If you have a Sonos sound system and an iPhone 14, you can now take advantage of Trueplay auto-tuning to get the most out of your speakers.
Using the Sonos app on a compatible Apple device – which includes many of the top iPhones, top iPads, and top MacBooks and Macs – users can tune their speaker’s audio so that it’s optimized for the room. The process takes a few minutes and involves holding your device in different places around the room as it analyzes the sound coming out of your speaker.
Until recently, the iPhone 14 range was not compatible; however, a recent update to Sonos’ official list of compatible devices (opens in new tab) reveals that Apple’s latest phones now work with Trueplay. Unfortunately, several generations of iPad Pro tablets — including the most recent iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2022) and iPad Pro 11-inch (2022) — are still not compatible with Trueplay.
To get started with Trueplay, make sure your Sonos app and system operating system are updated to the latest versions, open the Settings menu in the Sonos app and go to System. Here, tap on the speaker you want to tune and select the option to use Trueplay to optimize the audio.
Is there an alternative to Sonos Trueplay?
Trueplay is a handy tool to help set up the likes of the Sonos One, Sonos Arc and even the IKEA/Sonos collaboration products, such as the Symfonisk Picture Frame and the new floor lamp speaker. However, you don’t need to use Trueplay to get great sound out of your setup.
Whether you have an Android phone or an iPhone, you can use the manual EQ settings in the Sonos app to fine-tune your speaker’s audio performance – adjusting the bass and treble to suit your preferences.
While not as simple as the automatic process, this manual setting has some advantages. First, it can create a sound you prefer; Trueplay can make the audio sound too bassy or not provide enough bass for your taste. Plus, if you have multiple Sonos speakers, you can use manual tuning to boost the bass from booming speakers like the Sonos Sub, and let other devices instead focus on the treble to create a fuller soundstage in your speaker system.
For us, the optimal arrangement of your Sonos speakers is somewhere in between. We recommend using Trueplay to do most of the heavy lifting and then fine-tune the settings using the manual EQ controls.
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