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Sonos Survey Illustrates How Listening Will Make You a Better (and Better Looking) Human

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 2, 2019 by itnerd

Today, Sonos released the findings of a worldwide survey and US-based field study that demonstrate the positive impact audio has on our health, well-being, creativity, and more.

A global survey of 12,000 people across 12 countries found listening, particularly to music, is the key to reducing stress, improving productivity, feeling more connected to one another, and being healthier. Globally, people who listen to music three or more hours a day say it is more essential than coffee, sex, or TV.

  • Listening makes us feel more connected to one another. 76% percent of people feel an instant connection when they know someone likes the same music and 70% say good taste in music makes someone more attractive. Listening can intensify our intimate moments, 59% percent of people say the right music can make sex much better and 56% percent felt the right music can make them more adventurous in the bedroom. 27% percent of listeners have turned up their music so others wouldn’t hear them having sex and 22% percent pick music based on the type of sex they want to have.
  • Listening elevates our emotions and reduces our stress. 54% percent of people say music has made them either laugh or cry unexpectedly. Listening can reach us on deep emotional levels, 68% say listening to music improves their mood and 74% percent feel less stressed when listening to a favorite song.
  • Listening makes us more productive and creative. Music helped people get more done than drinking coffee and put listeners in a positive mood at work. Survey respondents say productivity increased by 50% percent or more and half say they wouldn’t be as successful as they’ve been without music.
  • Listening helps us realize our health goals, 75% percent of people who exercise regularly say music has made a bigger impact on their fitness than any supplement. Meanwhile, 81% say listening to great music inspires them to achieve greatness in their fitness and 77% say if they’re thinking about skipping a workout, music can help get them started.

To learn more about the influence listening and sound quality has on fitness specifically, Sonos conducted a three-day field study at PROJECT By Equinox in Manhattan. The study ー designed by lecturer in sport and exercise physiology Dr. Tom Brownlee ー included 35 participants and measured the impact of sound quality on performance during High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts. The experiment recorded three listening environments: no sound, low-quality sound, and high-quality sound.

  • In high-quality sound conditions, participants increased their output by over 2% more than low-quality (the same performance increase as the now infamous LZR Speedo) and 4% over no sound
  • The average heart rate for the session was at its greatest during the high-quality sound intervals: almost 3.5% higher than during low-quality sound
  • In high-quality sound, participants were able to push themselves harder without feeling like they were working harder
  • When compared to low-quality sound, participants felt a 34% increase in feelings of connection to workout partners during the high-quality sound session

Additional Insights (US Specific)
While what we listen to connects and empowers us universally, the impact of listening manifests itself differently across countries and reflects the cultural values of each region around the world. In America, music plays a vital role in our romantic connections with others compared to any other country. More than half of Americans prefer a compliment on their taste in music over their choice of fashion. And if considering a tattoo, there’s a statistical reason to think less permanently and discover a new band instead. 72% of Americans say taste in music says more about a person than their tattoos (28%), and 79% agree that they feel an instant connection when they know someone likes the same music. It doesn’t hurt that 63% of Americans agree that the right music can make sex much better, yet only 27% have a playlist specifically for sex.

Listening to music also has the ability to make Americans work harder (not just during exercise) while feeling less stressed. Unsurprisingly, only 5% of people say they are free of stress in life but the easiest way to combat stress, is to turn it up. 80% of respondents say they feel less stressed when listening to a favorite song, while 39% feel no stress at all. And when stress is no longer an issue but productivity is, 73% of respondents say listening to music helps them get more done than drinking coffee.

As a culture motivated by getting more done, Sonos has discovered that by simply listening ー and listening better ー our society can be more productive, get more out of the work we’re doing, feel less stressed, and perhaps have a little more fun along the way.

To learn more about the Brilliant Sound Survey, visit: https://blog.sonos.com/en/ .

About the Brilliant Sound Survey
Between March 15 – April 5, 2019, an online survey captured insights from over 12,000 people in 12 countries around the world. The survey includes a total of 12,010 members of the online population between the ages 21-50 in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, China and Australia. Data within countries is balanced across gender (approximately 50% male and 50% female) and age (approximately) 33% ages 21-30, 33%, ages 31-40, 33% ages 41-50). Countries with higher internet penetration are more representative of their general populations.

About the Brilliant Sound Experiment
This study was conducted over three consecutive days at PROJECT by Equinox, 267 Mulberry St, SoHo, New York. 35 participants (9 male, 26 female, age 33 ± 15 years, weight 65.2 ± 35 kg) were asked to attend one day of testing lasting for 2.5 hours. Participants were split into three groups. All participants had a history of recreational exercise and activity, were active and injury free and provided full written consent to participate. The exercise intervention consisted of a 5-minute warm up followed by three 10-minute High Intensity Interval Training sessions. The aim was to complete as many repetitions as possible within the time limit. The sessions consisted of six repeating exercises. Each session was followed by a 5-minute rest period.

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IKEA and Sonos Announce Their Latest SYMFONISK Speaker

Posted in Commentary with tags , on April 8, 2019 by itnerd

Following up on this announcement, Sonos and IKEA have announced the second speaker in the SYMFONISK range. Joining the award-winning bookshelf speaker is the SYMFONISK table lamp speaker, their loudest table lamp ever. With this speaker, IKEA and Sonos have created a great sounding, great looking piece of furniture that blends into the home in a new way, making it easier to furnish with sound.

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The SYMFONISK range includes:

  • SYMFONISK table lamp with WiFi speaker ($249 CAD): The SYMFONISK table lamp combines light and sound into one product, decluttering the home with less devices and cords.
  • SYMFONISK bookshelf with WiFi speaker ($149 CAD): The bookshelf speaker has many versatile ways to blend into a home. It can be tucked away or on display, installed vertically or horizontally, and can support 6.6 lbs with the included bracket. Or, use the hooks to attach to almost any kitchen rail system.

Both speakers will be available this August and are compatible with Sonos’ easy-to-use wireless home sound system.

Sonos Makes Some Significant Announcements

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 21, 2019 by itnerd

Today Sonos mad some significant announcements. First, Alexa French Canadian will be supported on Alexa-enabled Sonos speakers, including Sonos Beam and Sonos One, for hands-free control of music and more in French. Plus there’s these additional announcements:

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  • Sonos Beam combines three products into one – a Sonos smart speaker featuring Amazon Alexa, a sound bar that packs more than enough punch for most rooms and is the one device you need for all your music and streaming content in the living room. Sonos Beam is available on sonos.com for $499 CAD.

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  • Sonos One is the ideal smart speaker for the music-lover, offering amazing sound, multiroom listening and the power of voice control. You can get your content, your way – Sonos takes a uniquely agnostic approach, meaning you can stream music, podcasts, audiobooks, and other sonic content from more than 100 streaming services within the app. Sonos One is currently available on sonos.com for $224 CAD ($25 off).

You should also check out sonos.com for more information.

 

IKEA & Sonos Team Up To Launch SYMFONISK Speakers Next Month In Milan

Posted in Commentary with tags , on March 14, 2019 by itnerd

IKEA have democratised light in the home for years – with the connected smart lighting system TRÅDFRI as the latest addition. Now, setting out to also make high-quality sound available for everyone, IKEA and Sonos will present the first products in the SYMFONISK range – in the FEEL HOME exhibition in Milan.

There’s sound, and there’s light. So why not both? Two hugely important elements for creating the right mood around the home. This was the starting point for making the playful exhibition FEEL HOME in Tortona in Milan. The results? It is best experienced on site, the ambition has been to share knowledge through fun interactive installations based on everyday life activities.

IKEA and Sonos have showed a prototype to the world, a book-shelf speaker that will give customers a great connected speaker that enables a multi-functional usage in the home, at an affordable price. During the week you will for the first time get the chance to hear SYMFONISK and to get a chance to meet the people behind the products, the home furnishing experts from IKEA and the sound experts from Sonos.

For IKEA, heading into sound is a part of the smart home journey with connected products which began with the smart lighting range TRÅDFRI launched in 2016, followed by connected blinds that will be available in stores later this spring, and now sound.

If you happen to be in Milan, you’re welcome to join IKEA in playing around with sound and light at Via Tortona 32 in Milan 9-14 April (and get a sneak peek of the new SYMFONISK range, of course). And if you can’t wait, you can see a teaser video here.

 

 

New Version Of The Sonos One Announced

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 6, 2019 by itnerd

Sonos has announced an update to the Sonos One. Nothing is changing with the product experience. But they recently made some changes to Sonos One’s internal components. The Sonos One (Gen 2) will be available starting Thursday as they transition out the original Sonos One. The internal updates include the addition of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), an updated processor, and increased memory. There are no changes to the design and features available for customers, and both the Sonos One (Gen 2) and the original Sonos One will continue to be supported through regular updates. Look for it starting on Thursday.

 

Sonos Introduces New Shelf, Stands, and Cords

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 16, 2019 by itnerd

Coming out of CES, Sonos some new accessories, including a custom shelf, stands, and power cords in convenient lengths. Here’s the details:

Sonos Shelf – $79.99; available at sonos.com

A custom designed shelf built to bring Sonos One and Play:1 into rooms where sophisticated space-saving design is a must. Beyond providing space for the speaker and a small, everyday objects like a phone, the shelf also features a hidden wraparound solution for excess cord slack for a clutter free aesthetic and is made to exactly match the color (both black and white), material and finish of the Sonos One.

(H x W x D): 0.9” x 10.24” x 6.3” Weight: 1lb

 

Sonos Stand – $249.99 (pair), available at sonos.com

A set of custom designed stands for Sonos One and Play:1, bringing simple cable management, optimized sound and easy assembly to your home theater setup. Like Sonos Shelf, the stands are perfectly matched to the color, material and finish of Sonos One.

(H x W x D): 33” x 11.8” x 11.8”Weight: 12.3lbs for the pair (6.17lbs each)

 

Sonos Power Cables – $24.99 – $34.99, available at sonos.com

Extend the reach of your Sonos or eliminate cluttered cord slack altogether with these new power cables in varying lengths. Available in short (19.7”) and long (11.5’), the cords are built with the same materials as the standard 6’ cord, and are available in black and white. Cords currently available for Sonos One and Play:

Amazon Announcements Now Available On Alexa-Enabled Sonos Speakers

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 9, 2018 by itnerd

Starting today through a cloud software update, Amazon Announcements will be available on Alexa-enabled Sonos speakers, Sonos One and Sonos Beam, in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada (English).

Whether it’s announcing that dinner is ready or that it’s time for bed, just say “Alexa announce…” and whatever you say next will be one-way broadcasted to all Alexa-enabled devices in your household.

Alexa Announcements is the latest update in our ongoing partnership with Amazon to bring new features and services to the Alexa experience on Sonos. Other recent updates include:

  • Audible with voice control in July
  • Full support of 20+ of the most popular Alexa skills in May, including: mlb.com at Bat, Children’s books from Amazon Storytime, Headspace, and more
  • Availability in new geographies, most recently adding France in June