Sonos Headphone (ex. Play:HP)

  • 9 September 2012
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I propose a head phone, e.g. the Play:HP Currently I have to attach the wireless transmitter part of my wireless headphones with a cable to the headphone output of my Play:5. Instead I'd like to have a headphone that gets the signal directly.

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This is a really good proposal, something I would get as sone it was released!
I would have thought building sonos technology into a set of headphones would be possible. I can then plug my tv into sonos and listen anywhere with the headphones. come on sonos make this happen
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We can imagine a light zone play with battery and dock that provide a simple output 3.5 jack. That's a way to provide a very transportable ZP. An other solution consists in creating a ZP on all active controller (especially on android controller).
I'm in! Something of the quality of Sennheiser RS 120!
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Vote for "iOS Device As a Sonos Zone" to listen to Sonos via headphones: https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/ios_device_as_a_sonos_zone_play_sonos_music_on_a_iphone_ipod_or_ipad?rfm=1
A little late to the party, but as I am in the situation of having to add headphone capability to my system, I would vote in favor of a headphone specific ZP with a 3.5 jack and RCA/coax outputs for a wireless headset. My only options now are a Sennheiser RS220 and they are way outside the affordability range.
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Please don't vote for this idea. A Sonos branded headphone only further locks us into the Sonos ecosystem. Two much better ways to get Sonos tunes to your existing headphones: "iOS Device As a Sonos Zone": https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/ios_device_as_a_sonos_zone_play_sonos_music_on_a_iphone_ipod_or_ipad?rfm=1 or "Sonos Bluetooth Connect": https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/sonos_bluetooth_connect
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Yes, we need new gadgets / devices from SONOS
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then nobody is going to buy the 350USD sonos connect... this is NEVER going to happen
Give me Sonos Headphones or give me death! This is a no brainer! I dont know what the best method is...bluetooth? iOS? or pixie dust. I just know I need Sonos headphones!
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if you think about use cases, you can do without sonos cans: - if your source is an online service, you could just use their app and connect headphones to your phone - if your source is local you could use various solutions for local network stream to your phone again Still, the idea of a pair of completely wireless, stand-alone Sonos headphones is appealing, particularly with the new sonos playlists, where you can have music from several sources in one playlist. If they sound VERY good, have no drop-outs, at least 3 hours of battery life, are 100% wireless, and don't cost more than 300, I could be tempted. If the cans would be able to take TV as source via playbar somehow, I could be tempted by a playbar too...
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Of course you can use your mobile device (e.g. iOS or android device) to connect the headphones of your choice and then either stream from your local lib or the respective online music service. But this implies that you have to 1. carry the playing device with you 2. fiddle around with the cable of the headphones 3. switch between apps if you want to (seemlessly?!) play from different sources 4. get used to different, mostly unsatisfactory user interfaces 5. additionally drain the battery of your mobile device (--> phone!) Fully integrated, totally wireless Sonos WIFI (WLAN / Bluetooth?) headphones would be much more convenient here! Battery life shouldn't pose a problem with respect to the performance of mobile devices batteries today. A stylish looking dock you simply put the HPs on (without cables to connect! --> e.g. induction!) could load 'em up quickly and, if this were the chosen technology, act as bluetooth host. I strongly recommend WLAN though because the Sonos dedicated network is already present and should allow a much better coverage across the entire home since each Sonos player acts as a repeater. Furthermore: If Sonos would use their expertise in building great sounding yet small speakers, they should be able to build great headphones as well. They only need to be comfortable, but this is achievable, looking at Sennheiser for example. So no need for the old "headphones of choice" here anymore. Sonos HPs will BECOME the headphones of choice! 😉 So please, Sonos - Make it happen and TAKE MY MONEY! 😃
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Please don't vote for this idea. A Sonos branded headphone only further locks us into the Sonos ecosystem. Two much better ways to get Sonos tunes to your existing headphones: "iOS Device As a Sonos Zone": https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/ios_device_as_a_sonos_zone_play_sonos_music_on_a_iphone_ipod_or_ipad?rfm=1 or "Sonos Bluetooth Connect": https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/sonos_bluetooth_connect
Maybe your stated topics are ways to connect to your EXISTING headphones. But as I understand, this very topic is about dedicated Sonos headphones as an INTEGRATED solution. This is a totally different approach so I don't see why people who prefer this one shouldn't vote for it.
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I don't want to carry another device (besides the headphones themselves) around. Plus the headphones cable would be annoying. Fully integrated solution please! Convenience!
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Vote for "iOS Device As a Sonos Zone" to listen to Sonos via headphones: https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/ios_device_as_a_sonos_zone_play_sonos_music_on_a_iphone_ipod_or_ipad?rfm=1
Why?! This is a totally different approach!
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Please don't vote for this idea. A Sonos branded headphone only further locks us into the Sonos ecosystem. Two much better ways to get Sonos tunes to your existing headphones: "iOS Device As a Sonos Zone": https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/ios_device_as_a_sonos_zone_play_sonos_music_on_a_iphone_ipod_or_ipad?rfm=1 or "Sonos Bluetooth Connect": https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/sonos_bluetooth_connect
You are correct. If you don't already have a pair of headphones you like, you could choose to vote for this idea and purchase a pair of Sonos only headphones once available. That said, I personally don't understand why anyone would choose to purchase a pair of headphones that they could only use with one of their systems (Sonos) when the alternative is a pair that they can use with Sonos, their smart TV, mobile device, etc. Maybe I'm missing something because the benefits of "integration" are not intuitive to me. Please also keep in mind that everyone's ears and head shape are different and that sound quality is most often subjective. Thus, one-size-fits-all Sonos headphones may not work for a large portion of their customer base. Also, some folks just want the music to a pair of headphones and aren't willing to pay the Sonos premium because high-fidelity isn't important to them.
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Please don't vote for this idea. A Sonos branded headphone only further locks us into the Sonos ecosystem. Two much better ways to get Sonos tunes to your existing headphones: "iOS Device As a Sonos Zone": https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/ios_device_as_a_sonos_zone_play_sonos_music_on_a_iphone_ipod_or_ipad?rfm=1 or "Sonos Bluetooth Connect": https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/sonos_bluetooth_connect
I totally agree with you. The only thing I wanted to say is, that you should not write "Don't vote for this idea", since it might be a good idea for some (including me). I think it's okay to state that there are also other possibly interesting ideas, like integrating existing headphones into Sonos. But they don't generally need to be the much better ways, like you wrote in your first posting above.
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Please don't vote for this idea. A Sonos branded headphone only further locks us into the Sonos ecosystem. Two much better ways to get Sonos tunes to your existing headphones: "iOS Device As a Sonos Zone": https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/ios_device_as_a_sonos_zone_play_sonos_music_on_a_iphone_ipod_or_ipad?rfm=1 or "Sonos Bluetooth Connect": https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/sonos_bluetooth_connect
To comment on your technical issues: I personally already use a variety of headphones for different use cases. For listening to music on the go, I use in-ears. For DJing, I use special DJ headphones. And for listening at home without wanting to disturb others, be it watching TV or doing housekeeping, I'd prefer totally (!) wireless headphones. The reason for this number of different headphones is, that each pair has specific properties for the specific use case I need them for. Those specs can't be met by a single pair at once. But as stated before: It's only my personal way to use headphones and that's why this very idea works better for me. Others, like you, may use only one pair for everything, and for them, your stated ideas might work better. Anyway, either democracy or the preferences of Sonos' Decisions Department will show which idea is going to be realized first or maybe at all... 😉 Cheers!
It would be fantastic ! A Sonos headphone like the Parrot Zik by Starck to listen music and TV via wifi or Bluetooth !
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Well, it's now 12 months ago that I proposed this. It's about time that Sonos tells us what their plan actually is. Currently I'm having a separate headphone with its loader/sender near one of the boxes. Any time I want to use it, I have to connect the jacket to the sonos box. The boxes will immediately come to silence, by design of course. But it would be much nicer to have an entry in the sonos userinterface, in the left section where your other 'rooms' are selectable. Then you can simply tell your sonos system that it must stream to the headphone! The advantages are obvious to me: No need to connect the jacket to one of the boxes, no boxes that are silenced, separate option to set the volume.
After the Playbar, headphone seems to be the natural next step in the TV room... and other rooms !
Considering the number of Bluetooth headphone already available, this sound like a normal upgrade for next Sonos units. For previous units, a classic Hi-Fi / TV wireless headphone might be good enough... a zone headphone would allow you to move around your covered area (sounds neat)... I suggested a new centerpiece, with Bluetooth (jukebox)...
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I have SONOS components in most areas of my house and use it daily for music, radio, and podcasts. But there are many occasions when I need to shut down zones so as not to disturb others. What I need is for the iPhone (or Android) client to not only act as a controller but as a player also. In this way I could continue to listen via my iPhone and bluetooth headset. Not concerned about playing on the pc as I have normal SONOS devices for this but have no way to listen in private while moving around the house. Skip the 'SONOS headphones' just allow the controller to act as a player also!
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Come on Sonos, I have money burning a hole in my pocket for a nice little Sonos headphone ampilifier/dac!
I'll put my money where my mouth is if sonos decide to act on this.

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