Sonos, arguably the world’s leading wireless speaker and audio solution company, have this week announced the brand new Sonos Amp. Due to launch globally in February of next year, the Sonos Amp is described by the company as ‘a powerful and versatile home audio hub that powers traditional wired speakers with sound from nearly any source’.
According to the company’s announcement, the Sonos Amp can fully integrate traditional wired speakers into Sonos’ easy-to-use wireless home sound system and is fully two times as powerful as its predecessor amplifier.
An audio solution undoubtedly created by Sonos with home automation in mind, the Sonos Amp is designed to fit perfectly into the standard AV racks that custom install professionals use and powers up to four speakers with 125 watts per channel, which is more than enough for even the most demanding set-ups.
The new amplifier, too, boasts support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 and more than 100 streaming services, and includes an HDMI Arc port for TVs. That HDMI Arc port is in addition to onboard HDMI and line-in ports which mean that TVs, turntables, CD changers, and other audio components can easily connect with Amp and become part of the Sonos system.
Speaking about the Sonos Amp, CEO of the company, Greg Spence, explained how the new amplifier can fit within the architecture of the modern connected home:
‘The growth of the Sonic Internet – the convergence of paid streaming, the smart home, and artificial intelligence through voice technologies drives everything we do at Sonos…We’ve listened to custom installers and dealers to create Amp, a versatile product designed to be at the centre of the smart home sound experience.’