The concept isn’t new, as Harman showed off his 3D speakers at his CES ChannelNews three years ago. The Verge seems to have found a new speaker wrapped in a funky bi-angle he shell. Now Sonos is releasing information to bolster interest in a solid company following an unimpressive third-quarter result that saw the stock down nearly 50% year-to-date.
Sonos, whose inventory has fallen 27% this month alone, has failed to excite consumers with its recent series of new products, but is now about to release a new high-end speaker that it claims can deliver 3D sound increase.The company, which has already postponed the Submini, is expected to be working on a new speaker codenamed Optimo 2. This includes the front speaker grille and the backplate that fires from under the shell.
The company recently reported a 1.8% year-over-year decline in quarterly revenue to $372 million due to weak demand for its products, including its new Beam soundbar. The 3D speaker prototype is bronze in color and similar in size to the company’s Play 5 speaker. It has twice the RAM and eight times more flash storage than his previous Sonos speakers. It also supports music playback via Wi-Fi.
The Verge claims the Optimo 2 is the flagship of his three devices, which include the Optimo 1 and Optimo 1 SL. “SL” means the latter does not include a built-in microphone. The three products are linked to upcoming major updates to the Sonos software platform that unlock new features.