Sonos has had an eventful 2020. It’s already seen the new Sonos app received a mixed response for what it meant for older hardware and the launch of Sonos Radio. Now: Sonos announced the launch of a new premium soundbar.
The Sonos Arc, which costs $799.99 and comes in either black or white, effectively replaces the PlayBar and PlayBase. The Sonos Arc is upward for preorder at present and launches on June 10.
Let’s dive into what it promises to offer.
The Arc is a multipurpose soundbar designed for music, Tv shows, podcasts, radio and even movies. Information technology’south sizable at 3.four by 45 by 4.five inches, just it won’t break your dorsum at just 13.78 pounds. That length mirrors the trend of larger TVs. TCL offers a 75-inch TV and Samsung goes past eighty inches.
Yous can set the Arc on a desk or abode entertainment system, or opt for the Sonos-made mount that magnetically attaches to the Arc. It should also be able to concord the bar on the wall even with the “wall of sound” that it can push out.
The Arc comes in a matte black finish (tech enthusiasts rejoice!) or a matte white finish. Interestingly enough, Arc has a plastic grille on the front with precisely drilled holes to release the sound. That front grille is besides curved 270 degrees, kind of like a semicircle. In the center, you’ll discover status LEDs that are akin to the ones on the Beam. Y’all’ll besides accept touch on buttons (like on other Sonos speakers) for book control, muting the microphone, play or pause, and a swipe function for charging tracks. It’south a thoughtful design.
There are 11 speakers, which break downwards into eight elliptical woofers, iii tweeters and xi course-d digital amplifiers. Two of those woofers are set to burn up (the extreme left and extreme correct ones) to help the Arc deliver an ultra-wide soundstage that lets yous clearly hear the sound in its fullest form.
And it packs support for Dolby Atmos — the first piece of Sonos hardware to practise so — and Dolby Digital 5.1 environs. This way, if the content supports it, the Arc volition evangelize it in that loftier standard of quality. This is a combination of the hardware (including the processing tech), along with Sonos S2, the new app that will enable these experiences on the Sonos hardware that supports information technology.
Sonos’ TruePlay will use your iOS device that controls Sonos to analyze the room. It will still have you measure sound by walking effectually the room with the iOS device so it can option upwards notes, every bit it did with the Arc. It will become deeper into height and room size metrics, though. This manner it can maximize the space for the best sound.
Y’all tin yet control the sound and desires inside the Sonos app. Dark Audio, which will lower loud noises and Speech Enhancement will still brand voices clearer. You can besides adjust bass, mid and high tones from the app.
With the onboard microphones, you’ll likewise have your pick of a smart banana. Similar other Sonos products, Amazon Alexa or the Google Banana are supported on the Arc. You tin can set this up via the app and then get a hands-free experience.
You tin can also pull music from hundreds of sources, including Sonos Radio. There’s also support for Apple tree’south AirPlay two, which volition permit yous cast content to any AirPlay speaker from your iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS or tvOS device.
Since this will run on the S2 platform, you lot will need the newer app to migrate from the S1, merely it will still work with a Sonos Sub, a Play:5, a Ane or even One SL.
Sonos is besides introducing the tertiary Generation Sonos Sub and the Sonos Five, which replaces the second-generation Play:v. These aren’t total redesigns, only yous’ll notice a faster processor and more memory inside both. Pricing stays the aforementioned and both are up for lodge now. Both of these run on S2.
- Sonos Sub ($699; sonos.com)
- Sonos 5 ($499; sonos.com)
Sonos Sub, which is in its 3rd generation, packs a punch. You even so get your choice between black or white, and y’all can still lay it apartment or employ it upright. Ii amplifiers and 2 force-canceling drivers are notwithstanding there; the latter gives y’all a deep and thorough bass, but without the room shaking attribute.
The audio is pumped through dual acoustic ports and it can still be paired with nearly whatever Sonos speaker, including the Arc. TruePlay is supported, it connects wirelessly and you can use the blaster to adjust the sound.
Sonos V is a similar update to the Sub. This is the third generation of Sonos’ most powerful speaker and brings it into the S2 generation. It’due south still powered by six amplifiers, 3 tweeters and three mid-woofers, and you can get a stereo mix on its own or pair it with another Five for a true stereo feel. 5 comes in your choice of a black matte end or a white matte finish, both with a grille.
Plus with S2, yous’ll be able to save custom groups of speakers —- so you can stone out with just your new Sonos goodies or mix in a few other speakers. You will no longer need to constantly select speakers you want to play.
For now, we’re bullish on the new hardware and are quite excited to become hands-on with the Arc, the updated Sub and the refreshed V. The Arc looks quite impressive with its mod design and 22-speaker setup, which should pack a punch.
Sonos Arc, Sub and Five are all up for preorder now at $799, $699 and $499, respectively. These launch on June 10, just two days after Sonos S2 rolls out.
Annotation: The prices above reverberate the retailer’southward listed price at the time of publication.