Sonos Architectural by Sonance launches as AirPlay 2-compatible speakers embeddable in wal...

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Speaker producer Sonos has introduced a new line of its audio appliances with AirPlay 2 support designed for deeper integration with the home, with the Sonos Archiectural by Sonance collection of indoor and outdoor speakers designed to be installed into walls and ceilings, out of sight of the user.

Sonos In-Wall Speaker
Sonos In-Wall Speaker


The new collection of passive speakers are made up of three different items: Sonos In-Ceiling, Sonos In-Wall, and Sonos Outdoor, with each having their own self-descriptive purpose. The first two are meant for indoor use, and can be installed flush to a flat surface, while the Outdoor version is meant for mounting outside the home.

All three are designed to work with the Sonos Amp, the company's existing home audio hub, which allows for wired speakers to be connected to the same home sound system with the same smart features. As the new Architectural line of speakers connect to the Amp, they all offer the same list of features as other speakers in Sonos' range.

  • Sonos Outdoor Speaker
  • Sonos In-Ceiling Speaker


This also means the new passive speakers will include support for AirPlay 2 when used with the Amp, allowing it to work with Apple's updated audio sharing platform. The Amp's support for over 100 streaming services also means the speakers could be used with an Apple Music subscription, and even to be used as part of a HomeKit network with Siri controls.

The In-Ceiling, In-Wall, and Outdoor speakers are sold by Sonos directly, with all three sold in pairs for $599 each for the indoor models, $799 for the outdoor. Both indoor models will start to arrive with customers from February 26, while the outdoor speakers are listed as "coming soon."

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    jimh2jimh2 Posts: 186member
    These are passive speakers costing $600 a pair. They have no capability except playing music. It's very deceiving that AirPlay2 is mentioned multiple times with no emphasis given to the fact you need the Sonos amplifier to utilize AirPlay2 and streaming services (eg the fact that these speakers have Sonos in their name is of no consequence). There are numerous options for passive speakers at all price points. I doubt these are even remotely worthy of their $600 price tag. In-wall speakers are compromised from the start so there is not reason to spend that much money. Monoprice has several choices in the sub-$100 price range. Plenty of other vendors do too. These are a straight up fleecing based on name. They are probably just regular speakers made in a Chinese factory for multiple resellers. Same product different name.
    bigcountrysandorstompyagilealtitudelolliver
  • Reply 2 of 7
    The amp isn’t included, so 👏🏼 nothing 👏🏼about 👏🏼these 👏🏼 speakers 👏🏼 are 👏🏼 Airplay 👏🏼 2 👏🏼 Compatible👏🏼!!! 👏🏼
    bsimpsenstompyagilealtitudelolliver
  • Reply 3 of 7
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 4,676member
    jimh2 said:
    These are passive speakers costing $600 a pair. They have no capability except playing music. It's very deceiving that AirPlay2 is mentioned multiple times with no emphasis given to the fact you need the Sonos amplifier to utilize AirPlay2 and streaming services (eg the fact that these speakers have Sonos in their name is of no consequence). There are numerous options for passive speakers at all price points. I doubt these are even remotely worthy of their $600 price tag. In-wall speakers are compromised from the start so there is not reason to spend that much money. Monoprice has several choices in the sub-$100 price range. Plenty of other vendors do too. These are a straight up fleecing based on name. They are probably just regular speakers made in a Chinese factory for multiple resellers. Same product different name.
    You went exactly where I went. 

    I am sorry the Sonos name does not make the hairs stand up on my neck when you're talking about sound. Today I airplay to my home system which has built in speaker in some rooms and small satellite speaker in another room. I just have to wait for a good AV/Amplifier to show up in the market with Airplay two and I am all set, no need for $600 speakers.
    sandorlolliver
  • Reply 4 of 7
    My biggest gripe with this speakers is that they are not enclosed, which means the enclosure is going to be made of a drywall sandwich -- one of the worst materials for the job. So yeah, pretty speakers, but I wouldn't expect good sound out of them. And it's a lot of money to pay for lousy sound -- although, they do near the 100% WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor)
    lolliver
  • Reply 5 of 7
    maestro64 said:
    I just have to wait for a good AV/Amplifier to show up in the market with Airplay two and I am all set, no need for $600 speakers.
    That's the Sonos Amp.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    As soon as I read “embedded in walls” my next thought was “obsolete before you even finish installing them.”
  • Reply 7 of 7
    jimh2 said:
    These are passive speakers costing $600 a pair. They have no capability except playing music. It's very deceiving that AirPlay2 is mentioned multiple times with no emphasis given to the fact you need the Sonos amplifier to utilize AirPlay2 and streaming services (eg the fact that these speakers have Sonos in their name is of no consequence). There are numerous options for passive speakers at all price points. I doubt these are even remotely worthy of their $600 price tag. In-wall speakers are compromised from the start so there is not reason to spend that much money. Monoprice has several choices in the sub-$100 price range. Plenty of other vendors do too. These are a straight up fleecing based on name. They are probably just regular speakers made in a Chinese factory for multiple resellers. Same product different name.
    Having said that, do you think some cheap passive speakers with an AirPlay2-capable Sonos amp at its heart might make for a real bang-for-the-buck system?
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