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…

FEATURED PLAYLIST: Chef’s Top Choices

FEATURED PLAYLIST: Chef’s Top Choices

Along with creating what might have been the world’s most epic potluck dinner, we asked the top chefs in our Mind of a Chef Music Special to put together their ideal dinner party playlist. Just like their cooking, each one is a perfect reflection of the individual chef’s background, taste and personality. Read on to hear their selections and get inspired to create a Playlist Potluck of your own.April Bloomfield “I remember this van my dad used to call Chug-a-Boom. Me and my sisters used to sit in the back and I remember hearing ‘Under the Ivy’ by Kate Bush. I could listen back to that track and it just makes me take stock.” Chef April Bloomfield built her name on bringing the carnivorous…

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Sonos & Spotify bring music to the table with Playlist Potluck

Music, food and drink bring us together in a new tradition of friendship celebrations that are as important to us as family gatherings. Who are your friends? At first, it seems a simple question. But think again: when was the last time you saw your best friend? Who did you spend your weekend with? Who are the people you really care about and how do you stay close to them? Science tells us we can maintain a network of up to 150 friends but that we, really, only could count our close friends at 15. We maintain connections in their hundreds, sometimes thousands, on social media and our networks of “friends” are linked by likes and shares. We can go for months without a face to face…

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 to…

Sonic Artifacts from the Underground

Thurston Moore Words by Thurston Moore The cassette always had the hottest, most excited sound for my ears. I love physicality in music production – the vibrating speaker in an amp-powered cabinet, bass throbbing and guitar shredding. Record player tonearms licking through the vinyl grooves of tiny, hilly mounds and valleys. The electromagnetic impulse feed flashing through the stylus and cartridge and coming manifest through the cosmos of soul static stereo speakers. But cassettes are the best, ruling with moving parts, the fat ferrous oxide tape sliced into thin strips holding sonic information zapped off of magnetic heads, whipping, rolling like an automobile in sweet cruise gear.…

Where Vinyl Comes Home: Rough Trade In Their Own Words

Where Vinyl Comes Home: Rough Trade In Their Own Words

Rough Trade did more than just survive the digital music revolution. They flourished. At a time when most of NYC’s veteran record shops were putting up “For Sale” signs, Rough Trade was building the biggest record store in the entire city: a 15,000 sq. foot warehouse stacked with thousands of vinyl records, books, complete with coffee shop, bar, performance space, and as of this week, a brand new Sonos-designed listening room. What kind of mind does it take to keep a classic record shop thriving in the modern age? We sat down with Rough Trade store Co-Owner and Director, Stephen Godfroy to explore the vision that's made an independent mainstay stronger than ever.  Take us back to the start.…

Glass Animals

Listening Out Loud: Glass Animals

On this edition of the Listening Out Loud podcast, Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley takes us on a sonic journey through the listening habits and home living spaces of the weird and wonderful characters he has created for the band’s new record, How To Be A Human Being, released August 26th. The success of their critically acclaimed debut Zaba, took the band around the world and helped them break stateside, a journey which has been rich in creative material for Bayley. “It all started with recordings of people. When we were touring I was meeting all of these people everywhere and they’re all telling you these amazing stories. I have a terrible memory, so I wanted to record them on my…

Soundtracks to the City: New York

Soundtracks to the City: New York

To celebrate the arrival of the Sonos flagship store in Soho, we asked some of NY’s finest to share their personal soundtracks to the city. Listen out loud: THURSTON MOORE Thurston Moore & Walter SchreifelsRAKIM Rakim “I don’t like to keep it [the music] in my ears for too long myself. It feels like it cuts everything else off. When you listen to music on speakers, you can enjoy it, you can think about it. It might be a memory, might be a moment. Might be something going on.” – RakimEL – P Miss Info & El PNANCY WHANG Nancy Whang & Doris“For me, enjoying music means being in a space, and hearing it around me. Listening to music on speakers is…

Listening out Loud: Wild Beasts Talk New Album

Listening out Loud: Wild Beasts Talk New Album “Boy King”

“We’re all a bit… psychotic in our listening. We all can listen to something very soft—Max Richter—followed by Nine Inch Nails ‘Closer’. We have that in our make-up.”UK rock quartet Wild Beasts have grown stronger with each album, and new record ‘Boy King’ is no different. Slickly produced and oozing with swagger, it looks sure to be one of the year’s most acclaimed releases. “After five records there had to be an element of ‘what the fuck?'” explains the band’s Hayden Thorpe. “I think ‘Boy King’ is an apocalyptic record. It’s about swimming in the abyss. When you think about sex, you’ve got to think about death, they’re one and the same.” The…

Hi Bandcamp. Welcome to SONOS.

Hi Bandcamp. Welcome to Sonos.

There’s a new arrival in the Sonos streaming family. And we’re especially stoked about this one coming home. Bandcamp is a global community of hundreds of thousands of artists and the fans who directly support them. This artist-first platform is now a permanent part of the Sonos experience. There’s plenty of reasons to be hyped for what Bandcamp brings to music lovers. At its core, Bandcamp gives artists and fans maximum control over their own music. Artists set their own prices, sell their music and merch, and can update everything in real time. Fans can stream all their purchased music instantly on the free app and through Sonos, or download in both lossless and MP3 formats. Bandcamp is…

Listening Out Loud: De La Soul

Listening Out Loud: De La Soul

30 years in the game and still going strong: De La Soul are unique in hip-hop. They’ve never split up; they’ve never stopped making music; they’ve never stopped performing. Crucially, their output has rarely faltered, and they’re still making vital music to this day. The New York trio began life with their cut ‘n’ paste, collage sound in the late-’80s to great acclaim with ‘Three Feet High & Rising’—one of the genre’s all-time classic. Sampling everything from Johnny Cash to nursery rhyme records to Barry White and Liberace, they pushed hip-hop into fertile new ground where the source material wasn’t restricted to instrumental breaks. In doing so, they paved the way for the likes of…

A Father’s Love, Shared Out Loud

A Father’s Love, Shared Out Loud

Father’s Day This coming Father’s Day is the first since my dad passed. No card to buy, no kisses and hugs, no chance to cook Sunday lunch for the old man and share a glass or two of wine. Long after the music stops, the memories play on. In honor of Father’s Day, Sonos Sound Experience Leader Giles Martin writes on the musical bond he shared with his father, legendary record producer sir George Martin. So is this a reason to be sad? Yes, perhaps it is… Then I remember earlier this year, sitting on my father’s bed. As he lay there, very ill, I held his hand and a tear rolled down my cheek. “Why are you crying?” asked Dad. “Because I’m going to miss you.” “I’m not dead yet,” said…