We’re not surprised Sonos has new speakers on the way! We have recently received information on how the next models will look, as well as some specifications. The Sonos Era 300 and 100 will hopefully be available to purchase around the end of March, we have also heard that the Era 100 will be a replacement for the well-known Sonos One, which has been around since 2017.
|The Era 100, which is roughly the same size as the Sonos One but has a more spherical design, will now produce proper stereo sound and will have its controls on an indented bar. We are excited to hear that it will have additional features such as Bluetooth and USB-C line-in support, making it more versatile than the Sonos One.
|The Era 100 isn't expected to have upward-firing drivers, but it should improve on the Sonos One's performance with a second tweeter and a larger mid-woofer for deeper bass.
The spatial audio-focused Era 300 will include the same extra features as the Era 100, including Bluetooth and USB-C line-in support, as well as controls on an indented bar. We can admit that it's refreshing that Sonos appears to be purposefully embracing choice and flexibility with the addition of Bluetooth on both home speakers. We’d also like to note that both Era speakers will include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, and support for AirPlay 2 and according to our sources, they will work with Trueplay calibration on Android phones. These will make these the first Sonos products to do so. Meanwhile, Sonos is expected to sell a USB-C audio line-in adaptor separately. The Era 300 will differ from the 100 in that it will have six drivers that when used as rear surround speakers with the Arc or Beam (Gen 2) Soundbar, will deliver Atmos surround sound with upward-firing audio. Though this speaker is said to be similar to the flagship Sonos Five, and will most likely be less costly, we have heard it will not replace it. While the speaker supports spatial audio from Amazon Music Unlimited, it is believed that Sonos has not reached an agreement to directly stream Dolby Atmos tracks from Apple Music on it. Luckily there are workarounds that involve Apple TV 4K and Sonos' soundbars, but it appears that standalone Apple Music Dolby Atmos playback will remain a HomePod feature for the time being.