Sonos spent most of 2022 filling its lineup with lower-cost offerings like the Sonos Ray soundbar and the Sonos Roam SL without a built-in mic.
However, the company is reportedly preparing a new flagship speaker.
A first look at the Optimo 2
The edge has a first look at the new high-end speaker, codenamed Optimo 2.
And as you can see in the render above, the speaker takes the Sonos line of products in an interesting new direction. Here’s more from the report:
Encased in a funky, dual-angle shell, the new device is positioned as the best-sounding speaker Sonos has ever produced. It contains an arsenal of drivers, including several that fire in different directions from beneath the shell between the front speaker grille and the backplate. The 3D replica above is bronze, but Optimo 2 will likely stick to Sonos’ traditional white and black color choices. The front of the device can be seen in our image, with the vertical rectangle showing where the Sonos logo will be located.
The speaker will reportedly have twice the RAM and eight times the flash storage of any previous Sonos product. This is a strong indication that the speaker will be at the top end of the lineup. It will also come with upward-firing speakers for Dolby Atmos support.
In addition to music over Wi-Fi, the speaker can also play music from Bluetooth devices.
The speaker also features built-in microphones to improve music quality depending on the room the speaker is in, while also supporting Sonos voice control.
Learn more about Sonos Voice Control, which launched in June 2022.
According to the report, the Optimo 2 will be one of three new devices in the pipeline, alongside the Optimo 1 and Optimo SL. Less is known about the other speakers.
Improving the high-end Sonos offering
The Optimo 2 could easily herald a new line of high-quality, home theater-focused speakers from Sonos.
Companies like Amazon, Google and Apple have played for the lower end of the connected speaker market. But the Optimo 2 and the other reported options could help Sonos continue to grab a more lucrative slice of the market.
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