They have been leakier than a Manchester United defence however we’re now, formally, allowed to speak in regards to the latest Sonos good audio system… the Sonos Period 300 and the Sonos Period 100.
Beginning with the Period 300, as a result of it is the decide of the duo, and it comes with a radical new design that immediately units it other than any of the audio system in your present Sonos system.
The design of the Period 300 is not only for the preliminary wow-factor although, it has been designed from the bottom up with spatial audio in thoughts.
Spatial audio is the ‘huge factor’ in music proper now – at a briefing for the Period launches we had been instructed by a Sonos government that 80 of the highest 100 Billboard tracks within the US can be found in Dolby Atmos (one of many main spatial audio applied sciences).
You may get spatial audio tracks streaming on Sonos utilizing Amazon Music Limitless.
Designed to primarily exchange the Sonos Play:3 (however, fiscally a minimum of, behind the Sonos 5 within the hierarchy), that hourglass kind issue of the Period 300 permits for six class-D digital amplifiers working alongside 4 tweeters pinging off in all instructions for Dolby Atmos motion.
There’s additionally a pair of woofers to maximise the low-end output, that are angled left and proper to help stereo playback.
Just like the Sonos Roam or Sonos Transfer, the Sonos Period 300 is each a Bluetooth and a Wi-Fi (6E) speaker and it additionally helps line-in; though you’ll have to purchase a separate adapter ($19 / Â£19) for 3.5mm aux in, as it is a USB-C line in.
You will additionally want an adapter to get Ethernet concerned too because it’s simply that solitary USB-C port on the again. Sonos is definitely providing up a combo adapter for 3.5mm and Ethernet for $25 / Â£25.
The adapters are a crucial evil to maintain issues streamlined however it’s excellent news that there is one other speaker accessible within the Sonos setup to get your vinyl information enjoying.
Clearly, at $449 / Â£449, the Period 300 is a high-end Sonos speaker that’s greater than able to filling a room by itself however you may as well set it up as a Sonos stereo pair.
You may as well, if you wish to actually go all out, additionally throw a few Period 300s collectively because the rear audio system of a real multi-channel 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos expertise in a encompass sound setup, when paired with an Arc and a few Sonos Subs.
Each the Period 300 and the Period 100 function a brand new touchbar quantity management on high of the audio system, and each additionally provide Amazon Alexa voice controls (there is not any point out of Google Assistant, which can or is probably not one thing to do with that messy lawsuit).
Sticking with the Period 100 and, at $249 / Â£249 it’s designed to switch the Sonos One.
Sonos instructed us that it had taken the teachings discovered from Transfer and its huge dispersion and so had added two tweeters to the aspect at 270 levels for stereo imaging, in addition to chucking in a lot more bass.
Just like the 300, the Period is each Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 6E appropriate and they’re each Apple AirPlay 2 audio system, as properly.
It too options simply the USB-C across the again, so you may must make use of that adapter for line-in or wired networking.
The massive information for Android customers is that they will lastly get in on the Sonos Trueplay motion, type of. Within the Sonos app on Android customers will now see a Fast Tune possibility that optimises the sound of the Period duo with only a single button push.
Each the Sonos Period 300 and the Sonos Period 100 may be ordered now, transport will begin on 28 March. They each are available black or white.
We’ll be reviewing each audio system within the subsequent few weeks, so examine again in for our full verdicts.