Sonos Unveils Ace: Its First High-End Noise-Cancelling Headphones and Roam 2 Portable Speaker

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After teasing their release, Sonos has introduced its first headphones, the Sonos Ace, designed to compete with high-end noise-cancelling wireless headphones like Apple’s AirPods Max.

The Sonos Ace features advanced noise-cancelling technology, which actively blocks out unwanted sounds by generating opposing sound waves, complemented by passive noise reduction through its earpads. This innovation marks Sonos’s entry into the competitive market dominated by Apple and Bose’s QuietComfort Ultra headphones.

A standout feature of the Ace is its built-in motion tracking, which detects the orientation of your head and adjusts the audio balance between the earcups for an immersive spatial audio experience. This technology, also found in premium headphones like the AirPods Max, enhances the perception of surrounding audio sources.

The Ace emphasizes delivering a cinematic audio experience with its support for Dolby Atmos spatial audio. The headphones can wirelessly connect to the Sonos Arc soundbar, allowing for seamless spatial audio streaming. A dedicated button on the Ace enables users to switch audio from the soundbar to the headphones for private listening with surround sound.

Sonos plans to expand support to other soundbars, including the Beam and the Ray, and introduce a TrueCinema room-scanning feature to further enhance the surround sound experience.

For music playback, the Sonos Ace primarily relies on Bluetooth. It features Bluetooth 5.4 and supports Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sound AptX for Lossless audio on compatible Snapdragon-equipped phones. Additionally, the Ace can play lossless audio through a wired USB-C connection.

Interestingly, the Sonos Ace does not integrate with Sonos’ whole-home audio systems. Unlike other Sonos speakers, which can be assigned to rooms and grouped for seamless playback through the Sonos app, the Ace operates independently. The Sonos app is only used to connect the Ace to your soundbar and to enable EQ adjustments and head tracking.

The Sonos Ace will be available starting June 5, with a retail price of $449.

Roam 2(Credit: Sonos)

In addition to the Ace, Sonos has announced the Roam 2, a follow-up to its Roam portable speaker. The Roam 2 is a compact, battery-powered speaker that streams music via Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay and integrates into a Sonos multi-room system over Wi-Fi. While the Roam 2 closely resembles the original, it has been upgraded from Bluetooth 5.0 to Bluetooth 5.2. It also features hands-free Amazon Alexa, but unlike its predecessor, it does not support Google Assistant as Sonos has discontinued this integration.

The Sonos Roam 2 is now available for $179.

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