It looks like the next Sonos product to be released this year is the new Sonos S36 soundbar – a budget soundbar that’s smaller than the Sonos Beam and could cost $250 (about £190, AU$340).
Information about the soundbar was delivered to The Verge confidentially, which was then released to the public. We have contacted Sonos to confirm this information, but have not yet received a response.
According to the publication’s report, the soundbar will measure 550 x 69 x 100mm (WxDxH) and appears to contain only two forward-facing drivers. That means the new budget soundbar won’t be capable of Dolby Atmos audio but, according to The Verge, it could be used to add speakers to another Sonos soundbar to create a more immersive experience.
Unlike the larger Sonos Arc or Sonos Beam soundbars, the S36 doesn’t have an HDMI port on it and instead uses digital optical audio, but it looks like it will be compatible with Sonos One speakers, allowing you to build one piece surround sound system at a time.
Analysis: Is Sonos supposed to show us at the supposed Sonos event?
Rumors have swirled that an upcoming Sonos event will take place at the end of May and will focus on the company’s home entertainment aspirations.
A cheaper soundbar could most likely fit into this, as could Sonos wireless headphones that are reportedly in development, as well as a home theater system that has also been cited by other publications.
All of these products are, of course, just rumors until we can get Sonos to publicly confirm them – which is unlikely to happen until a big media event.
That said, The Verge says the new soundbar could be available as early as June 7, which would line up nicely with that event which could take place at the end of May.
If we don’t hear more by then, that’s when you can expect to hear about these products in detail.