Sonos debuts Arc Dolby Atmos soundbar and Sonos Five

posted on Thursday, 7th May 2020 by Steve May

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Sonos will introduce its first Dolby Atmos soundbar, the Sonos Arc, globally this June.

The new speaker will replace the original Playbar and Playbase, and will sell for £799. It ships without a separate subwoofer, although can be partnered with the latest iteration of the £699 Sonos sub, Gen 3, if required.

Measuring 114cm, and standing 8.5cm tall, it’s available in matte black and matte white, it features a 270-degree rounded plastic grille, and can be placed in front of a TV or wall mounted. Connectivity is via a single HDMI with ARC/eARC. There is no HDMI input switching for external sources. although Ethernet is available. Integrators should note that there’s no optical digital input, although apparently an adapter will be available at launch.

The bar uses eleven drivers, including two dedicated up-firers for 3D audio, each driven by individual Class D amplification. The array comprises eight woofers and three silk-dome tweeters.

Installation can be fine tuned using Sonos iOS-only Trueplay tuning app, which adjusts Arc’s acoustic profile based on the listening environment.

Beyond the Sonos app, the Sonos Arc can be controlled using an existing TV remote, or with voice via Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant. It also has Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility.

The Arc can be expanded with a pair of Sonos One SL surrounds, for a full multi-channel. Naturally, it can also be incorporated into any Sonos multiroom system, functioning alongside other Sonos wireless speakers.

Sonos Arc Angle End Black

"Home has never played a more important role in our lives and we've always been about making the home more enjoyable with great sounding products and new experiences. Arc brings the sounds of our favorite shows and artists to life like never before," said Patrick Spence, Sonos CEO. "Our goal is to make any room you have a television a place you can easily enjoy all of the great streaming video and music that exists today. Arc illustrates our commitment to brilliant sound and premium design, and sets a new standard for soundbars."

Alongside Arc, Sonos has introduced two system updates in the shape of the Sonos Sub (Gen 3) and Sonos Five, replacing Play:5 (Gen 2). These have increased memory and faster processing power, says the brand.

The updated Sonos Five has the same acoustic architecture as Play:5, and can be used horizontally, or in a pair in an upright position for improved detailed stereo separation.The Five is available in black with a black grille and, for the first time, white with a white grille.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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