Need Outdoor Speakers
I know there has been a lot of request's for outdoor Sonos systems. I enjoy your product throughout my house and do not feel like getting below quality third party outdoor speakers and a connect or amp to drive them. I believe it is just time to develop an outdoor rated soffit speaker se we can enjoy Sonos quality audio on our Patio, instead of plugging and unplugging a Play 1 or 5 every time we go outside and linking it up to our phones, way easier to carry around a Bluetooth, but then you lose out on the Sonos sound quality. I understand they have been researching this for like 3 years, time to take a leap and be proactive as I believe this would be a huge selling point for Sonos, instead of urging us to buy competitors products. I believe that when Sonos recommends this, most people skip out of buying the Connecticut and/or Amp and buy a complete separate Bluetooth or other system when makes it a pain in the ass to have so many sound systems that could easily be averted by producing a simple outdoor Patio speaker that can be set up ready for use anytime the weather permits. If you need a product tester please let me know, just my two cents anyways.
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We definitely hear you. Although we don't have news to share, we're always passing along the feedback and requests to the team. We'll emphasize to them that this is something you'd really like Sonos to implement sooner rather than later. We also recognize that it's frustrating to hear this from us as you want a definitive 'yes, it's coming/ no, it's not' but we don't share future roadmaps or product releases. If anything comes down the pipeline to update, we'll make sure you guys hear it first.
Thanks for taking the time to reach out and share your thoughts.
Don't hesitate to reach out in the future as well. Happy to pass along requests, feedback or help in any way we can.
For portable use beyond this, I use a Bose Soundlink Mini that probably sounds better than said JBL. Sonos doesnt see this as their target market, and there are many good options to choose from.
Yes, the idea that you can't buy a good sounding outdoor speaker is a bit odd. You might have to spend a bit more than $100 sure but there's plenty of quality out there. I don't see Sonos doing an outdoor speaker any time soon (ever) either.
The Amp inside wired to a pair of outdoor speakers really is tough to beat. Always there, always on, electronics in the house and protected from the elements, etc. It is exactly what you are after, and for $600-$700 you will have a very nice solution. Someone earlier mentioned DefTech speakers, which i understand are excellent. I have a pair of Dayton Audio 6-1/2" outdoors, which were $80ish and significantly better than the $200ish Yamahas I tried. Highly recommend them, and truly better than just "OK sound". Anyhow...
If, and I think it is a big if, Sonos comes out with an "outdoor" solution, a stereo setup would almost certainly be in that cost range. I highly doubt a pair of "Play 1 Outdoor" would be any less than $500-$600, likely more. And, do you want some "free standing, unsecured" speakers on your patio 24x7? Or would you bring them inside all the time? And if you were planning that, then there really is no issue and you can do that already with the current Play series.
Lastly, relative to Sonos coming out with an outdoor solution and making you regret your investment...
1) You'd still have a perfectly functional and quality solution in place. Just because there is a different option would not make your Amp and outdoor speakers any less functional.
2) I would argue that you'd have a "safer" investment anyhow. Outdoor speakers can easily be replaced if/when needed. The Amp would last you many many years.
3) Even if you decided you had to have the Sonos outdoor setup, you'd still have a fantastic Amp that could be re-purposed for use indoors as an added zone.
4) Used Amps go for a pretty decent amount, so you could always sell.
TL/DR: Get an Amp, grab a beer, and sit outside and enjoy.
As much as I love my Sonos system, I would not buy an outdoor rated Sonos speaker/player. In my setup there are no power connections exposed to the elements, all electronics are in the protected environs of the house - as they should be. Leaving any plug in powered device always exposed to Mother Nature is only a problem waiting to happen.
Don't forget you have to control them. If you have to get up and walk 200' every time you want to change the music that's going to get tired pretty quick.
I PERSONALLY feel it would be MUCH more inconvenient to have a stand-alone battery-powered speaker that can be lost, stolen (I live between 2 cops and not at all worried about theft, but it is a reality), knocked over, or inevitably without juice. Much more inconvenient than reaching for my iPhone to control the pair of speakers securely attached to the wall that work every single time.
Don't agree with that, my outdoor speakers are a standard stereo setup, sounds good sitting on the patio and acts as decent background music in the rest of the garden.
The Connect Amp could also use another option that would be very nice, to run as a one channel supplier with 110 wpc into 8 ohms. It would then have adequate power to meet the needs of all but the most difficult speaker loads in large spaces, by using one amp for each speaker. Another thing I don't see happening...