Sonos smart home theater speaker with HDMI appears at FCC

Documents newly surfaced at the FCC indicate Sonos is preparing to launch a new smart speaker product for the home theater market. The smart speaker has the model number S14 and features an HDMI port, at least based on the FCC filing, instead of the optical output found on the maker's other home theater products.

The filing was spotted by Variety, but unfortunately the FCC redacted a substantial amount of the info, making it hard to discern other details about the model. Sonos provided a generic statement on the matter, declining to provide any information about the speaker; though its model number is provided, no name is revealed at this time.

Unfortunately, the documents don't provide any images of the speaker. Sonos currently offers three models for home theaters: the Playbar ($699), the Playbase ($699), and the Sub ($699). Whether the S14 model will follow the same general style and design as its existing sound bars is anyone's guess.

Of note is the "smart speaker" addition, which means we can assume the model packs far-field microphones for voice control, as well as support for a smart assistant (or two), such as Alexa. Unfortunately, there's no indication for when this model may officially launch, but an appearance at the FCC suggests its' unveiling isn't too far in the future.

SOURCE: Variety