The Sonos Amp marks the company’s return to producing a line of add-ins for existing sound systems. But Sonos production of products like the One and the Beam have no doubt informed their production of this new amp. For starters, the Sonos Amp can be controlled by your smartphone to play songs from basically any of the music sources available, including Spotify, Pandora, and Apple iTunes.
The amp may not have a microphone, but it does link with Alexa if you have an Alexa-capable device (makes sense as the One and the Beam do just that). The amp also works with the Amazon Echo and will no doubt work with the Google Assistant when support is announced; it already works with AirPlay 2 for Apple devices. You can also connect your TV for added entertainment value.
The amp features 125 watts per channel, has a new HDMI input or an optical input with adapter, and has a stereo RCA line in. It also has a subwoofer output, and can be used as part of a 4.1 challenge surround set up.
As far as appearances go, the amp is a 8.54 inch square that is 2.52 inches high and comes in black. Internal heat sinks can be stacked to take more heat off of the amp. There’s plenty of utility for this amp, and the price is right: AUD$999.