Sonos is among the main premium audio manufacturers of at present, with a repute for high-quality sound far past lots of its rivals – and it’s simply introduced its first Dolby Atmos-compatible soundbar, the Sonos Arc.
Described to us because the “premium sensible soundbar from Sonos for TV, films, music, gaming, and extra,” the Sonos Arc successfully replaces the Sonos Play:Bar and Sonos Play:Base fashions, making selecting your subsequent soundbar answer that little bit simpler.
2019’s Sonos Beam mannequin will proceed, nevertheless, providing a less expensive and Dolby Atmos-free different – although the Arc will reportedly provide a “greater soundstage” than the Beam, with the identical Google Assistant, Alexa, and AirPlay 2 help.
The Sonos Arc shall be launched on June 10 for $799 / £799 / AU$1,399, and shall be accessible in each matte black and matte white coloring – nevertheless it’s now accessible for pre-order from Sonos.com.
Different Sonos fashions are additionally getting an improve for 2020, with the Sonos Sub (Gen 3) launching with up-to-date internals and an “elevated wi-fi radius” ($699 / £699 / round AU$1,100), and the Play:5 (Gen 2) getting rebranded because the Sonos 5 with a brand new all-white design ($499 / £499 / AU$800).
Enter the Atmos-phere
Why does the inclusion of Atmos matter? The Dolby commonplace is a high-end audio format for 3D sound, that means that the sound you hear has a component of peak and depth, even should you don’t have a full encompass sound speaker setup round your front room.
The Sonos Arc will characteristic an array of 11 drivers, together with eight mid-range woofers and three devoted tweeters for a diversified multi-channel sound. You may wish to mix it with a devoted subwoofer, although, to finish the package deal.
A renewed Sonos app – launching June 8 – may also help the brand new 2020 merchandise, with compatibility with Hello-Res Audio codecs, and customers’ private settings carried over from earlier variations of the app they may have used.
It’s additionally value noting that the Sonos Arc helps the newest HDMI eARC commonplace, permitting the next bandwidth audio codec for Atmos, and enabling straightforward connection out of your soundbar to your TV.