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Sonos Trueplay makes Bluetooth speaker EQ smart

By Jules Wang November 27, 2015, 11:47 pm

When you go to a dorm or off-campus party these days, you’ll likely hear jams being piped out from a laptop or a TV connected to a laptop. And can it ever be more crud — too much bass to be a nuisance to your neighbors or maxing out treble to the tips of tinniness. It’s ugly stuff.

Sonos hopes you buy one of its Bluetooth speakers and use an iPhone (liberal arts students, you’re in luck) because it’s here to perform some sonic calibration to your partay muzak with its Trueplay software.

Currently, Sonos’s Play 1, Play 3 and Play 5 speakers have the software and, again, only iOS currently has the app. More compatibility may come soon.


The process to Trueplay-ing your speakers involves having your speakers in a quiet room. That quiet room the fills up loud with some sort of tone modulation pattern that gets picked up by your iPhone’s or iPad’s microphone. You spend less than a minute moving — and waving — your device around the room for Trueplay to get a sense of what acoustics it’s working with.

After your calisthenics and some processing, you can switch the Trueplay configuration on and off to see what’s different. Where these acoustics algorithms come into use are in unusual room configurations where your speakers aren’t in the most opportune areas for bouncing sound. Sonos hitched that selling point to the one you hear from Beats about artists’ intentions about how their tracks sound.

By the way, Sonos doesn’t allow users to manually adjust the EQ of their speakers, so there’s also that if it comes down to personal preference for you.

Via: Digital Trends


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