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Sonos Arc official: Dolby Atmos soundbar runs S2 OS

Sonos Arc official: Dolby Atmos soundbar runs S2 OS

Say hello to Sonos Arc, the company's new soundbar and its first to offer Dolby Atmos. Replacing the Sonos Playbar, the Arc squeezes eleven speakers into its long, minimalistic chassis, along with four microphones to work as a Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa smart speaker.

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Sonos Five updates Play:5 with cleaner look and S2 software

Sonos Five updates Play:5 with cleaner look and S2 software

Sonos has updated its flagship speaker, with the new Sonos Five replacing the old Play:5. Now effectively the third-generation of the multi-room speaker, the new Five focuses on music rather than TV audio like the new Arc soundbar, though the changes are more for your eyes than your ears.

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Sonos Arc to succeed the Playbar with upward-firing speakers

Sonos Arc to succeed the Playbar with upward-firing speakers

The Sonos Playbar is long overdue a successor but it might not get one at all, at least not in the strict sense of the word. The connected speaker manufacturer does have a new soundbar ready to debut but it won't be taking anything from the 2013 accessory, not even its name. It turns out, it will be a completely new soundbar inside and out and it will be called with the rather odd and slightly unrelated name of Sonos Arc.

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Sonos Five and 3rd-gen Sub leak ahead of reveal event

Sonos Five and 3rd-gen Sub leak ahead of reveal event

Sonos is a name that's come up quite a bit lately, but not necessarily for reasons the company may like. Following reports last week that detailed a pair of new speakers and an incoming soundbar, that rumored soundbar was leaked over the weekend. Now it's the speakers' turn, as images of both have made their way to the internet - seemingly a day before they'll be revealed to the world.

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Sonos Playbar 2 leak could have worrying implications

Sonos Playbar 2 leak could have worrying implications

It's not unusual for companies to silently drop products without further notice or succession and, for a time, it seemed that the Sonos Playbar was exactly that. Now it seems that Sonos has finally decided it is high time for a Playbar 2. But from the few leaked product photos, Sonos' next soundbar might not exactly be what many hoped it would, least not in terms of the functionality that the first Playbar offered.

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Sonos Radio gives speaker owners exclusive streaming

Sonos Radio gives speaker owners exclusive streaming

Sonos is launching Sonos Radio, a new streaming music platform exclusively for owners of the company's connected speakers, and taking on Apple Music with new, original programing. The new service will include both free and ad-supported content, and launches with a new personal station from Radiohead's Thom Yorke.

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Sonos S2 promises big features – and a big decision for current owners

Sonos S2 promises big features – and a big decision for current owners

Sonos is readying Sonos S2, its new OS for connected speakers, which will be released in June and power all new hardware from the company from that point on. As you might have guessed, the arrival of Sonos S2 is also the reason why the company began encouraging owners of some of its earliest hardware to consider upgrading over the past few months.

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The Philips Hue V1 bridge is about to lose support and owners are furious

The Philips Hue V1 bridge is about to lose support and owners are furious

Philips has begun notifying users of its first-generation Hue bridge that it's time for an upgrade, after warning owners that it would be discontinuing support and new features for the smart lighting hub. Users of the Hue Bridge V1 started receiving alerts in the app this week that their cloud support was nearing the end, and the reception hasn't been entirely positive.

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Sonos Trade Up program ends controversial Recycle Mode requirement [Update]

Sonos Trade Up program ends controversial Recycle Mode requirement [Update]

In December, audio company Sonos faced criticism over the 'Recycle Mode' mode it introduced to brick perfectly good, but obsolete, speakers. The mode was a requirement for customers who wanted to use the company's Trade Up program, which offers a discount on new products that are still supported. Going forward, Sonos no longer requires users to brick their devices, but the speakers will still soon be obsolete.

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Sonos’ nightmare was inevitable

Sonos’ nightmare was inevitable

Sonos is at the center of a crisis, bleeding goodwill from some of its most loyal users, and all because of a situation as inevitable as it is frustrating. CEO Patrick Spence shifted into damage control this week, after reports that come May 2020 some of the company's oldest products would no longer be eligible for software support.

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Sonos’ CEO just responded to the legacy speaker fury

Sonos’ CEO just responded to the legacy speaker fury

Sonos has tried to stem the tide of bad press around its controversial plan to leave behind old hardware, after news that it would be ceasing support for some of its earlier connected speakers left the company's loyalest fans fuming. Legacy Sonos products - including the original Play:5 - would no longer get updates from May, the company had warned earlier in the week. Now, the company's CEO says, the plan has evolved a little.

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These Sonos devices lose software support in 2020

These Sonos devices lose software support in 2020

Sonos announced today that it will be ending support for some legacy hardware later on this year. The phase out won't happen for a few months yet, and Sonos says that it will only impact its "oldest products." Those products can still be used once support ends too, but they'll no longer receive software updates and new features from Sonos.

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