It’s no surprise that Sonos wants to make wireless soundbars – if they don’t, they’re doomed

Sonos CEO Patrick Spence said he hopes the company’s soundbars can be even more wireless in the future, even leaving the HDMI connection to the TV. At the launch event for the Sonos Era 100 and Era 300, Spence told Digital Trends, “I’ve been pushing the team for a long time – I don’t want a cable in the soundbar at all. Let’s make it even easier.”

This is the first time we’ve had such an explicit comment from the company on the matter, and it’s no surprise that it’s being actively promoted from the top, because almost all of the best soundbars will be wireless in the future, and not in a “maybe in” way. 10 years”. The first ones are here now – many of the best Samsung TVs available today can wirelessly send Dolby Atmos audio to compatible Samsung soundbars, meaning you don’t need to use an HDMI port for better sound.

LG and Sony currently have products that can send audio wirelessly to soundbars, but they’re dongles that still plug into an HDMI port. With Sony, it’s the Sony HT-A9 Wireless Speaker System. with LG, you can get an optional Wowcast dongle that streams audio to many of its soundbars, including the LG S95QR. I’ve also heard hints that LG is likely to release a system like Samsung’s where Wowcast is built into their TVs, but that’s not officially confirmed in any way.

The Sony HT-A9 wireless speakers connect wirelessly to a small HDMI adapter. (Image credit: TechRadar)

But you can already see the problem Sonos has with wireless – in these cases, we’re talking about having a TV and a soundbar from the same manufacturer, because the wireless technology will be tailored to each case. HDMI is an open, neutral standard that anyone can use, but it won’t be used for wireless soundbars. Companies will see wireless as the ideal way to get you to spend more money with them specifically – if you want the wireless connection, you’ll have to buy their extra product.

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