The Sonos One introduced direct Alexa voice control to Sonos’s range of music speakers. Now it looks like Amazon’s assistant is coming to the brand’s home cinema range too, with an update to the Playbase or Playbar. Following the new naming convention laid down with the Sonos One, presumably it will be called the Sonos Base or the Sonos Bar.
The Sonos One was a straight replacement for the old Play:1 with a very similar appearance and sound, but the introduction of a much more powerful processor which could potentially handle AirPlay 2, Google Home and Alexa later in the year.
Other details are limited but it appears from the FCC filing that it will have dual-band Wi-Fi with 4×4 MIMO in the 2.4GHz band. Various outlets are reporting there will be an HDMI connection as well – the Playbar and Playbase only had an optical input.
The FCC filing also clearly points to a voice assistant being in the new device, because there’s a less basic image included in it: the control panel. It’s the same as the Sonos One’s, including a microphone mute button and touch volume controls.
This would make perfect sense as it would allow easier setup, and support for newer surround sound formats. It must be said that there is no reference to HDMI in the FCC filing so it is not clear where that claim comes from. Sonos doesn’t comment on rumours, so you’ll just have to wait and find out.