Earlier this month, we learned more about the upcoming premium Sonos speakers that the company is about to launch. Now the entire 300 and 100 eras have been leaked. Here’s an early look at each of the new speakers, along with images, specs, official pricing details, and more.
The Verge’s Chris Welch Today returns with a look at leaked official marketing images for the Sonos Era 300 and 100, as well as specs, how new products will fit into the company’s lineup, and even pricing/launch projections.
Sonos era 300
The already high-end Era 300 will feature the unique dual angle design first seen in renderings presented by The Verge earlier this year, and will be a competitor to the HomePod 2.
“Speaker size is between the current Sonos One and Sonos Five. It includes a total of six drivers that direct sound forward, left, right, and up.”
Other features such as WiFi 6, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, built-in microphones, auto EQ, and even a USB-C line are confirmed.
Although the Era 300 is designed to be a premium soundbar that shines when it comes to Dolby Atmos spatial audio, the report says Apple Music’s Dolby Atmos library is “unlikely to be supported at this time” — at least directly on the Era 300. That’s for the Amazon Music Unlimited spatial audio library to get started.
With HomeKit/AirPlay 2 compatibility, the speaker should have Siri support like other Sonos speakers. However, in the midst of the legal battles with Google, the speaker may skip the Google Assistant and stick to Alexa, Siri, and its own voice assistant.
The Era 300 speakers can also be used as a surround for Sonos Arc and Beam Speakers for an immersive Dolby Atmos setup.
Although there is no built-in ethernet, Sonos will sell a USB-C to Audio + Ethernet dongle to offer hard-wire support.
Price and launch
According to sources close to Sonos, the Era 300 will come in at around $450 and launch in the “coming weeks” of March. Interestingly a little bigger Sonos Five for $499 He is expected to remain in the squad.
While it was initially thought that the Era 100 would also feature spatial audio support, it turned out that it would not. It would really be an evolution of Sonos one. The Era 100 has a larger mid-woofer for improved bass and dual tweeters compared to the single subwoofer with the Sonos One for “true stereo sound”.
It will come with the same connectivity as the Era 300 such as WiFi, Bluetooth and USB-C inputs. Sonos is said to be considering a ~$250 price tag
The Era 100 is expected to launch alongside the top-of-the-line 300 model in March.
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Another upgrade for the Era speakers will be built-in auto-tuning. While this feature has been exclusive to those with iPhones until now, the new speakers will automatically adjust themselves after analyzing the room using the built-in microphones.
Sonos refers to this as a “Quick Set,” with the feature for walking around the room with your phone still available as an “Advanced Set” — and it’s still exclusive to iPhones and iPads. “
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