Oppo Sonica Wireless Speaker launches in US.
Considering the (rightly deserved) reputation OPPO have earned for reference quality Bluray players, it was a bit of a surprise when they entered the headphone and DAC market a couple of years ago.
That surprise carried over to the performance: the HA Series of DACs and PM Series of headphones have been a revelation!!
Now, in the USA at least for the moment, OPPO are entering the heavily contested Wireless Speaker market with the Sonica!
The design of the Sonica was handled by Igor Levitsky, who was also behind Oppo’s PM series of planar magnetic headphones, so anticipation of how well the Sonica performs is high!
The Sonica features two 15-watt amplifiers powering two 3.5-inch woofers and a pair of 3-inch bass radiators. The speaker features two additional 10-watt amplifiers powering two wide-range drivers. Two Sonica units can be paired for wider stereo as well.
Unlike headphones, speakers are affected by the room acoustics they are placed within, so the Sonica features built-in presets to adapt the sound to different room types, speaker positions, and listening preferences. All of these are controlled using an official app, available for iOS and Android (again currently US-only).
The Sonica offers Bluetooth connectivity and Wi-Fi, including AirPlay support.
The Sonica can handle high-resolution 2ch music files up to 24-bit / 192 kHz in FLAC, WAV, plus Apple Lossless formats. Music can come from a number of different sources, including USB sticks, DLNA servers, or NAS drives, with multiple built-in aerials and MIMO technology for the solid wireless signal stability.
There is no news on support for Streaming services as of yet, but undoubtedly this is being looked at before it makes it's way officially to the UK (probably the end of the year).
As soon as we get more info we'll let you know!!