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The Sonos Ace headphones will have magnetic earpads and up to 30 hours of battery life

The Sonos Ace headphones will have magnetic earpads and up to 30 hours of battery life

One day after an authorized Sonos partner accidentally pulled the veil over the company’s long-running headphones, the edge You learned comprehensive details about the hardware capabilities and software features that the Sonos Ace will offer.

As their rumored price tag of around $450 suggests, Sonos plans to market its first wireless headphones as a premium product that could go toe-to-toe with the Sony WH-1000XM5, Apple AirPods Max, and Bose QuietComfort Ultra. The company believes it has developed Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes that can compete with the best of the best.

The Ace headphones will offer lossless audio playback via Bluetooth (presumably via AptX Lossless), and will be able to do dynamic head tracking when the user is listening to spatial audio content on supported music services. The headphones will also provide spatial audio for Dolby Atmos home theater content when you’re listening to TV audio; A Sonos speaker will be needed to have the proper feature for TV audio passthrough.

Yes, this photo is a little weird on purpose. Secrecy and all that. But the Sonos Ace cases look very stylish in white.
Image: The Edge

Taking a page from Apple’s AirPods Max, the Sonos Ace headphones will include detachable magnetic earpads, making it easy to replace them when that time comes. there some Metal is in the construction of these headphones, but Sonos carefully aimed for a lightweight fit that’s meant to stay comfortable over long periods of time. Battery life will be 30 hours, which is the same amount of listening time that Sony advertises for the 1000XM5.

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What’s still unclear is how deeply the Sonos Ace speakers will integrate into the company’s entire home audio ecosystem. You’ll be able to listen to TV audio privately with them — I know, that much — but can the Ace stream music over Wi-Fi or set it as a zone like any Sonos speaker? If the answer is no, this may cause disappointment for some. But you’ll be able to listen via the included 3.5mm and USB-C cables for lossless wired audio.

Sonos is expected to launch the Ace headphones sometime in June, so an official announcement likely isn’t far away. The company reported second-quarter earnings this afternoon — already a busy day in the tech world — and CEO Patrick Spence will likely provide more information about Sonos’ hardware roadmap during the call with analysts.