Sonos Releases Its First Dolby Atmos Soundbar and Rebrands the Play:5 Speaker

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Sonos is spicing up its catalog with the Arc, an $800 Dolby Atmos soundbar. With it, Sonos claims, you’ll be able to drag immersive “cinematic sound” into your front room. The corporate can be rebranding and repainting its Play:5 speaker—which is now referred to as the Sonos 5, and giving the Sonos Sub a slight {hardware} replace.

All three audio system can be found for preorder and can ship earlier than June 10th. However at $800, the brand new Arc soundbar is an incredibly costly merchandise. It units a brand new customary for Sonos merchandise, however will probably be out attain for most individuals. Together with its Arc announcement, Sonos additionally introduced that it’s simplifying its lineup by discontinuing the Playbar and Playbase soundbars. The corporate will proceed to promote its in style Beam soundbar for $400.

The Arc is available in black or white types, and incorporates a curved entrance grill. Most Dolby Atmos soundbars are formed like rectangles with flat speaker grills, presumably as a result of they’re filled with so many drivers. The Arc is 45 inches lengthy, it’s appropriate with the Sonos wi-fi Sub, and it comes with Google Assistant and Alexa baked in.

After which there’s the refreshed Sonos 5 speaker. It presents the identical listening expertise because the outdated Play:5 speaker, that means that Sonos hasn’t changed or upgraded the product’s inner audio {hardware}. The corporate claims that its rebranded 5 speaker has elevated processing energy to hurry up audio streaming, however that’s the one actual distinction, except for the brand new matte black and white design.

To the dismay of some followers, the Sonos 5 nonetheless doesn’t assist Alexa or Google Assistant. Sonos needs to posit its 5 speaker as a efficiency listening machine, which is smart. Nonetheless, its odd to see a $500 speaker with out some type of voice assistant in-built. For reference, the $200 Sonos One helps Google Assistant and Alexa, as does the Sonos Beam soundbar and the brand new Sonos Arc.

And final however not least, Sonos is giving its wi-fi Sub a fast spec replace. The product isn’t falling sufferer to any repainting or rebranding, however new fashions may have elevated processing energy to reinforce the velocity of streaming audio. Is smart, as some Sonos 5 patrons are prone to pair their fancy new speaker with an equally fancy Sub.

You possibly can preorder the Sonos Arc, Sonos 5, and upgraded Sonos Sub on the corporate’s web site. In response to Sonos, orders will begin arriving earlier than June 10th. Personally, I’d preserve an eye fixed out for the discontinued Playbar and Play:5 audio system, as you might be able to seize them at a reduction.

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