Sonos continues to evolve its offer of smart speakers with a proposal that will make those who want to combine the best from an audio point of view with the now superlative quality of 4K movies and series on medium-large TVs (from 55 upwards) happy top-notch traditional music listening and all the options of an intelligent speaker.
Sonos defines Arc as one smart premium soundbar as it combines the innovations of the leading company in the multi-room audio sector, with software for the maximum immersive experience in combination with a flat-screen TV or a projector but also for listening to streaming music only.
Never before has it been important to bring the quality and involvement of cinema shows into the home and to be able to choose the best that the new multi-channel audio technologies can offer without upsetting the layout of our living rooms and today over 25 video streaming services (including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV + and Disney Plus) offer Dolby Atmos content to offer immersive home theater experiences.
On board the Sonos Arc there are eleven high-performance drivers, including two with upward emission for 3D audio, which produce crystal clear and detailed sounds, and offer considerable depth and a wide listening field optimized in collaboration with engineers mixing with an Oscar in your resume.
Arc not only smart as it works with the voice commands of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant but also able to optimize its sound profile through the software, basing its settings on the contents and devices connected in stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby mode Atmos.
Listeners can perfect the Arc sound in the Sonos app with features that include improved speech (thanks also to the acoustic support of the central speaker) by highlighting the voice, or intervene on night listening to mitigate the loud explosions of some films and, thanks to theTrueplay optimization technology update of Sonos that requires the one-time use of an iPhone as an environmental sensor, they can adjust the acoustic profile of Arc according to the room and the position of the listener, taking into account the horizontal and vertical sound emission that derives with 3D emission.
Arc, available in matt black and matt white finishes, has a 270 degree rounded plastic grid inserted in a parallelepid that allows both positioning on a piece of furniture and wall mounting using a special accessory.
The connection to the TV is through a simple connection with HDMI to ARC standard or, even better EARC (for compatible TVs) which allows easy configuration and passage of a large amount of data useful for detailed audio. Arc can also be managed via the TV remote control and directly on its touch-sensitive surface with the possibility of excluding the 4 internal microphones to pause or restart the music, adjust the volume and go to the previous or next tracks. For those who want to connect Arc to an old production TV, an HDMI-optical adapter is available and the soundbar can also be managed via an infrared TV remote control.
Arc can of course also be controlled by Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and can call audio and video content from Amazon Prime Video if you have a Fire TV or Chrome Ultra for Google services. It is also compatible with Airplay 2 and you can therefore manage it in a multi-instance system of both Sonos and Apple with the option of playing audio from your iPhone as well as accessing the dozens of streaming platforms to which Sonos has access.
Arc replaces Playbar and Playbase in the Sonos range and will be available globally on June 10 for 899 Euros on sonos.com and through authorized dealers.
– Seven Class-D digital amplifiers – Eight Elliptical Woofers for reproducing the mid range and vocal frequencies in addition to the low range – Three tilted silk-dome tweeters for high frequencies and crystal clear dialogue – Four far-field matrix microphones for an advanced waveform and multichannel echo cancellation to have a quick response to voice commands. Trueplay software that dynamically adjusts the response to specific room characteristics. An iOS device is required for data acquisition. – Equalization customizable with settings within the app with bass, treble and loudness adjustment. – Speech improvement – emphasizes the frequencies of the human voice to make dialogue more intelligible – Night Sound mode to reduce the intensity of the louder sound effects
Dimensions – H x W x D: 87 x 1141.7 x 115.7 mm? Matt black or Matt white finish? Status LED which indicates the status of the speaker and microphones and adjusts the brightness based on the ambient light to be visible without distracting. – Capacitive controls for Pause, Play, volume adjustment and microphone deactivation, left and right scrolling to manage the tracks – Weight of 6.25 Kg
Power, network, App and wireless compatibility
100-240 V, 50-60 Hz auto-switching power supply 4.3 watt standby consumption 1 10/100 Mbps ethernet Ethernet port for direct connection to the router if Wi-Fi is not reliable Wi-Fi: connects to the home network with a router capable of handling 802.11b / g, 2.4 GHz transmissions Sonos S2 App: Sonos application for installation and management Apple AirPlay 2: Works with AirPlay 2 compatible devices on Apple (iOS 11.4 or higher) Infrared (IR) receiver that synchronize with the TV remote control for direct control.
In the box
Arc, Power cable, HDMI cable (compatible with eArc), Optical audio adapter (for TosLink connection on old TVs)
The New Sonos App
To manage the configuration options with Dolby Atmos, the high resolution audio tracks, the combination of Arc with the speakers Move (here our review), Sonos One (here our review) and Sonos One SL that can work in pairs as Surround systems, Sonos will release the S2 version of its software at the beginning of June, at the arrival of Arc on the market, which will also present a simplified and more linear interface that can obviously also manage the dedicated Sonos Radio stations.
The application will be available from June 8 offering an update of the software platform that will feed the next generation of Sonos products and experiences, including Arc, Cinque and the third generation Sub we talk about later. The three new products will be managed exclusively by the new app.
The update makes it even easier for customers to search for content, control audio and customize experience with new features starting from groups of rooms designated by the user.
Customers will download the new app and easily transfer their system to the new platform. All bookmarks, services and room and speaker settings will be retained.
Even more powerful bass for Arc: third generation Sonos Sub
Although Arc offers powerful, cinematic sound on its own, adding the Sonos Sub and a pair of One SL surround speakers allows the user to experience an even more immersive experience.
Sonos Sub already known by users the longtime favorite for additional bass when connected wirelessly to a Sonos speaker: the one announced today the third generation that brings small aesthetic variations and ready to combine both with Arc and with other products in the range thanks to the S2 software.
The addition of Sub to Arc optimizes the low frequencies for an even richer and more present sound: the operation activated by Arc which frees the capabilities of its speakers from the management of low frequencies to leave the reproduction to the Sub unit as a sort of ?crossover smart ".
Obviously through TruePlay the presence of the Sub will also contribute to the detection of the environmental response and to the optimization of reproduction according to the size and configuration of the room and its accessories.
The new Sub brings the same iconic design as the previous models with the change of some details in the central bezel. The retail price in Italy of 799.
It can be pre-ordered immediately on sonos.com and at authorized dealers.
Sonos Five: the evolution of Sonos Play: 5
While maintaining the same acoustic architecture and the same sound signature, the new Play 5 brings the Sonos range to the new generation of connected devices: it increases memory and speeds up processing power during playback to manage high resolution audio content: we will thus have the same sound experience that customers have come to know with an updated electronics model.
Sonos Five is in fact the most powerful speaker of Sonos designed for music and adapts to a multiplicity of spaces with versatility being usable as a standalone speaker in horizontal or coupled in a vertical position for a wider and more detailed audio field.
It is also interesting to revive your old vinyl records thanks to the possibility, unique for Sonos speaker systems, to accept direct audio input with the line-in input.
Below a gallery set and some views of the speaker.
It's available in black with black grid and, for the first time, in white with white grid.
It can be pre-ordered immediately on sonos.com or at retailers for 579 Euros. General availability starts on June 10th.
In the coming days, we will provide you with further details on the Sonos offer and on the combination of the new products with the company's current range of speakers and amplifiers.