After reporting bumpy third-quarter earnings on Wednesday, Sonos announced that it has decided to push back a product launch originally slated for the near future. The product in question is almost certainly the long-awaited Sub Mini, a more affordable subwoofer that will join the company’s home theater lineup alongside the existing $749 Sub.
The Sub Mini appeared at the FCC in June. If Sonos had followed the typical window of time between that filing and a consumer release, the product would have arrived relatively soon. But Sonos says it’s now delayed until the first quarter of fiscal 2023. “We̵[ads1]7;re always evaluating what kind of product it is and the timing,” CEO Patrick Spence said on the call. “We remain committed to two new product launches each year.”
Sonos spokesperson Erin Pategas confirmed the news to The Verge in an email, saying “I can confirm that we decided to push an expected product launch from Q4 ’22 to Q1 ’23.” That would put the rescheduled arrival sometime between October and December.
Sonos’ earnings for the third quarter were well outside the company’s revenue expectations. “We have seen the macroeconomic backdrop become significantly more challenging for us starting in June, as the strengthening dollar and high inflation have negatively impacted consumer sentiment globally, particularly in the categories we play in,” Spence said in the company’s earnings release.
During a call Wednesday afternoon, outgoing CFO Brittany Bagley said Sonos is currently holding more inventory than it wants and faces a “challenging Q4.” The company pointed to weak demand for its $179 Sonos Ray soundbar as a reason for the revenue drop. But Sonos partly blamed a decline in TV sales, and the company expressed optimism that the Ray will ultimately prove very successful as its entry-level soundbar due to positive reviews and its appealing price.