Along with upgrading the majority of its older products to support AirPlay 2, and its recently announced Beam soundbar, Sonos today is announcing a new iteration of its Amp, which will also be gaining support for Apple’s latest wireless standard.
The new Sonos Amp will be twice as powerful as its predecessor, the Connect:Amp, and will have support for AirPlay 2, HDMI ARC (for TVs that support it), and will be able to stream from more than 100 streaming services. At $599, the new Amp will be launching in February of 2019. Professional installers will have access to the new Amp in the U.S. and Canada starting on December 1, 2018.
Sonos will also be partnering up with Sonance to deliver in-wall, in-ceiling, and outdoor speakers. These will be able to pair up with the Sonos Amp. While there’s no official date, Sonos says these will ship sometime in early 2019.
Lastly, the company is announcing a handful of new APIs for its developers. The most prominent is the new Control APIs, which will allow better integration with the smart home. While Sonos is careful not to mention any specific brand, this could mean HomeKit integration, similar to the just-announced AirPlay 2 update for AirPort Express.
I’ve been personally eyeing the old Connect:Amp, but now that the new Amp includes AirPlay 2, I may wait for that.