Sonos Delays Release of More Affordable 'Sub Mini' Wireless Subwoofer

Sonos announced its third quarter earnings this week, during which it all but confirmed that its long-awaited Sub Mini subwoofer won't be coming as soon as originally planned.

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Leaked in May by The Verge, the Sub Mini is a small cylindrical subwoofer that is expected to be more affordable than the current $749 Sonos Sub. The Sub Mini will wirelessly pair with the company's existing soundbar lineup, including the Ray, the second-generation Beam, and the Arc.

A month after the leak, the Sub Mini appeared on the FCC in June, suggesting the wait between filing and commercial release would follow Sonos' typical timeline. But it looks as if the Sub Mini has been delayed until the first fiscal quarter of 2023.

A Sonos spokesperson confirmed the news to The Verge in an email, saying "I can confirm we decided to push an anticipated product launch from Q4 '22 into Q1 '23." That puts the subwoofer's release to sometime between October and December.

Sonos reported lower than expected revenue in its Q3 earnings report, pointing to high inflation and the U.S. dollar's appreciation as factors that have adversely affected consumer demand for its electronics category. Sonos said it is holding onto more inventory than it would like and is facing a "challenging Q4."

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Top Rated Comments

GDF Avatar
23 months ago

The overpriced Sonos sub is the main reason I haven't entered the ecosystem. For the price of their one sub you can get an amazing Bose or Samsung soundbar/sub system which shakes the room. It's literally 2x the price to go with a Sonos system for really whats only about a 10% improvement in sound quality. Sonos is kind of lost as a company. They came out doing the high end and then started producing cheap IKEA speakers. Like Ok, but what about the primary market which is the mid range buyer? Such weirdos.
There is a reason it is overpriced, as it is an awesome system and when you pair with their sub it most definitely shakes the room, if you want it too. I have their full system starting with the Arc and it is an amazing system and continues to get even better with their firmware updates. Trust me, I have tried them all including some systems that cost over $2k and the Sonos beats them all and offers excellent value. Not overpriced at all.

Guess you probably think an iPhone Pro is overpriced too compared to the competition or any Apple product. You get what you pay for. ?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sebosz Avatar
23 months ago
Uh, too bad. I just got Beam 2 and I’m amazed by its sound quality. Can’t wait for Sub Mini, because the regular one is too big and too expensive for my taste.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sehns Avatar
23 months ago
The overpriced Sonos sub is the main reason I haven't entered the ecosystem. For the price of their one sub you can get an amazing Bose or Samsung soundbar/sub system which shakes the room. It's literally 2x the price to go with a Sonos system for really whats only about a 10% improvement in sound quality. Sonos is kind of lost as a company. They came out doing the high end and then started producing cheap IKEA speakers. Like Ok, but what about the primary market which is the mid range buyer? Such weirdos.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Godspeed8230 Avatar
23 months ago

A fiscal year runs from jan to dec here (and most countries) so the quarters are the same
No, not necessarily. I am from Austria and we do have a lot of companies with fiscal years that do not run from Jan-Dec. It’s up to the enterprise and has more to do with their business activity than with the country they operate in.

That being said, it can be confusing for people who are not familiar with the fiscal year of the company, i.e. non-investors.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Godspeed8230 Avatar
23 months ago

how is Q1 23 October to December? is that a weird American calendar thing again? Surely Q1 is Jan to March?
Ever heard of Fiscal Year?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
23 months ago
how is Q1 23 October to December? is that a weird American calendar thing again? Surely Q1 is Jan to March?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)