Sonos has released the new Era 300 and Era 100 wireless speakers, with the “300” specializing in spatial sound.
The Sonos Era 100 is actually a refreshed Sonos One, while the Era 300 (pictured above) is a smart speaker that radiates spatial sound. Both share many of the same features, think AirPlay 2, Wi-Fi 6, Sonos voice control, support for Alexa and Bluetooth 5.0 including codecs SBC and AAC. Furthermore, a wired input via USB-C is possible. On the other hand, for an analog line input or phono input, you need to purchase an adapter. The price for this accessory is €25. Both Era’s can also be paired into a stereo pair, while a maximum quality of 24 bit / 48 kHz is possible. Also, both newcomers feature an equally new touch-sensitive control panel on the top side. Trueplay room correction is now available not only for iOS, but finally for Android as well.
The Sonos Era 300 is designed specifically for the spatial performance of Dolby Atmos content. Its unique design – together with its six drivers (four tweeters and two bass drivers) – ensures that sound is radiated to the left, right and above. Each driver is driven by its own Class D amplifier. If you wish, the Era 300 can also be used as a rear channel with Dolby Atmos in a surround setup. Unlike the original Sonos One, its “little brother” Era 100 now also delivers stereo sound. The Era 100 will cost you €279 and the Era 300 has a price tag of €499.