What I am writing here is not a question but simply an observation, and written with the hope that Sonos will take note.
I use my Port with the variable analogue output, these are connected to a power amplifier, therefore I use the Ports equalizer and loudness function.
(There are probably not many people who use their Port this way.)
But after the update to version 15.4, my Port's sound signature has been changed again - again.
The sound lacks warmth and musicality and it is very voice oriented and clinical sounding.
That is, a sound image that you want to aim for with a soundbar that plays together with a subwoofer and not from a product like Port.
And e.g. the bass control now only adjusts the very lowest bass, before it worked higher up in the bass frequency range.
The loudness function has also changed.
At the same time, it seems that the DSP is programmed to give more attack in the midrange sound.
My experience is that Port's sound changes almost every time a new software update is released.
I gradually have a theory that when Sonos adjusts the sound signature on e.g. the Ace to get a better sound consistency with a subwoofer or accentuate voices, this change is automatically also transferred to the Port, even though the Port cannot use this “soundbar sound” for anything.
And I actually don't think that anyone at Sonos thinks about or checks Port's analog sound signature, therefore it's a bit random how Port’s analog output sounds after various updates.
And I'm not even sure if a solution to this problem is to buy an analog preamplifier with an eq, because some off these sound changes takes place in the DSP domain.
Now I'm just waiting, for the next update, that might make my Port play to my liking again, that is, with a warm and pleasant sound and not with this cold and analytical voice-oriented sound