Sonos announced a pair of updates on Tuesday that included a new flagship device and new speaker-tuning software. The PLAY:5 smart speaker and Trueplay tuning software will both roll out later this year.
Starting with the new wireless smart speaker, Sonos explained in a statement that the PLAY:5 device is built with six synchronized, custom-designed drivers, three mid-woofers, and three tweeters that create “smooth mids and deep, powerful lows, and crystal clear highs at any volume.” Smart sensors built into the speaker enable new touch controls for playing, pausing, adjusting volume, and changing the track, and they’re responsive, so no matter the orientation of the device, the volume-up button, for example, is always facing up.
And like its predecessor, the Sonos PLAY:5 is compatible with all Sonos smart speakers, and can be controlled with an app that also integrates nearly every popular streaming-music service.
When it becomes available, the PLAY:5 will retail for $499.
Turning to the new software, Trueplay offers users assistance in optimizing the sound produced by their speakers no matter where they’re placed in a room, removing the need for professional calibration to get just the right setup. All it takes, according to Sonos, is the press of a button.
“Trueplay is a revolutionary system that gives music lovers confidence that they’re hearing what their favorite artists labored to produce, independent of the room’s acoustics and speaker location,” Sonos CEO John MacFarlane said in a statement. “Finally there’s a simple, reliable process that delivers studio-quality listening experiences in each room of the home.”
Using the Sonos app, the speaker built into an iPhone or iPad, and the special tone emitted by the Sonos speaker, the Trueplay software analyzes how the sound reflects off of walls, furnishings, glass, and other surfaces in a room and will hten tune the speakers.