The new Sonos Amp can power four wired speakers and accept signals from HDMI and analog-audio sources, integrating them all into the Sonos wireless whole-home audio ecosystem.

Today, Sonos unveils the newest member of its whole-home audio system: the Sonos Amp. It's a home-audio hub that powers traditional wired speakers with signals from nearly any source, and it fully integrates those speakers into the Sonos wireless home-audio system. The all-new Sonos Amp is twice as powerful as its predecessor, the Connect:Amp, with the ability to power up to four speakers with 125 watts per channel.

The Sonos Amp is designed to fit perfectly into standard AV racks used by custom installers. Inputs include HDMI and line-level analog audio, and an HDMI output offers ARC (Audio Return Channel) for audio coming from a TV's internal apps. Even better, source devices such as TVs, turntables, and CD players become part of a Sonos system when they are connected to the Sonos Amp. It's also compatible with AirPlay 2, allowing users to wirelessly stream music and other audio from any iOS device.

New updates to the Sonos platform make it easy for installers to incorporate the Sonos Amp into integrated smart-home setups, including smart lighting and centralized control systems. Users can also control it using voice commands to an Amazon Alexa-enabled device like a Sonos One or Beam. Finally, like other Sonos devices, Amp will gain new features, services, and integration over time via free software updates.

According to Sonos CEO Patrick Spence, "The growth of the Sonic Internet—the convergence of paid streaming, the smart home, and artificial intelligence through voice technologies—drives everything we do at Sonos. While plug-and-play options like Sonos Beam and Sonos One are an important part of the equation, architectural sound and making it even easier to integrate with lighting and home control are equally important. We've listened to custom installers and dealers to create Amp, a versatile product designed to be at the center of the smart home sound experience."

The Sonos Amp launches globally in February 2019, but it will be available to custom installers in the United States and Canada starting Dec. 1, 2018. List price is $599.

If you're going to be at CEDIA next week, be sure to stop by the Sonos booth (5105) to check out the new Sonos Amp.