy Hour beer, ideas...

Sounds

Six Ways to Hack Your Sound on Sonos

There is plenty you can do with your Sonos beyond simply playing music room-to-room. The only thing required is a little know-how. Sound garden Use your Sonos to escape into nature. By setting up two Sonos players in one room, you can experiment with dueling rain sounds and birds chirping across the room, waves crashing against some Bob Marley, or mixing thunderstorms with nighttime crickets. Might we suggest browsing TuneIn for everything from chirrups to sussurations, paired with your favorite streaming service for the accompanying tunes. BYOM Love your best friend, but hate his taste in music? If you both have Sonos, now you can BYO. As soon as you walk in your friend’s home, just...

Navigating an Industry In Transition, Investing in the Future of Music

Navigating an Industry In Transition, Investing in the Future of Music

At Sonos, we’ve always taken a long-term view. We design products to look and sound great in your home for a target of ten years, and to get better in that time. We made a bet that streaming would fundamentally change the way we enjoy music, and we organized ourselves to deliver the best experiences for listening out loud. We chose to fill the most space with the fewest speakers rather than to make the most gadgets for the smallest space; to deliver lasting experiences over disposable technology; to provide access to all the streaming services in the world, not just the most popular ones; and we chose to develop our products with WiFi instead of Bluetooth, which was far more challenging...

Behind The New PLAY:5 With Giles Martin

Behind the New PLAY:5 With Giles Martin

Science and art come together to bring the true sound of the recording studio into your home.The entire history of recorded music is at our fingertips and playing all around us. We hear it in the gym, in the pub, on the TV, in our earbuds. But if you’re doing something else and not really listening, music is just so much noise in the background. Which is fine as far as it goes. But when you are listening—really listening—to music, you should be able to hear everything inside it. Every nuance and emotion, every drumbeat and slide scratch. Great sound opens your ears and hits you right in the heart. Great sound makes you feel something. And only then are you truly connected to the...