Unreleased Sonos Portable Bluetooth Speaker Revealed in FCC Filing

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Sonos appears to have a portable Bluetooth speaker in the works. After a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed the existence of the company's first Bluetooth speaker, Zatz Not Funny shared a photo of the device in question (below), which has a more rounded design than the Sonos One.


    In the filing for the unreleased product, Sonos calls it "a high-performance wireless speaker and part of the Sonos sound system. The device's primary function will be for streaming with Wi-Fi, but also features Bluetooth audio streaming and Bluetooth Low Energy, used for simplified setup."

    Like Apple and its HomePod, Sonos has used Bluetooth Low Energy in its devices before to make setup easier, but support for Bluetooth streaming would be a new thing in the Sonos lineup and allow users to play audio from any Bluetooth-enable device within range.

    The addition of Bluetooth support is particularly surprising given that Sonos has belittled Bluetooth audio listening experiences in the past.

    After the FCC filing emerged, The Verge had a chance to see more images of the speaker and has spoken to a person familiar with its capabilities.

    According to the source, the speaker is both taller and slightly wider than the Sonos One, and it supports hands-free voice commands from Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The portable speaker charges via a base station, and can also optionally be recharged over USB-C.

    There's also an integrated handle on the rear and a button that switches between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. As with other recent Sonos speakers, the portable one will support Apple's AirPlay 2.

    Last week, Sonos sent out media invites for meetings later in August, so there's a good chance that the company will use those to unveil the Bluetooth-supporting portable speaker, along with other products due to be launched in the fall.

    Article Link: Unreleased Sonos Portable Bluetooth Speaker Revealed in FCC Filing
  2. HMFIC03 macrumors regular


    Jan 19, 2011
    Very tempting and I own two home pods. Good move with BOTH Bluetooth and Wireless-Fi.
  3. iDento macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2011
    iCloud Servers
    Bluetooth, wireless and always on mics for Assistants, and probably premium sound quality with good bass, now I'm wondering about battery life, how will the battery keep up with all those battery hungry features...!!!
  4. androvboy macrumors member

    May 16, 2006
  5. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Yet another better way to spend your money than to buy a HomePod
  6. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    This news is about 3 days old...

    Nice device all the same.
  7. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    Would be great for camping, I’d buy one without a second thought knowing how good my Sonos Ones, Playbar, etc sound.
  8. bocadogs macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2010
  9. Marcus PM macrumors regular

    Marcus PM

    Aug 9, 2011
    Will Sonos set it's price to finally be competitive / affordable?
  10. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    They're not cheap, but Sonos doesn't ship junk. Most of Sonos' competitors are junk. Amazon Echo devices sound worse, Google and Apple products which sound similar are far more expensive.

    This is all ignoring the fact that you really unlock the benefits of Sonos when you network a bunch of them together.
  11. BJB Productions macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

    Nov 10, 2008
    I sold my Sonos Play: One for a HomePod. I have to say, while the HomePod sounds fantastic, I still find myself missing my Sonos more than I expected.
  12. monroerr macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2018
    While I like my household Sonos systems, I still find the architecture clunky and sometimes limited. The new Boost is definitely better than the Bridge and the second generation Play 5's do sound fuller than the first. For one thing, they have yet to produce software that allows for more than one music library file. I guess you could do that with a blue tooth speaker, but then why invest in the elaborate Sonos mesh network. I also wish they had integrated outdoor speakers and not separate speakers connected by wire to a separate amp.
  13. wolfshades macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    I was excited when first reading this because I need to replace my ancient UE Megaboom BT speaker.

    Ready to buy this as soon as it comes out, as long as it’s waterproof. Guess we’ll have to wait until it’s formally released to see.
  14. xdxdaustin macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2010
    Connecticut, United States
    Spot on, I’m in the same boat. Looking to replace my ancient UE Boom 2 with something that can mesh with the rest of my sound system, but not seeing any promising evidence that this will be water proof :/
  15. mr.steevo macrumors 65816


    Jul 21, 2004
    The Sonos One is advertised as Humidity Resistant which I think a step up from the Play 1. I don't see why the bluetooth version wouldn't have at least splash resistance given it would be portable.
  16. jeremiah256 macrumors 65816


    Aug 2, 2008
    Southern California
    Airplay 2, Alexa, and Google Assistant with Sonos quality would be exactly what my living room needs for a family Christmas present.
  17. Jar Jar Abrams macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2018
    this would be pretty great, we sonos users need some way to turn the volume on the voice assistants down, they're too loud.

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