Sonos unveils its first-ever headphones: Sonos Ace

The Sonos Ace headphones offer an immersive audio experience with ANC, but they don’t come cheap

Sonos Ace headphones in white and black

For years, Sonos fans have been clamoring for a pair of headphones that could bring the home audio brand’s renowned sound quality to a more personal level. The Sonos Ace answers this call with a host of features that promise to deliver an unparalleled spatial audio experience. Priced at $449, these headphones will be available globally in black and soft white starting June 5, 2024.

The Ace headphones are designed to deliver lossless and spatial audio, Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and an immersive home theater experience through Sonos’ new TrueCinema technology, which is coming later in 2024.

Sonos Ace headphones folded flat in their case
The Sonos Ace design includes tactile buttons for easy control and a fold-flat design for convenient storage in a lightweight travel case

The headphones feature two custom-designed drivers for producing clarity across all frequencies. But perhaps its standout feature is the ability to enjoy a surround-sound home theater experience. As a matter of fact, you can swap TV audio from the Sonos Arc soundbar to Sonos Ace with the press of a button.

With spatial audio and Dolby Atmos, users will be enveloped in detailed sound from all directions, and dynamic head tracking helps keep them feel centered in the action.

The headphones also come with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) to block out unwanted noise and an Aware mode for when users need to stay alert to their surroundings.

The battery life is impressive, offering up to 30 hours of listening time, and a quick 3-minute charge provides an additional 3 hours of use.

The Ace headphones are sleek with a slim profile that blends metal accents with a matte finish. The lightweight, premium materials ensure an airy fit, with “pillowy soft” memory foam wrapped in vegan leather. The design includes tactile buttons for easy control and a fold-flat design for convenient storage in a lightweight travel case. But there’s no sugarcoating it—the Ace headphones look strikingly similar to Apple’s AirPods Max.

The Ace headphones are also built to last. They feature replaceable ear cushions and use 17% less virgin plastic. The travel case is made from 75% recycled felt from plastic bottles. Additionally, wear detection technology pauses the music when the headphones are removed, conserving battery life.

We briefly spent some hands-on time with the Ace headphones, and they sound fantastic and immersive.

Whether you’re a long-time Sonos fan or new to the brand, the Ace headphones aim to deliver a true high end, audiophile experience. The keyword here is ‘audiophile’—with their high price tag and premium features, the Sonos Ace headphones are targeting an audiophile market.

We’ll have a full, in-depth review of the Sonos Ace headphones live soon.

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