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Sonos Trueplay App Tunes Its Speakers To Your Space

Image: Sonos

Image: Sonos

Sure, you can sink a lot of money into a new set of speakers, but you may feel like you need a degree in acoustic engineering to place them properly in your home. Sonos wants to solve that problem with Trueplay: a free iOS app, available later this year, which will help Sonos speakers produce ideal sound for the space they're in.

Once users launch Trueplay on an iPhone or iPad, their Sonos speakers will begin to play a series of tones that the microphone in the Apple device will be monitoring. The app will then direct users to move their iDevice around their living space in order to measure how audio bounces around any given space.

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Sonos isn't divulging the exact science of how Trueplay works, but they did tell TechHive that a digital signal processor (DSP) inside of their speakers receives data from the app, and then tunes the speakers settings accordingly. In a demonstration, Trueplay managed to get "exceptional" sound out of Sonos' least expensive speaker, the Play:1.

Image: Sonos

Image: Sonos

Sonos has told TechHive that Trueplay will only be available on iOS at first "because the mic needs to be consistent. We can rely on the mic on an iOS device to be of a certain type and at an expected location."

When Trueplay launches later this year it will only work with the Play:1, Play:3 and Play:5 speakers, but Sonos told TechHive that the app will go on to be available to all Sonos device users. This suggests other speakers in Sonos' lineup can be tuned by the app, if the company decides to open up the feature.

Speaking of the Play:5 ($499), Sonos has also announced a new version of that speaker, which now has three tweeters and three mid-woofers (its predecessor only had two tweeters, two mid-ranges drivers and a woofer). When turned upright, two Play:5 speakers can be paired as left and right channel speakers to create a larger sound.