Dear Sonos: Please Give Me an Outdoor Speaker

By Adam Zeis on 7 May 2014 02:09 pm
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Summer is nearly here and that means once again I will spend many of my nights on my deck. I have everything I need ready to go — my table is clean, grill tanks are full, meat is stocked — but one thing I'm lacking this year is a solid outdoor speaker.

Over the last few months I've been building up my Sonos system in my house. I started with a Playbar in the living room and have since added 3 Play:1 speakers in various rooms. I absolutely love my Sonos (as do most people who own one) and I'm sure I'll be buying more speakers in the months ahead to deck out all of the rooms in my house. One thing I'm sorely lacking as we head into summer however is and outdoor Sonos speaker. Why? Because there isn't one.

Yes, there are solutions for getting Sonos rocking outside. Using a Connect or Connect:Amp you can work some magic with standard outdoor speakers, which of course entails more goodies and accessories than I'd like to deal with. Not to mention I only want the speaker out there for 3 or 4 months out of the year.

In my perfect Sonos-soundtracked world, a small Play:1 size speaker would be a perfect fit. I'd take Play:3 or Play:5 size but I'm not going to get picky. One that I could put outside for the duration of the summer — immune to the elements — and bring back in at the end of the season for indoor use. Sure, I could haul out another speaker on an as-needed basis, but that's a pain (for me at least). I don't want to have to remember to bring the speaker back inside each time I use it, or if I'm only going to be outside for a bit but still want music. Heck, even some sort of weather-proof casing would be fine in my book, as long as it keeps my speaker safe and dry.

So this is my plea, dear Sonos. Please, please, please let us have an outdoor speaker. I'm a lock to buy at least one, and I'll be sure to get my friends to pick up a few as well. Especially Kevin, he's a sucker for Sonos speakers. I promise you won't regret it, and I'll be a super happy camper.

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Dear Sonos: Please Give Me an Outdoor Speaker

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I'm looking for a Sonos outdoor speaker to add to my system, not just another Bluetooth speaker (I have plenty of those already)

Yes, I agree with this 100%. You have to think that Sonos is working on this... I imagine it is likely one of their most commonly asked-for improvements/additions. I believe I've even seen them point this out in some of their documentation...

This reminds me of Chris' post a little while back about what could make Sonos so much better, and I saw you posted a comment about this on his post. One idea I've thought of since (an idea that came from researching Phillips Hue) is to allow for saved sound profiles within the controller app, because sometimes you want the volumes at different levels for different rooms, or different stations/playlists going in different rooms. Not sure if the controller app already does this...

I'm totally with you on this. Something the size of a Play:1 or Play:3 at most is all I need. I wanna plug it into the outlet by the shed for poolside tunes. I don't want to have to remember to bring it in if it rains outside. Should be doable.

I agree on this one for 200% !!!
Sonos really should get this kind of product prepped for this summer!
I'm just wondering: if you got a large back yard and want to take your speakers along with you, WiFi coverage will become some sort of a problem, no?

I do wish Sonos would make an outdoor speaker that would be immune to the elements (at least heat and rain). BeheGod, I currently put 2 Play1 speakers in my yard with no WiFi issues. My setup is Bridge in office that is next to front room that has the Play5, kitchen has 2 Play1 speakers as well as the back room. All the speakers mesh together well allowing me to take 2 Play1 speakers outside. Hope it answers your question

I still have yet to experience the so-called awesomeness of Sonos, but I will agree it's kind of odd that they don't have an outdoor speaker option yet.

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I just hooked up my outdoor speakers... but got I wish they weren't hardwired to an impossible to control system in the basement! Go Sonos!

I think a weather resistant case for a Play1 would be a good idea. Maybe even something that could be secured to a wall. I also wish they would lower the price on their Sonos connect units, especially the one without the amp, as this would be a great option for people with existing outdoor speakers.

The title of this post x1000!!!! I check the interwebs weekly for "Sonos outdoor speaker"…and so far I'm disappointed every time. I think they'd make a killing on it though. Hopefully the Sonos design team reads Connectedly!

I am using a Connect Amp with wired speakers to the deck and spa. I felt the security aspect. Nobody will steal my $200 speakers (pair) but would definitely pick up my $600 Sonos speakers.

As I had stated before on another Sonos post, if they made their "Connect" cheaper it would make more sense to buy and connect outdoor speakers to it, but at it's current price it is too much in my opinion.

Yes, outdoor speakers would be nice but IMO we need a portable rechargeable battery based speaker first from Sonos. One that you can easily move around the house adn that you could also take outside with you.

Here here! I second this post. I think it only makes sense that they would be working on something like this. The masses want it, there's easily a market for it. Sand/water proofing would be so useful.

If Sonos does not make an outdoor speaker that is battery driven instead having to be plugged in for power there would be no point in my opinion.

Totally onboard with this, but it should be a rechargeable, weatherproof, wireless speaker.
That's it! Then, I would be a SONOS chearleader for the next foreseeable future. :-)