Sonos unveils its latest innovation, the Era 300, a premium smart speaker designed to redefine surround sound, offering a bold new look and a host of impressive features.
Sonos recently announced the Era 300, a premium wireless speaker that promises to usher in a new chapter for the company with its innovative design and array of advanced features. This exciting new addition to the Sonos line is set to revolutionize the way we experience sound in our homes, with unprecedented surround sound capabilities and connectivity options. Here's everything you need to know about the new Sonos Era 300.
Launched on March 7, 2023 with a global release, the Sonos Era 300 is priced at 449 £ / 449 $ / 499 € , making it one of the top smart speakers on the market and one that is by no means cheap. It features a compressed hourglass shape that sets it apart from other speakers as it has a unique acoustic architecture and array of speakers to deliver surround sound. The Era 300 features a center driver for vocals and lead instruments, two custom drivers for full-room coverage, two side-mounted woofers, an upward-firing tweeter to bounce sound off the ceiling, and a custom waveguide for improved sound dispersion and an expansive soundstage. That's why the price is not surprising.
The Era 300 comes in a traditional black and white matte finish, but its design is truly unique. It also features a new control panel, including a capacitive volume slider, dedicated skip and replay controls, and a Bluetooth button for pairing devices.
Purchase: Sonos Era 300
Last Updated 2023-05-02 / Affiliate Links / Photo Source: Amazon Product Advertising APISurround sound is the core Era 300 with six speakers (four tweeters and two woofers) that fire sound in different directions to create an immersive, room-filling experience. The Era 300 is designed to work flawlessly with Dolby Atmos and is the first non-Apple device capable of playing surround sound recordings Apple Music. It also supports Dolby Atmos Music via Amazon Music Unlimited, with the ability to add more partners and listening options in the future.
In terms of connectivity, Era 300 offers Wi-Fi (courtesy of WiFi 6) and Bluetooth capabilities in a non-portable Sonos speaker for the first time, using Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC and SBC codecs. Surround sound streaming is only possible via Wi-Fi. The Era 300 also includes line-in playback, making it one of the few Sonos speakers to offer this feature, using a USB-C connection instead of the 3.5mm headphone jack found on the Sonos Five. Adapters for connecting other sources, such as turntables, can be purchased separately.
Voice control on the Era 300 is provided via Sonos' own voice assistant (for music playback only) and Amazon's Alexa for wider smart home control. The built-in microphones can be muted with the speech bubble button or turned off completely with the switch on the back of the speaker. However, it is important to note that Google Assistant is not supported in the Era 300 due to changes in technical requirements for third-party devices.
Sonos Era 300 it can also function as a rear space when paired with soundbars Sonos Arc or Beam Gen 2, making it a versatile addition to any home theater setup. In addition, the Era 300 supports Trueplay tuning for Android users for the first time, with microphones built into the speaker performing room analysis for optimal sound ('Quick Tuning' in the app).
Sonos Era 300 is a remarkable step forward for the company, offering enhanced versatility and features that set it apart from the rest.
Purchase: Sonos Era 300
Last Updated 2023-05-02 / Affiliate Links / Photo Source: Amazon Product Advertising API