Sonos has lengthy been rumored to be growing a premium set of noise-canceling headphones to hitch the corporate’s ecosystem of audio system and multiroom audio merchandise. A brand new design patent submitting on the German Patent and Trademark Workplace appears to offer a glimpse at a farther-along, extra refined product than what we noticed from the US Patent and Trademark Office in September. These newest filings had been registered in December and printed in late January.
One notable distinction is that the Sonos wordmark is seen on this design; it wasn’t current on the earlier submitting. (That stated, it’s in damaged strains, which doesn’t depend for a lot in a design patent and signifies that placement might change.) One other evolution is that the rods popping out of the headscarf now go straight down into the ear cups; there’s no extra half that wraps across the again of every ear cup as we noticed earlier than. Once more, these are damaged strains, however the stable strains additionally present an evolution from the design we noticed earlier than. There are apparent tweaks to the outer ear cup form.
Little is understood in regards to the Sonos headphones past the truth that they’re anticipated to value the identical as high-end opponents from Sony and Bose. It’s believed one of many headlining options will likely be a seamless handoff of music from the headphones to your Sonos audio system (and vice versa). However Sonos will doubtless must ship extra than simply that to sway shoppers away from the market leaders and newer entrants just like the Apple AirPods Max.
An adapter for earphones can also be a part of latest Sonos filings on the German Patent and Trademark Workplace. It’s common for costly headphones to supply replaceable ear cushions, in order that may very well be what that is for. A USB-C port, varied buttons, and a 3.5-millimeter cable enter are additionally sketched out within the headphone drawings.
Sonos CEO Patrick Spence confirmed in the course of the firm’s earnings name final week that the following Sonos product will likely be introduced in March. That gadget might find yourself being a smaller portable speaker to enhance the cumbersome Sonos Transfer. However in the course of the name, Spence additionally confirmed that Sonos continues to goal to launch “at least” two new merchandise annually. The headphones might wind up being that second new providing for 2021 — assuming they don’t make a shock look subsequent month.