Sonos has announced the launch of a new app and operating system called Sonos S2, which will work for a number of its speakers and allow for better multi-room customisation and improved audio quality, but it will be incompatible with older legacy products.
Sonos S2 will run on many current Sonos products and will power the next generation of Sonos products. Switching to the new operating system will result in expanded capabilities, according to Sonos. Sonos S2 will allow for higher-resolution audio. Now, the company’s speakers are limited to CD-quality lossless audio.
Products that will not support the S2 operating system include the Zone Player, CR200, Bridge, Connect (Gen 1), Connect:Amp (Gen 1), Play:5 (Gen 1) speakers. All these lack the necessary processing power required to run the new OS.
However, users who have legacy products or a mix of old and new will still be able to enjoy them.
Older products that can’t run the S2 OS will continue to run as they do today. These products will be controlled through the app that’s available today, although this will be renamed the Sonos S1 Controller.
Users who have a mix of old and newer products will continue to get bug fixes and security updates, but won’t benefit from the improved functionality of the S2 OS and won’t be able to add new products will run exclusively on S2. Alternatively, Sonos fans could upgrade their old to new under the Sonos Trade Up scheme and benefit from a 30 per cent discount, or could split their systems into old and new. Sonos is set to release information on how this can be done.