It’s official. Televisions are getting bigger. Where we once went for the 28-inch or the 32-inch, people are jumping on-board with the 55-inch and 65-inch giants that take up a whole wall in their house. Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for the home theatre screen replication, but in the past, it’s been the audio that let the experience down. It’s precisely why Sonos is getting in on the action, unveiling its first Dolby Atmos soundbar. Announced today, the Sonos Arc is the latest premium soundbar from the audio giant, ushering in a new era for the brand.
Sonos Arc is a smart soundbar that delivers an ultra-wide soundstage and thundering bass. The product introduced eleven high-performance drivers, including two that for upward firing designed with 3D audio in mind. Now, you might think that you need a TV purchased in the last few years that has an eARC HDMI port to enjoy the full Atmos sound, and for the most part, you’d be correct. However, over the last 12 months, more than 25 streaming services have added Dolby Atmos content, meaning as long as you can get through to Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, you should be able to enjoy the experience.
“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 favourite 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.”
The new Sonos Arc also comes with features like Speech Enhancement to clarify vocals, Night Sound to temper loud explosions, and an update that sees the soundbar account for horizontal and vertical sound in 3D. Like it’s predecessor the Beam, Sonos Arc has built-in microphones for hands-free voice controls with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and even Apple AirPlay 2.
Once the latest Sonos soundbar is released on June 10, it will set you back around AUD$1399 and will only work with the new Sonos S2 app. But that wasn’t the only announcement Sonos had.
Sonos: Sub (Gen 3) and Sonos Five
Alongside the Sonos Arc, the audio giant also dropped two new incarnations of its popular home series; the Sonos: Sub (Gen 3) and the Sonos Five, which replaces the Play:5. According to Sonos, the new Sub brings the same iconic design and bold bass while adding new capabilities and is priced at AUD$999. The Sonos Five, on the other hand, is a nifty home audio addition. You can pair two Fives together for detailed stereo separation, making it a great choice for vinyl lovers and music purists. The Sonos Five is priced at AUD$749.
There’s no question Sonos has put a big effort into upping its home theatre experience of late. The Sonos Arc is likely its best soundbar to date and when paired with the new Sub and Sonos Five, you can expect to be firing on all cylinders. It isn’t the cheapest option on the market, nor is it the most expensive, but come June 10, we’ll all be waiting to see how that Dolby Atmos sound stacks up.