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Sonos Arc Review Rundown

Sonos | Published on 30 Apr 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Sonos Arc
  • Dolby Atmos and TrueHD support
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Works with all Sonos speakers
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The Sonos Arc is a brilliant standalone soundbar. It is just as easy to use - and as flexible - as any other Sonos speaker. It supports Dolby Atmos and can be turned into a full surround sound system by adding a Sonos Sub and rear channel speakers. The main downside apart from the price tag is complications with eARC, so you'll need a compatible TV to output to the Arc.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from Gizmodo have found the following[***]:
Dolby Atmos is cool because it adds height channels to create a more 3D immersive sound. Sennheiser's Ambeo Soundbar also did a decent job at it in our testing, but, at $2,500, costs more than three times the Arc. While sound is the most important thing, Sonos does make some nice looking gadgets.
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Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple AirPlay 2
  • Good sound quality
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't work with other Sonos speakers

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Arc uses HDMI ARC and its successor eARC to receive audio from your TV. This means the Arc is able to use hi-res audio such as Dolby Atmos. The Arc sounds great with non-Atmos sources too, from stereo music to Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. Like other Sonos speakers the Arc includes compatibility with Apple Airplay and Spotify Connect.
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Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos sounds great with non-Atmos sources
  • Built-in Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for hassle-free voice control
  • Works with Apple Airplay and Spotify Connect
Cons[**]
  • Lacks Bluetooth streaming

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Arc is a Dolby Atmos-capable speaker that costs $799. A single HDMI ARC/eARC port on the rear of the speaker is all you need to connect it to your TV. Sonos lets you expand the Arc's capabilities by adding a $699 Sonos Sub.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Includes a single HDMI ARC/eARC port
Cons[**]
  • Not compatible with Dolby Digital Plus or Dolby TrueHD

expertreviews[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Arc is a brilliant standalone soundbar. It is just as easy to use - and as flexible - as any other Sonos speaker. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It can be turned into a full surround sound system by adding a Sonos Sub and rear channel speakers.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • Easy to use
Cons[**]
  • Only one HDMI input
  • Lacks DTS support

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Arc combines the voice assistant support of the Sonos Beam with the power of the $599 Sonos Playbar. It features eight elliptical woofers and three angled silk-dome tweeters, powered by 11 class-D amplifiers. The drivers are arranged to provide a 5.0-channel sound field, adjusting to the acoustics of the room you place it in.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful audio performance with Dolby Atmos and directional tweeters
  • Supports dozens of streaming audio services
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

rtings[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Arc is Sonos' 2020 soundbar and is very high-end. Like the previous Sonos Beam and Sonos Playbar, the setup can be upgraded with a separate subwoofer and satellites, which are the same as the Beam. The Sonos S2 app offers tremendous control over all your Sonos products. It's pretty much an upgraded version of the Sonos Controller app.
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Pros[**]
  • Great stereo soundstage
  • Very good surround performance
  • Supports Atmos and Dolby Atmos
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techadvisor[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Arc is a successor to the company's Playbar soundbar. It supports Dolby Atmos but you will need a TV with HDMI-ARC for this to work. Even without Atmos coming through, the Arc sounds incredible with an absolutely huge soundstage. The bass available on the Arc is powerful and rich and I'm often turning it down in fear of annoying the neighbours.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • Excellent build quality
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techhive[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from Techhive have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Arc is an exceptional soundbar, and not just because it supports the immersive audio format Dolby Atmos. The only way to completely get around the other limitation is to connect the Arc to a late-model TV that supports HDMI with eARC. It's beautiful to look at, Sonos is the undisputed master of mainstream multi-room audio.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • Excellent sound quality with both movies and music
  • Supports eARC and Dolby TrueHD
Cons[**]
  • Only one HDMI port

techradar[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
Sonos Arc is the company's first surround sound soundbar. It uses Dolby Atmos to bounce audio off the roof and walls of your room to create a 3D soundscape. The Sonos Arc costs $799 / £799 / AU$1,399 as a standalone unit. You can also add a Sonos Sub or a pair of One SL speakers for extra bass.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos, TrueHD, and Dolby Digital Plus sound codecs
  • Easy setup
  • Built-in IR repeater
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Arc soundbar is perhaps the biggest flex of the company's design, engineering, and technology advancements that we've seen yet. To get the most out of the Arc, you're going to need a TV purchased within the last couple years. The Arc is a very wide soundbar that's clearly meant to be paired with large TVs.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous, wide soundstage
  • Dolby Atmos with height channels
  • Easy-to-use app
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't support multichannel LPCM

tomsguide[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Arc costs $799 and is available as of this writing. The soundbar comes in matte black and white finishes, both of which have a subtle Sonos logo in the center. It has eleven high-performance drivers (including two that are upward firing) and three tweeters. The Arc also offers 8 custom elliptical woofers, with 4 forward-firing.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Impressive Dolby Atmos audio quality
  • S2 app lets you pair to an ARC or eARC-enabled set or streaming device
  • Easy-to-use controls
Cons[**]
  • Expensive compared to other Sonos soundbars

trustedreviews[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Arc joins the ranks of Dolby Atmos toting soundbars that sit beneath your TV. Sonos has never been all that keen in dishing out the technical details and, true to form, some of what makes the Arc tick is a closely (and inexplicably) guarded secret. Two of these eight drivers fire upwards from the top of the cabinet, and are obviously charged with bringing some Atmos-style height to the Arc's presentation. This will respond to the dimensions of the room your Arc is in, and its proximity to side walls.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive height and width
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS soundtracks
  • Intuitive controls
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

trustedreviews[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Arc soundbar is a 5.0.2 system, replicating standard surround sound and throwing in the extra height speakers for Dolby Atmos. As with Sonos' other soundbars, the Arc can be upgraded using two standalone Sonos speakers for the rear channels and a Sonos Sub for the bass. The Sub changes that, with the subwoofer handling the low-end, the soundbar can handle the midrange up, plus you get deeper and louder bass.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Impressive Dolby Atmos soundstage
  • Rear speakers can be used to deliver positional sound
  • Excellent build quality
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[14]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Arc is available to pre-order now, for delivery from 10th June. Unlike the Beam, the Arc supports eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), so it can handle Dolby Atmos signals from TVs that can output it. An optical adapter is included for those with older TVs, but the intention is that you use HDMI and use the ARC functionality to get the sound from your TV to the Arc.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos can be transmitted directly from your TV
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ The Sonos Arc Is an $800 Dolby Atmos Soundbar That's Actually a Good Deal. Gizmodo. 2020-06-04. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Sonos Arc review: The all-in-one Atmos soundbar to beat. Cnet. 2020-06-04. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Sonos Arc review: A solid soundbar for the Dolby Atmos era. Digitaltrends. 2020-11-10. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ Sonos Arc review: Ahead of the curve. Expertreviews. 2020-07-10. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ Sonos Arc Review. Pcmag. 2020-06-04. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ Sonos Arc Soundbar Review. Rtings. 2021-02-12. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  7. 7. ^ Sonos Arc review. Techadvisor. 2020-08-19. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  8. 8. ^ Sonos Arc review: A great soundbar for any home theater, even if it’s not all that it could have been. Techhive. 2020-06-04. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  9. 9. ^ Sonos Arc review. Techradar. 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  10. 10. ^ Sonos Arc review: an immersive soundbar that home theater enthusiasts can love . Theverge. 2020-06-04. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  11. 11. ^ Sonos Arc review. Tomsguide. 2021-02-04. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  12. 12. ^ Sonos Arc Review. Trustedreviews. 2020-06-04. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  13. 13. ^ Sonos Arc Surround Sound Package Review. Trustedreviews. 2020-07-20. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  14. 14. ^ Sonos Arc review. Whathifi. 2020-06-04. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  15. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  16. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  17. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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