Sonos today sent out invites to the press for an event that it’s going to host in June. The company hasn’t really revealed what it’s going to announce at this event but chances are that it’s going to treat us to some new hardware. The image in the event invite doesn’t give much away but suggests that it may have a home theater-like product up its sleeve.
A recent FCC filing by Sonos suggested that the company has a new smart speaker in development which it describes as a “high-performance, all-in-one home theater smart speaker and part of Sonos’ home sound system.”
It won’t be the first home theater offering from the company. It previously released the Playbase which was a soundbar designed to sit below the TV. Perhaps the most interesting revelation made by the FCC filing was that this new device is going to ditch the typical optical out for an HDMI port.
If that is indeed true, it would make it much easier to set up the device with existing entertainment systems. While it’s unclear if the new product is going to support HDMI 2.1, if it does support that format it would then enable compatibility with lossless audio formats such as Dolby Atmos.
Sonos has scheduled its event on June 6th. It’s going to take place in San Francisco.
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