After years of rumors of Sonos getting into headphones, the $449 Sonos Ace are here. They’re well-designed and have impressive audio quality. Integrating the headphones with its family of speakers isn’t what many expected, but the feature works well, according to Engadget’s Billy Steele. They’re also comfortable to wear.
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One thing that may mire an otherwise stellar debut is limited support — with its own speakers. Yes, the ability to transfer TV audio from Sonos speakers to the Ace only works with the Sonos Arc soundbar for now. Sonos says support for both generations of the Beam and the Ray is on the way, but there’s no definitive timeline.
If you’ve used Sonos speakers or read any reviews of them, you’re probably familiar with Trueplay, which maps the acoustics of a room with microphones to fine tune sound. There’s a version for the Ace, called True Cinema, which virtualizes surround sound for the room you’re in, to make it seem like you’re not wearing the Ace at all. But… that wasn’t ready either.
— Mat Smith
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Spotify is raising the cost of Premium subscriptions, again
The Family plan will be $20 monthly, up from $17.

Spotify is officially raising its Premium subscription rates in the US come July, following reports of the move in April. The platform is increasing its Individual plan from $11 to $12 monthly and its Duo plan from $15 to $17 monthly — the same jump as last year’s $1 and $2 price hikes, respectively. However, its Family plan is going up by a whopping $3, increasing from $17 to $20 monthly. The only subscribers getting a break are students — also known as the Spotify full-price subscribers of the future — who will continue to pay $6 monthly.
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Sony’s PS VR2 adaptor for PC costs $60
At last, you’ll be able to play Half Life: Alyx on the headset.
Sony
Sony revealed it was working on making the PlayStation VR2 headset compatible with PCs earlier this year. Now we know when it’ll happen: August 7. The PC adapter will cost $60.
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Samsung sues Oura to stop Oura from suing Samsung
Already bored of the rings.

Samsung has filed a lawsuit against Oura to try to head off intellectual property disputes as the Galaxy Ring launch draws near. The suit says Oura used its patent portfolio to sue smaller wearable tech competitors in the past and has hinted it may do the same against the much larger Samsung. Samsung says the Galaxy Ring doesn’t infringe on Oura’s patents — of course.
Continue reading.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/the-morning-after-our-verdict-on-sonos-debut-headphones-111557653.html?src=rss

After years of rumors of Sonos getting into headphones, the $449 Sonos Ace are here. They’re well-designed and have impressive audio quality. Integrating the headphones with its family of speakers isn’t what many expected, but the feature works well, according to Engadget’s Billy Steele. They’re also comfortable to wear.

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One thing that may mire an otherwise stellar debut is limited support — with its own speakers. Yes, the ability to transfer TV audio from Sonos speakers to the Ace only works with the Sonos Arc soundbar for now. Sonos says support for both generations of the Beam and the Ray is on the way, but there’s no definitive timeline.

If you’ve used Sonos speakers or read any reviews of them, you’re probably familiar with Trueplay, which maps the acoustics of a room with microphones to fine tune sound. There’s a version for the Ace, called True Cinema, which virtualizes surround sound for the room you’re in, to make it seem like you’re not wearing the Ace at all. But… that wasn’t ready either.

— Mat Smith

The biggest stories you might have missed

Ubisoft Toronto is helping with the troubled Prince of Persia remake

Breville InFizz Fusion review: The bubble master

Intel officially unveils Lunar Lake, its Copilot+ AI PC chip

​​You can get these reports delivered daily direct to your inbox. Subscribe right here!

Spotify is raising the cost of Premium subscriptions, again

The Family plan will be $20 monthly, up from $17.

Spotify is officially raising its Premium subscription rates in the US come July, following reports of the move in April. The platform is increasing its Individual plan from $11 to $12 monthly and its Duo plan from $15 to $17 monthly — the same jump as last year’s $1 and $2 price hikes, respectively. However, its Family plan is going up by a whopping $3, increasing from $17 to $20 monthly. The only subscribers getting a break are students — also known as the Spotify full-price subscribers of the future — who will continue to pay $6 monthly.

Continue reading.

Sony’s PS VR2 adaptor for PC costs $60

At last, you’ll be able to play Half Life: Alyx on the headset.

Sony

Sony revealed it was working on making the PlayStation VR2 headset compatible with PCs earlier this year. Now we know when it’ll happen: August 7. The PC adapter will cost $60.

Continue reading.

Samsung sues Oura to stop Oura from suing Samsung

Already bored of the rings.

Samsung has filed a lawsuit against Oura to try to head off intellectual property disputes as the Galaxy Ring launch draws near. The suit says Oura used its patent portfolio to sue smaller wearable tech competitors in the past and has hinted it may do the same against the much larger Samsung. Samsung says the Galaxy Ring doesn’t infringe on Oura’s patents — of course.

Continue reading.

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