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New Sonos service lets you rent its speakers

Sonos has quietly launched a brand new subscription service that lowers the preliminary barrier to taking house its pricey related audio system. Sonos Flex subscriptions begin at €15 monthly and might be canceled at any time. The service is at the moment restricted to only 500 houses within the Netherlands, however might broaden globally if profitable.

Sonos Flex subscriptions can be found at three completely different value factors:

  • €15 monthly: two Sonos One good audio system than might be paired collectively or used individually in numerous rooms. (€458 if bought at Sonos.)
  • €25 monthly: Sonos Beam soundbar and two Sonos One audio system for TV audio. (€907 if bought at Sonos.)
  • €50 monthly: Playbar, Subwoofer, and a couple of Sonos One audio system for a extra sturdy house theater setup. (€2,026 if bought at Sonos.)

The audio system can be found in both black or white, and will likely be routinely changed with the newest fashions as they’re launched. Subscribers can alter their subscriptions or cancel at any time. Orders take about 4 days to course of and supply is free, with an possibility totally free skilled set up of the €50 system provided to Amsterdam residents (Sonos’ European HQ is positioned in Hilversum, about 20 minutes away).

The subscription is the corporate’s newest effort to decrease the barrier of entry to Sonos gear. The firm just lately partnered with Ikea on the Symfonisk sequence, bringing the beginning value for a Sonos-compatible speaker down to only $99. In an announcement emailed to The Verge, Sonos says that the Flex pilot additionally affords extra option to customers who worth “freedom and flexibility,” and preferring subscriptions for providers like meal deliveries, leisure, and residential health.

Sonos Flex is the latest instance of {hardware} subscriptions. Microsoft affords an All Access subscription to Surface computer systems (and beforehand, Xbox One consoles), whereas Apple has its annual phone replacement program. You may also subscribe to VanMoof smart bikes. Of these, the VanMoof providing is most intently aligned with Sonos Flex, in that you just’ll by no means truly personal the Sonos audio system (or good bike) you’ve been renting when you finish the subscription.

So, as tempting as these comparatively low costs may be, it’d be financially unwise to subscribe to Sonos Flex for an prolonged interval. For instance, you possibly can have owned the audio system outright after 30 months of funds on the €15 tier, or 40 months on the €50 prime tier. Likely quicker since Sonos audio system are sometimes discounted. True, you wouldn’t be assured upgrades to the newest Sonos audio system, however up till now, the corporate hasn’t substitute fashions steadily and Sonos audio system final a really very long time.

When requested for remark a couple of rent-to-own function, a Sonos spokesperson stated they’re open to it. “We’re listening to customers throughout the program, and if that is an area of feedback, we’ll certainly look at it.”

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