Sonos has now revealed the previously rumoured Sonos Era 100 and Sonos Era 300 speakers, and both are set to take Sonos into the next generation of audio.
SONOS Era 300
The Sonos Era 300 a brand new entry into the Sonos line-up, not really looking like any existing product visually. It’s all about that Dolby Atmos goodness to provide a fantastic home theatre experience. When paired with either a Sonos Arc or Sonos Beam Gen 2, you will get multi-channel surround sound with two side firing tweeters as well as an up-firing tweeter.
The Sonos Era 100 looks to be a high-end replacement for the Sonos One (although I assume Sonos will continue selling them). One Sonos Era 100 will provide stereo sound thanks to its two angled tweeters. Sonos still says that you’ll get a wider soundstage when you pair two of them together, and two can still be used for surround sound with any of the Sonos soundbars. In comparison to the Sonos One, it has an extra amp and an extra tweeter (to provide the stereo sound).
NEW FEATURES FOR BOTH THE SONOS 300/100 ERA SPEAKERS
Both of these speakers are making some pretty big changes for Sonos, with the ability to use line-in with a separately sold adaptor, that will allow you to connect the likes of your vinyl player. Both speakers also have Bluetooth connectivity, which you can switch to at any time.
Those on Android will also be able to get the Trueplay experience with both speakers able to auto calibrate without the need for a device. Those that have an iPhone or iPad will still be able to take advantage of Advanced Tuning (the original TruePlay method).
A big difference for both speakers is the user interface, which has been largely the same for a long period of time. Sonos has now included capacitive volume controls alongside dedicated play, forward and back buttons. There’s also a dedicated button to activate voice assistant and create a Sonos speaker group.