New Sonos Era Bookshelf Smart Speakers

New Sonos Era Bookshelf Smart Speakers

Sonos are launching 2 brand new speakers to their existing range to enhance their lineup and provide even greater performance. Introducing the Sonos Era 100 and the Era 300 bookshelf speaker.

The Sonos Era 100 brings stereo sound from a single speaker. Thanks to dual-tweeter acoustic architecture, two angled tweeters for crisp vocals are combined with custom waveguides that amplify dispersion of sound waves for an even wider soundstage.

Featuring a 25% larger mid woofer delivers deeper bass, accurate mid-range vocal frequencies and a more impactful audio performance. All powered by three Class-D digital amplifiers which are precisely tuned for the speaker’s unique internals.

The Sonos Era 300 delivers a truly immersive, spacious stereo performance supporting spatial audio and Dolby Atmos. Custom waveguides work to disperse audio all around to put you at the centre of the performance with no sweet spot. Six optimally positioned drivers project sound all around, from wall to wall and floor to ceiling.

Four tweeters deliver accurate playback of high and mid-range frequencies. The forward-facing mid tweeter projects vocals forward to deliver a performance that feels like you’re watching the artist live.

A pair of powerful mid-high tweeters project the sound to the far left and right of the room for a wider soundstage while two high-performance woofers bring impactful bass and a further sense of spaciousness. 

The upward-firing tweeter, angled around 10%, adds height to spatial audio content and reflects sound off the ceiling for a more dynamic experience. Loaded into a directional horn to enhance efficiency, phase lenses take the dispersion of high frequencies further, enabling the Era 300 to play louder, using less power.

Sonos have launched these speakers with improved sound in mind. However, there can be confusion between the 2 speakers and we have covered just some of the differences in this guide. 

Sonos Era 300 is designed for home theatre systems

The biggest difference between the Sonos Era 100 and 300 speakers is the latter can be used for both music and home cinema. The Sonos Era 300 packs Dolby Atmos support for immersive spatial sound, with can fire audio to your ears to make it seem as if it’s coming from multiple directions. 

The Sonos Era 300 can also be paired with a Sonos Arc and Sub (or a Sonos Beamand Sub) to complete the surround sound system for your home theatre. 

However, the Sonos Era 100 lacks Dolby Atmos sound, and is therefore incapable of spatial sound as a standalone speaker. Limited to stereo, the Era 100 is instead recommended as a speaker to fit in compact spaces such as a bookshelf.

Sonos Era 100 has fewer amplifiers and tweeters 

You can tell by the spec sheet alone that the audio from the Sonos Era 100 isn’t quite as bold as that from the Era 300. 

The Sonos Era 100 features 3 class-D digital amplifiers, two tweeters and a single midwoofer. Sonos has doubled the specs for the Era 300, with 6 class-D digital amplifiers, 4 tweeters and a pair of woofers to maximise low-end output.

Sonos Era 300 is the larger speaker

The Sonos Era 300 is the bigger speaker of the two, with a width of 260mm and depth of 185mm. For comparison, the Era 100 measures in at just 120mm wide and 130.5mm deep, although it is taller. 

As a result, the Sonos Era 100 may be the best option if you’re short on space, with Sonos suggesting this speaker is an ideal for a bookshelf. 

It’s also worth noting the Sonos Era 300 is heavier at 4.47kg, compared to the Era 100’s 2.02kg heft. With this in mind, you’ll probably want to stick to sturdy platforms when finding a home for the Era 300. 

Both Sonos Era 100 and 300 offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, voice support and more

We’ve been focusing on the main differences so far, but these two speakers actually share a lot in common too. They offer the same connectivity options, with Wi-Fi6 and Bluetooth 5.0 onboard, as well as a USB-C line in for a physical connection to your smartphone or laptop.

They also have capacitive touch controls at the top, allowing you to pause, play, skip and adjust volume easily. Both speakers come in black and white, despite featuring different designs. 

Thanks to the built-in microphones, the speakers support Trueplay tuning and voice commands through the likes of Amazon Alexa. But you are able to mute the microphone at any time by toggling a switch at the back of the devices.

Discover our range of Era Speakers and packages from Powerbutton - A family run, independent electrical retailer with over 50 years experience in the electrical industry. 

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