Thank you for having me. Please excuse me if my English is not perfect, it is not my native language.
I want to purchase two Sonos Era 300 speakers. I listened to them, and they were fantastic, but I am not sure if they will be worth it in the future.
I don't want to buy new speakers next year after making such a significant investment. I'm not an expert in this topic, please forgive me mistakes, but a few things got my attention, and I would like to discuss it with you all and hear other opinions.
Bluetooth technology has undergone a complete overhaul with the release of Bluetooth 5.2 LE after a long period of inactivity. The latest upgrade offers a clearer sound quality with low power usage.
In the past, audio quality was subpar till Bluetooth 5.1, especially with expensive speakers and headphones where the difference can be easily noticeable. Regrettably, the Sonos Era currently only supports Bluetooth 5.1.
The situation is similar with WiFi, where a new frequency range has been introduced for better speed and latency: 6 GHz. However, to use it, you need WiFi 6E, which the Sonos Era unfortunately doesn't support.
Chromecast, which would have provided high-fidelity (96KHz/24bit) sound transmission, is also missing. This resolution is much better than Apple Airplay, for instance. Developing this feature appears to be relatively easy. An open source music playback developer informed me that ready-made libraries are likely available, and there are no costs involved (perhaps only because it is non-commercial?). It is saddening and unclear to me why this feature is left out, considering the numerous Android users who would benefit from it.
I was thrilled to see that the device had a USB-C port, but I later found out that I couldn't use it as intended.
My plan was to connect my phone and computer directly to the Sonos Era using a digital signal, which requires a digital-to-analog converter at the end to produce sound. Unfortunately, that's not possible. Instead, you need to purchase an extra USB-C adapter for your smartphone or computer and insert it into the analog port on your device.
This is a problem because the signal goes through three conversions since it entails converting the signal from digital to analog on the device and then converting it from analog to digital with the Sonos adapter before converting it back to analog using the loudspeaker's converter.
Each step of converting causes a significant decrease in quality. It's unclear why the option of directly connecting digitally through USB-C into the speaker isn't available. It wouldn't cost more since the necessary components are already built into it. In fact, the consumer would save money by not having to purchase an extra adapter.
I'm conflicted and believe that the loudspeaker could have been made perfect if better decisions were made during design and planning. The price would then be absolutely reasonable.
What are your thoughts? Some of the issues could potentially be resolved with an update since the components may already exist. However, there's been no news or communication from Sonos, leading me to believe that it may not be a priority as they make enough profit.