April 13, 2024
The Sonos Era 300 smart speaker on a table in front of an orange wall.

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TL;DR

  • Sonos unveils the Period 300 and Period 100 sensible audio system.
  • The Period 300 is concentrated on spatial audio, whereas the Period 100 replaces the beloved Sonos One.
  • The Sonos Period 300 and Period 100 will probably be obtainable on March 28, and retail for $449 and $249, respectively.

Sonos, recognized for its minimalist sensible audio system and soundbars, introduced the Period 100 and Period 300 sensible audio system. Although the Sonos Period 300 and Period 100 share the identical identify, they’re vastly totally different merchandise. Designed from the bottom up with spatial audio in thoughts, the Period 300 goals to offer an immersive media expertise. In the meantime, the Sonos Period 100 replaces the Sonos One (Gen 2) with fully revamped acoustics.

The cumbersome, unibody design of the Period 300 is a departure from Sonos’ different speaker silhouettes. A bowtie-like form maximizes the quantity output and accommodates six class-D amplifiers, two woofers, 4 tweeters, and waveguides. These waveguides can throw sound farther to the left, proper, middle, and above. Set right into a directional horn, a prime tweeter displays hold forth the ceiling for Dolby Atmos content material.

Anybody who’s a fan of the Sonos Five can relaxation straightforward: the Period 300 just isn’t changing the 5. Sonos nonetheless touts the 5 as its Hello-Fi residence speaker with larger bass extension. The 5 additionally prices $100 greater than the Period 300. In the meantime, the Sonos Period 300 fills the spatial audio area of interest. Whereas the Period 300 helps spatial audio by way of Apple Music and Amazon Music, it stands tallest in cinematic experiences.

In contrast to the Period 300, the Sonos Period 100 just isn’t a spatial audio speaker. As an alternative, it units out to interchange the beloved Sonos One (Gen 2). Apart from the same dimensions, the Sonos Period 100 is wholly totally different from the One. Three class-D amplifiers energy the 2 side-firing tweeters and a middle mid-woofer. You get stereo sound from a single Period 100 and might pair two Period 100 audio system in the identical room for a wider soundstage. Sonos decks the Period 100 out with a mid-woofer 25% bigger than the Sonos One’s mid-woofer. This measurement improve yields higher bass replica.

The Sonos Era 300 and Era 100 smart speakers on a table.

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Each the Sonos Period 300 and Period 100 assist Sonos Trueplay which optimizes the sound to your room. Android cellphone house owners can lastly make the most of Trueplay, type of. Trueplay’s Fast Tune function makes use of the speaker’s embedded mics to calibrate the sound. You should utilize Fast Tune with an Android cellphone or iPhone. Then again, iPhone house owners can take pleasure in Trueplay Superior Tuning. This technique makes use of the iPhone mics as you progress the cellphone across the room. Fast Tune is healthier than nothing, however Superior Tuning offers the speaker extra correct info when optimizing the sound.

The Period 300 and 100 assist Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB-C, giving the listener loads of methods to attach. Seeing how most individuals will stream music over Wi-Fi, it’s no shock the Period audio system assist simply the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. iPhone house owners can stream music to the speaker with AirPlay 2. Sonos sells two accent cables for connecting the Period 300 and 100 to different units.

The Sonos Combo Adapter homes an ethernet port, whereas the Sonos Line-In Adapter homes an ethernet port and three.5mm enter. These are the one adapters that work with the Period’s USB-C line-in connection. (Different adapters are line-out solely.) The USB-C line-in opens the door for compatibility with future connections and applied sciences.

Listeners can join two Period audio system to a turntable for stereo playback. When you personal a Sonos Ray, Beam, or Arc, the Period audio system are a simple strategy to increase your private home theater setup. A pair of Period 300 audio system with an Arc and a subwoofer will create a grand 7.1.4 encompass sound expertise. When related with different Sonos merchandise, listeners can take pleasure in multi-room audio with both Period speaker.

Sonos Voice Management manages your music by way of the Sonos app, the place Sonos helps you to manually alter the EQ. Whereas these are sensible audio system, the Period 300 and Period 100 will solely assist one sensible assistant: Amazon Alexa. Utilizing Alexa just isn’t obligatory, however it’s helpful should you personal different sensible residence units. In fact, you may all the time mute the mic. Every speaker homes a mute swap on the again, and toggling it instantly cuts energy to the microphone {hardware}.

Each audio system use the identical post-consumer recycled plastic, and the Sonos Period eschews adhesives for screws. This accessible {hardware} extends the product’s life. Patrons don’t must bin the speaker if one thing stops working.

You’ll be able to pre-order the Sonos Era 300 and Sonos Era 100 in the present day, and they are going to be obtainable on March 28. The audio system are available in matte black or matte white. The Period 300 will retail for $449, £449, €499, and AU$749. The Sonos Period 100 will price $249, £249, €279, and AU$399 — $30 greater than the Sonos One (Gen 2).