Sonos debuts Dolby Atmos Arc soundbar, updated Sub & Five, all with AirPlay 2 & HomeKit

Sonos offers a range of new products and updates that meet customer demands, including the all-new Sonos Arc soundbar, the updated and renowned Sonos Five, and the third generation of Sonos Sub.

Sonos Arc with Sub (Gen 3) and two Sonos SLs

Sonos Arc

Sonos Arc is a new premium sound bar offer from the speaker manufacturer, for those looking for something more powerful than the Sonos Beam. It will replace the Playbar and the Playbase of the programming.

It is larger than other Sonos soundbars and contains eleven drivers for multidirectional sound, including support for Dolby Atmos. This is helped by the curved grid which is at the front and center of the Arc.

Sonos Arc en blanc
Sonos Arc en blanc

The grid is a large piece of curved plastic pierced with over 76,000 individual holes. A status light on the top of the grid will automatically dim when the room is dark so you can stay focused on your content.

As the Arc is designed for TV and movies, it places a strong emphasis on clear dialogue and, like the Beam, can improve clarity of dialogue and louder and quieter sounds. The center channels are dedicated to dialogue, the front left and right channels help provide a wide soundstage, while the side-facing surrounds and the up-facing channels provide more sound immersion and support for Dolby Atmos.

Exploded view of Sonos Arc
Exploded view of Sonos Arc

When the uplinks are not used for Dolby Atmos, they are reused to provide additional lower frequencies.

Like the Beam, Arc connects seamlessly via HDMI eARC or ARC, although an optical adapter is also included for TVs that do not support an audio return channel. It also clearly indicates when Dolby Atmos is active.

The arc can detect when it is mounted to temper the bass resonance. It can be adjusted using Sonos TruePlay technology and is capable of detecting the walls of the room to adjust the device so that, no matter what form of room audio, hits you ear at the precise moment. For example, if you have a wall to your right very close, it will delay the audio because the left audio takes longer to travel and bounce and therefore hits your left and right ears simultaneously.

Sonos being a modular system, it is easy to increase the configuration of your home theater. In addition to Sonos Sub, two additional Sonos speakers can be paired as rear speakers for better surround sound.

When a Sonos Sub is paired, the Arc will dramatically reduce its own bass to build on the sub, freeing up more bandwidth for the speaker to improve midrange and dialogue.

Sonos Arc supports Dolby Atmos
Sonos Arc supports Dolby Atmos

Sonos Arc supports AirPlay 2 and HomeKit from Apple, just like other Sonos speakers. This means you can stream audio from any Apple device wirelessly to the speaker, or control and automate it through the Home app.

For those who use other ecosystems, there is a microphone on board and the possibility of using the speaker for Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. However, this is not a condition of use.

Sonos Arc is available for pre-order now and will launch on June 10 for $ 799 in white and black.

The new Sonos Sub

The third generation Sonos Sub retains the same exterior styles but has updated interiors. There is now more memory and a faster processor in the new model, as well as updated wireless radios. Sub also now has much better Wi-Fi performance than previous generations.

Sonos Sub (Gen 3) in white
Sonos Sub (Gen 3) in white

The Sonos Sub (Gen 3) update can be pre-ordered now and will be available June 10 for $ 699.

Sonos Five

Sonos Five is the latest generation of Sonos Play: 5. It retains the same impressive sound but adds additional memory, better wireless performance and increased processing power, similar to the boosts tuned to Sonos Sub.

The new Sonos Five in white
The new Sonos Five in white

It has been updated in an all black design as well as – for the first time – an all white design.

Sonos Five is available for pre-order now and ships on June 10 for $ 499.

Sonos S2 app

Arc, Five and Sub (Gen 3) will all work exclusively on the updated Sonos S2 app. We previewed the app when Sonos announced the transition in March 2020.

Sonos app updated
Sonos app updated

The application has an improved user experience and finally offers groups of registered rooms. This will remove support for some older speakers, but pave the way for higher resolution sound, including Dolby Atmos, as we see with Arc.

Sonos will release the new app on June 8.

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