First Look: Sonos’ Upcoming Headphones to Rival Apple and Bose

Key Takeaways

  • Sonos prepares to debut its first-ever headphones and an updated Roam 2 portable speaker in June.
  • The headphones are anticipated to offer superior noise cancellation and voice-calling features.
  • The revamped Roam 2 promises a solution to Bluetooth glitches and features a touch-sensitive panel for music control.

Sonos, a leading name in the wireless home sound system industry, might launch its first-ever headphones and an updated Roam 2 portable speaker in June.

The headphones, which have been a subject of speculation for some time, are expected to be priced upwards of $450, according to a Bloomberg report.

When moving, the new headphones can stream audio over Wi-Fi at home and Bluetooth. While details are still under wraps, they are anticipated to offer superior noise cancellation and voice-calling features.

Sonos Roam 2

The Roam 2, an upgrade of Sonos’ smallest portable speaker, is another product to look forward to. The new version is expected to feature a touch-sensitive panel on top for music and volume control, similar to the interface on Sonos’ Era 100 and Era 300 speakers. The Roam 2 also promises a solution to the Bluetooth glitches that users of the original model faced.

In addition to the hardware, Sonos is revamping its app to enhance the user experience with its portable speakers. The updated app will initially support only the new headphones and Roam 2, but an update is planned to make it compatible with the Move 1 and 2 products and the first-generation Roam.

Launching these products is part of Sonos’ strategy to diversify its business and make a mark in the headphone industry. Sonos CEO Patrick Spence had hinted at this expansion in the company’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings release last year.

He raised the anticipation even further. Although he did not mention the headphones directly, it was reported that Sonos was preparing to launch premium headphones to compete with brands like Apple and Bose. As the launch date approaches, the excitement continues to build.