The most promising new product category by Sonos, has been rumored for some time, wireless headphones. Rumored to cost around $300, Sonos’ over-the-ear cans will focus on a high-quality music listening experience and integration with digital assistants to accomplish tasks via voice commands. First reported by Bloomberg, we got our first possible look at the tentative design of Sonos’ upcoming headphones via patent schematics filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2019. The patent document (via Protocol) mentions a knob-like control system with volume adjustments, and even a touch-sensitive surface for key controls.
An interesting aspect of the headphones will be a technology called “Swapping” that allows users to switch their music playback from the headphones to other Sonos devices on the local home network. If true, Sonos will go up against the likes of Sony and Bose in the premium headphone segment. Interestingly, Sonos bought a controlling stake in British headphone maker RHA Audio last year.
Another interesting but relevant product category that Sonos is apparently exploring is true wireless earbuds. A patent filed in its home market (via ZatsNotFunny ) reveals a TWS earbuds diagram that looks a bit like the OnePlus Nord Buds thanks to the flat stem design. But note that these are only patent schematics, which may not be a real product.