After loads of leaks and rumors, Sonos has finally unveiled the Era 300 and Era 100 wireless speakers. Yes, the much-awaited speakers are out.
And both speakers aim to offer you a new-era wireless speaker experience. Both Era 300 and Era 100 are smart speakers.
But, among the two, you might recognize Era 100 more than the other. That is because it is a reinvented version of the Sonos One.
Even though there are some differences between Era 100 and Era 300 that keep them apart, they share many features. Most importantly, both provide the option to integrate Line-In Adapter and the Combo adapter that the brand offers. But what are the similarities?
Both the wireless speakers have WiFi 6 and AirPlay 2. These two features will enable you to stream music without facing any limitations.
To control the devices, you have the option to select Alexa or Sonos Voice smart assistants. Furthermore, you will find support for the standard SBC and AAC codecs on the Sonos Era 300 and Era 100.
But for the first time in Sonos’s history, you will get Bluetooth 5.0 in a non-portable speaker. Don’t want to rely on Bluetooth?
You don’t have to, as there is a USB-C port, enabling you to make a wired connection. Now, you can even use the Era 300 and Era 100 as stereo pairs if you want to.
They can handle audio files up to 24-bit/48kHz from Amazon Music and Qobuz streaming services. There is also a new top panel interface with intuitive touch capacitive controls.
In addition, you will have the liberty to pair the Era 300 and Era 100 with the S2 app. That will enable you to find more features and upgrade the speakers’ firmware when available.
On that note, you can configure multi-room system grouping with the app. And if you know Sonos, with that feature, you can easily make the new speakers group with other products of the brand.
The app also offers support for music playback from Sonos Radio. So, what about the differences between the speakers?
The major difference between the Era 100 and Era 300 is that Era 300 has a large form factor. That enabled the brand to ingrate dedicated stereo drivers.
The Era 300 also has a built-in calibration routine, which the brand calls Quick Tune. It uses smart microphones to calibrate the drivers accordingly.
But that doesn’t mean the Sonos Era 100 will fail to amaze you with its performance. It has two angled tweeters that come with custom waveguides. Thanks to that, the speaker will be able to offer “detailed stereo separation.”
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