Oppo launch Sonica range of wireless speakers

Along with a wireless DAC and special edition headphone amp

by Steve Withers Sep 22, 2016 at 11:27 AM


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    Oppo launch Sonica range of wireless speakers
    There was a time when Oppo was only associated with high quality Blu-ray players but these days it also produces some very exciting audio products.
    The company has already made a name for itself with their award-winning PM-1 and PM-3 planar magnetic headphones and their HA-1 headphone amplifier. Now they are launching a range of wireless products under the general heading of Sonica.

    The Sonica itself is a wireless speaker that uses a plastic construction, with an elegant curved styling. The curved design is for both appearance and acoustic performance and the Sonica comes in a choice of silver or black. The Sonica uses three active drivers, with 30W of amplification for the main driver and 15W each for the other two. The speaker supports WiFi, AirPlay and Bluetooth, as well as Oppo's multiroom system, and has been designed for smaller rooms like bedrooms and kitchens. The Sonica is compatible with high-resolution audio formats and can be used as a stereo pair, with setup via the Sonica app. The Sonica will be available in November and will cost £279.
    Oppo will also be launching the Sonica Grand, which is a larger wireless speaker with a metal construction but the same curved elegance of the smaller Sonica. The Grand uses seven drivers with 60W of amplification for the main driver and 15W each for the other six. The Grand uses an aluminium chassis, which is again curved for acoustic reasons as well as styling, combined with long displacement drivers and planar ribbon tweeters. There are optimised drivers and crossovers for clear and accurate sound, with no specific sweet spot, and precise bass reproduction. The Grand is a stereo speaker but it can also be used as a stereo pair and set up is again via the Sonica app. The app provides wireless control from a single point and is available for both smartphones and tablets. The Grand supports high-resolution audio, along with WiFi, AirPlay and Bluetooth, as well as Oppo's multiroom system. The Sonica Grand will also be available in November at a price of £699.
    Along with their new Sonica wireless speakers, Oppo are also launching their new Sonica DAC. This was developed in response to customer requests for a network streaming DAC. As a result the Sonica DAC has full network streaming capabilities and can integrate into the Sonica multiroom system. The DAC supports high resolution audio, as well as WiFi, AirPlay and Bluetooth. It also includes an asynchronous USB input and analogue inputs. The Sonica DAC will also be available in November and will cost £799.
    Finally Oppo are launching a special edition of their award-winning HA-2 portable headphone amplifier. The HA-2SE has been developed in response to customer feedback and now includes an upgraded DAC and revisions to the headphone amplifier section. The HA-2SE will join a growing range of high quality audio products when it is released later this year.

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