Sonos' new Amp is a more powerful way to bring wired speakers into its system

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Sonos' new Amp is more powerful than before

For the past year or so, Sonos has been focusing on making smart speakers that can instantly make your current home entertainment setup better, from the Sonos One to the Sonos Beam.

With the new $599 Sonos Amp, the company is aiming in a little different direction. The new Amp is the successor to the Connect Amp, so it has the same goal of helping you bring your wired speakers, CD and vinyl players, turntables and more into the Sonos ecosystem.

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The new Amp, however, is twice as powerful as its predecessor, coming with support for up to four speakers with 125 watts per channel. The Connect Amp, for comparison, could only support two speakers. It also supports AirPlay 2, HDMI ARC and over 100 streaming services.

Sonos is also compatible with Alexa, so you can command it with your voice. Like other recent Sonos products, the Amp is designed to keep evolving via software updates over time.

If you don't have the best Wi-Fi connection, you can also use an ethernet cable and turn off Wi-Fi in the Sonos app. You can also configure the Amp to do either stereo or dual mono sound, depending on whether you have an open floor plan or something a little more attuned to good sound. The custom speaker connectors are also standard diameter, so you can use your own banana plugs if you choose.

The new Amp is also built to easily slot into AV racks by installers. In fact, the Amp is only part of Sonos' renewed commitment to professional installers. It'll also be partnering with Sonance to deliver three "architectural speakers". These are basically speakers that can be installed in your wall, your ceiling or outdoors. They can be partnered up with the new Amp, and will launch in early 2019.

The Sonos Amp will be available to regular old consumers in February 2019, but they'll be available to professional installers on 1 December.


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