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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

We love our Sonos system. But we’ve been asking ourselves: what if we could play music from all our favourite apps? What if we could watch a video and enjoy the sound from our speakers? What if we were really free to use our Sonos system the way we want?

We created Darlite to unlock the full potential of the Sonos system. This product is the result of our own passion for music and connected devices, an understanding of Sonos users, and countless hours developing a product we would like to have in our homes.

They talk about us

"Fantastic idea guys...I really look forward to having a system that works!!!" Rory G (Backer)

"Really looking forward to this product. It seems to tick the boxes for missing features with my current Sonos setup." Jin-oh C (Backer)

"I'm in -- started looking into something along this line a few months ago...It would be wonderful to have this!" Trogdor (Backer)

"Darlite unlocks the full potential of the speaker system by fitting this little-connected accessory to it." Technutty

"Finally more possibilities with Sonos speakers." Engadget DE

Listen your way

Darlite supports Bluetooth, AirPlay, DLNA and Audio line-in 3.5mm jack. Select the most appropriate way to cast your music directly to your Sonos speakers.

Play from any devices. Play music directly from any Bluetooth, AirPlay, or DLNA compatible computer, tablet or phone - even if the device/OS is unsupported by Sonos.    

All the music, no restrictions. Sonos is not compatible with numerous popular favorites such as Youtube, Audible, BBC iPlayer, etc. Darlite fixes this, allowing you to play all your favourite music, news, podcasts, audio books and videos directly from apps through your Sonos system even without a Premium account.

Do you love vinyl? Darlite connects to any external device via the 3.5 mm audio in line connection.     


Feel your way     

Darlite adds a unique visual atmosphere to your living space. Enhance your Sonos system with Darlite’s unique customisation options. Create the mood you want by selecting light intensity, colour patterns and rhythm.

The music reacts with lights. Activate the Dynamic Mode and synchronize the lights with your music. Millions of colors follow the rhythm for a truly unique atmosphere.


Play your way    

IFTTT future integration provides Darlite Light & Sound custom notifications. With social medias or any of the 400+ IFTTT services.

Wake up progressively with light. With Darlite you can now set an alarm and wake up in light.     

   

Darlite Features

Designing Darlite


We designed Darlite to fit perfectly with the Sonos ecosystem. Docked to a PLAY:1 or in a standalone mode, Darlite is compatible with most PLAY:1 mounts and stands with its standard 1/4”-20 threaded mounting socket. It will also be available in two colors, white and black, to match the tone of the Sonos speakers.


How Darlite works?    

Only one Darlite is needed for your entire Sonos System. Darlite connects via Ethernet on the router or any Sonos device and works as a hub for the entire network. No matter where Darlite is located in your home, it will be available to use with all the Sonos speakers.

Darlite is compatible with all the Sonos products: PLAY:1, PLAY:3, PLAY:5, PLAYBAR, PLAYBASE, CONNECT & CONNECT:AMP.

Darlite adapts to your Sonos setup. It can be used docked with a PLAY:1 (via the Darlite adapter) or in a standalone mode (with the top cover).

Use your speaker without home network. It can also be used without a router via Bluetooth if only 4G or public WiFi access are available.

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Share our story  

Our ambition is to reinvent the Sonos listening experience and today we need your support to go into production. Please share our story on social media with your friends and family, and together make Darlite reality.

 

Disclaimer: Darlite is not affiliated with Sonos, Inc. To learn more about Sonos, please visit www.sonos.com    

 

Risks and challenges

Finding the right manufacturer can be a challenge. We decided to produce our product in China. After negotiating with multiple candidates to find one who could fulfill our expectations and deliver a high quality consumer electronics product, we went to China to establish our partnerships. We have now a reliable partner based in China who has experience with manufacturers in the country. This person has had a lot of success with similar projects in the past. He will control the production, update us on progress, visit the factories and handle logistics to get the finished product to our warehouse.

Delivering the product on time:
We have calculated product development and production time allowing extra time for potential risks and challenges. Compliance testing could impact the delivery time. While FCC, IC or CE certifications should respect a strict agenda, Apple MFi certification could take longer due to their specific requirements. Darlite is part of the Apple MFi Program, but we want to play it safe. Therefore, we plan to announce shipping in January – we might be able to ship earlier, but it is better to allow some extra time in case of unexpected challenges.

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