Sonos Will Release Sonos S2 App & OS…. But Some Hardware Will Be Left Behind

Sonos has posted a FAQ that details an upcoming app and OS called Sonos S2. It’s going to power their next generation of products and services. One key feature is that Sonos S2 will allow for higher-resolution audio which is beyond the CD quality audio that they currently offer. There’s other functionality that Sonos S2 will offer, but there are not a whole lot of details on that just yet. I suppose that we will hear more in June when this is supposed to ship.

Now to facilitate this, Sonos is leaving some hardware behind. Specifically:

  • Zone Players
  • CR200
  • Bridge
  • Connect (Gen 1)
  • Connect:Amp (Gen 1)
  • Play:5 (Gen 1)

The company has said that these devices will no longer receive new features as of May since they lack the necessary processing power, though they’ll still get bug fixes and security patches.

I think this is a necessary move. Sonos has to move forward and they can’t do it by having to try and support hardware that can’t do what they want it to do. So unlike their shambolic trade up program, which they eventually had to walk back, this is something that I support. I for one will be interested to see the capabilities of Sonos S2. Hopefully Sonos will share those details soon.

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