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Check Out Sonos’ Upcoming Flagship Retail Store

By Lisa Johnston | July 12, 2016

Sonos has provided a sneak peek into its first retail store, slated to open July 19 in New York City.

The company’s flagship location — located at 101 Greene Street in Manhattan’s trendy SoHo neighborhood — will feature seven listening rooms, each constructed with four layers of acoustic Sheetrock and a 2,000-pound steel-framed glass door. The 10- by 12-foot rooms let consumers listen to music from the company’s streaming partners within three different listening scenarios: the kitchen (a single speaker), the study (speaker pair), and the living room (home-theater setup).

One listening room, billed by Sonos as a “HiFi haven for audiophiles,” boasts a turntable and vinyl collection that demos the Sonos Connect and Connect: Amp.

The store’s Simple Set Up white-glove delivery service will offer local delivery, set up and product introductions for in-store purchases.

Sonos paid special mind to the store’s décor, outfitting the 4,200-square-foot space with hand-woven rugs and furniture from design partner Partners & Spade; a collection of cassette tapes owned by musician Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth; a series of New York music zines; and a portrait of local famed record producer Rick Rubin. Meanwhile, the back of the store hosts a 17- by 24-foot “Wall of Sound” art installation with 297 Sonos speakers.

The audio company is celebrating the launch with a series of promotional events, including happy hours, food tastings and live radio broadcasts.

Sonos will be in good company in the SoHo ’hood: Bose’s Showcase Store is just a jaunt away on Broadway, while luxury kitchen and appliance chain Pirch opened its newest flagship nearby earlier this year.