Sonos introduced two new wi-fi audio system at present that, each actually and figuratively, denote the beginning of a brand new period for the corporate. Till now Sonos has been concentrating its latest efforts on its vary of soundbars. (And let’s be sincere: Arc, Beam Gen 2 and Ray are all a few of the finest pound-for-pound soundbars round.)
With the announcement of the brand new Period 100 and Period 300 audio system, although, Sonos has turned its consideration again to music—and is, for the primary time, embracing applied sciences each innovative and long-since established. It’s also sadly abandoning its fabulously clear and concise naming system for, nicely, one thing else.
The Period 300, costing $449 (£449), is the larger, extra lavishly specified and dearer of the 2 new merchandise. Sonos describes it as being formed like an hourglass—this appears believable for those who squint, however to us it appears to be like just a little extra natural. Think about a portion of a segmented insect, or a wi-fi speaker as imagined by H.R. Giger. In case you had been being unkind, you may say the 300 had a whiff of ass about it, even.
The Period 300 is meant to ship spatial audio sound. At present it’s restricted to dealing with Dolby Atmos content material streamed from Amazon Music Limitless by way of Wi-Fi—which is dangerous information for these of us who wish to get their Dolby Atmos jollies from Apple Music or Tidal, and even much less useful for individuals who really feel Sony’s 360 Actuality Audio is the superior spatial audio format. Nonetheless, if the previous is something to go by, Sonos will deliver different companies and codecs into the fold finally.
The Period 300 is fitted with a complete of six speaker drivers, every powered by a discrete block of Class D amplification. Sonos being Sonos, the particular quantity of energy, together with the scale and composition of the drivers, is privileged data—however there are some things we do know: A mid/treble driver faces ahead, two extra mid/treble drivers fireplace from the perimeters of the cupboard to create some stereo width, and a horn-loaded tweeter is directed upward in an effort to ship the sonic top that’s a necessary on the record of Dolby Atmos audio priorities.
A pair of low-frequency woofers face left and proper, and their job is to offer the required wallop and punch to the sound. All six drivers sit behind fastidiously designed waveguides, in an effort to unfold sound as huge as doable and to scale back the impression of a sonic “level supply.”