Sonos has just taken another step to true wirelessness by dropping the requirement of a Sonos Bridge device (in some cases) for your wireless speaker setups.
Not long ago, if you wanted to hook up your Sonos gear to the Internet, you would have to pay for a bridging device (the Bridge) to play middleman between your Internet router and Sonos.
With a Bridge no longer being a necessary purchase, there would be less of a barrier to entry to join the Sonos speaker-loving crowd. Granted, Sonos speakers are not cheap in the first place, but knowing you can just hook them up wirelessly without having to buy more devices is better for customers.
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Besides the Sonos Bridge, you used to also need a separate remote to control your Sonos device. But the remote has been gradually phased out as Sonos decided to rely instead of iOS and Android apps to do the same job.
As music seems to be the new Internet battleground, with Apple's recent purchase of Beats and Google looking to offer audio-only, ad-free subscriptions to YouTube, it makes sense for audio hi-fi companies to work harder at connectivity.
Sonos is also working on improving its streaming quality, looking to transmit high-def audio wirelessly, which could prove a challenge seeing how much data would need to be streamed. With Wi-Fi, it would be possible, but the question is whether Sonos is up to the challenge of transmitting high-def music over Bluetooth. The latter would probably also depend on the latest Bluetooth standard and how well Sonos can implement it in its speakers.
Though Sonos' reputation is built on its wireless speakers, you wonder if Sonos has plans to diversify seeing how much competition there is in the market for wireless speakers.
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