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Sonos One and Sonos One SL Discontinued: What's Next?
Following the news that the Sonos One (Gen 2) and Sonos One SL are set to be discontinued, we explore what’s the next best wireless speaker option for you and your home.
Sonos Says Goodbye to the Sonos One & Sonos One SL
Following the release of the Sonos Era 100 in March 2023, the Sonos One and Sonos One SL are set to be discontinued. Sonos has now begun the process of phasing out the fan-favourite Sonos One (Gen 2) and Sonos One SL wireless smart speakers. The brand has confirmed that it will maintain the availability of the One/One SL until stocks are gone. Once that happens, the Sonos Era 100 will then become the company's sole entry-level speaker.
Already got a Sonos One or Sonos One SL? Don’t worry! Despite being discontinued, these speakers will still continue to function as they did when they were originally purchased, so there’s no reason why you can’t continue to use them in any capacity throughout your home. That being said, the key thing to remember is that although there will still be support for bug updates from Sonos, there won’t be any new features added (and who doesn’t like new functionality, right?)
Thankfully, Sonos have a ready-made replacement in the shape of the Sonos Era 100, and it's jam-packed with upgrades that definitely make it a more tempting proposition.
The Key Differences At A GlancE
Regardless of whether you’re looking to buy your first Sonos speaker, trying to figure out whether it’s worth upgrading your current speaker or simply debating between the two, understanding the differences between the Sonos Era 100 and Sonos One (Gen 2) can be tricky. Both are fantastic smart speakers, but they have some key differences. Let's break it down:
If you’d like a more in-depth comparison, read our Sonos Era 100 vs. Sonos One (Gen 2): What's the Difference blog.
Better Sound Performance
Sonos Era 100: Richer, fuller sound profile with stereo separation thanks to two angled tweeters and a 25% larger woofer.
Sonos One (Gen 2) / Sonos One SL: Mono sound, good for daily listening music but a step down in overall performance.
Sonos Era 100: Bluetooth 5.0, dedicated line-in for wired devices using Sonos Line-In Adapter (sold separately), Quick Tuning for Android, Trueplay for iOS, voice assistance (no Google Assistant).
Sonos One (Gen 2) / Sonos One SL: No Bluetooth or line-in; Trueplay Tuning for room tuning (iOS only). Full voice assistance (Sonos One SL lacks voice control).
Sonos Era 100: New and improved cylindrical design and controls, perfectly matched to other new Sonos releases (Sonos Era 300, Sonos Move 2). It comes in black or white.
Sonos One (Gen 2) / Sonos One SL: Slightly more dated design. It comes in black or white.
Naturally, as a newer product, the Sonos Era 100 does boast a more expensive price tag. However, when you consider the benefits of sound performance, features and design, we would argue its worth it.
Sonos Era 100 RRP: £249
Sonos One (Gen 2) RRP: £199
Sonos One SL RRP: £179
We’ve covered all of the differences in our Sonos Era 100 Review: The Ultimate Smart Speaker video on YouTube below:
Remember, all Sonos products bought with Smart Home Sounds come complete with a FREE 6 year extended warranty, FREE delivery and with 0% finance available.
Sonos One & Sonos One SL Alternatives
Sonos Era 300:
Priced at £449, the Sonos Era 300 introduces itself as a pioneering and premium option in the Sonos wireless speaker lineup. Thanks to its innovative driver array, the Era 300 features support for Dolby Atmos and spatial audio technology, all compactly delivered in a single unit.
Much like the Sonos Era 100, the Era 300 comes equipped with all of the same functionality, including Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6, and the convenience of line-in connectivity through the dedicated Sonos line-in adapter.
Engineered with six drivers strategically placed to deliver sound in all directions, Sonos has designed this speaker to offer listeners an authentic and immersive experience regardless of which capacity you choose to use it in. Find out more in our dedicated Sonos Era 300 Review on YouTube.
Is The Upgrade Worth IT?
There’s no denying that the Sonos One (Gen 2) is still a brilliant speaker, and there was a reason it was so popular. Although its a shame to see it go, looking at both options side-by-side, the Sonos Era 100 offers a clear step up across the board in comparison to its predecessor.
So, if you’ve already invested in or liked the performance of the Sonos One (Gen 2) and are looking to upgrade, then we have no doubts that you’ll love the performance of the Sonos Era 100. However, if this is your first investment in the Sonos ecosystem, you really can’t go wrong with it and the Era 100 will be a great starting point in a budding Sonos home.
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