Sonos plans to raise around $250m in its upcoming IPO
New details have emerged about the IPO of audio-hardware firm Sonos. The company is planning to price its shares at between $17 and $19 each, offering around 13.9m of them and thus raising roughly $250m when it goes public. The...
July 24, 2018
Sonos IPO filing reveals revenues, losses and device sales
Connected audio-hardware firm Sonos has officially filed to go public, and its S-1 form has plenty of data on how the company has been performing against competition from smart speakers. “As of March 31, 2018, our customers...
July 9, 2018
Consumer Reports publishes initial HomePod comparison tests
The initial wave of reviews in the press about Apple’s HomePod smart speaker have been very positive about its hardware – specifically its audio quality. Now Consumer Reports has published some ‘early results’ of...
February 13, 2018
What do smart speakers and voice assistants REALLY mean for music?
Smart speakers like Amazon's Echo and Google Home are selling in their tens of millions, and it's becoming clear that voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant (and Apple's Siri once its HomePod device ships) will...
January 23, 2018
Edison Investment Research doubtful about Sonos prospects
Analyst firm Edison Investment Research has put out a note on Sonos’ prospects in the smart-speaker market, with its devices now supporting Alexa as well as Spotify Connect. It’s not optimistic. “By enabling both...
November 23, 2017
Google Home Mini and Max fire up the smart-speakers market
Google held a high-profile press launch last night, with its new Pixel 2 smartphones taking top billing. Yet we’re more interested in the evolution of the company’s smart-speaker strategy, with two new models – the...
October 5, 2017
Sonos preps smart-speaker launch amid Echo refresh rumours
Yesterday, we reported on a Sonos regulatory filing revealing a few details on its upcoming voice-controlled smart speaker. Now we know when it’s likely to be launched officially: 4 October, judging by an invitation...
August 30, 2017
First Sonos smart-speaker details leak through FCC filing
Sonos has been mulling its strategy around voice-control and smart assistants for some time now. The company’s first device to ship with this technology is on its way, judging by a filing with US regulator the FCC for a...
August 29, 2017
Devialet and Sky take on Sonos with £299 Sky Soundbox
We’re big admirers of Devialet and its luxury Phantom speaker, but its price puts it out of reach of most mainstream music fans. Yesterday, though, the company announced an intriguing partnership with British satellite...
July 28, 2017
Amazon reportedly shipped 5m Echo speakers in 2016
Amazon keeps its Echo sales figures close to its chest, like many other stats around its business. Today we’ve got a new estimate for those sales though, courtesy of research firm Strategy Analytics. It claims that Amazon...
June 20, 2017
Sonos officially unveils its new Playbase speaker
We got an early unauthorised look at Sonos’ new Playbase speaker last month when images of it leaked online. Now it’s official: the $700 device was formally announced yesterday. It’s a follow-up to Sonos’ Playbar...
March 7, 2017
Brexit to blame for Sonos raising its prices in the UK
Sonos is raising the price of its products in the UK, saying that recent currency fluctuations after Brits voted to exit the European Union - Brexit - render its existing prices "unsustainable". From 23 February, Sonos'...
February 13, 2017