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Sonos Era 300 Review

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The Sonos Era 300 provides excellent value for its premium features, including balanced sounds, Dolby Atmos-compatible spatial audio, and loud volume output. However, given its hefty weight and lack of an in-built battery, it lacks portability.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

Released in 2023, the Sonos Era 300 is a premium speaker featuring six drivers positioned at the front, sides, and top for a spatial Dolby Atmos audio experience. Like the best speakers, it comes in black and white colors and houses four tweeters, two woofers, and a far-field microphone array.

The Sonos app lets you adjust its bass, treble, and loudness, and the Trueplay software tailors sound based on the room’s acoustics, but unlike the best Bluetooth speakers, it’s heavy (9.9lbs) and isn’t battery-powered. Additionally, you get Wi-Fi 6 support, voice recognition with Sonos Voice Control and Alexa, and Apple Airplay 2 compatibility. For a budget soundbar with Atmos, read this Samsung HW-Q700B review.

Best For

  • Bass

Consensus

our Verdict

The Sonos Era 300 impresses by reproducing various music genres and dialogue-heavy audio in medium to large-sized rooms at home. The mids, treble, and bass are well-balanced, supporting Dolby Atmos for more immersive spatial audio. Its room correction tool also fine-tunes the output based on your surrounding acoustics.

While its outstanding low-frequency extension (40.6Hz) ranks among the top ten speakers in our verified, tested list, its high-frequency extension (15800Hz) is somewhat low, ranking in the bottom half. Its volume output is loud (95.45dB), but there is noticeable compression at maximum volume. Although ultra-premium, its construction isn’t meant to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and its cumbersome 9.9 lbs weight and wired-only connection hampers portability.

Reason to Buy

  • Balanced sound signature
    • For large rooms, the Sonos Era 300 is a home speaker that boasts natural, well-rounded sounds with articulate vocals and midrange, detailed treble, and punchy bass. It has spatial audio support with Dolby Atmos and a room correction tool to adjust sound output.

      • Its low-frequency extension (40.6Hz) is impressive, ranking in the top ten speakers in our verified, tested list. However, its high-frequency extension (15800Hz) is relatively low, ranking in the second half. Check out the best Dolby Atmos soundbar for spatial audio. 
  • Very loud volume output
    • Delivering a loud volume output of 95.45dB, this speaker is excellent for medium to large rooms, securing its position in the top third of our certified, tested products.

Reason to Avoid

  • Slight compression at max volume
    • Some compression is noticeable when the volume is maxed out, which affects the audio clarity.

  • Average build
    • Its plastic construction feels ultra-premium but not sturdy enough to endure harsh outdoor conditions.

    • Although lacking dust or water resistance ratings, its humidity resistance makes it handy for bathroom and kitchen use.

  • Poor portability
    • This speaker, weighing a hefty 9.9 lbs and featuring a wired-only connection, is intended to remain in place at home rather than being portable. If portability is a priority, check this Sony SRS XB100 review.

Sonos Era 300 Specs

Battery Charge TimeBattery Charge TimeWired
Battery LifeBattery LifeWired
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
DepthDepth6.65"
HeightHeight7.4"
IPX RatingIPX Ratingn/a
SizeSize
Smart AppSmart AppAmazon Alexa app, Sonos app
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantNo
WattageWattage300W
WidthWidth10.24"
Wireless RangeWireless Rangen/a

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)0
Volume Output (dB)95.45
Low End Roll Off (Hz)54.958
High End Roll Off (Hz)13,472.794

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Market Context

Released in 2023, the Sonos Era 300 is a premium speaker featuring six drivers positioned at the front, sides, and top for a spatial Dolby…

Released in 2023, the Sonos Era 300 is a premium speaker featuring six drivers positioned at the front, sides, and top for a spatial Dolby Atmos audio experience. Like the best speakers, it comes in black and white colors and houses four tweeters, two woofers, and a far-field microphone array.

The Sonos app lets you adjust its bass, treble, and loudness, and the Trueplay software tailors sound based on the room’s acoustics, but unlike the best Bluetooth speakers, it’s heavy (9.9lbs) and isn’t battery-powered. Additionally, you get Wi-Fi 6 support, voice recognition with Sonos Voice Control and Alexa, and Apple Airplay 2 compatibility. For a budget soundbar with Atmos, read this Samsung HW-Q700B review.

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The Sonos Era 300 is built for home use due to its wired-only connection, while the Sonos Move 2 is battery-powered, offering greater portability for outdoor trips. The Move 2 also features water and dust resistance ratings to withstand the elements, unlike the Era 300. However, the Era 300 delivers spatial sounds with Dolby Atmos support and a superior low-frequency extension that adds the required thump.

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The Sonos Era 300 and JBL Authentics 500 are premium, voice assistant-enabled speakers designed for home use. The Era 300 has a wider soundstage, and while both are heavy, the Era 300 weighs significantly less than the Authentics 500, so you can quickly shift it between rooms. In contrast, the Authentics 500 delivers a much louder volume output and includes an AUX connection to wire devices.

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The premium Sonos Era 300 and budget Google Nest Mini are home speakers, but the Era 300 is better overall. It has a wider soundstage, spatial audio with Dolby Atmos support, a superior low-extension frequency for deeper bass, and a louder output. It also features a room correction tool that adjusts sounds based on your room’s acoustics, a feature the Nest Mini lacks.

The newer Sonos Era 300 is a bigger and improved version of its predecessor, the Sonos Era 100. It’s doubly heavy, houses additional speakers, is…

The newer Sonos Era 300 is a bigger and improved version of its predecessor, the Sonos Era 100. It’s doubly heavy, houses additional speakers, is compatible with Dolby Atmos, and boasts overall superior sound quality. Moreover, its voice assistant feature is slightly better at registering commands in loud environments. For more information, read this Sonos Era 100 review.

Battery Charge Time

Wired

n/a

Wired

Wired

Battery Life

Wired

24 hrs

Wired

8 hrs

Wired

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Depth

6.65"

4.9"

10.07"

4.7"

Height

7.4"

9.5"

9.44"

7.2"

IPX Rating

n/a

IP56

n/a

n/a

Size

6.29"(w) x 9.53"(h) x 4.96"(d)

1.65" (h) x 3.85" (w) x 3.85" (d)

Smart App

Amazon Alexa app, Sonos app

Sonos app

JBL One

Yes

Amazon Alexa app, Sonos app

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Score Card

E

Expert Score

90

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Customer Score

93

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

86

Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Score

    77
    The Sonos Era 300 is good for music. Like most premium speakers on the market,… read more

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The Dolby Atmos-compatible Era 300 delivers room-filling spatial audio on its own, or it can… read more

    By:

    Tim Gideon
  • Tom’s Guide
    68.04

    Category Trust Score

    90
    The Sonos Era 300 smart speaker delivers amazing spatial audio in a compact package, and… read more

    By:

    Mike Prospero
  • Sound Guys
    55.87

    Category Trust Score

    NR
    The Sonos Era 300 is a premium quality home speaker designed to create immersive audio… read more

    By:

    Sara Carbone
  • CNET
    42.51

    Category Trust Score

    80
    LIKE Excellent bass response Room-filling with Atmos music Great sound quality DON’T LIKE No Google… read more

    By:

    Ty Pendlebury
  • Trusted Reviews
    48.27

    Category Trust Score

    90
    A wireless speaker that delivers a fine Dolby Atmos presentation, the Sonos Era 300 delivers… read more

    By:

    Kob Monney

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