Onkyo announced that around 30 devices under its Onkyo, Integra and Pioneer Elite brands will receive the Works with Sonos badge, signaling that the devices can connect with Sonos speakers and stream music directly from the Sonos app.
Products featuring the official designation will include select network A/V and stereo receivers, which users can add independently or as part of a predetermined Sonos zone. Specific models will be announced on June 6 when the firmware update is slated to become available.
Don Milks, Onkyo USA director of product localization, told TWICE it sought to work with Sonos because of its leadership position in multiroom audio and high adoption rate from consumers and dealers.
Onkyo’s devices currently support Google Assistant, and the integration with Sonos will provide limited voice-control functionality via Amazon Alexa. Milks said users won’t be able “to go deep into the menu,” but will, for example, be able to tell Alexa to play a specific artist in a specific room.