Your old Sonos speakers are living on borrowed time

First-gen Play:5, Connect and older zone players to lose updates come May

Old Sonos speakers living on borrowed time
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The beauty of the Sonos system is that you can mix and match devices and speakers, spanning across decades, and get awesome multiroom audio in your house, right? Wrong.

From May, Sonos will stop updating what it is calling 'legacy products'. This list includes original Zone Players, Connect, and Connect:Amp, the first-generation Play:5, the CR200 and the Sonos Bridge.

Now, given that some of those devices date back to the early 2000s (although some were sold as recently as 2015) it's hardly surprising that Sonos has to cut the chord at some point. The hardware surely gets to a point where it can't just keep up with the software it's expected to handle seamlessly.

That's fine, and it's not as if Sonos is just going to brick your system - you do have the option of carrying on using your Sonos setup, as is; you just won't receive software updates or new features as they launch in the future.

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But here's the part that sucks. If your Sonos system comprises any of those legacy devices - even just one - and a bunch of the latest and greatest Sonos speakers, then you're either going to have to ditch your old one, or condemn your new speakers to the same no-update fate. You won't be able to run a system with new speakers with new features and old speakers working as is.

You'll have to make a choice. Either to split your system apart - which is completely a non-runner for most Sonos setups - or let your old Sonos speakers die.

You can, if you want, upgrade your old Sonos kit using a 30% credit trade-in program, but that still won't stop your old speaker from life in a landfill.

It's all a bit naff really, and we're hoping there's enough of an outrage from the Sonos community so that the company decides a different path.

The signs of that happening are looking are bit more likely as Sonos' CEO, Patrick Spence, has written an open letter following the negative fallout from this news.

"We are working on a way to split your system so that modern products work together and get the latest features, while legacy products work together and remain in their current state," he wrote. "We’re finalizing details on this plan and will share more in the coming weeks."

It's still not clear though if those two systems will be able to co-exist.

He also reassured users that old products would continue to get bug fixes and security patches after May.

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