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 new patent  Playback device media item replacement

Embodiments are provided for replacing media items in a queue of a playback device. An example implementation involves receiving, at the playback device, first data indicating an addition of a first media item to a queue. The playback device determines that the first media item is no longer accessible to... Sonos Inc

 new patent  Manipulation of playback device response using signal processing

An example playback device receives left and right channels of audio content and generates a center channel of the audio content by combining at least a portion of the left right channels. The playback device generates first and second side channels of the audio content by combining the center channel... Sonos Inc

Remote creation of a playback queue for a future event

Example embodiments involve remote creation of a playback queue for an event. An example implementation involves a cloud computing system receiving, from a first mobile device, one or more messages representing an instruction to create a playlist for an event. In response, the system creates the playlist in data storage.... Sonos Inc

Calibration of audio playback devices

An audio playback device comprises a microphone, a speaker, and a processor. The processor is arranged to output by the speaker first audio content and receive by the microphone an indication of the first audio content. A first acoustic response of a room in which the audio playback device is... Sonos Inc

Frequency routing based on orientation

Systems, methods, and apparatus for frequency routing based on orientation are disclosed. An example method includes receiving, by a playback device, an audio data stream. The example method includes determining, by the playback device, an orientation of the playback device. The example method includes routing, by the playback device, a... Sonos Inc

Dynamic player selection for audio signal processing

A set of signal measures is received, wherein each signal measure in the set of signal measures corresponds to a respective audio signal received by a device in a media playback system which is processed based on a first set of audio processing algorithms. A plurality of signal measures is... Sonos Inc

Base properties in media playback system

An example implementation may involve a control device identifying a playback device base in a media playback system. The playback device base includes an interface to communicate with a playback device placed on the playback device base. The example implementation may further involve a control device receiving an input comprising... Sonos Inc

Playback device configuration according to distortion threshold

Examples described herein involve configuring a playback device based on distortion, such as that caused by a barrier. One implementation may involve causing the playback device to play audio content according to an existing playback configuration, determining an existing frequency response of the playback device in a given system, and... Sonos Inc

Adjusting a playback device

Certain embodiments provide methods and systems for managing a sound profile. An example playback device includes a network interface and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored therein instructions executable by the processor. When executed by the processor, the instructions are to configure the playback device to receive, via... Sonos Inc

Intelligently modifying the gain parameter of a playback device

Techniques for optimizing a player based on the addition of a second player are disclosed. In an embodiment, when a first player no longer needs to play certain audio frequencies due to the addition of a second player, the gain of the first player is automatically increased as part of... Sonos Inc

Cloud queue item removal

An example implementation may involve removing, by a computing device, a given media item from a queue of media items. The example implementation may further involve adding to the queue an indication that the given media item has been removed from the queue. After adding to the queue the indication,... Sonos Inc

Hybrid test tone for space-averaged room audio calibration using a moving microphone

An example implementation may involve a network device detecting within a playback environment, via a microphone, an audio signal over a duration of time. After the duration of time, the implementation further involves the network device determining a frequency response of the playback environment based on the detected audio signal... Sonos Inc

Controlling and displaying zones in a multi-zone system

A multimedia controller for controlling and displaying zones in a multi-zone system is provided. In one example the controller provides a user interface for multiple zones of a media playback system comprising multiple playback devices. The controller identifies respective states associated with each zone of the multiple zones and detects... Sonos Inc

Media content based on playback zone awareness

Systems and methods are provided for providing media content based on playback zone awareness. In one aspect, a computing system receives, via a network interface, zone data from the media playback system, wherein the zone data includes an indication of a particular zone of the media playback system, and wherein... Sonos Inc

Social media connection recommendations based on playback information

Embodiments are described herein that involve a computing device initiating playback of a particular media item on a media playback system that is registered to a particular account of a social media service. The computing device may query the social media service for one or more accounts of the social... Sonos Inc

Manipulation of playback device response using an acoustic filter

An acoustic filter includes holes and is configured to receive sound waves generated by an audio driver of a playback device. The sound waves comprise sound waves of a first frequency that radiate according to a first radiation pattern and sound waves of a second frequency that radiate according to... Sonos Inc

Calibration using multiple recording devices

Example techniques may involve calibration with multiple recording devices. An implementation may include detecting, via a microphone, one or more calibration sounds as emitted by one or more playback devices of one or more zones during a calibration sequence. The implementation may further include determining a first response, the first... Sonos Inc

Rf antenna proximity sensing in a playback device

An example embodiment includes a playback device comprising a wireless communications interface including a radio frequency (RF) antenna, a capacitive proximity sensor comprising a grounding plane that is coupled to the RF antenna, one or more processors, and a data storage having stored therein instructions executable by the one or... Sonos Inc

Playback queue control via a playlist on a computing device

A first connection state may be entered on a computing device. While the computing device is in the first connection state, actions taken on a playlist on the computing device may be applied to the playlist and not applied to a playback queue associated with a zone. An input may... Sonos Inc

Fast-resume audio playback

Audio content may be played back in synchrony with a member of a synchrony group based on playback timing information. While synchronously playing back the audio content, the playback timing information may be transmitted to the member of the synchrony group. The transmitted playback timing information may comprise a first... Sonos Inc

Playback device calibration based on representation spectral characteristics

A computing device may maintain a database of representative spectral characteristics. The computing device may also receive particular spectral data associated with a particular playback environment corresponding to the particular playback device. Based on the particular spectral data, the computing device may identify one of the representative spectral characteristics from... Sonos Inc

Device lock mode

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Wireless radio switching

Examples are provided for establishing a bonded zone comprising a first playback device comprising a respective first wireless radio and a second playback device comprising a second respective wireless radio. The first and second playback devices may establish a bonded zone comprising at least the first and second playback device.... Sonos Inc

Defect detection via audio playback

Embodiments of detecting detects in a playback device via audio playback are provided. A playback device may play a test sound during a time period, and capture, via one or more microphones of the playback device, the test sound during the time period. A determination that a defect in the... Sonos Inc

Updating playback device configuration information based on calibration data

A computing device may transmit playback device configuration information to a given playback device. The computing device may then receive calibration data corresponding to each playback device of a plurality of playback devices, and receive playback device characteristic data indicating at least one playback device characteristic for each playback device... Sonos Inc

Playback device group volume control

Embodiments are provided for satellite volume control. An example method includes receiving an input at a playback device to adjust a volume for a plurality of playback devices that are grouped for synchronous playback of audio content, wherein the plurality of playback devices includes the playback device. The method also... Sonos Inc

Loudspeaker diaphragm

Example transducer assemblies are described here. An example transducer assembly may include a frame, a magnet carried by the frame, a voice coil operably coupled to the magnet, and a diaphragm. The diaphragm has an outer portion surrounding a central portion. The outer portion of the diaphragm has a generally... Sonos Inc

Playback device with capacitive sensors

Examples described herein involve a playback device having capacitive sensors. In an example implementation, an enclosure of a playback device includes: a first external surface comprising a speaker grille; a second external surface substantially orthogonal to the first external surface; and an array of capacitive sensors underlying the second external... Sonos Inc

Zone grouping

An example method involves causing a control device to display a graphical user interface that comprises an indication of a first zone of a media playback system, wherein the media playback system comprises the first zone and a second zone, and wherein the graphical user interface does not comprise an... Sonos Inc

Providing media items from playback history

Examples provided herein involve a playback history for media items played by playback zones of a media playback system. An example implementation involves a computing device storing a playback history of media items played by the media playback system, the playback history including, for each of the media items, an... Sonos Inc

Webpage media playback

Examples described herein involve facilitating playback of media content via a webpage. An example implementation involves a computing device: identifying one or more playback zones including at least one respective playback device; transmitting, via a web browser, a webpage request; receiving a webpage that includes a link to a media... Sonos Inc

Routing data over wireless communication links

Certain examples accommodate data routing optimizations. An example method comprises receiving, by a first playback device, data to be directed to at least a second playback device, the data comprising: i) audio data and ii) non-audio data. The method comprises transmitting, by the first playback device, the non-audio data to... Sonos Inc

Group coordinator selection based on communication parameters

Examples described herein involve selecting a group coordinator device for a zone group. An example implementation includes: receiving an instruction to form a zone group comprising the first media device and the second media device; comparing a first one or more communication parameters corresponding to a network connection of the... Sonos Inc

Synchronized audio mixing

A first example playback device includes one or more processors and a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the first playback device to perform functions. The functions include generating a mixed audio signal comprising one or more components of a first... Sonos Inc

Indicating an association between a social-media account and a media playback system

Examples disclosed herein include a social-media computing system receiving, from a first computing device, a first message indicating that a media playback system is associated with a first social-media account; and based on the received first message, sending, to a second computing device associated with a second social-media account, a... Sonos Inc

09/14/17 / #20170264943

Audio content playback management

An example implementation involves a playback device receiving a request to add continuous automated streaming audio content to a playback queue, the request indicating a playback start time, and the playback queue indicating a plurality of audio content. The implementation further involves the playback device adding the continuous automated streaming... Sonos Inc

08/31/17 / #20170248931

Remote command learning

Systems, methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to learn and share remote commands are disclosed. An example method to configure a playback device to be controlled by a remote control includes receiving by the playback device a first code for a first command from the remote control. The example method... Sonos Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249121

Prioritizing media content requests

Examples described herein may include a computing device receiving, from a first playback device, a request for first media content associated with a first playback operation. The computing device sends, to the first playback device, the first media content, and while sending that content, receives, from a second playback device,... Sonos Inc

08/31/17 / #20170251237

Social media queue

Examples provided herein are directed to social-media playback queues. In one example, a computing system may be configured to (i) receive an identifier of a media playback system, (ii) link the identifier with a social-media account, (iii) based at least on linking the identifier with the social-media account, generate a... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170242656

Metadata exchange involving a networked playback system and a networked microphone system

Disclosed herein are systems and methods for establishing a metadata exchange channel between a media playback system and a networked microphone system, wherein the networked microphone system comprises a networked microphone device and a networked microphone server. After establishing the metadata exchange channel, the media playback system experiences a metadata... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170243587

Handling of loss of pairing between networked devices

Systems and methods disclosed herein include (i) receiving a voice command via a networked microphone device configured to receive voice commands for a media playback system, wherein the media playback system comprises a primary media playback device configured to perform a function and/or provide a first feedback in response to... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170242649

Music service selection

Methods and apparatus for identifying a music service based on a user command. A content type is identified from a received user command and a music service is selected that supports the content type. A selected music service can then transmit audio content associated with the content type for playback.... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170242650

Content mixing

A playback device comprises a network interface configured to communicate with a network microphone device. A processor of the playback device comprises instructions, which when executed, cause the processor to receive a message associated with the network microphone device; and adjust a volume of audio content below a volume of... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170242651

Audio response playback

A voice command may be received from a microphone device associated with a media playback system comprising one or more zones. An audio response zone from the one or more zones to play the audio response may be selected based on context information. The selected zone may comprise one or... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170242653

Voice control of a media playback system

Multiple aspects of systems and methods for voice control and related features and functionality for various embodiments of media playback devices, networked microphone devices, microphone-equipped media playback devices, and speaker-equipped networked microphone devices are disclosed and described herein, including but not limited to designating and managing default networked devices, audio... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170242655

Room-corrected voice detection

A playback device may have a network interface configured to communicate with a network microphone device over a communication network. A processor of the playback device may comprise instructions, which when executed, cause the processor to obtain acoustics of an environment in which the playback device is located; identify a... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170242657

Action based on user id

Disclosed herein are systems and methods for receiving a voice command and determining an appropriate action for the media playback system to execute based on user identification. The systems and methods receive a voice command for a media playback system, and determines whether the voice command was received from a... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170243576

Voice control of a media playback system

A voice input comprising a command word, one or more media variable instances, and one or more zone variable instances is received. A media playback system command which corresponds to the command word is determined. Media content which corresponds to the one or more media variable instances is identified. The... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245050

Default playback device designation

Systems and methods discussed herein involve designating a default playback device in a local playback network. One method may involve determining that a networked microphone device is available for assignment to one or more playback zones within a local playback network, displaying a prompt to indicate at least one playback... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245051

Default playback devices

Systems and method discussed herein involve applying a designation of a default playback device in a media playback system. One method may involve maintaining a database comprising data indicating an assignment of an identification of a network microphone device to a playback zone of a media playback system, receiving a... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245054

Sensor on moving component of transducer

A signal from a sensor may be received indicative of an acceleration of a moving component of a transducer at a location where the sensor is mounted. A position the moving component may be determined based on the acceleration. The position of the moving component may be compared with a... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245056

Transducer diaphragm

A diaphragm for a loudspeaker may include a continuous primary diaphragm having an upper surface and a lower surface, where the primary diaphragm comprises a ring-shaped, flat region having an inner diameter and an outer diameter. The diaphragm may also include a reinforcing ring attached to the upper surface of... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245074

Playback device calibration user interfaces

Examples described herein involve providing playback device calibration user interfaces to guide a calibration process for one or more playback devices in a playback environment. In one example, a network device receives audio samples continuously from a microphone of the network device for a predetermined duration of time, wherein the... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245076

Networked microphone device control

Systems and methods disclosed herein include, while a microphone of a first networked microphone device is enabled, determining whether a first reference device is in a specific state, and in response to determining that the first reference device is in the specific state, disabling the microphone of the first networked... Sonos Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245079

Compensation for speaker nonlinearities

A first signal may be received indicative of audio to be played by a speaker. A second signal may be received which comprises (i) a voice input received by a microphone and (ii) at least a portion of the audio played by the speaker at a same time that the... Sonos Inc

08/17/17 / #20170235545

Leaving group and smart line-in processing

An example playback device includes a first interface for receiving a first audio signal from a first audio source; a second interface for receiving a second audio signal from a second audio source; and a processor configured to: cause the playback device to playback the second audio signal; determine that... Sonos Inc

08/17/17 / #20170235546

Identification of audio content facilitated by playback device

An example implementation involves a playback device receiving digital data representing audio content, the digital data encoded in a first format. The playback device causes one or more speaker drivers to playback the audio content. The playback device decodes a portion of the received digital data to convert the portion... Sonos Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220315

Audio processing

An example method includes receiving data indicating a configuration of one or more playback devices. The one or more playback devices may include one or more transducers. The method further includes, based on the received data, associating each of one or more audio streams respectively with at least one transducer... Sonos Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223458

Playback device pairing

Technology for grouping, consolidating, and pairing individual playback devices with network capability (players) to stimulate a multi-channel listening environment is disclosed. An example method includes receiving an audio signal containing a range of audio frequencies; amplifying, according to a gain parameter, the audio signal to be reproduced by at least... Sonos Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223472

Leaving group based on message from audio source

Systems, methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to control audio playback devices are disclosed. An example first playback device includes a speaker driver, a processor, and a computer readable medium including a set of instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the first playback device to implement a method.... Sonos Inc

07/27/17 / #20170214373

Group volume control

Example techniques involve controlling playback volumes of playback zone in a network media system. An example implementation includes displaying a first volume indicator along a first scale at a first position corresponding to a first volume setting of a zone, and a second volume indicator along a second scale at... Sonos Inc

07/27/17 / #20170214991

Evaluating calibration of a playback device

An example method may include recording, via a microphone of a first playback device, audio played by a second playback device in accordance with a calibration setting. The method may further include, based on the recorded audio, determining that the calibration setting is invalid. The method may further include, in... Sonos Inc

07/27/17 / #20170215017

Calibration with particular locations

Example techniques may involve multiple calibrations for one or more playback devices. An example implementation may involve detecting, via a microphone, calibration sounds as emitted by one or more playback devices during a calibration sequence, perhaps by recording first samples while the microphone is in motion through a given environment... Sonos Inc

07/20/17 / #20170206058

Music streaming using supported services

An example technique includes a computing system storing media item identifiers of curated media items associated with one or more service providers. A media curating service aggregates the media item identifiers of curated media items. The example technique further involves receiving, from a media playback system, a first message comprising... Sonos Inc

07/20/17 / #20170208056

Cloud queue access control

An example implementation may involve a computing system receiving, from a media playback system, a request to initiate playback of a cloud queue. The cloud queue may currently have a first access status that authorizes a first set of queue operations, which may include playback of the cloud queue. After... Sonos Inc

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07/20/17 / #20170208110

Cloud queue playhead

An example implementation may involve a computing system receiving, from a media playback system over the network interface, a request to initiate playback of the particular cloud queue at a first media item. The computing system assigns a playhead pointer to a position within the particular cloud queue that corresponds... Sonos Inc

07/20/17 / #20170208406

Concurrent multi-loudspeaker calibration with a single measurement

An example implementation may involve a computing device detecting a trigger condition that initiates concurrent calibration of multiple playback devices. The implementation may further involve the computing device sending, to at least one of the multiple playback devices, one or more commands that instruct each playback device of the multiple... Sonos Inc

07/20/17 / #20170208408

Validation of audio calibration using multi-dimensional motion check

Examples described herein involve validating motion of a microphone during calibration of a playback device. An example implementation involves a control device receiving an indication that the control device will begin detecting audio signals emitted from playback devices as part of a calibration process. While the control device is detecting... Sonos Inc

07/06/17 / #20170192739

Group coordinator selection

A network device is arranged to identify a group coordinator for a group of networked playback devices. The network device may have a network interface configured to communicate with first playback device and a second playback device over a network. A processor may execute instructions to cause the processor to... Sonos Inc

06/22/17 / #20170181113

Synchronization of content between networked devices

Networked devices are arranged to play content such as audio and video content in synchronization. A synching device receives a packet from an initiating device over a network. The packet may include an identifier of content to play, such as a URI, and an indication of when to play the... Sonos Inc

05/18/17 / #20170139670

Volume limit

An example playback device may store an active volume state variable in memory, where the active volume state variable corresponds to a current playback volume. The playback device may also store a volume limit state variable in memory, where the volume limit state variable corresponds to a playback volume limit... Sonos Inc

05/11/17 / #20170134855

Multi-channel pairing in a media system

Systems and methods for output of audio content are disclosed. An example first playback device includes a processor. The example processor is configured to at least process audio content to determine a portion of the audio content to be output by the first playback device based on a type of... Sonos Inc

05/11/17 / #20170134871

Base properties in a media playback system

An example implementation may involve a playback device assigning, to the playback device, a zone property that is assigned to a device base (e.g., a charging base) that the playback device is placed upon. For instance, a playback device may identify a particular base onto which the playback device is... Sonos Inc

05/04/17 / #20170126760

Mobile source media content access

Embodiments are provided for accessing media content on a mobile device. In one embodiment, a user may add media from a mobile device carried by the user to a queue of media that may be rendered by a media system in communication with the mobile device. In one example, the... Sonos Inc

03/30/17 / #20170090859

Activity reset

In an example implementation, a method may involve sending a message that arranges a media playback system into a pre-defined state, wherein a first playback device is in a first zone having a first zone name, a second playback device is in a second zone having a second zone name,... Sonos Inc

03/30/17 / #20170094437

Spatial mapping of audio playback devices in a listening environment

Method and apparatus for spatial mapping of two or more audio playback devices in a listening environment. Two or more playback devices may signal each other. Based on the signaling, a position of the two or more playback devices relative to each other is determined and a device map of... Sonos Inc

03/23/17 / #20170083279

Facilitating calibration of an audio playback device

An example method, and example devices and computer-readable media related to the example method, are disclosed herein. The method includes, as a computing device is moving within an environment of a playback device, capturing, via a microphone of the computing device, one or more calibration sounds played by the playback... Sonos Inc

03/23/17 / #20170084294

Device impairment detection

Examples described herein involve detecting known impairments or other known conditions using a neural network. An example implementation involves receiving data indicating a response of a playback device as captured by a microphone. The implementation also involves determining an input vector by projecting a response vector that represents the response... Sonos Inc

03/23/17 / #20170085972

Media player and media player design

Media playback devices in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed, including various features of the playback devices such as (but not limited to) the color of the playback devices and the appearance of feet of the playback device.... Sonos Inc

03/23/17 / #20170086004

Validation of audio calibration using multi-dimensional motion check

Examples described herein involve validating motion of a microphone during calibration of a playback device. An example implementation involves receiving motion data indicating movement of a recording device while the recording device was recording a calibration sound emitted by one or more playback devices in a given environment during a... Sonos Inc

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03/16/17 / #20170075650

Remote command learning

Systems, methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to learn and share remote commands are disclosed. An example method to configure a playback device to be controlled by a remote control includes receiving by the playback device a first code for a first command from the remote control. The example method... Sonos Inc

03/16/17 / #20170075644

Contextual indexing of media items

Embodiments described herein involve generating and modifying a sub-index of a media index. An example method may involve receiving requests to play back media items in a media index, tracking the requests to play back the media items in the media index, determining a set of media items from among... Sonos Inc

03/16/17 / #20170075645

Speaker calibration user interface

An example implementation may involve a control device displaying a prompt to initiate a calibration sequence that involves calibration of a playback device for a given environment in which the playback device is located. The example implementation may also involve the control device displaying (i) a prompt to prepare a... Sonos Inc

03/16/17 / #20170077880

Power supplies

Techniques for providing multiple power supplies in electronic devices are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, an appropriate power supply is provided only to accommodate a volume setting. In other words, there are at least two power supplies, one with a low voltage and the other with... Sonos Inc

03/16/17 / #20170077888

Loudness matching

An example method may involve a device determining a first loudness representation for a playback device based on a first equalization setting applied to a representation of average music. The device may also determine a second loudness representation for the playback device, based on a second equalization setting applied to... Sonos Inc

03/16/17 / #20170078181

Facilitating the resolution of address conflicts in a networked media playback system

Examples are disclosed and described to facilitate resolution of Internet Protocol address conflicts. An example method includes periodically broadcasting, by the playback device over the network, a probe message, detecting, by the playback device, a change in status associated with the connection, based on the detection, obtaining, by the playback... Sonos Inc

03/16/17 / #20170078796

Playback based on received sound waves

Apparatus and methods are disclosed for acoustic optimization. An example playback device includes a first transducer to at least one of output sound waves and receive sound waves, a second transducer to at least one of output sound waves and receive sound waves, and an acoustic grille positioned in relation... Sonos Inc

03/16/17 / #20170078799

Transducer diaphragm

A diaphragm for a loudspeaker may include a continuous primary diaphragm having an upper surface and a lower surface, where the primary diaphragm comprises a ring-shaped, flat region having an inner diameter and an outer diameter. The diaphragm may also include a reinforcing ring attached to the upper surface of... Sonos Inc

03/16/17 / #20170078812

Low-latency audio networking

Low-latency audio networking is disclosed. In one embodiment, an example playback device includes a processor and memory having stored thereon instructions executable by the processor. The example instructions are to cause the first playback device to perform functions comprising: receiving audio information; selecting a first frequency channel of a first... Sonos Inc

03/16/17 / #20170078816

Calibration error conditions

Examples described herein involve identifying one or more error conditions during calibration of one or more playback devices in a playback environment. A microphone of a network device may detect and sample an audio signal while the one or more playback devices in the playback environment plays a calibration tone.... Sonos Inc

03/09/17 / #20170068509

Operation using positioning information

Examples disclosed and described herein relate to operation of a playback device using position information. A position of a playback device with respect to a base is determined. The determined position is compared to a reference position. If the determined position corresponds to the reference position, operation of the playback... Sonos Inc

03/09/17 / #20170068510

Audio processing algorithm database

Examples described herein involve maintaining a database of audio processing algorithms. Maintaining the database may involve generating or updating audio processing algorithm entries. In one example, generating an audio processing algorithm may involve a computing device causing a playback device to play a first audio signal in a playback zone,... Sonos Inc

03/09/17 / #20170070836

Playback device calibration

An indication of an acoustic characteristic of a playback device may comprise an orientation of the playback device with respect to an axis of a sensor of the playback device. After receiving the indication of the acoustic characteristic, a crossover frequency of the playback device may be determined and a... Sonos Inc

03/02/17 / #20170060352

Social playback queues

An example method involves monitoring, by a computing device, a communications feed for an indication of media and detecting, in the communications feed, the indication of the media. The method may further involve identifying at least one media item corresponding to the indication of the media and causing a playback... Sonos Inc

03/02/17 / #20170060402

Lock screen media playback control

Embodiments are provided for providing on a display of a computing device, playback controls for a particular playback zone of a media playback system, while the computing device is in a locked state. The playback controls may then be selected to control playback of media content in the playback zone,... Sonos Inc

03/02/17 / #20170060524

Detecting and controlling physical movement of a playback device during audio playback

Method and apparatus for physical detecting movement of a playback device which plays audio sound via a speaker enclosed in the playback device. While the speaker plays the audio sound, a determination is made whether the playback device is physically moving. In response to the playback device physically moving, the... Sonos Inc

03/02/17 / #20170060528

Software application and zones

Embodiments described herein relate to a software application that is configured to operate as an add-on software component to audio-playback software on a playback device of a media playback system. One embodiment may involve displaying, on a user interface of a controller of a media playback system, a zone identifier... Sonos Inc

03/02/17 / #20170064453

Audio output balancing

Systems and method are provided herein for balancing of outputs from playback devices playing audio content in synchrony. In one embodiment, the balancing of outputs may involve receiving a first audio signal to be played by a first playback device according to a first crossover frequency, determining a limiting result... Sonos Inc

03/02/17 / #20170064472

Audio synchronization among playback devices using offset information

Embodiments are provided for audio synchronization of one or more playback devices using offset information. A playback device may join a synchrony group upon a command, where the synchrony group may have a group coordinator that provides timing information for the group. In one case, the playback device may retrieve... Sonos Inc

02/23/17 / #20170054209

Antenna selection

A network device communicates with one or another set of antennas depending on an orientation of the network device. The network device includes a first set of one or more antennas, a second set of one or more antennas, a processor, and memory having stored thereon instructions executable by the... Sonos Inc

02/23/17 / #20170054826

Service provider user accounts

Examples described herein involve managing two or more user accounts via which a media playback system can access a service provider, and displaying on a graphical display, graphical representations of at least one of the two or more user accounts via which a media playback system can access a service... Sonos Inc

02/23/17 / #20170055066

Manipulation of playback device response using an acoustic filter

An acoustic filter includes holes and is configured to receive sound waves generated by an audio driver of a playback device. The sound waves comprise sound waves of a first frequency that radiate according to a first radiation pattern and sound waves of a second frequency that radiate according to... Sonos Inc

02/23/17 / #20170055083

Speaker spider having varying corrugation geometry

Embodiments for a speaker spider of a loudspeaker are provided. The speaker spider may include a central opening and a plurality of concentric corrugations. Dimensions of the speaker spider may substantially homogenize stress on the speaker spiders during operation of the loud speaker. Dimensions of such a speaker spider that... Sonos Inc

02/23/17 / #20170055091

Audio output balancing

Systems and methods are provided herein for balancing of outputs from playback devices playing audio content in synchrony. In one embodiment, the balancing of outputs may involve receiving a first audio signal to be played by a first playback device, determining a first limiting result by applying to a second... Sonos Inc

02/23/17 / #20170055096

Manipulation of playback device response using signal processing

An example playback device (i) provides a center channel of audio content to one or more first audio drivers and one or more second audio drivers so that the center channel is reproduced according to a first radiation pattern and (ii) provides a side channel of audio content to the... Sonos Inc








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