Right on schedule, Sonos and Sonance are today announcing a new series of in-wall, in-ceiling, and weatherproof outdoor speakers. The collection of passive speakers — called Sonos Architectural by Sonance — is specifically designed to work with the Sonos Amp for built-in whole-home streaming audio.
The outdoor speaker, the first expressly built for Sonos, features a weatherproof design for year-round sound outside the home. It’s designed to withstand humidity, heat, water, salt spray, UV rays, and freezing temperatures. The in-wall and in-ceiling series features grilles of different shapes that can be painted to disappear into your home. The speakers can be automatically tuned to the room and its furnishings using Sonos Trueplay after first being wired back to a Sonos Amp.
Once installed, the Architectural by Sonance speakers function as a regular listening zone on your Sonos network alongside Sonos’ first-party range of amplified wireless speakers. That means support for AirPlay 2, the Sonos app, and hundreds of compatible streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Deezer, Tidal, and YouTube Music. Sonos says that up to three pairs of Architectural by Sonance speakers can be powered by a single Sonos Amp.
“Our goal was to create a solution optimized for installers, bringing the Sonos experience to architectural speakers for the first time,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence. “Sonance was the natural partner, sharing our passion for high quality, reliable sound solutions inside and outside the home.”
The in-wall and in-ceiling speakers are priced at $599 a pair and can be preordered now for shipment starting on February 26th, while the $799 / pair outdoor speakers will arrive in April. The $599 Sonos Amp, which was previously only available in the US, is expanding to Australia, Canada, and Mexico starting today and Europe on February 12th.
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