Sonos Launches Atmos Soundbar, Updates Play:5 Speaker and Sub

Wireless multiroom speaker maker Sonos today announced Arc, a new soundbar that brings support for Dolby Atmos soundtracks. The $799 Arc slots in above the $399 Sonos Beam in the company’s soundbar lineup and will serve as a replacement for its current Playbar and Playbase offerings.

Designed with larger TVs (65 inches and up) in mind, Arc keeps connectivity simple by limiting options to a single HDMI eARC/ARC port. The next-gen S2 software platform allows for app control via Wi-Fi, or voice control through built-in Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Basic commands such as volume control can also be carried out through your TV’s remote (using HDMI-CEC). Arc supports Apple AirPlay 2 and it can be linked with a Sonos Sub and a pair of the company’s compact One SL speakers for an even more dynamic, enhanced surround sound experience.


A total of 11 drivers, including three silk-dome tweeters and two up-firing drivers for height effects, are used in the Arc, each one powered by its own class-D amplifier. According to company’s press release, custom waveguides on the soundbar combine with “highly optimized beamforming arrays,” to create “an ultrawide soundstage.” Stereo, 5.1 surround, and Atmos content is assigned an optimized sound profile during playback, while iOS device users can tap Sonos Trueplay to automatically tune performance based on room boundaries. Arc’s other DSP-based features include Speech Enhancement to boost dialogue clarity and Night Sound to limit the intensity of bass and other effects in movie soundtracks. The Arc will be available in matte black and matte white starting June 10 for $799. Sonos will also making a custom-designed wall mount available as a $79 option at that time.


The Arc soundbar isn’t the only new thing arriving from Sonos on June 10. A Gen-3 version of the company’s unique-looking Sub subwoofer will be available in both black and white for $699. Also, its Play:5 speaker gets replaced by the Sonos Five ($499), which will be sold with black/black grille and white/white grille options. According to Sonos’ press release, the main changes to both the Sub and Five are “updated internals including increased memory, processing power, and a new wireless radio.”


Lastly, Sonos is launching a new version of the Sonos app on June 10 that will offer high-res audio support, along with enhanced security and user interface improvements designed to streamline use and enable personalization features such as saved room groups.


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