Sonos owners looking to add a little extra bass to their new Ray soundbars might have a little longer to wait, after it was confirmed that their long-awaited Sub Mini subwoofer has had its launch delayed.
Rumors of the device first surfaced last November when Sonos initially teased the idea of a Sub Mini on its mobile app, with the device’s existence further corroborated when appeared in the FCC database back in June.
According to a leak in May by The Vergethe Sub Mini appears to be a small cylindrical subwoofer that will be significantly cheaper than the current £749/$749 Sonos Sub, providing the perfect accompaniment to its recently launched and more affordable Ray soundbar, as well as teaming up well with others. speakers in the range, such as the beam and arc.
Sonos was widely expected to introduce the small new bass supplier around the time of next month’s IFA expo in Berlin, but those plans appear to have been shelved following an announcement during the speaker maker’s third-quarter earnings call. from several rooms this week.
During Wednesday’s call, Sonos CEO Patrick Spence confirmed that an as-yet-unannounced product would be delayed, saying, “We always consider what kind of product it is and the timing.”
A representative for Sonos later confirmed to The Verge that the company had “decided to push an early product launch from Q4 22 to Q1 23.”
There was more bad news during the conference call, with the company revealing lower-than-expected revenue in its third-quarter earnings report, pointing to high inflation and lower consumer demand for its products, along with a warning of a “challenging quarter”.
Analysis: The wait for a new Sonos submarine is overdue
It’s been over a decade since Sonos first introduced its Sonos Sub. There were a few updated versions of the high-end wireless subwoofer with a few minor tweaks at the time, but its chunky form factor and similarly hefty asking price will likely deter many Sonos owners from adding a little more body to their multi. -room audio settings.
The last 12 months have seen a slew of new releases from the company – from the second-gen Sonos Beam last fall, to the Sonos Roam SL, new Roam and Sonos Ray colors, but for many owners of existing Sonos systems, it’s the Sub Mini. what they most expected.
At the top of the list of most looking forward to the new device will be the new owners of the Sonos Ray. With its smaller form factor and less robust sound, its release felt somewhat incomplete without the option to add an equally compact bass expander. That extra wait can now add more frustration to first-time owners of the new soundbar.