Sonos Unveils Inaugural Headphones: Introducing the Sonos Ace

Sonos Ace Headphones

They are not demanding attention, which could be advantageous. Credit: Miller Kern/

Sonos has finally stepped beyond the realm of speakers.

Not too far, though. On Tuesday, the company unveiled its inaugural pair of headphones, Sonos Ace. The headphones embody the typical Sonos traits: sophisticated design, emphasizing sound quality, and seamless integration with the company’s array of devices.

Regarding sound performance, we must rely on Sonos’ claims as we have not yet had the opportunity to experience them. The company asserts the use of custom 40-millimeter dynamic drivers for audio output, along with beamforming microphones for voice calls and active noise cancellation.

Sonos Ace Headphones

In terms of aesthetics, the Sonos Ace headphones do not introduce groundbreaking elements. Available in Black and Soft White, they exude understated elegance in both color options. Sonos emphasizes the meticulous details, such as ultra-soft vegan leather ear cushions for comfort, a memory foam-lined headband, and stainless steel arms with concealed hinges within the ear cups.

Sonos Ace Headphones

One notable feature for users of other Sonos products is the ability to switch TV audio from Sonos’ Arc soundbar to the headphones with a single button press. These headphones support spatial audio with Dolby Atmos and dynamic head tracking to ensure precise sound localization.

Sonos Ace Headphones

Sound quality will vary based on how you connect the Ace to the audio source. For lossless audio, you can opt for a USB-C cable or connect via Bluetooth to a device supporting Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound AptX Lossless. Apple devices do not support this, so USB-C connection is the sole option for lossless audio.

Regarding active noise cancellation (ANC), its effectiveness remains uncertain without firsthand experience. Sonos touts its Aware mode, activated with a button press, which allows immediate environmental sound awareness, claiming superiority over most headphones.

The Sonos Ace battery life with ANC enabled is up to 30 hours, and rapid charging provides three hours of playback with just three minutes of charging.

Sonos Ace is priced starting at $449 in the U.S. and €499 in Europe, with availability commencing on June 5.

Bella Anderson

Bella is a tech enthusiast turned journalist, passionate about decoding complex innovations into understandable insights.

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