Sonos unveils Era 100 and Era 300 speakers with Bluetooth and spatial audio

Sonos has unveiled its latest range of wireless speakers, called Era, which includes a replacement for the Sonos One and a spatial audio tabletop model.

The two speakers — the Sonos Era 100 ($249) and the Sonos Era 300 $449 — now include both Bluetooth and Sonos’ own multi-room system.


The Sonos Era 100 replaces the ever-popular Sonos One in the company’s lineup, with the main improvements being stereo sound and a new touch control bar. The Era 100 also offers support for auxiliary inputs at this level for the first time with the optional $20 Sonos Line-In Adapter.

Next up: The spiritual successor to the old Sonos Play:3, the Sonos Era 300 is a completely redesigned speaker that is now Dolby Atmos support. The 300 is a much larger speaker than the 100 and includes dedicated stereo drivers and height speakers. The 300 also now includes a built-in calibration routine called Quick Tune – which uses the built-in “smart” microphones – in addition to the existing iOS Trueplay system.

sonos era 300 on a sideboard


The two smart speakers will support Amazon Alexa and Sonos Voice at launch, with Google Assistant coming later.

Both Era speakers can be used as a stereo pair or as rear speakers in a Sonos home theater setup, and the Sonos Era 300 also enables rear height options for a full 5.2.4 setup (if you have two matching subs).

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Given the increased availability of spatial music there are only a handful of tabletop Atmos speakers left, including the $249 Amazon Echo Studio and $300 Apple HomePod. There are now a number of Atmos soundbars with models from Vizio, Bose and Sonos.

I heard the speakers at a Sonos event in midtown Manhattan and found that the Sonos Era 100 offered surprisingly full bass for a small speaker. However, being a small – and crowded – room, it was difficult to hear stereo effects. But there were no such problems with the Era 300 with a wide, expansive sound reminiscent of the Sonos Beam.

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The Sonos Era 100 and Era 300 will be available from March 28. Look out for reviews on CNET for both speakers later this month!

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