Proof is mounting that Sonos is making its first headphone



The thought of a Sonos headphone has been round for years, and other than just a few patents, there’s not been concrete information that’s surfaced. Till now, perhaps.

British-based RHA Audio made earphones up till very not too long ago. The final one we examined was the TrueControl ANC mannequin, however since then issues have turn into very quiet. So quiet that even different manufacturers that do enterprise with RHA Audio haven’t heard from them not too long ago.

Whereas their web site remains to be dwell, RHA Audio’s Twitter account now has zero posts and little has been heard from their different social media accounts in fairly a while.

The plot thickens when a search is made for RHA Audio by way of Firms Home on Gov.UK. RHA Audio is now not often known as RHA Applied sciences Restricted because it was earlier than. The change of title within the firm occurred on June 4th 2021, with RHA Applied sciences Restricted now registered as Origin North Restricted. We do not know what Origin North is a reference to, and a fast Google search brings up a defunct restaurant.

The subsequent piece of stories is available in October 2021, the place Eddie Lazarus, Chris Mason and Maxime Bouvat-Merlin have been appointed as administrators for this newly named firm. What makes that is attention-grabbing is that Eddie Lazarus serves because the Chief Authorized Officer for Sonos, Chris Mason because the Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer and Maxime Bouvat-Merlin because the Senior Vice President, HW Merchandise Growth and Operations.

As of October twenty sixth, 2021 (dated as going down on October eighth), the Firms Home lists the cessation of Andrew John Reid as a director for the corporate, Reid being one of many founders of RHA. On the identical day is notification of Sonos as “individual with important management” – which equates to possession of 75% or extra within the firm.

Given Sonos filed patents to the USPO in February of 2021 close to a design of a real wi-fi product, the involvement with RHA/Origin North would point out progress is being made by way of producing a pair of headphones.

Sonos has been transferring outdoors the house with its Transfer and Roam merchandise, in addition to its automotive partnership with Audi, and this, if true, would proceed that pattern of extending Sonos’ attain into wi-fi moveable merchandise.

It stays to be seen simply how far off a Sonos headphone is, however with this Firms Home submitting, it does really feel a lot nearer than it has ever been.

We’ve contacted Sonos for remark and it responded with the next: “Innovation stays the core of Sonos – each within the merchandise we construct and the tradition that fuels them.  Sometimes we’ll purchase groups, expertise, and/or expertise that increase our present and future product roadmap.  We shouldn’t have something additional to share presently.”

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