Starting January 9

Two of Sonos’ Products Are About to Get More Expensive

January 3, 2020 Tech By

Sonos recently announced that it would be increasing the price of two of its products. Starting January 9, the Port and the Amp, which are two of the company’s high-end audio components, will cost $50 more than they previously had. The reason for this is because Sonos is moving some production out of China — and into Malaysia — so that the company can avoid tariffs. Basically, if you were thinking about buying one of these products, you should consider doing so before the 9th (next Thursday).

Sonos Port

The Port connects to your existing stereo or receiver and then allows that to use that connected system just like a Sonos speaker. You can stream music from Spotify or Apple Music directly to the system, and you can integrate it with your other Sonos speakers in a multi-room sound system. Another neat feature is that the Port has a 12-volt trigger, which enables the Port to automatically turn on your connected receiver when signaled through the Sonos app. (Your receiver must support a 12-volt trigger, however, which many old ones do not.)

Previously $399, the Port will cost $449 starting January 9.

Sonos Amp

The Amp is the company’s high-end wireless amplifier that’s designed to drive larger passive speakers; the Amp can push 125 watts per channel. The other neat feature is that the Amp has an HDMI ARC port, which allows you to connect your passive bookshelf speakers directly to your TV. If connected to your TV, the Amp then allows you to play your TV’s audio through the connected speakers — — no need to have an AV receiver.

Previously $599, the Amp will cost $649 starting January 9.

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Tucker Bowe

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol's editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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