Sonos’ long-rumored first headset could be based on a high-end design from RHA Technologies, a small but popular British audio company that ran into financial trouble earlier this year.
A source familiar with RHA’s plans tells TechHive’s sister site Technological Advisor that RHA was working on a headphone design with specs that rivaled Apple’s AirPods Max. Sonos has quietly acquired a majority stake in RHA, ever since it changed its name to Origin North Ltd., and the RHA design could be the basis for one or more new Sonos headphones.
RHA’s high-end noise-canceling headphones, dubbed Atlas, were due to hit the market in early 2021. The Tech Advisor source describes a prototype as black, quite large, “square and slightly curved.” Tech Advisor reports that the Atlas included a high resolution Bluetooth codec, possibly aptX HD; low latency aptX; Google Quick Pairing; and compatibility with the Google Assistant for hands-free control.
What’s more, the Tech Advisor source says the headphones featured active “cracking” noise cancellation and support for spatial audio with a “movie mode.” RHA apparently intended to price the Atlas headphones at “around £ 500” (around $ 670). Tech Advisor reached out to Sonos for comment and received a standard response on the company’s philosophy regarding technology and talent acquisition.