Sonos has launched a replacement Upgrade Program which offers discounts of up to 30 percent on new speakers if you own select older models, Android Central reports. It replaces the company’s previous Trade-Up deal, which offered similar discounts, but the new program expands these to owners of slightly newer speakers just like the Play:1 and Play:3. Alongside it, Sonos has also announced that its Sonos Arc soundbar now supports multi-channel LPCM audio.
If you own one among the speakers listed below, Sonos will offer you a reduction of either 15 or 30 percent on the acquisition of a replacement speaker. Importantly, old speakers don’t need to be traded in, and may still be used, Sonos says. Eligible owners can sign into their Sonos account and choose an eligible product to say the discount. The discount can only be applied to a “single regular price product” (so no combining it with other deals), but it doesn’t expire so it is often saved for the longer term. Here are the eligible products and their discounts listed on the Upgrade Program’s page:
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Play:1 (2013) – 15 percent
Play:3 (2011) – 15 percent
Play:5 (Gen 1, 2009) – 30 percent
Connect:Amp (2005) – 30 percent
Connect (2006) – 30 percent
The program’s terms and conditions list a couple of more devices eligible for trade-in: CR200, Play:5 (Gen 2), Playbar, and Playbase. Android Central notes that owners of the Sonos Bridge also can get 30 percent off a Sonos Boost.
The Upgrade Program replaces the company’s existing Trade-Up program, which launched last year. However, the program generated controversy due to the company’s initial requirement that users manually brick their old device so as to urge a reduction on a replacement model. Sonos ditched this requirement in March, and it hasn’t returned for the new program. meaning you’ll still use your old speaker albeit you “Upgrade” it, alternatively resell it, gift it, or recycle it. Any new owner won’t be ready to reclaim the upgrade program’s discount, however.
Alongside the Upgrade Program, the Sonos Arc soundbar now supports multi-channel LPCM through an eARC connection. this is often an uncompressed audio format employed by some games, Blu-Ray discs, et al. . The update to enable the codec started rolling out yesterday, and maybe installed via the Sonos S2 app.
Update November 11th, 7:54 AM ET: Added more eligible speakers listed on the terms and conditions page.