Sonos has a brand new addition to its ecosystem for connecting in your current stereo and AV tools, and for including sound out and AirPlay 2 capabilities to current speaker setups linked by way of an amplifier. It’s the $399 Sonos Port, and it replaces one of many older current gadgets within the Sonos lineup, the Sonos Join, with up to date specs and a smaller footprint.
The Sonos Port is a small, matte black field, which has RCA and digital coaxial audio outputs for connecting to your current residence stereo or residence theatre sound system, and an RCA audio in port for connecting audio sources, together with issues like a turntable, projector or different AV gadget that will not join so simply to one thing just like the Sonos Beam.
Sonos Port has a built-in digitial-to-analog converter (DAC), which makes it far more enticing as an choice to sound high quality buffs who need to add some linked and internet-capable media playback to their current setup. Plus, in case you join it to your amplifier, any audio system you’ve gotten linked to that routinely grow to be AirPlay 2-compatible – and it’s works with Sonos’ current Alexa and Google Assistant integration, which means you should use voice instructions to regulate playback (offered you even have a Sonos or Alexa gadget with a mic).
The Sonos Port contains two built-in 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports, so you possibly can wire proper into your router in case you want a extra dependable connection, and it has a 12V energy set off, which implies it’ll routinely activate stereo or receiver tools once they’re linked and in standby mode.
Numerous the Port’s specs are just like the outgoing Join’s, however the extra compact bundle, and its new matte black look appear significantly better by way of built-in unobtrusively together with your current setup. The asking value could seem a bit steep for what is basically a connectivity accent, however the Sonos Join principally replaces a DAC totally, which will be fairly costly by itself, and uniquely supplies Sonos connectivity and streaming capabilities as nicely.
Pre-orders for the Sonos Port start at present, and it’ll be out there beginning September 12 within the U.S., with a worldwide rollout to observe early subsequent yr.